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BM, Indiana University, Flute Performance
2013 - Barbara and David Jacobs Scholarship 2017 - 2nd Place, Kentucky Flute Society Flute Quartet Competition 2012 - 1st Place, Chicago Flute Club Student Competition Senior Division
I am a passionate and motivated performer and instructor who loves working with students and sharing the joy that music can bring. In 2018, I graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where I studied with Kathryn Lukas. I have had many years of experience playing in different kinds of ensembles, including solo, chamber, band, and orchestra. I have played with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra at some of the city's most prestigious venues, including Symphony Center, Millennium Park, and the Harold-Washington Library. I have also attended the Merit School of Music and Interlochen Fine Arts Camp.
My teaching experience began in college through a Flute Pedagogy course which I took as part of my degree program. As part of that course, I gave one lesson each to two different students, on beginner, and the other advanced. I have also been section leader at many different times, and in that position I was responsible for guiding and unifying the section and holding others responsible for their parts. In teaching students, especially beginners, I do everything I can to ensure that the student is enjoying their music-making experience so that regular practice is an exciting journey to be relished, rather than a chore to be endured.
For beginning students, I use standard method books, including Moyse, Taffanel-Gaubert, Rubank, and Suzuki. Once the student has demonstrated a sufficient grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce repertoire, always gauging their level so that I can provide them with a challenging and rewarding experience. For adults and intermediate to advanced flutists, I try to get sense for the student's level and how they are interested in growing, and tailor my methods and repertoire selections to that.
My teaching style is casual with an emphasis on developing love for the music alongside a technical and musical understanding of it. I encourage this by promoting practice methods which are likely to foster a deep experience of the music in the student, setting realistic but challenging goals in lessons which require the student to grow in order to succeed, and providing honest feedback with lots of encouragement. By discovering how I can help the student to feel inspired, I can successfully guide them to a rewarding and enriching music-making experience.
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