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Diploma, Specialty Center of Visual and Performing Arts
2015- Best in Musicality Award 2014- Distinguished Artist/Scholar Award 2013- Senior Regional Orchestra, 1st Violin 2012- Senior Regional Orchestra, 2nd Violin 2012- Central Regional Orchestra, Orchestra A, 1st Chair Principal 2011- Central Regional Orchestra, Orchestra B
"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." -Jimi Hendrix I am in love with every aspect in music and an advocate for arts education funding. I graduated high school from the Specialty Center for Visual and Performing Arts. I am currently attending Old Dominion University majoring in Business with a minor in Music Education. I plan to open my own school of music one day. I have played in numerous orchestras, even jazz bands. As well as playing alongside the president's very own Marine Quartet in 2013 and 2014. I have had the chance to take master classes from Professor Susanna Klein at Virginia Commonwealth University and to perform side by side with Mark Wood, his wife and son! I also was able to meet and improvise with famous youtube sensation, Eric Stanley. I believe that music is a universal mold and it has a huge impact on our education.
Although this is my first official teaching job, I began teaching back in 2011 during my freshman year of high school. I had the pleasure of conducting and teaching both concert and chamber orchestra. I then became a student assistant my senior year and was able to do one-on-one's with the younger students. I encourage my students to go home and practice their scales. They are the key to the perfect bow hand/movement, structure, and agile finger movement. While I am quite proficient in classical training, I try to use current types of music to being clarity to the classical style giving students something to enjoy as well as relate to! Not only do I support my students inside the classroom to motivate them, I like to attend any outside performances and auditions my students have going on to let them know I support them 100%!
For beginning students, I usually teach with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements books starting with book 1 to book 3. Once they are comfortable, and progression is recognized, I will introduce Suzuki Violin School. Not only do I solely focus on the music, I give students hand and bow exercises they can do during lessons or while just sitting at home watching TV. I also recommend that my students practice in the bathroom while at home because of the natural acoustics it provides. I like to incorporate music that my student likes in the lesson in order to keep the lesson fun and engaging!
My teaching style is based on the student's skill level. I teach at your pace! Not only do I teach at the student's pace, I have each student construct their own goal calendar to keep in my records as well as the student's home. I like to call it a "music vision board" because to me there are no numerical deadlines on a student's musical progress. I like to find out what inspires a student in order to better my teaching. I also believe strongly in student-teacher feedback. I want to know how I am doing a teacher because my students are what inspires me through my music.
I remember working with Shanta while she was a student assistant. She always dedicated herself to our class as a whole and individually. Her love for music is inspiring by itself. Miss ya Shanta!
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