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BA, Brown University, Anthropology/Music, 2012-2014 University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Flute Performance 2010-2014
2014- Substitute Flutist, Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra
2013- Principal Flutist, Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan Orchestra
2012- Principal Flutist, Principal Flutist with the Thornton School of Music Opera
2009- Virginia Rotary Club Competition, First Place
2007- Performed with Carnegie Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall
I'm a dedicated performer and teacher who looks forward to each student's unique strengths and interests in music. In 2010, I began my undergraduate education in Flute Performance at the renowned University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. I've enjoyed learning new performing styles by participating in competition and groups from across the United States. My musical background is diverse. I performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, marched in the Rose Bowl Parade in Santa Monica, as well as played principal flute in university and community orchestras.
I began teaching 7 years ago in high school and I have continually taught students of all ages since. As a flutist trained with teachers in jazz, classical, and pop, I am experienced playing and teaching many styles including classical, opera, swing, pop, and musicals. Along with the flute, I hope students will also learn music theory, orchestration, and singing. By giving students a holistic musical education, I facilitate a rewarding experience for students. If students would like to learn a new genre, I am willing to guide their artistic journey to find what suits them best. I am a devoted researcher and take pleasure in finding new pieces specific each lesson.
For beginning students, I start teaching fundamentals through the Rubank Essential Elements book. As students move toward intermediate-advanced levels I introduce the Jeanne Baxtresser book of Orchestral Excerpts and the Taffanel-Gaubert book for technique. I bring in a piece each lesson for sight-reading practice to encourage students to read music on their toes. Additionally, through practicing scales, students learn music theory and notation. At the end of each lesson, I give students a musical goal for their next lesson to motivate active participation in their learning process.
Every student deserves to follow their own musical path! I encourage students to develop and find repertoire that they are interested in. Each week, I motivate students to listen to recordings, attend concerts, and participate in local music groups. I practice a teaching style that emphasizes encouragement, objective critique, and fun! In my lessons, I keep music exciting, relevant, and educational.
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