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BACHELOR OF ARTS , NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY, MUSIC ASSOCIATES OF ARTS, NORTHEASTERN JUNIOR COLLEGE, ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
2012 CHILI ARTS FESTIVAL AWARD WINNER FOR ACCOMPANIMENT; THE SWAN WITH PIANO FIRST CHAIR CELLIST MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA; MELBOURNE, FL
I am a classically trained cellist turned instructor with a passion and unwavering love for music and teaching. I love working with students and sharing my love of music and the arts with them. In 2016, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. I have spent the last 15 years honing my skills as a cellist. I've had the opportunity to perform in arts festivals, small symphonies, philharmonic orchestras, and even compose music. In 2017 after graduating, I decided to further my career in music by becoming an after-school instructor for Brevard County schools. I taught piano and guitar for students ages 5-13. Though my contract with the school had come to a close, my passion for teaching only grew. So I began giving private strings instruction, teaching cello, bass, guitar, violin, viola and piano. Over the course of a year, I worked with over a dozen students from varying ages and skill levels teaching them strings. I now currently teach private instruction online and in student's home.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 8 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students in my home studio for the last 5 years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the piano and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
For beginning students, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements as I believe it the most comprehensive lesson guide for fundamentals. I do also on occasion utilize the Suzuki method for my string students in addition to EE. Every lesson begins with tuning and scales which helps train the ear and prepare students for the lesson at hand. From there we will go through the pieces as written. Once the student has a grasp of the fundamentals, we will begin to introducing solo pieces such as etudes and other popular music they may be into to keep them engaged. Regardless of skill level, I try to find out what the student is interested in and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun.
To me there is nothing is more satisfying than seeing my students develop a passion for music! While playing music itself is quite enjoyable, it is absolutely essential that each student progresses at their own pace. Before jumping into playing, I like to test the skills of my students to see where they are in their musical development. We take time to go over fundamentals of their respective instruments, ear training, and sight reading. I do this to encourage my students and set forth realistic goals for each lesson. I acknowledge accomplishments and reward progress which helps fuel a students desire to keep pushing and makes students eager to learn more. By learning what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
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