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Stephanie B In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing

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Stephanie B In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 9-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BA, University of Memphis, Music Education, 2005 University of Memphis, Cello Performance, 1992-1997
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1992-97: University of Memphis, Full Scholarship for Music Performance 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005: Deans List and National Deans List

Overview:
I am a firm believer that every person should have some sort of musical experience to enrich their lives. Teaching music has been a deep commitment and passion for the last 20 years. My specialty area is bowed instruments. How did I begin my experience with the cello and the other bowed instruments? I began in an elementary strings class in a public school in Tennessee. Through that experience as well as private lessons and youth orchestras, I developed a profound connection to music. I also took piano lessons, played double bass, and played clarinet in band for 4 years. Cello was my calling, and I focused solely on cello from sophomore through senior year in high school. As I entered my first degree program at The University of Memphis, I found myself focused on performance. However, my cello professor noticed my ability to analyze performances and then offer performers encouragement and suggestions. Through his encouragement, I began to view music very differently. I found myself wanting to teach students, of all ages- anyone that had a desire to learn the cello. With regard to my private studio, I teach using the traditional method. I believe every student needs a foundation of classical music. If a student wishes to learn other genres, I am happy to support those interests as well. I teach music primarily through reading. I incorporate some ear training. I also teach music theory and music history within a given lesson, because it is my believe that theory and history assist students in having a greater understanding of why they are performing what they are and how to interpret the work.
EXPERIENCE
I started my own studio at the age of 23. I found this to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In 2000, I entered the Music Education program at The University of Memphis. I continue to teach privately. I have taught children as young as 5 to adults of the age of 72. I have also taught string orchestra for 12 years. After 20 years of teaching, I still have a strong desire to share my knowledge and love of music with others. I want to inspire others and support the different ways in which they can enjoy music.
METHODS USED
For beginning cello students, I utilize some of the following method books: The Art of Cello Playing, Cello Exercises by Fritz Magg, Schroeder's 170 Foundation Studies Volume 1, Whitehouse's Scale and Arpeggio Album, Suzuki Books 1-2. For an intermediate level cello student, I utilize some of the following books: Schroeder 170 Foundation Studies Volume 1, Cossmann's Studies for Dvelopment of Agility of Fingers, Cellists' Favorite Contest Album, Suzuki Books 3-4, Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites. For an advanced level cello student, I utilize the following: Schroeder's 170 Foundation Studies Volume 1 and/or 2, Cossmann's Studies for Development of Agility of Fingers, Popper 40 Studies: High School of Cello Playing, Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, Cellists' Favorite Contest Album, and Individually-published solo literature.
LESSON STYLE
There are usually two reasons for taking private lessons. Either an individual has expressed an interest for the instrument or a parent wishes for their child to have a musical experience. Whichever the case may be, I see lessons as an opportunity to open a window into creativity and expression. Depending upon the age of the student, my approach is very different. For students of ages 5-12, I evaluate their learning processes and their comfort in analyzing patterns and symbols. I also ask students what goals they have in learning the instrument, what they would like to be able to do in 6 months to a year. Based on that information, I move forward with music notation and performance. For this age group, I believe acknowledging their progress and achievement is critical. Smaller acknowledgements could be presented during a semester. Larger acknowledgements, such as a recital and reception, certainly can encourage a student to move forward. For students of ages 13-18, it is essential to understand the student's experience level and where they are musically and otherwise. I will adjust my style to the needs of the student, if their interest is purely personal enjoyment up to college audition requirements. I encourage students of this age range to perform at recitals, as it builds their confidence level as performers and presenters. Performances also help individuals gain confidence to not only perform in public, but also present: lectures, speeches, and other public speaking opportunities. For students of ages 18+, I offer open discussions as to their motivation for taking private lessons. Whatever their motivation is, I customize lessons to fit their personal goals. Depending upon those goals, I recommend method books and/or literature. If students in this age range wish to perform on a recital, they are welcome to perform!
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