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Stephanie C In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Folk, Gospel, Spirituals

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Stephanie C In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Folk, Gospel, Spirituals

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BS, Bob Jones University, Music Education MME, Bob Jones University, Music Education PhD, Boston University, Music Education
Awards:
2016 - paper presentation at NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference 2014-2016 - Associate Instructor at Indiana University 2011 - NAfME collegiate-chapter president 2009 - Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges 2009 - Earned initial teaching certification from the state of South Carolina
Overview:
My musical journey began at nine years old with piano lessons - not at all an uncommon beginning but an important one. Less than two years later I joined the band playing clarinet. As a high school student, all-state performances and honor bands fiilled many weekends, and I had the privilege of playing regularly in my church on the piano. While playing in a youth symphony as a senior, we toured in Austria absorbing centers of musical history and playing in four uniquely different venues including a wing of the Schonbrunn Palace. Following high school, I spent six years scooping up opportunities, training, and degrees in music education. Another trip to Bangladesh opened my ears to the delightful and rich musical experiences of other, divergent cultures. It was now time to hit the classroom... and, for the next three years, I had the wonderful experience of teaching fifth and sixth graders in the general music classroom, assisting the band director, teaching second graders through twelfth graders in private lessons, and juggling up to twenty additional "outside" students! If all that work and training and developing experience wasn't enough, I decided to take the crazy step of attempting doctoral work, and research is a new-found interest. May the journey continue...  
EXPERIENCE
Over the past thirteen years, I have taught nearly 400 students - beginning as a junior in high school with four pianists. My teaching experiences have ranged from group lessons with fourth-grade, beginner clarinetists and saxophonists, to starting brand new five-year old pianists, to preparing high schoolers for competitive auditions and performances, to substitute lessons with adults. I actively seek to have my students play for people whenever they can (i.e. church, family gatherings), and I seek out and arrange more formal and organized events such as recitals or visiting the elderly and performing at retirement villages and nursing homes. I believe I have begun to find that rewarding balance in teaching music which students need - doable yet challenging. My teaching revolves around theoretical understanding (e.i. what is a quarter note? how do you count it? can you draw it?), facility with technique, and appreciation for the repertoire.  
METHODS USED
Age-friendly materials are my favorite to use. For very young pianists I often buy books with lots of color and large print like Kjos's Piano Party. Kjos and Alfred are two of my favorite publishers, but I am willing to work with materials your family may already own. Flashcards are an important tool for many children to become fluent at naming/reading notes. I also like to have students complete written theory assignments, and, to help students from getting bored, I often "reward" them with single pieces of fun sheet music that can be performed for recitals and competitions. But remember... while several things can help a student become great like an excellent teacher and high-quality books, practice always wins... by a landslide. So my expectation and instruction include teaching mindfully engaged practice. 
LESSON STYLE
Teaching is not only my career. Teaching should be done by excellent, highly qualified people that want to make an investment in children/adults. My very first piano teacher, Diane, had an incredible impact on me... If the notes weren't right or if the counting was a little wonkey, she rarely let it slide, and she helped me to form habits that were both helpful and advantageous to all my future progress. This teaching style might sound exacting, but I believe my students have always benefitted from and enjoyed both the challenges and the fun of making music!
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