BS in Education, Hofstra University, Music Education
NYS Teaching Certificate in Music Prek-12
MA, Hofstra University, Music Education- In Progress
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017- Dean's List 2013-2017- Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship 2013-2017- Hofstra University Music Grant 2016 Presented a Junior Recital Member of Hofstra University Chorale and Chamber Singers
I am a native of Flower Mound, Texas, and I was first introduced to the joy of singing in my church’s children’s chorus at the age of five. I belonged to that chorus until I graduated from Marcus High School in 2013. In addition, I was a member of my school choruses beginning in fifth grade. I was very fortunate to perform at the 2013 ACDA Convention as a member of Marcus High School’s Varsity Treble Choir. At Hofstra University, I studied classical voice extensively with Professor Tammy Hensrud. My four years of studying with Professor Hensrud culminated in a C-Level Recital focused on highlighting the work of women composers. I also studied piano with Professor Blanche Abram for three and a half years. I was privileged to be a member in Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. David Fryling.
In high school, I first started working with kids through Special Olympics, mission trips, and church. As an educator, I am soft-spoken, patient, and warm, creating an understanding environment. My expectations of my students, though high, are extremely clear. It is up to the educator to modify for every student. I believes that the importance of music in the schools allows students to connect with each art and more importantly, themselves, foster responsibility, and discover a potential lifelong joy in music making.
Based on a child's interest and personal voice, I recommend pieces of music varying from musical theatre, 28 Italian Songs, Schirmer's Book of Solos, and Hal Leonard's Standard Literature. In our lessons, I teach students to warm up with the proper technique, and so that they may warm themselves up when practicing. We also work on sight reading and dictation to implement musical literacy. Most importantly, we discuss textual meaning and how it relates to our performance skills. I also require students to keep a practice log.
I think it's important to be kind but firm. It helps to create clear expectations that allow for a student to be most successful. With private lessons, it is important to tailor the sessions for each student individually. Some students require to a "push" while others might want a more relaxed lesson. Together with students we can set goals and a progress map. It is also important to always encourage students in their learning, regardless of what their pace is. Realistic goals with encouragement set students up for musical and non-musical successes.
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