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Milwaukee Area Technical College, Music Business, Guitar major, Violin minor Carroll University, Music Business/Music Performance, Violin major, Viola and Guitar minor
2008-2010 Carroll University Academic Scholarship
I have been playing music of some kind since I was 5 when I first learned to read notes on the piano. Since then I was always involved in music and music groups such as choir, orchestra, handbell choir, solo performances, and rock bands. I love music and love sharing my love of music with others, and teaching is yet another way I can share this love. With teaching I get to inspire others, introduce them to new things, and instill that love in them.
I have been teaching for 14 years, and hopefully I'll be teaching for many years to come! My main point of teaching is to have fun making music. Of course, there's the basics to learn, but the best part of learning an instrument is to have fun with it. I like to encourage my students with fun songs/pieces along with learning the basics and techniques.
Violin/Viola: I start with music reading using the Essential Elements 2000 series. This is for two reasons: 1. Is that it's very easy going and doesn't make learning a chore. 2. Is the school system in the district uses the same book, so the student is prepared for orchestra. Once the student is familiar with everything in EE 2k, he or she "graduates" to The Suzuki Book series. Along with this, we do fun songs like movie themes, fiddle tunes, world music, or rock song intros. Guitar: For students 8 and under I start with Guitar For The Small Fry because it is entertaining to learn from and not overwhelming. For students 9 to 15, I use Hal Leonard's Guitar Method because it goes at a really nice pace for that age. For students 16 and older I like using Mel Bay's Guitar Method because it goes a little faster, has more interesting songs for an older person and includes some music theory. Where we go after these methods is up to the taste and desires of the student. Along with the music reading books, I like to throw in some simple folk songs, rock song intros, movie themes, or easy rock or blues songs/progressions.
There's nothing better than watching my students grow into fine musicians and have a love for music. I do this by keeping lessons lighthearted and fun while stressing the importance of regular practice and attention to detail. I like to celebrate all accomplishments no matter how big or small to encourage them to keep up the good work. Everyone likes stickers, high fives, and smiles! I also encourage them to show off thier talent by performing in recitals, for thier parents and friends, or by joining groups. The store where my studio is located even has classes in learning to play in a rock band! Every lesson is tailored to the student's needs, desires, goals, and learning pace. I like to make sure that no one is overwhelmed or bored, and that they get to play something they want to play as soon as possible. I also offer some online help tools too for that time between lessons.
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