MA Candidate, Teachers College Columbia University, Philosophy and Education MA, Teachers College Columbia University, Music Education BA, The University of the Arts, Music Performance, Minor Music Education
The University of the Arts Promising Artist Scholarship Performed with Grammy Award Winning Artist Played at Well Known Venues in NYC
I love educating and have been an educator for the last seven years. I first started as an educator peer tutoring at the college I attended. I was amazed by how my students progressed and changed over time. I was also amazed how their disposition towards learning was cultivated in different ways. This ignited my passion and want to teach. After receiving my Bachelors of Arts degree in Bass Performance and a Minor in Music Education I knew I wanted to further my studies in music education. I then received my Masters of Arts in Music Education along with New York state certification for grades Pre-K through 12th grade. The year I graduated with my masters I was hired to work for the New York city Department of Education teaching general music and Band to grades Pre-K through eighth grade. I loved teaching, but I knew I wanted to learn more, which brings me to where I am now. I am a student once again at Teachers College Columbia University in the philosophy and education department, working towards a masters degree in hopes of being accepted to the Phd program.
My love for teaching began as a peer tutor in college. I tutored students in piano, guitar, bass ear training, and music theory. I began to love teaching when I noticed the change and progress it creates within people. While in college, I taught at a musical theatre camp as a music teacher. I taught music theory, ear training, and vocal music. Right after I graduated college I was accepted into the music education program at Teachers College Columbia University where I received my masters degree in music education along with certification in New York state to teach Pre-K through 12. I taught for a year in the New York city Department of Education. I am currently a student again at Teachers College in the philosophy and education department.
My methods are non-traditional for some students and traditional for others. Each person learns differently and needs different methods to achieve their goals. I have used Essential Methods books, Jump Right In books, and others that I have found in my studies as a music teacher. I believe music is learned in many different ways, by ear, by reading, and by playing. We learn to talk by talking and being surrounded by those who talk. I believe this is the same way with music. We learn by playing and not by theorizing about it. I always ask my students or parents of students how they learn, whether visually, kinesthetically, aurally, etc. I create personalized lesson plans that play to the person's strengths and weaknesses. I listen to the what they want to learn and suggest ways to learn.
I encourage my students to learn at their own pace and push them when I see I can. I do not want to deter my students from liking what they do. I try to find the passion for a style of music and bring it out in my students while connecting that style to other styles to show the student that styles are idiosynchratic, but that they can also interchange with other styles. I try to have my students notice the little details--the parts--that make up the whole. This skill will carry with the student in everyday life. I try to teach through music and not just teach music itself. I beige that students can learn how to be better people through music.