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BM, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Music Theory & Composition
2011-Whitewater Homecoming Variety Show First Place
2012, 2013, 2014-Whitewater's Got Talent Winner-Improvisational Composition
I'm a passionate and caring music educator and I love inspiring those around me to feel comfortable harnessing their expressive energy and manifesting it into art in their lives, specifically music. I study Music Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with strong foundations in music theory, improvisation, and intuitive integration of sound and imagination. I started playing the cello at the age 17 years ago and have loved it as my primary instrument ever since. My drive for composing music that incorporates diverse multitudes of timbre and instruments has led me to pursue proficiency with other instruments as well, including the djembe, conga, didgeridoo, piano, as well as a variety of different string instruments. I've played as both a chamber and solo musician for different projects and my diverse musical skill set helps me continue on the path of being an eternal student.
My teach experience began in my freshman year of college when I worked as a string/theory instructor at the Lake Country Conservatory of Music in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where I worked with students of all ages and skill levels. I have worked as a private instructor for almost eight years now and have only grown to love it more with every lesson that I conduct. Nothing fulfills me more than seeing a student perform, whether it is at a concert or competition, because seeing the musical and expressive growth that has been cultivated come out through the student is an absolutely beautiful experience.
For beginning students, I usually start by creating a strong foundation in the student's mind of why they want to learn how to play an instrument and what goals, if any, they initially have for themselves. I then utilize this to help create individual based lesson plans that are driven by the inner workings of the student's mind. I incorporate music theory into every instrument at every skill level because I believe it to be something that is extremely important to understand and that not a lot of students are exposed to before they get to college. I also promote a lot of learning based on self composition for the students, because understanding the composition process is important for knowing how to play something.
My teaching style is very involved and incorporates playing for the student, playing with the student, and having the student play on their own. Creating a safe environment where the student is comfortable making mistakes is vital, because making mistakes is a vital component to learning how to play an instrument. I take each student at their own pace and cultivate growth through technical mechanics of the instrument as well as philosophical ideals about what it means to be a musician. I let the student hold the reigns on their journey to musicianship; I simply guide them on where to go.
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