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2018 - University of Dayton Outstanding Collaborative Pianist
2017 - Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award
2014-2017 - University of Dayton Department of Music Honors Recital Semi-Finalist
I am passionate about music and enjoy sharing that passion with others. In 2018, I graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy and minor in Psychology. I am currently a full time music therapist at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Main Campus. I love working as a music therapist, but I also enjoy teaching music lessons. I have been playing classical piano for about 15 years and acoustic guitar for about 5 years. I love music because I believe it has the power to bring people together.
I started teaching private piano lessons to all ages and abilities when I was in college. I have experience with beginner level students ages 5-adult and intermediate level students ages 6-14. I have experience teaching traditional classical piano (reading sheet music), as well as pop piano (reading lead sheets). I've had the privilege of studying under several different piano professors and teachers in the past 15 years. I draw on their teaching styles, as well as my own experience in teaching.
I started teaching private guitar lessons in 2018, mostly with adults. I have experience teaching pop guitar (reading lead sheets). I had the privilege of learning guitar from two guitar professors at the University of Dayton. Because of my music therapy background, I am open to teaching all levels and all abilities. I am committed to adapting/catering each lesson to the student in order to help them best achieve their goals.
For piano, I typically use the Faber Piano Adventures Series; however, I am open to other method books as well. The Faber series has theory, technique, lesson, and performance books, each with different skills and techniques to learn. I find that those books offer the most comprehensive learning. In addition to the Faber books, I also utilize online worksheets for supplemental learning.
For guitar, I typically use online worksheets and chord sheets, and from there, I encourage students to purchase specific guitar books they are interested in (for example, Disney books, classic rock books, Beatles books, etc.). All in all, I work with my students to find what they are interested in learning and how to best meet their goals.
My teaching style is laid back and fun, as well as motivating and challenging. I think it's important for each lesson to be fun because it fosters positive growth and a love for music. It is also important to me that students take their learning seriously. I expect my students to practice on their own time in order to reach their own goals. Without practice and perseverance, it is difficult to become skilled at your instrument. I truly believe that you "get out what you put in." As a music teacher, I am here to give you the tips and tools to make you as successful as possible. I will always be your number one music supporter!
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