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Advancement to semi-finals, Pershing's Own Military Band Audition
Advancement to semi-finals, IU concerto competition
Premier Young Artist Award (IU)
Principal Clarinet, IU University Orchestra and Opera Maya Orchestra
Participant at Domaine Forget de Charlevoix
I am a caring, kind, and inspiring educator going into my 4th and final year at IU Jacobs School of Music for Music Education and Clarinet Performance. I am originally from Wappingers Falls, NY. I was motivated at a young age to pursue music from listening to my sister play the double bass and having excellent educators. I am looking to inspire my students just as my teachers have inspired me. I am dedicated to this career path and am looking to help my community in any way that I can through the power of music. Outside of music, I enjoy yoga, reading, hiking, and swimming.
I have an extensive list of teaching experiences in public schools and communities in Indiana such as the Boys and Girls Club and Middle Way House of Bloomington, and Bloomington public schools. I have taken methods classes on teaching band and string instruments. I have specialization in teaching clarinet and voice, as I have taken specific pedagogy courses designed on the very detailed approaches of teaching these two crafts. I have experience giving clarinet lessons to my peers in my methods classes as well as piano lessons to a first grade beginning student.
I tend to stress fundamentals when it comes to what my philosophy of teaching is. I argue that the more time is spent on fundamentals, the better technique the student will have later on. The challenge comes into play with the fact the fundamentals can get tedious and boring! It is my duty to share creativity and fun ways of practicing the basics so my students can grow while enjoying what they are doing! I plan all of my lessons specific to the student I am teaching and what they need to do to improve. I keep separate notes for each student on what we have done, are doing, and what needs to be accomplished next time along with exercises to practice to ensure their growth.
I have a very creative teaching style. My emphasis is on student-centered learning. Learning should not solely be myself giving instruction and the students listening. In order for students to grow, discovery on their part needs to happen through guided questioning. The more this happens, the more that students are inclined to make their own discoveries and become their own teachers/motivators for improvement. I am also a firm believer in having the student explore who their musical heroes are. I encourage having them search YouTube and find who inspires them the most musically and to learn by example. Often times I will mention their musical heroes in our lessons.
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