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Bachelor Degree: Eastman School of Music
Master Degree: SUNY Fredonia
2010-2014: Howard Hanson Scholarship, Eastman School of Music
Member of Phi Kappa Lambda
2019-2021: Gloria C Miller Music Scholarship, SUNY Fredonia
I have taught piano and voice to all levels and ages for more than 6 years. I am a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a B.M. in Music Education, and I am currently pursuing an M.M. in Collaborative Piano at SUNY Fredonia. I'm a classically trained pianist who also specializes in musical theatre, jazz, pop, and rock. I have always tried to assign repertoire to my students keeping in mind their individual progress but also giving them opportunities to play or sing pieces that they enjoy.
I believe that the joy of teaching for me comes from the joy of performance, and goes hand in hand with it. As I've grown as a musician over the years, and began teaching privately, I've noticed that my best students are those who are excited (and nervous!) at the prospect of performing for others or their peers. When they have a positive performance experience, their motivation to practice and excel in their instrument or voice doubles, triples, or quadruples! I have taught piano and voice to beginners and more advanced students, and I also try to have my students learn a variety of repertoire from different genres, striking a balance between my assigning them pieces that will help with their overall progression, and asking them for their own input if they have something particular they'd like to learn from any genre or style, keeping in mind what they may be capable of from a technical standpoint. I have always encouraged my students to challenge themselves in a healthy and focused way.
For beginner piano students I've borrowed from a few different methodologies usually depending on their age. For young beginners, I use John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course and supplement that with Donald Waxman's Pageants, which are fun and quirky individual pieces that also teach basic notes and rhythms. After the Thompson I introduce Faber's Piano Adventures. For older beginners I've also used the Faber Piano Adventure series and supplemented that with a variety of pieces depending on how much progress the student is making. I'm a big fan of Martha Mier's Jazz Rags and Blues series which I've successfully used in the past to introduce beginning jazz to my students. For later intermediate and advanced students, I want to get an idea of what repertoire they've worked on in the past and their overall progression, which will then help me figure out which pieces may be appropriate for them now.
I take a fun but serious approach to my teaching. I've worked with many students of varying levels and interest, and I tend to vary my own teaching approach based on that. I want to instill a love for music and playing piano or singing for any student that will last a lifetime. Whether the student is interested in pursuing music professionally or just enjoys music for what it is, I will still have similar expectations as their teacher. When it comes to practice, for my younger students I've used a practice log that is signed by their parents after they've completed their requisite practice for the week. For my older students I share practice routines with them that they can use at home, and try to make them aware that when it comes to practice, what they put in to it is what they will get out of it. I want them to be responsible for their own practicing and aware of their own progress.
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