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Bachelor Degree: Morehouse College, other: Columbia College Chicago, Bachelor Degree: Ashworth College
4-AAAA Marching Band Championship Regionals Overall Winner 2011
2016 Teacher of the Year
I'm a dedicated and passionate educator and advocate for the arts, who loves teaching students music. I have been teaching instrumental music on a secondary level for 14 years, I studied Music Education at Morehouse college also Theater Performance at Columbia College. I have taught in many types of educational facilities and institutions. I find it very rewarding to further the musical talents of students. I have traveled and participated in workshops all across the US. I also have had the honor of demonstrating my teaching methods to great musicians and educators who found my style very fascinating.
My teaching experience dates back to 2000 where I began coach and teaching kids younger than me the skills of music and percussion playing, from that point I realized that teaching is a thing that I felt comfortable with and something I would like to do for a career. I have learned that teaching music but making it fun motivated and drives the students to want to learn more pushing them to develop their full potential. I try to teach my students much as I know or more, I never would hinder a student from learning when thats what they seek.
For my beginner students it varies for me when it comes to my delivery method I like to use colors and shapes to be reflective. I use the Bruce Pearson "Standard of Excellence Book 1. with this learning method it allows me to develop the student in a pace that works for them allowing the basic fundaments of music, Fingering, scales, & solo pieces with diagrams and pictures demonstrating the steps. for my Intermediate and Advance level I use the same book but Book 2 teaching similar as Book 1 but it also gives more styles of fingering and more detailed & intense lessons.
My teaching style depends on the student. I like to see my students develop in a pace thats best for them not me rushing them before their time. I allow my student to set goals for themselves where they would like to be in the next few months when it comes to playing music. I reward my students whether they exceed or not it makes them eager to learn more. I like to find out at the beginning what my student is about so I then can know how to proceed to tailor my instructing style which best matches well with them.
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