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Hi, my name is Irene and I am a recent graduate of Pepperdine University. I have Bachelors of Arts in Applied Music and Psychology. Pepperdine, being a liberal arts college, has required me to take classes in a variety of fields of studies. I have worked in preschools to develop literacy skills in low-income schools. Other teaching/tutoring experiences have been in elementary schools especially from third to fifth grade.
I am also passionate about music. I love to teach flute and talk about music, especially music history. At one of the schools I volunteered at, I coached and played with the fifth grade flute players.
My teaching style is to let the student struggle with the problem in front of me so I can assess his or her weakness. Then I look at what they are struggling with and then I guide their thought towards the right answer. Then I find or create another problem to do on their own and then I teach them how to solve or answer the question. In addition to this, I give the student helpful tips in general on how to find answers and such.
As a recent graduate from Pepperdine University with a degree in Applied Music, I feel that I have gained necessary skills to teach flute. I have been playing since I was in fifth grade and since then have won numerous competitions and been in youth orchestras across Southern California. During the past four years, I have learned different styles of classical flute playing as well as some jazz. In my music classes, I have learned the importance of constant practice and motivation that I try convey to my flute students.
I believe that arts education is a critical component of a well-rounded student and music is an art that teaches not enhances problem solving skills and critical thinking skills, but teaches that dedication and hard-work is necessary to achieve goals. I have had experience with coaching my peers at my college in flute and other instruments, middle schoolers at a church, as well as fifth grade flutists in their band class. I usually coach flutists who have at least the basics, but I have taught beginners as well.
Music history is of great interest to me. It is critical to know the history behind music in order to play it in an authentic style and musicality. I have taken two semesters of music history and on top of that, my classical flute training has given me a practical avenue to apply what I have learned in class. In my music history classes, we covered music from the antiquities, all the way to modern music such as rock and roll. This includes genres such as, symphonies, operas, musicals, computer, monastic and chamber music.
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