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.