I have been studying music most of my life. My main instrument is cello and I began studying this instrument through the Suzuki Method at the age of four. I have been teaching cello and other music skills in the Denver area since August 2003. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University. This degree was a double concentration in Performance and Composition/Theory. I attended the University of Denver for my Master of Music Degree. This degree focused on Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. While study at DU I also conducted my own private teaching studio. I also had a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Music Theory at DU.
I can give instruction in cello, music theory/composition, music history, and much more. I use a combination of Suzuki and Traditional teaching methods. I require my students to have an understanding of good technique, musicality, and music theory. This knowledge will allow them to be the best possible musician. I am familiar with a wide range of musical genres including film, rock/pop, jazz/blues, world, medieval, renaissance, baroque, and classical. To give students the most well-rounded music education, I have arranged many compositions from these various genres for students to perform. I also teach basic improvisation in various styles. By exposing students to this wide range of musical genres and teaching them improvisation, you open their musical experience. This allows students to want to learn more about music and gives them the motivation. My schooling includes Suzuki Pedagogy and a significant amount of time working with children. My personality is positive and energetic. I am also a very creative and empathetic person. This allows me to connect with my students and find the best way to teach them. I am a highly motivated individual and this position sounds like a very exciting opportunity.
I have a wide range of experience. Please contact me with any questions.
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