I have been playing the flute for over 17 years and I have been teaching flute and piccolo lessons since 2001. I have worked with adults and children and I have used various different flute teaching methods (I choose proper methods for each student). I currently teach flute lessons (beginner & intermediate) at a small music school in Skokie, IL.
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music and I am currently working on my Master's Degree in musicology/music history. As a musician, I have studied music for over 16 years and I have been teaching private music lessons for nearly 12 years. When I was a graduate student at the University of Iowa, I was a teaching assistant for three years (2010-2013) and I taught a total of 8 music appreciation/music history courses. I also was required to take a final degree examination for my Master's Degree (3 days of exams) and I passed my examination. I was required to answer in-depth music history and music theory questions.
apart from Piano, Music history is my second passion. I've taken numerous classes in Music History and I plan on obtaining a minor in Music History at Roosevelt University. I also plan on studying music history/musicology in graduate school.
So far I have taken 6 music history course including: Western Music until 1750, Music History from 1750-late 1800s, Music History from around 1900 to present, American Music history, Art Song literature, and Performance practice since 1750.
Each semester I try to take at least one music history class, and I have gotten A's in all but one music history class.
I also plan on writing my undergrad senior thesis on a music history topic.
Music theory is also another academic music subject that I also really do enjoy. So far in my undergraduate studies I have taken five courses in music theory. Three of my courses have covered tonal harmony and I have taken a course in atonal music theory and a course in 'Form and Analysis' which is the study of how certain pieces are structured. In the near future I am to take another music theory course called 'Baroque Counterpoint' which is a course focusing on Baroque music and the structure of certain pieces such as 'fugues.'
Music theory is one of my strong points, however I have to say that atonal music theory is really my strongest area in music theory.
I've been playing piano since I was ten years old, now I'm 20 and I study piano performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Downtown Chicago. My two current teachers are Dr. Ani Gogova (Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Michigan Ann Arbor) and Katherine Lee (Artist Diploma from Yale University).
I have competed in local piano competitions from the time I started piano until I was 15 years old and I am well aware of how to prepare for competitions. And I am well aware of preparing for music auditions as well as playing exams. I am currently finishing up my junior year at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and plan on giving a recital sometime this fall.
In the past and present I have tutored and mentored people of different age groups for piano. I have covered how to play scales and arpeggios, technical /strengthening exercises, and I have taught lessons as well. I've also helped fellow students prepare for competitions and I have also coached students on proper posture and proper technique.
I enjoy tutoring and teaching piano because I know that I can help others and put my knowledge of piano to good use.
While I was working on my Master's Degree at the University of Iowa (08/10-05/13), I taught several classes and worked closely with many undergraduate students mainly during class and weekly office hours. I spent a great deal of time helping my students prepare for exams and large assignments and I also explained good study strategies and tips (including time management etc.). I truly wanted my students to succeed and I wanted to teach them study skills that would help them in their other classes as well (not just music appreciation/history). I've also worked as an English tutor for ESL students and devised study plans to help them learn vocabulary quickly and improve their memory (in terms of language learning). In addition, I have experience teaching Sunday School classes (children ages 5-12) and teaching private music lessons.