I find the best way to learn is to have fun. While many subjects can be frustrating, maintaining a sense of calm allows a person to learn at their own pace without less anxiety. This is why my teaching style is dependent on the individual's preference of pace and style of learning.
I started my higher education as a mechanical engineering and music double major, and quickly found music to be my passion. After completing two years of mechanical engineering higher education and playing in musicals around Portland, I found myself enjoying and spending more of my time in music related activities. In my junior year, I dropped my engineering major, focusing on my music studies and performances.
Upon graduating from the University of Portland with a B.A. in Music Performance, I attended Berklee College of Music, interested in their electronic music production and music engineering programs. While I did not complete a degree at Berklee, my experience was invaluable, and I would not have left if I had not been given an opportunity at my dream job in the U.S. Navy.
My career in the Navy was cut short due to medical complications, and I am now at ASU pursuing classes and labs to make my Psychology PhD application competitive.
In addition to these educational experiences, I have had experience playing and recording various styles of music. My teaching experience includes multiple brass students as well as classroom presentations (primarily elementary classrooms). I also assisted in starting the jazz band program at Roosevelt High School in Portland, OR.
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