Mission and Methods
I love helping students progress and gain confidence. Each student is different, and it is impossible for a teacher to address every student's individual needs in a large class. Working one-on-one with students, my goal is to help them in areas that their teachers do not have the time to address.
I first learn about my students' interests and learning styles so that I may find an approach that works for him or her. I work with the student on the specific areas that need improved understanding or additional practice. I use my lesson planning skills to devise lessons that work toward specific skill objectives.
I hold a professional teacher license for the state of Virginia in choral and general music for K-12. I graduated magna cum laude from Shenandoah University with a degree in Music Education. I took piano lessons for 11 years and voice lessons for 7 years, and I have been singing in choral ensembles since 1998. Music theory, ear training, and music history are my strongest musical subjects.
My best non-musical subjects are math, science, technology, and grammar. I earned a 5 on both the AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Chemistry exams, and a 4 on the AP Language and Composition exam. I am also proficient with computers, including Office, image editing software, Finale, and HTML and CSS. Part of my computer knowledge is from courses I took in college.
In addition to giving lessons and tutoring, I substitute at local elementary schools. I am constantly seeking new experiences in music, and I currently sing in a barbershop chorus and quartet.
Past teaching and leadership experiences include giving a few piano lessons for my high school graduation project, tutoring for aural skills (ear training) in college (which helped several students pass the course), and managing the stage at a summer theatre camp for three summers.
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