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I am currently working on my music composition degree and have maintained a GPA of 3.83. In my time at Pacific I have tutored for Pacific's Educational Resource Center assisting my fellow students in the areas of writing, grammar, ESL, English conversation, music theory, music history, sight singing, ear training. My experience on applied instruments began at age 6 with the piano, at age 8 I added violin and continued with both into college where I play with the University Symphony and am on a Performance Scholarship. In 2008-2009 I taught private violin students at Stockton's Zion Academy of Music.
In high school I competed in competitive speech and debate (2003-2006) to the national level and coached national finalists in theatrical interpretive events and top ranking national speakers in Lincoln Douglas Debate to their titles. I landed lead rolls in summer stock theater productions of Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), Twelfth Night (Viola), with Colorado Spring's Back Yard Bards.
Additionally, I am the President elect for 2011 of University of the Pacifics Mu Eta Chapter of the Professional Music Fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. In my 2 years as a part of this organization I have been instrumental in directing community service projects which have focused on fostering academic achievement and musical appreciation in students in elementary school through college.
I am currently studying for my Bachelors of Music in Composition at University of the Pacific (class of 2012). I have been composing in earnest since 2005 and have been actively studying music theory since 1998. I have a love for music and a professional respect for styles that I do not embrace as my own. For theory and composition I see the tutor/instructor's role to first and foremost, foster the individual voice of the student, be supportive and to introduce the students new concepts, push them to try new and challenging compositional techniques, and guide and direct their theoretical understanding.
My cooking experience has been at the knee of excellent gourmet chefs who taught me to be both a recipe cook and a "dump cook". I can confidently and successfully follow recipes, create my own, improvise substitutions when necessary, and maintain a clean and safe kitchen environment. I have successfully taught several of my college buddies cooking tricks and recipes.
I am in my fourth year as a conservatory student. In the past four years I have taken classes ranging from private instrument lessons, to history, to theory courses, to ensemble playing, and courses in computer music.
I have my Bachelors degree in Music Composition, which required that I take five Music History courses— including world music and general music history overview courses. Additionally, my composition classes focused on the history and development of modern music and contemporary composition. Music history was one of my greatest delights, and was also one of the subjects that I tutored at my university. My grades in music history were always 'A's.
I have played piano since 1996. I was a Regional National Piano Guild Participant in 2004. I am currently a conservatory student at University of the Pacific and have continued taking private piano lessons with Frank Wiens and Dr. Rex Cooper at the university level as part of my study.
I participated in competitive forensics from 2002-2007. From 2004-2008 I coached both acting and debate. Many of my students went on to receive regional and national titles and awards in the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association. I also was a regular contributor to the Lincoln Douglas resource and debate theory text book "The Red Book" (2005-2009) published my Monument Publishers on a yearly basis with updates for each new topic.
I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition. I have much experience writing songs, as I did an independent research project and composed a short musical during my time in undergrad studies. As a tutor for my university, I have experience tutoring many musical subjects, including music theory, history, ear training and sight singing.
University of the Pacific (Music Compostion)
University of Maryland, College Park (Graduate Coursework)
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Petra will travel within 15 miles of Hyattsville, MD 20783.
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