Teaching has been a big part of my life! I enjoy working with children and seeing the progress that they make in their musical and academic subjects! I am certified to teach Early Elementary grades and Music in Maine and Massachusetts. Before I moved to Maine a year ago, I was teaching music for the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District in Massachusetts for 11 years. I also was a music instructor for 14 years at the Cape Cod Conservatory in West Barnstable, MA. where I taught private and group lessons on piano and guitar. I also taught songwriting classes there. I have given lessons on the piano, violin, viola, guitar, ukulele, recorder and song flute. I have helped classroom teachers add music to their plays and have correlated songs with classroom studies in science, social studies and math. I've worked on Kgn, Grade 3 and Grade 5 graduation ceremonies and played the piano for all assembly programs. Performances have always been a specialty of mine with the chorus and individual classes, entire grades and often the entire school participating. I have also tutored elementary school children in various subjects as needed. Before living in Massachusetts, I lived in Brooklyn, New York. I was a music teacher for a Brooklyn public school for 10 years until my move to Massachusetts.
My teaching methods take into account the enjoyment of the student. I try to make learning fun with positive reinforcement. Children will always be more receptive to learning, if their lessons come alive! Flashcards, stickers , creating and composing are all part of my teaching style. Integrating the arts into academic learning can also help. Even difficult concepts to remember, could be made easier by singing them or even using them in a rap.
In conclusion, I look forward to working with you!
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