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I am a musician with a diverse combination of education and on-the-job experience. I received my undergraduate degree in music education and am certified to teach general music and all instruments at the K-12 level. My instrumental specialty is the French horn. I have performed professionally and taught French horn lessons for over 10 years. In addition, I have countless years of experience playing and teaching trumpet and flute. I have taught elementary through high school levels of music theory for the Temple University Community Music Scholars Program. Currently, I am a teaching artist for Play On, Philly!
Before I decided to pursue my career in music, I often contemplated life as a marine biologist. I spent 10 years working at an aquarium at the Jersey Shore (Jenkinson's Aquarium). During my employment, I gave informative talks about main exhibits and provided educational programs on various animals within the facility's collection, including African Black-footed Penguins. I helped support feeding, training, enrichment, and conservation initiatives of the aquarium.
I have an undergraduate degree in education with honors. My college course work included numerous classes in teaching approaches and student learning styles. I have taught general music to elementary school students (Temple Prep--Community Music Scholars Program) which included concepts in mathematics, history, and reading. I have presented countless hour long assemblies and workshops to elementary school students on the African penguin and other marine life topics, as I worked at Jenkinson's Aquarium for nearly 10 years.
My educational background reflects both my ability to implement effective study skill techniques and my ability to teach others these skills. I graduated in the top 25% of my high school class, from my undergraduate institution with numerous honors including summa cum laude, and from my graduate institution with a 3.8 gpa. My focus is on music but my passion is education--teaching others how to apply their abilities to retain the knowledge they need for success.
My experience playing and teaching the trumpet spans over 10 years. I have 2 years of college level jazz ensemble playing. I majored in music education and in doing so took multiple course on pedagogy methods, including brass instrument playing and teaching techniques. I have taught trumpet lessons in Philadelphia for the past two years. In addition, I have 20 years experience playing brass instruments, including a masters degree in French horn performance and 7 years of professional French horn freelancing experience.
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