Wilfird Laurier University (Music)
The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Other)
Northwestern University (Master's)
Teaching is my chosen calling, a calling I strive to undertake with love and imagination. From my position as a relatively new teacher, I see no end to improvement, no arrival, no completion. I want to be a teacher who–even after decades in the classroom–still leaves each session asking how to be better, how to better engage and inspire every unique set of students.
Teaching students ranging from adolescence to adulthood at a The Merriam School of Music and students at the post-secondary levels, I aim to create a safe learning environment where students feel comfortable to take chances and make mistakes, which resulted in my students ranking top 3 in local music competitions. It is my goal to perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning. Because most students’ learning and discovery happens outside my studio, my main goal as a teacher is to provide my students with a plethora of teaching tools so they can eventually become their own teacher. At Northwestern I supplemented freshman flute performance major lessons. I observed the freshman’s weekly lesson with Professor Thorne and devised unique curricula to each student. My teaching methods allow the student to develop playing the flute in a way that is most natural to them. I have effectively instructed these students with noticeable improvements on overall musicality and musicianship. My main goal is to cultivate and inspire a life-long relationship between my students and music, whether or not they plan to be a professional performer.
A native of Guelph Ontario Canada I began studying flute with Dr. Laurel Swinden. Most recently I was a finalist invited to Ottawa for The Canadian Regular Forces Military Bands audition, and was offered a position.
I have participated in summer music programs on scholarship including Le Domaine Forget and Centre D’arts Orford. While at these institutions I had the opportunity to study with Robert Langevin, Mathieu Dufour, Denis Bluteau, Jennifer Gunn, and Michel Debost. Other notable masterclass performances include, Alyce Johnson, Alexa Still, Michael Hass, Thomas Robertello, Ransom Wilson, and Jeffrey Khaner. As an advocate of the performance of new music, I premiered several chamber works for flute, cello, and piano at the KWCMS Music Room in 2011, and most recently premiered "Story No. 2" by Tyler Webster on my final Master's recital at Northwestern University
I am already an accomplished player garnering accolades from across Ontario having played Associate Principal with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, The Stratford Symphony and The Scarborough Philharmonic. I have played Principal Flute with both the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble–where I was a section leader–and with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra for the past two years. I have also played Principal Flute with The Royal Conservatory Orchestra for two years and The Wilfrid Laurier Symphony Orchestra for three years.
During the summer of 2013 I returned to The Band of the Ceremonial Guard, where I was seen performing on Parliament Hill. That summer I lead the piccolo section of The Band of The Ceremonial Guard to win their most prestigious award of Best Musical Section for the first time in 30 years. I also taught flute and piano on faculty at The Merriam School of Music from 2011 to 2013 and supplemented freshman music performance major lessons at Northwestern University.
I graduated with an honours Bachelor of Music with a focus in Orchestral Performance in 2011 from Wilfrid Laurier University under the tutelage of Dr. Amy Hamilton, and completed the Artist Diploma Program at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music with Dr. Kathleen Rudolph in 2013. In June 2015 I completed my Master's degree from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, studying with John Thorne.
I look forward to hearing from you, and helping you become the best musician that you can be! Teaching is my chosen calling, a calling I strive to undertake with love and imagination. From my position as a relatively new teacher, I see no end to improvement, no arrival, no completion. I want to be a teacher who–even after decades in the classroom–still leaves each session asking how to be better, how to better engage and inspire every
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