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B.A., Oberlin College (Musical Studies)
I have twelve years of experience performing and studying flute, primarily in jazz and pop styles. However, I have studied classical and contemporary solo flute repertoire during the past four years. Additionally, I have expanded my performance abilities to include alto and tenor saxophones, on which I am proficient. Consistent rehearsal and performance in wind ensembles, jazz and funk bands, and Balkan and Javanese Gamelan ensembles has enabled me to refine skills in instrumental instruction and coaching. As a result, helping growing musicians achieve their goals, often ones that are similar to mine, is one of my greatest passions.
As part of my major in college, I studied music theory from the Baroque era through 20th century topics such as atonalism and serialism. I was an Aural Skills (ear training/sight-singing) tutor for a year with satisfactory student improvement. Breaking down manageable steps for approaching difficult sight-singing passages, rhythmic patterns, and other musical content is extremely rewarding for me, especially as students get more comfortable with certain material and demand more challenging assignments.
My concentration during my undergraduate studies was ethnomusicology, the study of intersections between music and broader human contexts. Focused study of the musics of Indonesia, the Balkans, and even my own college town allowed me to build significant skills in music and social analysis. The excitement that inquiry and insight into our world through the focused study of music is something I seek to share with all my students in ways that benefit them.
I strive to design plans that combine a variety of students' needs and interests (e.g., flute instruction focused on improvisation or extended techniques; harmonic and rhythmic analyses that incorporate music theories associated with particular regions of the world). I assign homework in the form of independent practicing on students' instruments, and/or focused listening, reading, or writing assignments. These are designed to increase technical proficiency, aural recognition, and critical thinking about music.
I am generally available to tutor Wednesday through Monday, 9am-2pm and 7-9pm. I can travel to students and am available to meet students online.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you advance in your music studies! I have twelve years of experience performing and studying flute, primarily in jazz and pop styles. However, I have studied classical and contemporary solo flute repertoire during the past four years. Additionally, I have expanded my performance abilities to include alto and tenor saxophones,
Flute: $50/hr, $30/half-hr Saxophone: $40/hr, $25/half-hr Music Theory: $40/hr, $25/half-hr Music History: $50/hr, $30/half-hr
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As part of my major, I completed the standard conservatory cycle of four courses in Aural Skills (ear training, sight-singing), consistently receiving passing or excellent grades on exams and performance appointments. Additionally, I was recommended by one of my professors to become a tutor in Aural Skills I for two semesters, which resulted in satisfactory student improvement. My methods include breaking down challenging passages into manageable steps for processing rhythm and melody independently and then gradually unifying them. As much as possible I incorporate harmonic analyses of passages in order to help students grasp reasoning behind note choice or structure. Along with these kinds of methods, I incorporate certain non-Western rhythmic systems, as students might be able to use these approaches to tackle unfamiliar rhythmic schemes.
I have studied and performed on flute for nearly twelve years as a part of concert bands, school orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz combos, and various funk and pop bands. Throughout high school, I studied privately with professional jazz session musicians and gained a foundation in swing and bebop vocabulary. In college, I continued studying jazz improvisation, as well as solo classical flute repertoire, with top conservatory students and well-established orchestral players and educators. Additionally, I began tutoring middle and high school flute players involved in school and Honors concert and jazz bands, with highly positive feedback on their progress from their band directors.
As part of my major, I completed courses in Western music history from the Medieval era to the present, as well as in African American music history. Additionally, I studied ethnomusicology (study of relationships between music and broader human contexts), which allowed me to focus on musics around the world (specifically in Indonesia, the Balkans, and areas of West Africa) and build advanced analytical skills. Mentored by a number of research ethnomusicologists, my Senior capstone paper focused on hip hop artists and political movements in Senegal and the United States, which involved substantial research into the cultural contexts for popular musical styles in the African diaspora.
My performance experience with alto and tenor saxophone stems from doubling on the instruments in high school, having primarily studied flute. I have performed on tenor saxophone in large jazz ensemble concerts and on alto saxophone in public outdoor performance settings. I have been teaching private alto saxophone lessons at the middle school level since Fall 2015, and coach students in repertoire assigned for Honors concert band performances.