B.M, University of Florida (Music Performance)
I began a love of teaching when I was given a huge responsibility to design, develop, and integrate a curriculum with a school of 700 students ages 5-12 years. In this ongoing program of enrichment, I was a co-teacher with a staff of 30 instructors whereas I worked with and created diversity for a multicultural group of multi-tiered learners. From the challenged to the gifted, from the rich to poverty, I found talent. This spark that was in each and every child no matter their background, ethnicity, or environment was discovered in my program over and over again. Each day was new in the creative expression of my students whose love for the art gave me my direction and personal growth as a teacher.
I have a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida, and I am Certified Online Instructor for the University of Richmond. I have a Professional Teaching Certificate K-12, 20 years experience teaching both privately and in the classroom. I am a composer, performer, and fine arts advocate for community related projects and a classically trained Lyric Soprano, UF.
My teaching experience includes teaching 30 classes a week to ages 5-12 students and coordinating school-wide events for programs to include each grade level. I have also worked with professional theatre groups who present talented performers who inspire children for a career in the arts. I have worked with choral groups who perform community wide, and for Art Festivals. I have developed and instructed a piano enrichment group to gifted students and have coordinated season concerts for family to enjoy the performances of my students. My performance experience includes being chosen to sing with the University of Florida Symphony many classical pieces that were performed in concert. I have studied voice pedagogy, musical theatre and music history. I have written, performed and professionally recorded original music. I have a voice range of 4 octaves and can sing all styles of music from jazz to opera. I have been commissioned to sing in many sacred venues. Of recent, I performed at the Basilica of San Marco, Florida, where I sang “Ave Maria” to 300 people during a mass. Talents should be shared, but not controlled in their expressions. I encourage all students to find their niche in the world of music which is a universal language.
My method is to empower the young to find their creative and expressive talent through singing, dancing, instruments and theatre. I use innovative techniques with interactive technologies combined with the piano in performance settings. I give students a keen awareness of music theory through piano lessons, workshops and recitals. I inspire students to succeed in academics by using music as a focus in binaural brain exposure (the Mozart Effect) that influences a student's education for lifelong learning.
Each child has a right to a strong music education and should never be limited by the amount of time they are allowed each week. I instill motivation and innovative educational approaches to incorporate cooperative problem solving. I enjoy combining several goals and objectives within the framework of a lesson and I think on my feet! I enjoy including parents and will invite their support for their child and the art community. I carry with me high standards of personal integrity that I expect my students to also uphold within their passion for music. I began a love of teaching when I was given a huge responsibility to design, develop, and integrate a curriculum with a school of 700 students ages 5-12 years. In this ongoing program of enrichment, I was a co-teacher with a staff of 30 instructors whereas I worked with and created diversity for a multicultural group of multi-tiered learners. From
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I am certified to teach in the State of Florida by the Dept. of Education in grades K-12. Teaching piano is the cognitive learning necessary to understand the theory and language of music. Reading music as applied to a musical instrument can best be demonstrated by the keyboard which is universal.
Through the University of Florida, I have obtained a degree in Vocal Performance as a Lyric Soprano, and in so doing have demonstrated the instrument through various performances, pedagogic learning, and choral direction. I teach Middle School Chorus at a public school where I have enrolled in my class 100 students in the performing arts.