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Illinois Wesleyan U
Boston Conservatory (Master's)
Longy School of Music (Enrolled)
While at Boston Conservatory I worked as a liberal arts tutor as well as a Music History teaching assistant. I have classroom experience with ages 5 to college (and beyond), and have worked as a teacher in Musical Theater settings, general music, small choir, private piano and drums. I am comfortable teaching any style of music, music notation and recording software, listening skills, music analysis, and audition practices. I am currently enrolled at the Longy School of Music of Bard College for a post-Masters performance diploma.
As a private instructor, I strive to delve deep into the personality of each student to find not only their actual strengths and weaknesses, but their self-perceived ones as well. I try to teach as much as possible through demonstration and action, as I firmly believe that focused participation is the most rigorous way to internalize any difficult concept. In my experience, the most important facet of education is attuning the student to the joys of a challenge, rather than the stress of it. My education philosophy is grounded in the writings of John Dewey and F.M. Alexander: we need to approach learning with the whole mind and body: the eager, open mind of a relaxed person can triumph over challenges that may have once seemed insurmountable. At the core of my methods, I include aspects of meditation and mindfulness to help control anxiety and grant the confidence to approach any task, be it the specific ones which we study in our lessons, or any future educational endeavor. In our society the public education system is fragmented, and severely lacking in any sort of holistic, unified approach among disciplines, and our current culture too heavily emphasizes standardized tests and curriculums. This is to the detriment of the student's self-awareness and their own path to and love for knowledge which, as a teacher, I feel it is my duty to help students rediscover. While at Boston Conservatory I worked as a liberal arts tutor as well as a Music History teaching assistant. I have classroom experience with ages 5 to college (and beyond), and have worked as a teacher in Musical Theater settings, Read more
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I hold my Master's Degree in percussion from Boston Conservatory, a prestigious percussion department. I have worked as a private drum instructor for all ages for approx 4 years independently or through an agency. My teaching is grounded in the fundamentals as they apply to the style of music that the student is currently interested in pursuing, and I strive to expand their musical horizons through listening, and creative playing exercises.
I hold my M.M. in Percussion Performance from Boston Conservatory. While at Boston Conservatory I worked as a teaching assistant in the history and theory department (2 years), with solo classroom experience teaching history lab to undergrads, grading papers and tests, and tutoring students at their request.
I have my Masters degree from the Boston Conservatory, where I worked as a Teacher's Assistant and tutor in the History and Theory departments. I excelled in theory throughout college and graduate school, and am proficient in all related theory skills including counterpoint, harmonic and formal analysis, composition & arrangement.
I have worked as a private piano instructor for over 4 years now, on my own and through agencies. I have been playing piano for 20 years, and work as a professional musical theater accompanist and jazz musician. I work with each individual student to find their technical strengths and weaknesses and pick repertoire to bolster their confidence and challenge their musical ear and technical ability.
I have professionally music directed 13 shows to date, from young children to adults, high school, college, professional and community theater. I have fine arts summer camp teaching experience. While involved in these shows, I acted as vocal coach, accompanist, conductor, and other duties as necessary for the overall quality of the show.
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