University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Music CompTheory)
Yale University (Master's)
University of Texas (Other)
I have an extensive background in teaching music theory and ear training in addition to having served as an AP Music Theory reader for four years and attending numerous pedagogy workshops. I taught music theory, composition, ear training, piano, music appreciation, music fundamentals, choir, and humanities at Northwest Vista College from 2002 until 2014. Many of my students came to our college unprepared and even sometimes without any music background at all, and I was able to prepare them to transfer to a local four-year or graduate institution and pass all of their placement exams. I keep in touch with several who have gone on to become professional musicians and music teachers.
I am also the author of a published textbook and was a teaching assistant in both aural skills and music composition at Yale University as a Master's degree student. I have an extensive background in teaching music theory and ear training in addition to having served as an AP Music Theory reader for four years and attending numerous pedagogy workshops. I taught music theory, composition, ear training, piano, music appreciation, music fundamentals, choir, and humanities at Northwest Vista College from 2002
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I have my Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in composition. I have taught composition lessons at Yale University to graduate students and at Northwest Vista College to community college students. In 2011-2012 I attended the Walden School Teacher Training Institute, which includes a lot of focus on composition teaching as well.
I was the coordinator, instructional designer, and instructor for Ear Training at Northwest Vista College from 2004, when we began offering the courses, until 2014, when I resigned. My students developed excellent skills at ear training and were very successful in their ear training placement exams upon transferring to their four-year institutions. In addition, I attended both the Walden School Teacher Training Institute in 2011 and 2012, which focuses heavily on ear training, and a World Music Theory Pedagogy workshop in Boulder, CO, which introduced me to some unique methods for ear training. I also was a teaching assistant for graduate level aural skills while I was a graduate student at Yale University in 1997-1998.
I taught music appreciation from a chronological perspective from 2002 until 2007, and have passed my music history comprehensive exams as part of my doctoral degree at the University of Texas. I have a strong interest in music history and have continued to learn more over the years. I always try to incorporate music history into my music theory teaching.
I was the sight singing instructor and subject coordinator as well as the instructional designer for sight singing at Northwest Vista College from the time we began offering the course in 2004 until 2014, when I resigned. I have experience grading the sight singing portion of the Music Theory AP exam. I attended the Walden School Teacher Training Institute, which focuses heavily on sight singing, and also studied theory pedagogy, including sight singing, while working on my doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. I also was a sight singing teaching assistant at Yale University from 1997 until 1998.