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I have a Master's Degree in Viola performance from the University of Akron. I have won the Tuesday Musical State wide competition for stringed instruments in 2009 for EJ Thomas Hall. I was awarded String Student of the year in my undergraduate studies at the University of Akron where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. I have performed with the Transiberian Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera, and Ashland Symphony. I had the opportunity to attend the prestigious Meadow Mount School of Music in New York as well as the Mark O'Connor Strings Fiddle camp in Tennessee. I perform with my church praise team, which is a lot of fun! I am apart of the High Strung Celtic band, performing all over Northeast Ohio. I also am apart of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.
Teaching is my passion and I enjoy working with students who are eager to learn. I am very strict with proper technique that will benefit the students ability to play well with good intonation and musicality. This will give the student the ability to play any genre of music they choose.
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I am strict with technique but I also make lessons enjoyable and comfortable for both the parent and the student.
I will use the Suzuki method, but will make sure we learn to count and not rely only on the ear. I also teach out of the Essential Elements book. I teach all the scales and some basic theory. The first month of learning the violin or viola is mostly learning the correct bow grip with some open string playing and plucking. Then we learn how to place the fingers on the finger board which is what we call the "left hand frame". Once we are playing with both hands, we learn tunes, posture, stretching properly, different bow strokes, how to play in tune, scale work, how to practice effectively, how to play with ease with a beautiful tone (no dying cat sounds! ) and much more!
I have taught a class of 5-7 year old violinists and violists. I have also taught adult students aging 50 and up, and every age in between for over 6 years.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, metronome, stickers, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a tuner, stickers, tape for their fingers if they are a beginner. I expect them to have their instrument, books, stand for home practice, rosin, and a metronome.
*** Specialties ***
Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Choir, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training
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I specialize in teaching what the student has a desire to learn and great technique combined with a lot of music theory.
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Banjo, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Broadway Singing, Cello, Choir, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Conducting, Conga Drums, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Hand Drums, Jazz Voice, Mariachi, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Music Therapy, Opera Voice, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Vocal Training
Bachelor's of Music Education, KSU
Classically trained Pianist and Guitarist
Certified to teach Guitar, Piano, and Voice
I also have experience teaching String instruments and most woodwinds.
I have several years experience with Clarinet and Saxophone
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