I was 3 years old when I started playing the Violin. As I continued in music, I found myself learning to play the Clarinet, Piano, Organ, and composing. I love anything music: teaching, conducting, or writing. I attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, receiving my B.A. in Music and a Minor in Music Theory and Composition. I have had the wonderful opportunity to enhance my musicianship through academia and professional experience. As such, I became extremely proficient in musical theory and performance. I have also received a B.S. in Kinesiology and the Physical Sciences, which has helped me to realize how important music is in my life today. Music is more than just notes, and all my life experiences up to this point have certainly affirmed such a statement. I am always learning; always developing my skills.
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Well, one of my sayings is Music should be fun! And this is certainly true! I like to have fun with my students and I enjoy my students when they are having fun. The excitement that a student has when playing their favorite piece of music, is the same excitement I bring to my lessons. I not only teach my students music proper, but I also teach my students how to be free and learn uncommon repertoire. I can be laid back at times. I realize that there is a time to focus and a time to play. After awhile, my students will understand how important and prolific music is in their personal life; they will learn to find the joys of music in the world around them. They will not only enjoy the music they listen to, but they will understand it as well.
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Studio room setup for lesson with upright piano. Parking available. Parents can sit in on lessons, and waiting area available.
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The student should provide a suitable learning instrument for their mode of interest. Example: clarinet for clarinet lessons, etc. Student is responsible for lesson books.
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Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock.
Staff Organist: accompanying congregation, choir, and soloists.
4 years experience in the Springfield area, teaching music lessons.
I played for a number of churches during these years including National Avenue Christian Church; Evangel Temple.
6 years experience accompanying college students. I accompanied them on Piano.
I played the organ and piano for Nixa Christian Church. I accompanied their choir; performed in musicals.
3 years experience performing concerts with the Mark Thallander Foundation on the organ.
I played the Piano and Organ for Sunday services.
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.