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When did you begin playing [instrument], and why?:
I've been singing since I was about 8. I began to play piano when I was a teenager, because many of my classmates were very skilled at the piano, and I became inspired to be like them.
What are your personal goals as a musician?:
I love opera, and my goal is to compose my own. I plan on working closely with the librettist, since I'm a poet as well.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you'll remember forever?:
I never knew what perfect pitch was until I was much older. I also didn't realize I had perfect pitch until a professor at an audition made me aware of my ability. Since then, it's become a wonderful tool.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
Being compassionate with a student will allow them to fearlessly open up to their potentials.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
In the winter months, my body feels tight and cold, and sometimes this causes tension during playing or singing. That's why to me it's important to work in a warm environment, do proper daily stretching, and have a healthy lifestyle (good diet, exercise, proper sleep).
What is your biggest musical achievement?:
Composing a fugue.
Favorite thing about teaching?:
I love sharing my passion for music with other human beings.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
If at first you don't succeed, try try again. Music is meant to be fun, enjoy it!
Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
In 2015, I composed the music for my sister's walk down the aisle (wedding piece). Additional compositions underway, member of American Composer's Forum, member of Contemplum (composition club at Temple), participant in the Oticons Film Score Contest.
About Anabelle C...
I have always been involved with sounds and music from an early age. My greatest forte is my ability to hear. When I was young, people thought I might become a voice actor, because my skill at replicating voices was quite apparent. Still, I loved to sing and had been regularly involved in choirs. I dabbled in violin in the fifth grade, but I didn't feel a "click." Without despairing, I tried my luck with piano and felt instantly in sync. I knew this was the right instrument for me. During my piano studies, I continued to work on my voice. In addition, I studied the workings of a sound board, and was head sound chief at my high school. At the college level, I began to pursue composition, while still continuing with my piano and vocal studies. I hold an associate of arts degree with a music focus (piano performance), a bachelor's degree in music theory, and I will be graduating from Boston University this coming May with my master's in music education. I have been teaching music since 2006 and have worked a wide range of ages and various group sizes. My joy is working with people in a field that I'm passionate about. My interests include music (jazz, classical, opera, new age), ballet, composition, yoga, meditation, going to the gym, hiking and camping, scuba-diving, sailing,Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, cooking and baking, film-editing, sound engineering, poetry, reading good books, building websites, and watching documentaries.
This position involves teaching over 700+ students every week various areas of music. The students learn songs for the Veteran's Day assembly and the holiday concerts for the first half of the year. The second half of the year the compose music for the art show, and they learn about various genres and world musics. In addition, Anabelle volunteers every Tuesday to run the after school choir and knitting clubs.
Tasks: Private tutelage for all ages in piano, voice, and music theory/composition, arrange rescheduling and make-ups, arrange book and instrument purchases.
Tasks: Schedule lessons, arrange finances, interact with young children up to adults and senior citizens, tutor in piano technique, theory, vocal technique, professional musicianship. Clerical duties involved.
Tasks: Private in-home tutelage for all ages in piano, voice, and music theory/composition, arrange scheduling, arrange book and instrument purchases.
Tasks: Private tutelage for all ages in piano, voice, and music theory/composition, arrange scheduling and meetings, arrange book and instrument purchases.
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