I have been teaching music to young people since 1987. I began as an elementary music specialist and taught in public schools for thirteen years. After starting my family, I began to teach part time as a Preschool music and movement teacher and private piano instructor. I now have fifteen years experience in this field. In the fall of 2013, I added a group keyboard class to my schedule for young beginners. My experience in the music classroom and the piano studio continues to inform my teaching and approach to working with music students of all ages. Students respond positively to the excitement and beauty of making music.
During every piano lesson I aim to help the student play musically and beautifully. We listen to different styles of music and use expressive technique to recreate that style.
My piano studies began in the first-grade. I studied the piano through high school and entered college as a music major with piano as my principal instrument. I chose the flute when middle school band was offered and continued to play through high school and college. My degree course was classroom/choral music which lead me to be a University Singer at Ole Miss during my four years there. It's fair to say that music has contributed greatly to make me the person I am .
I lived in Yokkaichi Japan after graduation from college where I taught conversational English and served as a Christian missionary. When I returned to the Atlanta area, I began my music education career. My music library has grown to include books, cds and music in American Folk music, multi-cultural folk music, classical and jazz music. I've also had the privilege of gaining many hours of professional training in Orff Schulwerk , Kodaly, Choral education and working with young children .
My mission is to bring music to life in my lessons and my students' lives!
*** Lesson Details ***
I think my best teaching characteristic is encouragement. When you're learning something new, you need time to get it right. I use Alfred's Premier Performance series because it includes duets for the teacher and student to play together. This is a fun way to play rhythmically and have ensemble sound while getting started. Alfred also introduces multiple styles of music, simple folk songs to more complicated boogie and dance rhythms as well as classical selections. My students prepare music for the winter holidays and a spring recital. I introduce scales for students who are ready by the second and third year and supplement course books with popular and classical pieces.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Petrof studio upright piano, drums, CD's, library of supplemental piano music.
*** Specialties ***
Traditional method series instruction for young students through adult. I recently added the Musikgarten "Making Music at the Keyboard" curriculum to my method choices. The Musikgarten approach focuses on aural training, leading students to internalize the music they learn before playing it at the keyboard. It emphasizes hearing, singing and playing the rhythmic and melodic patterns before reading them. Like learning to read words, this approach starts with "speaking" the language of music followed by reading and writing it.
I teach music and movement to all the children at Good Shepherd Preschool ages 1 to 4 once a week. Children enjoy walking to the beat, exploring ways to move their bodies with verbal cues and musical cues and freely moving the the mood of the music with the aid of scarves or streamers. My classes consist of singing or encouraging singing, listening, learning singing games and circle dances, playing rhythmic and melodic instruments to accompany music to the beat or with particular sound colors and learning melodic or rhythmic patterns to accompany songs and instrumental pieces learned.
My group piano class is called Music Makers at the Keyboard. It's designed for beginners ages 6-9 . It is a Musikgarten curriculum course. Students learn the repertoire through singing the songs first and taking them to the keyboard second. Students learn to play each piece in multiple keys/positions at the keyboard. We introduce music literacy through out the course with ability to play, read and write music notation. I enjoy teaching this approach to new students.
My Musikgarten classes have been such fun to teach. Parent and child attend the classes together for toddlers, babies and preschoolers. There is a major emphasis on singing and responding to melody. Even the youngest child has the chance to echo patterns of melody and rhythm. Little ones can sing!! We expand the songs through multiple means of play, tapping the beat in different ways, bouncing, dancing, acting out...We do lots of movement both freely and structured. We always have instrument time with drums, sticks, rattles, and the glockenspiel. And we have focused listening time for quiet enjoyment and attention development.
I have been teaching piano lessons to students from beginngers to intermediate levels for many years. My students start piano study in one of several piano method courses. Currently, I use Faber and Faber Piano Artistry. Last year, 2014, I joined the local chapter of MTNA, music teachers national association. This organization holds workshops for their teachers and provides festival performance opportunities for music students. My students participated in the Christmas Recital at Fry's Electronics in December.
I taught general music to the students at Rock Chapel in grades K through 5th grade. We had a chorus for 4th and 5th graders. 3rd thru 5th graders learned to play recorders and the Orff instruments. All students sang, moved, played instruments, learned to recognize different musical styles and time periods. Rock Chapel loved performances. The Music classes participated in annual productions for the Holidays, Black History month and spring programs.
July, 2013 30 hours of training in Music Makers at the Keyboard, Greensboro, NC
Choral music experience is in depth training in the art of expression for choral teachers. It includes training the body of choral instructor to move clearly, fluidly, expressively in order to cue the singer and to communicate the musicality of the composition. We also expanded our listening skills in respect to receiving aural responses to choral direction. We asked ourselves and were evaluated on whether our direction expressed the music and did the singers express the composition as written and directed?
While a music teacher in Dekalb County Schools, I trained in the Orff Certification programs with two master teachers, Marilyn Humphreys and Konnie Seliba Certification is a 60 hours course working in ensemble to learn a myriad of Orff arrangements of classical children's music literature, teaching music to fellow class members using Orff approach and arranging music for ensemble play, movement, speech or song.
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
The non-profit Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA) believes appropriate, purposeful music and movement experiences enhance early childhood development and seeks to support early childhood music and movement practitioners by providing resources, advocacy, professional development, and collaboration opportunities.
Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education — for children and teachers. We offer a complete multi-year educational program that helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. We have wonderful CDs of the songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments, and parent guidebooks. These home materials reinforce lessons and involve the whole family in the fun. We also train teachers throughout the United States and Canada on how to guide infants, toddlers, and children in developing a love of music with the Musikgarten advantage.