My passion is teaching music to students of all ages and all levels; sharing with them the joy of music. Music has the capacity to open up our hearts and minds to unknown worlds and cultures; thereby enabling us to express ourselves in unique and individualized ways. Music is not solely about learning the notes, or conquering Rachmaninoff or Grieg; each song is a melody of the heart, and should be navigated as such. When I teach lessons my students learn technique, structure and theory, but also voicing, expression, and interpretation.
I graduated from Multnomah University in December 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Music. I specifically studied instrumentation (piano), vocalization, performance, conducting and composition.
I love music, I have since I was a little girl. From a very young age I loved that music took me and my imagination to worlds untold and it never mattered if I spoke German, Italian, French or Spanish, I could play the songs of those countries, and then it was like stepping into another world. This joy and excitement about music is what still carry with me as I continue my music career. And this is precisely what you can expect I will teach my students as well.
*** Lesson Details ***
The world of music is such a fun and joyous adventure, and this is only the beginning! Students can expect a lot of laughter and an enthusiastic and fun teaching style. As a piano and vocal teacher, I develop a curriculum for each student that is individualized in his or her specific learning style. I believe that students learn at their own pace, enabling me to learn with them while helping them find out what they love about music. The talents I bring to my students include a strong dedication to the art of teaching, commitment and loyalty to the them and a willing ear to listen. I can also offer my substantial experience with teaching music, a love for learning, and a personable non - confrontational teaching style. I am dedicated, punctual and hard working.
After six months of lessons students can expect to know their notes, being able to read music on their own. They will mostly likely have completed their first book and major song, and will have good momentum to get them going on their next musical story.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio with piano, music stands, mirror, recording devices (minimum) and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have the piano. I will bring basic teaching materials.
*** Specialties ***
I work as the music director for a small church in the Grand Rapids area. I schedule practices with the band and teach a choir classic and contemporary songs.
Its a great way to challenge myself and others to think about the music they are playing/singing. It also is always fun to play with other musicians and share in each others gifts.
Currently I am working as a vocal and piano instructor. It is super fun and exciting to be around any different kinds of musicians, listening learning and gaining a new perspective on many different types of music. Its very inspiring.
I play for Eastgate Bible chapel every Sunday, this is hard yet rewarding music. It requires me to be able to play anything at a moments notice, and I have learned over the years to be proficient and confident in my playing. Something I try to instill in all my students.
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