Teaching

Experience

 

     I have fifteen years of experience teaching private lessons to students of a range of ages and abilities. I particularly enjoy starting young students with their first music lessons. I hold a Master of Music degree in harp performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, and I have formal training in harp teaching and exposure to diverse methods. While at Peabody, I taught lessons in a variety of settings, including in my studio, through the Harp Adventures program at Peabody, and through the Bridges after school program at the Baltimore Montessori School. I have coordinated and assisted with student recitals and concerts, including directing group rehearsals and coaching ensembles. I currently teach piano and harp at two DC-area organizations: Harmonic Music Studios and the DC Youth Orchestra Program, where I manage around 50 students weekly. I enjoy composing and arranging music for beginner-level harp and have recently published my four-book curriculum, Happy Harps, which is available from numerous respected harp music distributors! 

Philosophy

 

      I strive to teach with a well-rounded approach that includes music history, theory, note-reading, technique, musicality, performance techniques, and exposure to various sounds and genres.  My goal is to recognize the potential in each student and challenge him or her in a way that encourages growth.  The skills learned in solo and ensemble performance, as well as individual practice, are far-reaching; both students who become professional musicians as well as those who do not will experience benefits from music study in their personal, academic, and professional lives. 

 

 
 
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