I am a composer and pianist currently living in Tucson, AZ. My experience in teaching both academic and performing arts curricula as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst helped me develop a teaching style that focuses on experiential learning and personal communication, asking questions and allowing students to explore new ways of thinking while attempting to facilitate creative and critical approaches to learning. As a former homeschooled student, I have been able to develop strong organizational and independent study skills that I hope to share with my students, and as a musician and improviser I value and encourage creative thinking and curiosity in my approach to teaching and learning.
University of North Texas - Bachelors, Music Performance
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Masters, Music Composition
GRE Verbal: 165
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would ask questions and try to relate the concept to the student's interests and experiences.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find a conversational approach that prioritizes learning the student's interests and the challenges they're facing, and setting clear and achievable short-term goals to be successful strategies when working with a new student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I believe that asking students to define concepts with their own words is a great way to be sure that a student understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I try to provide perspective and draw attention to the student's strengths and progress.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs both through asking them what they think is challenging about the material and by starting conversations about the material to find any gaps in understanding.