CURRICULUM VITAE - MUSIC EDUCATOR
Master of Music - Piano Performance - University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)- Las Vegas, Nevada
Bachelor of Music - Piano Performance, Harp minor - Miami University - Oxford, Ohio
With Honors and Distinction
Private Piano Instructor, Accompanist, and Performer
- Instruct individual and small groups of students of all ages including young children, college students, and senior citizens
- Supplement piano repertoire learning with technique, solfège, ensemble experience, and recital performances
- Incorporate music history, piano literature, composition, theory, ear-training and sight-singing lessons
- Accompany singers and instrumentalists on an as-needed basis (recitals, lessons, performances, juries)
- Perform for private parties and banquets
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Instructor "Music 101 - Introduction to Keyboard"
Guided adult students through introductory concepts of piano playing, the history of the keyboard instrument, notation, music theory, musicianship, and music appreciation. Designed all course materials and assignments to meet course objectives, empowering over 120 university students with the tools and knowledge to further pursue their musical studies and become engaged audience members of performances in the Classical Music world.
Music Specialist/Adjunct Music Educator
- Developed class-tailored music curriculae for Kindergarten-6th grade in multiple private schools throughout Ohio and Florida.
- Song-led on piano and guitar for groups ranging from a dozen to over 200 participants.
- Initiated annual traditions such as a school performance of a student-body written play, and volunteer performances at local Retirement/Nursing Homes.
Russia: Spent one month in Russia, taking lessons at the St. Petersburg Conservatory for a grant-funded research project entitled "Piano in Petersburg"
Luxembourg: Studied abroad and completed coursework in European Studies, French, and Piano
Ashland Chamber Music Festival
San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Workshop - Harpsichord
Green Valley Chamber Music Festival - assistant coordinator, as well as active participant
University of Nebraska Lincoln - The Chamber Music Institute: Lessons in Performance & Entrepreneurship
Niagara International Chamber Music Festival and Piano Institute - Niagara on the Lake
University of Nevada Las Vegas - Chamber Music and Piano Institute
Eastern Illinois University - Vocal Jazz Camp
Eastern Illinois University - Piano Camp
Eastern Kentucky University - Piano Camp
Undergraduate Artist Competition (Miami University - Department of Music) - Finalist
Concerto Competition (Miami University - Department of Music) - Finalist
Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship Grant, Honors Department - Recipient
Undergraduate Summer Scholars - Recipient
Delta Omicron National Music Fraternity Summer Study Scholarship - Recipient
Undergraduate Music scholarship (Miami University - Department of Music) - Recipient
Columbus High School Artist Competition - First Place
Ohio Music Educator Association Competition - 1+ Rating
ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
Classical Revolution - San Francisco - Monthly performances of classical chamber music with community members; free and open to the public
Fire and Ice Trio
- Classical graduate ensemble of Piano, Viola, and Cello
- Performed and competed regularly, making regional tours and playing private engagements
- Featured showcase on KUNV Public Radio
- Gigging Sinatra/Bennett cover-band with Keyboard, Singer, Percussion, and Bass
- Performed graduate student compositions, varying in ensemble arrangements through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Classical quartet with Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello.
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas Orchestra
- Miami University Orchestra.
- More than a decade experience accompanying singers and instrumentalists.
- American Harp Society - South Florida Chapter Annual Recital
- Miami University - Student Harp Showcase
- Miami University Choraliers
“Development of Musicality and Expressiveness in Teaching Children”
An examination of some of the primary methods used to develop musicality and expressiveness in children in the United States, with a comparative analysis on the Dalcroze, Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, and Suzuki methods.
“Music of the Romantic Era: Franz Liszt’s ‘Sonetto 104 del Petrarca’ from Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année: Italie”
A background on the historical context of Liszt's life during the composition of Années de Pelèrinage. Explanation of Liszt and his “Sonetto 104” as prime examples of the Romantic Period artist and his art. Prepared thesis, oral presentation, and detailed handouts for both academic and amateur audiences detailing specific musical examples and concepts which exemplify romantic traits in music.
"A Fascination with Rituals: A Comparative Analysis of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and The Wedding"
A comparative analysis of musical ideas between Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and The Wedding.
“Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: a Golden Synthesis of the Russian Silver Age”
Despite his desire to disassociate himself with his Russian past, it is clear that Stravinsky's "vision" which inspired the Rite of Spring was a product of the environment in which he was living, and that by no means was his dream unusual for a creative artist to have in St. Petersburg in 1910. Argument based on an examination of Russia’s Political Environment, Movements in the Arts including Scythianism, Paganism, Neo-nationalism, Neo-primitivism, and fellow Russian Artists during Stravinsky’s time. Produced thesis, PowerPoint presentation, and summarizing handouts.
“Piano in St. Petersburg: its History and Music Analyzed Within Historical Context”
The founding of the St. Petersburg Conservatory represented a shift from the musical ideals of the Russian Orthodox Church to those found in the secular music of the Western world. It served as the prototype for the numerous conservatories later established throughout the Soviet Union, and which still exist today.
Prepared thesis and Senior Lecture Recital with PowerPoint presentation and detailed program notes in order to educate audience about the history of the conservatory, the success of its educational system in producing masters of Russian music composition, and an awareness of the environment in which it flourished. Lecture recital included piano performances of works by and biographical information of composers representing various artistic style periods during the conservatories history including: Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Lecture Recital presented to Miami University Russian Club and the Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum.
Observation of Russian Musical Performance/ Piano in St. Petersburg
Grant recipient of Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS): a selective 10-week (12 credits) program of individual faculty mentorship for Miami University students. Grant funds used for one-month travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, during which time piano lessons were taken for 3 hours/week at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Professor Yuri Serov. Observed a dozen classical concerts including solo piano, chamber, symphonic and operatic. Documented factual data and reflections of each performance in Russian.
"Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 10, No. 3 in D Major Presto: Analysis in Relation to Performance:A Discussion on Performances by Richard Goode, Sviatoslav Richter, and Maurizio Pollini with Regards to Schenkarian Analysis"
A comparative analysis of multiple performances based on a self-made Schenkarian diagram depicting
Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 10, no. 3, mvt. I.
“An Authentic or Historically Informed Performance:
an Examination of Performance Practices as Applied to Music of the Baroque Period."
Explored various ornamentations and rhythmic patterns of keyboard music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and theories discussing their execution in a “historically informed performance.”
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