We hear constantly how one of the most important things to do in life is to follow your dreams. None of us want to wake up 20 years after, regretting the fact that we didn't give our all and did what we really wanted to do.
Well, my philosophy is that thinking that thought every once in a while is okay and even understanding what your dreams are is fine too, but actually accomplishing those things is a whole different story -- one that involves hard work, dedication and an intense desire to learn.
I venture to instill these values into what I teach -- music.
I am currently a student at Ball State University on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in music media production. This entails in-depth courses in music theory, music history, performance and technology.
I've also been studying and playing music for 10 years. I started out by playing guitar, then piano, and I have also been in choirs continuously since age 13. At about age 14, I started studying music theory -- scales, chords, styles, harmony, etc. Since then, I have devoted at least 20 or 30 hours per week to study and practice, with that number growing to probably over 30 in the last couple of years. If it's not obvious already, music is certainly my passion.
I am also a dedicated student of all subjects. I scored a 2010 on my SAT, so I am proficient in basic math, reading comprehension and writing, and through the many different subjects I have devoted time and effort to, I have come to believe that one of the most important parts of truly learning about anything is understanding and recognizing how these things relate to another; math is an integral part of music theory and rhythm, and listening to a song is similar in many ways to reading a book, and scientific laws explain how music physically happens and how our bodies and minds react to it.
My teaching style is holistic and expansive. I want any student of mine to come away thinking about things in a different way because in my experience, the best teachers I've had are not the ones who spit out the same things they've been taught but provide a unique and exciting perspective on their subject.