|Subject / Grade||Orchestra Grades 5-9|
|"The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery [theory of relativity] is the result of musical perception."|
|-- In a letter from Albert Einstein to Shinichi Suzuki|
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We are off to an amazing year! Some of my schools this year have the largest orchestras I've ever taught! In the beginning it might be a little frustrating, but it will pay off "Big Time" in a few weeks. I'm excited to hear the kind of sound our orchestras will achieve. I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a subject I love. Nothing compares to the joy on the face of a child who works hard, and out of that work comes understanding and a clear sense of accomplishment.
My Education and Professional Background
I attended Northern Arizona University and earned a BME with a dual major in orchestral and choral conducting in education. While at NAU, I studied with Gary Karr and played in numerous orchestras. For choral activities I sang in the Shrine Choir, student conducted the top Madrigal Ensemble and performed in the first cast of Black Bart’s Theater. My first job was teaching in Las Vegas. I was also the Music Director for the Guardian Angel Cathedral and Assistant Conductor of the Nevada Musical Arts Society. I attended graduate school at Claremont and earned a M.Div. and completed all coursework for the D.Min. At graduation I was awarded the coveted Wilshire Preaching Award for communication. I have been with Chandler Unified Schools since 2003 and have been afforded many wonderful opportunities, teaching at different grade levels. I have also been the guest conductor and clinician for the Arizona Elementary All State Orchestra and the Northern Arizona Jr. High All State Orchestra.
My Educational Philosophy
I often speak about orchestra as an adventure. Each day we journey to unlock new ideas and understandings about the instrument and the music. Not only do those students need to learn about the music. I'm very proud of all my students and work hard to help them reach their potential. Starting on a new instrument is not an easy task and requires practicing the instrument outside the classroom. As beginners, it's not about how much "talent" you have, it's about how much you practice! So anybody can achieve our orchestra goals with practice!
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