Quick Facts About Hannah
- Teaches piano and voice
- Works well with all ages and skill levels
- Develops individualized curriculum to meet a student's skills and interests
- Strengths: Connects well with students of all backgrounds and levels of experience; skilled in teaching a variety of styles
- Teaching for 2 years
- Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, concentration in voice, from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY; graduated summa cum laude
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General Teaching Style
My teaching style is founded on positivity and personalized instruction. I believe that the process of learning to sing or play piano can be made enjoyable at all stages.
I keep my eyes and ears open to build an understanding of how each student learns best, and I like to work with my students to set goals and choose music that they will find rewarding.
While my students are practicing their technique or specific songs, they are also learning life skills that go hand-in-hand with making music.
Every music lesson is also a lesson in confidence, creativity, coordination, focus, listening skills, self-awareness, and expressivity - all of this while having fun!
I find that an individualized curriculum for each student works best in regards to maintaining motivation and reaching personal goals.
Students will have opportunities to learn new music they are bound to enjoy in addition to the songs they already love.
Focus & Goals of the First Lesson
I design first lessons to get students enjoying their voice or instrument as early as possible.
We begin to explore the amazing capabilities of the student's voice and instrument, and get warmed up to making music together!
I always like to send students home on Day 1 with one new song learned so that they have something exciting to practice and show off over the week.
My training in Music Education deepened my understanding of how to connect with learners to create an enjoyable musical experience.
I show great respect for my students' backgrounds, interests, and skillsets, and have endless tricks to merge play with progress.
In my lessons, students are always encouraged to push their limits and try new things!
I teach a variety of styles, including Classical, Musical Theater, Jazz, Folk, and Pop, as well as note-reading, improvisation, and technique.
Additional Experience & Instruments
One of my very first and most rewarding teaching experiences was in a special education music program. The confidence and experience I gained working with special learners made me an even more versatile and patient teacher in all settings.
In addition, I am able to provide my insight as a songwriter and performing artist to students whose interests include creating and sharing their music with others.
Instrument-wise, I also have experience teaching and performing on guitar and ukulele. Additionally, while completing my Bachelor's in Music Education, I was introduced to playing many band and orchestra instruments, including trumpet, trombone, horn, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and orchestral percussion.
Most Inspirational Music Moment
When processing the loss of a very special young person, my friends and I joined together to do some “circle singing,” a kind of group improvisation in which each person is free to express with their breath and voices while sensing the group’s overall energy. This experience proved like no other that music is the common bond that brings humanity together to celebrate life and to lament our sorrows.
Top 3 Desert Island Albums
- Breathing Under Water - Hiatus Kaiyote
The Human Condition - Jon Bellion
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse