Educator.

Emily is available to teach woodwind, piano, and music theory students of all ages in their homes in Indianapolis and in her studio Bloomington, IN.  Please contact her at cookmusicstudios@gmail.com for more information.

Experience

Emily has over a decade of experience teaching woodwind and piano students of all levels, ages, and backgrounds and has served as a tutor and graduate assistant for freshman and sophomore music theory and aural skills courses. Emily has taught private lessons in woodwinds and piano at Pittsburgh’s Winchester-Thurston school and maintained a large private studio at David’s Music House, also in Pittsburgh. Her students frequently held leadership positions in their school ensembles and participated in honors ensembles and youth orchestras. She has worked in public schools in a variety of settings, including as a woodwind sectional coach at Franklin Central High School in Indiana and at Hampton Township High School in Pennsylvania. After completing her bachelor’s degree in K-12 instrumental music education, she student taught in the band program at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Michelle Obama’s alma mater. Emily served as a peer tutor in music theory and aural skills for three years at Lawrence University and as a graduate assistant in music theory and musicology for four years at Duquesne University. At Duquesne, she led review sessions and graded and provided extensive feedback on student work.

Teaching Philosophy

Emily approaches each of her students as individuals, and she works to help them reach and exceed their own personal musical goals.  Besides coaching students through the fundamentals and subtleties of playing their  instrument, she strives to help each student grow into “complete” musicians, by exploring the worlds of improvisation and composition, music history and theory, and a variety of musical genres. Emily believes that few experiences can be as valuable to students’ musical and personal development as performing for an audience, and she provides interested students of all levels with opportunities to perform in positive, supportive environments and to share their gifts with the community.

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