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Monica Maldonado

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My Education, Accolades, And Experience

My passion for teaching music started at age 11 when I decided to start teaching
neighborhood kids weekly piano lessons. Since then, I have taught both private and
group lessons for piano and general music for several years. I earned my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The School of Music at The Master's University in 2014.

During that time, I sang with the Collegiate Singers, played in piano ensembles, played percussion with the TMU Orchestra, and accompanied for the Women's Chamber Choir.

My Approach to Teaching

I take time to really get to know my students so that their new goals or new pieces are ones that will interest, inspire, and motivate them. Every student is different, and I appreciate and consider that in my lesson planning. My greatest desire as a music teacher is that each of my students will enjoy the music they create and that they have a profound sense of accomplishment.

One of My Practice Techniques

When learning a new piece, I love analyzing its chord structure. Knowing the harmony helps me better understand which progressions the composer used. Although this is such a technical approach, it is surprising how much the harmony of a piece can tell about the overall character of it and how I should approach my phrasing. This is a hugereason why I always analyze pieces to help me learn and memorize them.

My Favorites in These Five Styles:

Rock - Queen and Jukebox the Ghost
New Wave - Mother Mother and Duran Duran
Pop - A-ha
Jazz - Norm Stockton
Classical - Claude Debussy

My Favorite Quote

“Creativity takes courage.” - Henri Mattise

How I Started Playing Music

My love for music began at four years old when my dad taught me how to play The Pink Panther Theme on the keyboard. When I kept trying to figure out other favorite songs by ear, my mom signed me up for piano lessons when I was five. In the years that followed, I enjoyed learning more about piano, guitar, bass, and music theory. It wasn't until I turned 14 that I started to take my piano playing more seriously, and my teacher gave me more classical pieces. Since then, piano has been my favorite instrument to play and teach.

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