Riley is currently a senior studying Music Education at the Hartt School. She began studying the oboe when she was in fourth grade, and found a love for instrumental music early on. It was then that she knew she wanted a career as a music teacher. Riley found her passion for teaching early on in her career as a musician, and took on her first private oboe student at the age of 15. Through her time as a student, Riley has studied with Bill Katz, Yousun Chung and Kemp Jernigan, and performed in concert halls across the New York tri-state area, including Lincoln Center, Oheka Castle, and The Coast Guard Academy. Throughout her time at the Hartt School, Riley’s interests grew in her secondary instruments, and music pedagogy classes. She spent a semester as a student teacher, in the elementary band, high school band and general music setting in Connecticut, where her love for teaching grew even more. Though her studies focus primarily on instrumental music, she studied voice throughout high school, and has sung for the Unitarian Society of Hartford as a tenor choral scholar, and guest soloist. She has also competed in Varsity Vocals ICCA’s quarterfinals as an alto with her collegiate a cappella group, Hartattack.
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“Building a good rapport with students is of the utmost importance to me. To be a successful musician, the player must be open, and vulnerable with themselves, and their teacher-which can be intimidating at times- especially for younger students. I strive to create a comfortable, and encouraging environment to bring out the best in each student. My teaching style highlights technique building, as a good technique serves as the grounding for any successful musician.”
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