Piano, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Strings
B. M. Music Education, West Chester University
Rachel Shank graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2018. Her major instrument was flute, with additional instruments studied as well, such as piccolo, clarinet and french horn. During her time at West Chester, she participated in many ensembles, including Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. Rachel has been teaching private lessons for three years. She has had the opportunity to teach music in both Haverford Township School District and Quakertown Community School District. Rachel enjoys teaching in a band ensemble setting and individual based lesson settings. She feels the most rewarding part of teaching is reflecting on the beginning of her students’ journeys and witnessing their hard work and progress over time. The connections made with her students have created unforgettable memories that have affected her to become a better teacher and person.
Rachel believes that music is a universal language. Inspiring her students to practice music and explore new kinds of music not only develops a passion for music, but it also creates an appreciation for all arts. Rachel’s focus on teaching is effective practice of good pedagogy and musicianship while improving skills to become better people. She believes music teaches students to create a safe environment for performance and relaxation while teaching them patience, hard work, individual accountability and achievement.