The Student Teacher Program
The ST Program is provided at Dolce Music Studio by training our advanced students, age 16+, the skill of teaching beginners. Our purpose is to give opportunity to our older students who have had many years of study as well as providing a varied format to inspire our young beginners at a reduced rate. Student teachers will teach weekly lesson plans as private lessons to their beginning students based on their master teacher’s instruction. One monthly group ensemble will be directed by the master teacher for evaluation and direction. Student teachers are required to email a weekly lesson plan to parents and their master teacher keeping a cohesive music foundation designed for success. Read bios below of our current student teachers.
Erica Jermain, a high school student at GHS, began her fine arts journey at the age of 3 with dance lessons. Her piano studies began with Brenda Bedell at the age of 5 with a commitment and dedication to music for the past 11 years. She continued her musical growth by participating in choir and theater productions in elementary school and middle school. Erica then added the flute to her music education as a part of the school band. In the 8th grade, she competed for region in flute and obtained first chair, which is the highest honor a middle school student can achieve in band. Erica is part of the varsity dance team at Georgetown High School and continues to play the flute and piano. Her own piano lessons under the direction of master teacher, Brenda Bedell, now include teacher training. Erica has made the statement, “It doesn’t feel like a job when you do what you love!”
Eric Bowers, a junior at Meridian World School, began piano lessons at age 4 with Brenda Bedell for 6 years and another 5 years with Michael Ross at Dolce Music Studio. Eric has explored many instruments including oboe, guitar, and is an accomplished percussionist. He routinely held first chair in the middle school honors band. Playing drum set in the jazz band, Eric was recognized as an outstanding soloist in the Georgetown Jazz Festival. At Meridian, he designed and constructed his own accurately tuned PVC pipe marimba as part of a school project and used it in outreach opportunities such as the Meridian Arts Alliance. Eric currently plays timpani in the Vivace Youth Orchestra. Continuing his private piano lessons and teacher training for the Student Teacher Program, Eric is eager to share his love of music with his own students.
Maddy Lacey, currently a student at Austin Community College, plans to continue her education at a four year university and aspires to become a high school orchestra director. After playing violin for 6 years, Maddy has also incorporated viola into her studies. Her favorite moment as a musician was playing Carnegie Hall with the Round Rock High School Orchestra. Today, she plays violin and viola in the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra. Maddy hopes to enrich her students’ lives and inspire them to love music as much as she does.