My name is Candice Halison. Coming from a family of musicians and singers, I began piano lessons at the age of 5. Along with singing in the Children's Choir at church, my piano lessons intrigued my hearing and attention for details. By the age of 11, I was performing Bach and Beethoven for my studio recitals. Through middle school and high school, my focus was music. Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Flute were added to my concentration of instruments. During this time, along with four other young ladies, my vocal mentor, brought together a gospel singing ensemble. Ministering in church and around the city we forged a strong, fresh mixture of our voices. We later sang on BET's Teen Summit in a talent competition. After realizing that music was my passion, I applied for the School of the Arts in Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1999, I began teaching piano as a result of wanting to share my passion. My studies progressed in orchestral instruments, band instruments, composition of music, theory, conducting, vocal performance and piano performance.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and helping others to grow in their specific artistic talents!
she is kind and professional
I like to find out the student's personal goals first. Then, with their goals in mind, make a plan for progress.
I graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Arts in music. Initially, I began my college career in music with a focus in education. So, my coursework involved orchestral and band instrumental education. Also, from the age of 5 I've been learning about music with private lessons in piano, vocal groups singing at church, keyboard and guitar performances in small plays, and unpublished recordings with ensembles.
My first student was my oldest niece. My thought was, "I would really like to teach her to play a few songs on the piano". After a few lessons, I realized that I enjoyed seeing her face light up after she played something successfully that I was instructing her to play. I want to pour out my knowledge to others!
I've had a large age range with students. My youngest piano students are 4 years old. My oldest student was "seventy something"! It's never too early or too late to begin learning about music!