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I really do cater each lesson to each individual student's needs and ambitions. One of the biggest skills needed as a musician is knowing how to practice and improve. I focus this a lot. We also keep it fun of course and play duets together! Instilling proper technique is crucial to healthy playing of the cello. I give systematic instructions on how to navigate the cello. I love seeing students improve and flourish. Read More
Instruments: Violin Viola
I begin each student by assessing their goals. If an older student comes to me with the goal of being a professional musician, my approach to their lessons and my expectations are going to be very different than with a 4 year old trying the violin for the very first time. Regardless of age, each student will walk away from each lesson with a clear knowledge of what to practice and more importantly HOW to practice to meet their goals. Read More
Instruments: Piano Guitar Flute Drums Mallet Percussion Orchestral Percussion Keyboard Acoustic Guitar
I am very much a goal-oriented and visual person, so I like to set clear goals for my students. I like to get to know my students personally and create a more open relationship. Some students learn much quicker than others and that is okay! But, I do always encourage my students to progress using proper techniques to prevent burnout and any injuries. I am very flexible with my students and will always adapt to the way they learn best. Read More
Instruments: Drums Mallet Percussion Orchestral Percussion
I use a variety of method books for drum set, mallet percussion, and snare drum, depending on the student's level and their area of interest. I also share exercises and approaches that I have picked up over the years from teachers and other sources, and I often create exercises on the spot to address the student's unique needs. One of the primary issues that I think is important to address is developing an efficient and effective practice method. Read More
Instruments: Saxophone Clarinet
Do you know what's more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music? Nothing! Therefore, it is important that each and every student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps motivate and fuel desire to progress, practice and learn even more. By learning what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to his/her wants and needs. Read More
Instruments: Violin Cello Viola Trombone Double Bass
I try to enable all of my students to gain a better more meanigful appreciation for music. I enjoy teaching and try to incorporate technique while learning music. Regular practice is a good habit to learn early on and I ask all students to bring a notebook to lessons so progress can be recorded. Regular attendance is important to continue to learn their new skill and I think learning a new discipline needs to be enjoyed. Read More
I cater my teaching to each student and put my emphasis on the appreciation of music in general. Even if the child ends up not continuing as a pianist, my goal is that he/she will always be in contact with music, whether as a patron, composer, or playing another instrument. I set attainable goals at each lesson to keep the student interested, and focus on the process rather than the product, so setbacks do not become discouraging. Read More
What advice do you have about practicing effectively?
I highly advice practicing quality over quantity. One can practice a phrase 20 times but if he or she does not understand how the phrase is contrived, he or she will not conceptualize it. Practice slow, and have a process to learn the piece of music (example: look at the key signature, what time is it in, what accidentals outside the key are present, chunk out each section). If you miss a note, stop and go back. It is so easy to let mistakes slide. this is specific for intonation but sing the phrase of music and then play the piece.
How do I know if my child is ready to start lessons?
If the child displays a natural talent for music, it is important to act upon that, even if it is learning general music, which can later translate to an instrument. For example, I teach Clarinet beginning at the age of 10-11 years old. If my student is only 8 but can hold, and play the Clarinet, I will start at that age. It is also noteworthy to say one shouldn't start a student with an instrument too young because his/her lungs and mechanical movement are not developed enough and can cause permanent damage later in life.
Did you have a teacher that inspired you to go into music? How did they inspire you?
Yes, I did. When I was in Band my freshman year in high school, I was in the top wind ensemble, but the only freshman Clarinetist. Once I saw how this band performed and my band director conduct, it lit a fire in myself that ultimately inspired me to pursue music. From there, I began taking private lessons and honestly enjoyed them, along with playing Clarinet solos. I thought it was really neat to watch my band director conduct and teach myself all about music which later inspired me to pursue my bachelors and later my master's in music.
Why did you choose your primary instrument?
Actually I originally wanted to play the Saxophone, but my lungs were underdeveloped at the time, so my band teacher gave me a Clarinet mouth piece which I could make an easier sound on. From there, they encouraged me to try out the Clarinet and after a couple tries, I really liked it and decided to play it. When I was learning how to put cork grease on, I did not know what a cork was, so I put cork grease on the entire mouth piece to which my teacher told me I would have mint breath for the rest of the day!
What is your favorite style/genre of music to play and why?
My favorite style is Classical music but I also enjoy playing klezmer and jazz music. Classical music is what I was originally trained on and it is soothing to the ear. I also like analyzing classical music so that may be another reason I like performing Classical music. I like klezmer because of the pitch bends and the type of harmonies produced. Along with Klezmer, I like Jazz music because of the swing and Big band era. I also like Jazz because one can break rules in music theory and smear notes together.
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