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2 years at Cleveland Institute of Music BFA in Violin Performance, Carnegie Mellon University AMS in Violin Performance, Carnegie Mellon University
Masterclass and Lesson Experience: Andres Cardenes, William Van der Sloot, Joseph Silverstein, Rachel Barton Pine, Peter Salaff, Cavani String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Michael Tree, Donna Hladish, Peter Schaffer, Joan Kwuon, Pacifica String Quartet, to name a few. Carnegie Mellon University Dean's list and Graduate with honors I've won many competitions, played in numerous ensembles, I prefer to let the playing do the talking.
I've been playing the violin since I was four years old, made my public debut at the Smithsonian when I was 6, and I've performed in numerous ensembles and with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Joseph Silverstein, Rachel Barton Pine, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and members of the Cavani String Quartet, to name a few. I have a deep love for all kinds of music, and one of my main goals is to share that love for music with my students while providing them with excellent guidance. I spent two years of college at the Cleveland Institute of Music, finished my Bachelor's of Violin Performance at Carnegie Mellon where I studied with Andres Cardenes, and I'm currently part of the Caroga Chamber Players in New York.
My teaching experience began close to 10 years ago, beginning with private lessons and eventually moving towards chamber music and alternative styles. My performance experience began when I was six years old, and I've performed in many different types of areas, including: Solo, chamber music, orchestra, classical and fiddle competitions, musicals, small jazz ensembles, and chamber orchestra. Being actively engaged in the professional scene allows me to provide knowledge of the expectations and necessities of a successful musician, all of which I pass on to my students.
I take aspects of different methods and combine them with my own to create a opportunity for the student to explore and experiment with their music, with out developing bad habits. I like to use the Suzuki books as a basis solely for musical progression, but technical set up is catered to differently for each student. The violin is not a naturally held instrument, and not everyone's body is the same, therefore I work with each student individually to find the right set up for their body. No matter what level you're at, scales, etudes and theory are a must. My main goal is to give you the tools to understand the violin, understand music, and how to put everything together cohesively. While I will give you the tools, it's up to the student to use them.
Everyone comes at music from a different angle, therefore I approach teaching each student from a different angle. One of the most important things to me is to teach the student how to use their head before they try to produce a sound. Learning an instrument can be very fun and extremely satisfying, but it takes more work than most people expect. While this may be true, I understand everyone is busy and practicing a couple hours a day is often impossible. Teaching my students to accomplish a goal in as small amount of time as possible may sound backwards, but it works. This does not teach them to cut corners, but rather how to be extremely efficient. I find much more success in students who need to accomplish something on 20 mins of practicing a day, than I do with students have no plan and practice for hours. I will make learning the violin a joy, I will fill students heads with as much knowledge as they can hold, and I will teach you how to make music.
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