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2019 - Mannes School of Music Merit Scholardship
2019 - Performed with Detmold Youth Orchestra - Mclean High School Exchange
2017 - Musicianship Award, Mclean High School
2017 - Performed with the Piano Guys at The National Theatre
2015 and 2017 - Jose Rizal Youth Awards, Philippine American Foundation for Charities
I am a passionate teacher who loves working with children from elementary to middle school. I am currently attending the Mannes School of Music with a major in Violin Performance and am studying under Michelle Kim, the Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. I started the violin and piano lessons when I was 3 years old, alongside my two older brothers, and have continued both since then. I have had the privilege to perform in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, The Millennium Stage, The National Theatre, The Brooklyn Museum, Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House.
I taught violin throughout high school and was a member of my school's Music Buddies Program, where students in the McLean High School Philharmonic Orchestra would teach elementary and middle school children in the area who could not afford private lessons. I was part of the Mclean High School Philharmonic Orchestra and held leadership positions all four years. I have had a lot of orchestral and chamber music experience as I was a first violinist in the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017 and now am a first violinist in the Mannes Orchestra and created my own piano trio, The Apollo Trio, my junior year of high school. My last two jobs have been working with children in elementary and middle school, so that is the age range I feel most equipped to teach, but I am open to teaching beginning adults.
For beginning students, the first things to learn are not playing. Since playing the violin is unnatural to the human body, setup and posture are the most important steps to avoid developing bad habits and avoid the possibility of getting injured. Next upon learning the basics of how to hold the violin and pull the bow is learning how to read music, which I will teach through weekly exercises and homework. If a student knows the basic setup of the violin/piano and knows how to read music then I would start them on repertoire fitted to their level. I learned the violin and piano through the Suzuki method and once finished, my teachers gave me repertoire outside of the Suzuki books. Scales and etudes are fundamental to develop the necessary technical skills of the violin and are usually started after learning the basics.
I am very patient and encouraging with my students because I know firsthand that playing the violin and piano is extremely difficult. Progress is not only dependent on the student doing their part, but it is also my responsibility to instruct in a way tailored towards each of my student's individual needs. Being able to set short term and long term goals is very helpful especially when learned at a young age. This teaches students to push themselves forward and have something to work towards. My biggest role models throughout growing up have always been my teachers due to their hard work, determination and belief in me as a musician, and I hope I can be that for my students!
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