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Howard Hanson Tuition Scholarship
George Eastman Grant
Rising Stars Solo Competition Winner (2018)
Austin Independent School District Solo & Ensemble Best In Class Soloist Award (2016)
Texas State Solo & Ensemble Outstanding Soloist Award (2015)
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Adrian J. is a rising Junior Viola performance major at the Eastman School of Music Studying under Professor George Taylor. Adrian began studying viola in his freshman year of highschool at McCallum Fine Arts Academy under Martha Carapetyan; he later went on to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy in his senior year under the teaching of Renee Skerik. Adrian has performed for and studied with esteemed performers and teachers such as Jeff Irvine, Lynn Ramsey, Masumi Rostad, Elias Goldstein, Yzak Schotten, Charles Castleman, Csaba Erdely, Karen Ritcher, Michael Ouzounian, JoAnn Falletta and more. Adrian is extremely proud to be the second recipient of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Diversity Fellowship.
Masterclass /Additional Instruction Suzanne Lefever - Allyson Dawkins Ames Asbell - Elias Goldstein Lenny Schranz - Alicia Valoti Lynn Ramsey - Linda Klein Masumi Rostad - Carol Rodland Ettore Causa - Victoria Miskolczy Yizhak Schotten - Molly Gebrian Teaching Experience Out of this World Music School, Pflugerville Tx (2021-) Viola Instructor Piano Instructor Bach to Rock Music School, Cedar Park Tx(2020-) Childhood development Class Instructor Violin Instructor Piano Instructor Music & Arts / Guitar Center, Round Rock Tx (2021-) Violin Instructor Leander Music School, Leander Tx (2021-) Violin Instructor
For beginning students, I typically teach using Hal Leonard's Essential Elements book and the Flesch Urstudien book. Every student is different. I treat my students as individuals and adjust my teaching style to achieve optimal results. The way you practice reflects on how much enjoyment you get from playing and how well you perform at recitals/auditions, etc… I spend a significant amount of time, especially with new students, on the art of practicing. I also spend time on teaching preparing for recitals and auditions: it is fascinating how much better the students play on stage when a conversation is being held in lessons about performance routines and ways to alleviate stress.
I teach Classically trained Violin, viola, and piano. I am equally comfortable teaching very beginners as well as high school and adult students. I am very honest in my feedback. I like to stick to the former. I strongly believe that a good, strong foundation leads to fewer problems in the future and makes the process of music-making much more enjoyable. My main goal is to help raise individuals, who are critical thinkers, who are passionate about what they do, and who will take their love of music into the adulthood whether playing it professionally or as an amateur.
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