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Bachelor Degree: University of Houston
Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist
Moores School of Music Opera Orchestra, Principal Cellist
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I have been surrounded by music my entire life. My mother was a concert pianist and opera singer for many years, so I grew up attending rehearsals and experiencing music at its finest. I began my piano studies at age 2 and began playing the cello at age 14. I graduated from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music with a Bachelors of Music degree, with a concentration in cello performance. During my time at the university, I studied under Dr. Vagram Saradjian (student of Mstislav Rostropovich), Estelle Choi of the Calidore Quartet, Dr. Charles Hausmann (student of Leonard Bernstein), and many other inspiring musicians. I was principal cellist for both the Moores School Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra and was an active member of many diverse chamber groups. I also had the privilege to collaborate with the Houston Ballet for a special project and to premier several new works of aspiring composers. I have frequently performed at both Jones Hall and the Wortham Theatre Center.
I began teaching beginner piano at the age of 13 and have been consistently teaching for the past 10 years. My students have ranged from ages 3-80. Throughout my teaching and personal performing, I have realized how important consistent positive practice is. When working with students, I always emphasize quality over quantity when it comes to practice time specifically. Students must enjoy what they do. In order to create a balanced music education that is also fun and engaging, I combine both modern and classical repertoire. I also encourage students to express their musical creativity through composition. The composition process also helps reinforce theory skills that we are learning along the way.
Music theory and aural skills are of the utmost importance to me, and I look to enforce them in every aspect of music studies. I strongly believe in adapting curriculum to what works best for each individual student. I understand that each student is unique; therefore, their studies should be specialized for their interests and goals. For younger students (ages three to six), I focus on rhythm, coordination, motor skills, and exposure to classical music in fun and unique ways. For older students (ages seven and up), I continue to enforce basic skills, but expound upon their importance and include scales, music theory, and aural skills.
I love seeing my students thrive in their music studies! It is such a rewarding moment when a student realizes that they have the capability to create beautiful art. It is very important to me that students develop skills through their music studies that also assist them in their daily lives, like - perseverance, consistency, creativity, and persistence. Acknowledging students’ successes can help give the student a desire to continue and progress in their studies. I see each student as an individual, so what works for one may not work for another. We all have different ways we learn best, and helping a student achieve their goals in a way they understand is something that I strive for in my teaching.
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