BM, The Juilliard School, viola performance MM, Northwestern University, viola performance
Virtu Foundation Scholar Jack Kent Cooke Scholar 2012 2017- performed the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto with the Northwestern Baroque Ensemble
I am both a performer and a teacher. I received my bachelor’s degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School and my masters degree from Northwestern University. I have been teaching for about 6 years and truly love it. I have taught students from ages 6-18, both privately and in group classes. I am open to teaching all ages. As a performer, I have solo’d With the Northwestern Baroque Ensemble, and the Narnia Festival Orchestra. I have played with NYC opera, The Chicago Philharmonic, and Dell’Arte Opera Orchestra.
I have been teaching privately and in group classes for the past 6 years. This past summer, I taught a chamber orchestra of kids ages 6-12 in Narni, Italy. It was a truly rewarding experience. Most of my experience is with teaching private lessons. I am open to teaching all ages and levels. For violin, I teach mostly beginners and intermediate students, but can teach all levels for viola. I encourage my students to play recitals so that they can be proud of their accomplishments! I also like to play duets with my students so they can feel what it’s like to play with other musicians.
For beginner students, I like to work on positioning the instrument, proper bow hold, and simple string crossing exercises. A great beginners book is the quick steps to note reading. I believe beginner students should be practicing with this book every day. When they are ready to start learning pieces, I really like to use the Suzuki books. This works for both young beginners and adult beginners. For students who are more advanced, I am adamant about them practicing scales and etudes. Technique is very important and can make any piece easier to learn.
I set different goals for each student. I realize that every student learns at a different pace and has special ways of comprehending the information. I want to push the student to work hard, but would never give them more than they can handle. I want my students to love music and look forward to practicing each day. I look for different ways to inspire them and motivate them to want to learn more. I truly believe that listening to great performers is a great way to inspire students. We can learn so much from others.