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BM, Millikin University, Music Business & Commercial Music with an emphasis on Violin
2009-2012 Millikin University School Of Music Young Artist Award
2012-2013 Concert Master for String Arts Ensemble
2012 Founded Strings Attached Co
I am a recent graduate from Millikin University eager to spread my love for the classical violin. I have a degree in Commercial Music and Music Business, along with minors in communication and entrepreneurship. I just recently started my own business, Strings Attached, where we play for weddings and business events. I started in the Suzuki Program in Wheaton, played in numerous different orchestras since then and now have 1 year experience in teaching beginners. I have a passion for classical music and am ready to pass it along to interested students.
My teaching experience is limited to 1 year, but I am confident my other experiences set me apart from other teachers. During my time at Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, our orchestra got the chance to be a part of Midori's performance. During my time at Millikin Decatur Symphony, the orchestra played with Mark O'Connor as well as Rachel Barton Pine. I have been playing the violin for 19 years now. For me, the violin is a getaway. It is my own way to show my emotions. Learning the violin was never about becoming a professional or learning the hardest pieces. It was my hobby that I enjoyed doing and that love blossomed on it's own into hardworking eagerness for more techniques and more skills. I hope to give a student the same support that I have been given my entire life.
For beginners, I assess their knowledge of theory and the violin and go from there. I give some students flashcards to learn note names and note values, while others come in knowing all the beginning steps. We work on posture and the bow hand and then dive into beginner pieces. I use the Suzuki Method Books.
I pride myself in not pushing the student too hard. From experience I know how it feels to be worn out from the violin and start to dislike playing and practicing. It is important to let the student develop a love for their instrument. While a little motivational push is necessary at times, I try to keep the student practicing with things they like to do. Whether that is learning a song they like or doing excercises they like into the practice routine, it is always best to make sure the student is learning and loving.
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