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BM, University of North Florida, Violin Performance Music education studies, Belmont University Certified Suzuki Violin Teacher
American String Teacher Association (ASTA) member
I have been involved in music since I was a very young child. I began taking piano lessons at the age of 5, violin lessons at the age of 9, and have experience on the flute, French horn, viola, and cello. Ultimately, the violin is the instrument that I loved the most, choose to study extensively, and the one on which I have built my career. My education includes graduating high school from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of North Florida, and music education studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. During high school and college, I participated in a number of extra-curricular music activities which furthered my desire to commit my life to music. From theater orchestra performances of Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, and Little Shop of Horrors to summer music programs at Florida State University and North Carolina School of the Arts. I was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra during its very first year and performed as many gigs as possible. My involvement in all things music was my number one goal.
Over the course of my professional career, I have performed as an orchestra member, chamber musician, studio musician, and soloist in a variety of groups and genres. My broad spectrum of experiences includes performing with the Jacksonville University Orchestra, the Larsen String Quartet, with national recording artists both on stage and in the studio, and as the owner of my music business, String Theory Music. In addition to my performance accolades, I have been teaching private violin lessons from my home studio and privately owned studios for the past 20 years. I believe in personalizing a program of study for each student based on their age, experience, musical goals, learning pace and style, and how much time they put into learning their instrument outside of the lesson time.
A Suzuki trained violinist myself, I use the Suzuki method as a foundation for all studies and supplements various forms of traditional methodology into my teaching. I regularly utilize the Franz Wohlfhart etude studies and Harvey Whistler position books. Listening is something that I highly encourage and often require in conjunction with at-home practice. Music theory is also something that I am passionate about and love to teach! All of my students learn music theory either incorporated into their lesson or as an additional lesson.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by settting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a student's desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. I believe in constructive criticism and positive reinforcement and always have an encouraging attitude!
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