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Master of Music in Violin Performance - University of Florida (In Progress)
Bachelor of Arts in Music - Furman University - Earned in May 2019
University of Florida Graduate Assistantship Recipient – 2019-2021
Furman University Strings Scholarship – 2015-2019
Lennie Lusby String Scholarship – 2016-2019
Furman University Hartness Quartet Music Scholarship – 2016-2017, 2018-2019
Furman University Gladden Quartet Music Scholarship – 2015-2016
Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship Recipient – 2015
Furman University Bell Tower Scholarship Recipient – 2015-2019
Furman University Honors Award – 2015-2019
Hi there! I can't remember a time when I wasn't involved with music in some way. I started in the Suzuki program in 2001, so playing the violin is like a second language for me. I have enjoyed both being a student and a teacher and I am ready to create a diverse studio of all levels, ages, and backgrounds. Being inclusive is something I pride myself on and it is the way in which today's music world is headed. I believe that anyone can be a musician, it just takes a little patience, a love for music, and a lot of desire to learn! If you are looking for a teacher who is knowledgeable, energetic, patient, and diligent, then welcome to my studio! :) My studio is a safe space for ALL INDIVIDUALS.
Teaching Experience: My teaching experience spans over four years. I have taught a variety of players at different ability levels, spanning from age 3 to 26. Performance Experience: Ocala Symphony Orchestra – Ocala, FL – 2019-present Substitute University of Florida Symphony Orchestra – Gainesville, FL – 2019-present Concertmaster & principal of second violins University of Florida Graduate String Ensembles – Gainesville, FL – 2019-present String quartet, piano quintet, piano quartet, string trio Furman University Symphony Orchestra – Greenville, SC – 2015-2019 Principal of second violins Furman University Scholarship Quartet – Greenville, SC – 2015-2019 Furman University Chamber Strings – Greenville, SC – 2018 Principal of second violins Furman University Opera Pit Orchestra – Greenville, SC – 2016-2018 Furman University May Experience “Engaging Music” Duet – Greenville, SC – 2018 Notable Teachers: Private Lessons Chamber music Master classes William Preucil William Preucil William Preucil Janna Lower Aspen String Trio Veronique Mathieu Thomas Joiner Miami String Quartet Nancy Chang Miles Hoffman Mary C. Irwin Janna Lower Xiaoli Saliny Steven Thomas Suyeun Jung-Yuen Thomas Joiner Cathy McGlasson Anna Barbrey Joiner Christopher Hutton Tours: Furman University May Experience “Engaging Music” Tour – May 2018 Performances within Greenville County at multiple high schools and retirement communities. Furman University Chamber Strings Tour – March 2018 Performances within South Carolina and North Carolina at multiple public schools, retirement communities, and churches.
I believe in treating each student like the unique beings that they are. Some students take lessons for fun, some take lessons as an extracurricular activity, and some take lessons with dreams of creating a career in violin performance. Although the method for each of these students varies, I treat all of my students as if their specific goal is the absolute priority and I will do everything in my power to help them reach their goal. All of my students can expect to participate in the hundred-day practice method, which requires practice each and everyday (even if it is just scales or review). Once they hit one hundred days, they will earn a reward within the studio. Each student will be given their own specific "Violin Diet Plan" where they will be required to practice scales, learn musical terminology, develop right and left hand technique, study etudes, and learn solo repertoire (sonatas, concertos, show pieces, etc.). The specifics of each of these areas will depend on the student's ability level and goals.
My teaching style focuses on each student as an individual. I do not believe in making the student look or play exactly like me in terms of technique or style. I am kind, energetic, and engaging, but I can also be strict if it is required in order to meet the student's goals. I like to make learning and lessons exciting because it keeps the student engaged and inspired. Although students can expect clarity and consistency in terms of what is expected from me, I will never deliver my lessons in an exclusive way. Lesson delivery will be a combination of performing the assigned material, playing music together, having conversations about the music, or sometimes playing interactive games. Again, this will depend on the students age, ability level, and goals.
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