Bachelor Degree: Temple University
I'm an acoustic and electric cellist & multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about creativity and music as a means to joy! In 2019, I graduated from Temple University with a B.M. in Music Therapy/Cello where I studied both classical and jazz music. I've been playing cello for 13 years in orchestras, quartets, jazz combos, and my personal favorite, rock bands. I've played venues from the Kimmel Center to World Cafe Live and can be heard on several different recordings from my bands and other collaborators.
I have been teaching music in many forms for the past 3 years. I am a Board-Certified Music Therapist and am excited to begin spending more time and energy as a cello teacher! I work with students of all ages and abilities and can offer adapted lessons to help meet every student's needs. I've previously taught private lessons privately and at School of Rock. I'm both classically trained and self-taught and can offer technical skills as well as creative adventuring for cellist of all ages.
For younger beginners, I like to start with a method book such as Essential Elements to build the foundations of music and the instruments. After students have worked through this, we begin working on solo repertoire to get students excited to perform songs at their first recital! This is also a great time to begin learning about improvisation and creative playing, something that we all already have within us. Students learn the basics of improv through fun games, songs, and duets to build their confidence and hone their voice. For more advanced students, we will continue to build repertoire, for classical or non-classical cello & tailor lessons to fit the student's interests.
As a young child, I was a music nerd, practicing all the time, listening all the time... until practicing started to feel like work and music got competitive. I stopped playing for several years and even when I returned to cello, studying music in college made it feel like I was doing it for all the wrong reasons. Now as I'm healing my relationship with music and building my curiosity and excitement about my instrument, I aim to center joy and enjoyment of music in all of my lessons. Music can be difficult and takes hard work at times but it's also meant to be enjoyed and shared and encourage my students to embrace that feeling of growth and challenge. Mistakes and frustration are the birthplace of growth! I find out what gets my students excited about music and guide them as they explore that and encourage them by setting realistic goals together.