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Amos F In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Amos F In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 14-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Masters Degree, The Juilliard School (2014 - 2016) Violin Fellow, New World Symphony (2011-2014) Bachelor of Music, Johns Hopkins University (Peabody Institute) (Class of 2008)

Awards:

2014 - Guest Concertmaster, Orchestra Iowa

2014 - Scholarship recipient, The Juilliard School

2013 - Concerto Performances with the New World Symphony, Orquesta Filarmonica de Medellin, and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra (as guest clinician)

2012 - Concertmaster, Opera in the Ozarks Festival Orchestra

2011 - Guest Concertmaster, Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Overview:
My name is Amos, and I've performed and taught all over the world. I'm excited to share my love of music with a variety of students.  I've performed in orchestras like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, performed recitals on three continents, and even spent some time teaching in South America. I had a degree from Juilliard, which is pretty exciting, but i accept that everyone learns at a different pace. My students are more successful because I teach them how to work, not just that thy need to work.
EXPERIENCE
I started teaching almost 10 years ago as a way to fill my weekly schedule with musical things.  I've always really enjoyed the challenge of teaching, whether it be a musical or personal one.  As a teacher, I draw upon my experiences as a student, thinking what I needed that I didn't get or what I experienced that I didn't like, and vice versa.  As a student, I didn't like to practice, I didn't like to go to concerts, and I didn't think what I did was special.  I wasn't motivated because all I saw was a pile of work in front of me that I couldn't possibly accomplish.  Over time, and after stealing little bits fo information and methods from teachers I never really studied with, I was able to create a practice routine I could do every day, I had enough tools that I could play most anything, and because of that, my enjoyment of music has never been higher.  
METHODS USED
There is no one size fits all mentality for teaching.  Every child is different and every situation calls for an independent evaluation.  As a general rule, I like to use the String Builder Series for new beginners.  It's simple, direct, and easy to digest.  For those who have already been playing, I'll often use the Suzuki Book music as it offers a wide variety of repertoire for a low price.  My goal is to have my students performing something as soon as possible, even if it's just a scale, as it will help with nerves and give them confidence!  For more advanced students, it really depends on their level, what they were doing before, and where they see themselves going in music.  
LESSON STYLE
Hello parents and students!  Over the past 10 or so years of teaching and studying myself, I've condensed my approach to students to three simple factors:  simplified practice routines, musical tool-building, and accomplishing a new task or skill every day.  As a student, it's so frustrating when you leave a lesson thinking "what did I learn today," or perhaps "I'm really bad at this."  A good teacher always makes sure their student feels like they can do something, even if they don't do something big every day.  Helping a student to maintain progress through really simplified practice routines only adds to the feelings of positivity!  And as far as musical tools, be it technique with the violin or thinking about how music is put together, will add to the sense of accomplishment, as well as allowing the student to play more music.  
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