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1997 NHSO Young Artist Competition 1st Prize Winner
2000 Artist International Prize Winner
2001 Concert Artist Guild Prize Winner
1999 Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Scholarship
2005 Pablo Sarasate International Violin 5th Prize Winner
Hello! I am a multi-talented music teaching professional proficient in Violin/Viola/Piano. I completed my Bachelor and Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Juilliard School and began my teaching career coaching pre-college students in various strings ensemble classes as a Teaching Assistant. Few distinguished highlights in my early career included debuting with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at Woolsey Hall, as the winner of the 1999 Young Artist competition, performing with the Yale Philharmonic as a guest soloist, in part of the Young Rising Concert Artist Series. As an orchestral musician, I was a principal violinist of 2003 Tangelwood Music Center Orchestra and section first violinist of the New Jersey Symphony from 2006-10. Major Competitions won include the NHSO young artist, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony's Youth, the James Buswell Scholarship, the Boston's Public Choice, the Dorothy DeLay Scholarship, the Artist International, the Concert Artist Guild, and the Sarasate International.
With 16 years of experience performing and instructing, I am fully committed to provide a solid education and instill music appreciation in students of all age levels. Recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for teaching lessons in a variety of musical instruments, as well as for charting the development of lesson plans and curricula and motivating and encouraging students, I have a verifiable history of contributing directly to student growth and learning throughout my career. Professional focal points include spanning performance assessment, relationship management, team leadership, strategic planning, ABRSM and NYSMMA and CMEA audition/exam preparation, group strings lessons, standards management, music production, and teaching management. Delivering superior administration on the latter areas of expertise require utilization of effective communication skills, interpersonal skills as well as teaching acumen.
I believe in teaching fundamental principles of technique that can be applied universally, and I encourage students to focus on one basic idea at a time. Scales, arpeggios, etudes and other exercises are an important part of daily practice, reinforced by weekly technique classes. In the study of technique, it is critical that students set attainable goals for themselves, and I help them to organize their practice time with this in mind. Positive reinforcement is of primary importance, in order for students to have the confidence to trust and believe in their own ability to grow. There are many milestone goals along the way, for starters basic tonal and rhythmic competency. Playing with a steady beat, developing a healthy technique, and attaining musical literacy are high priorities. As students progress we focus on artistry and performance skills.
I have been a musician for most of my life. I've been through all of the positives and the negative aspects of pursuing a career in Music and still love it! There is nothing in the world that makes me as happy as playing and teaching music. I know the struggles that come with practicing and the negative feelings that can hinder progress. I am fully committed to help students understand their obstacles and work past them. In the beginning, students will see more progress than they will later on. After progressing past the basics, they will begin to synthesize information from lessons and experience to solve unique problems to keep growing musically. Rarely will a teacher have the precise answer for specific "blockade," but I will always provide great insights and ideas that can be very useful to overcome your practice barriers. This process of info synthesis is delicate and time consuming, but it is the most vital part of the learning process. I will ask you to stick with lessons even through struggles of slow progress so that you will not have to synthesize quite as much information on your own and to practice consistently to achieve the best results. Keep the video of your first lesson and review it occasionally, then see how far you've come. Play in front of people as much as you can, and build ways to maintain composure as you perform. My primary goal is for our lessons to be a mutually enjoyable experience!
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