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MA, New York University, Education
MM, Manhattan School of Music, Performance,
BM, Manhattan School of Music, Performance
1979 - Tanglewood Scholarship
1981 - Aspen Music Festival Scholarship
1981 Manhattan School of Music Scholarship
I am a professional violist and violinist and music is my passion. I have a Masters Degree in both Music Performance and in Education. Primarily in New York City, I have spent the last 30 years doing solo, chamber music, professional orchestras work, as well as several Broadway shows. I have taught music for over 30 years and I very much enjoy working with students and helping them develop their talent and reach their full potential. I customize lessons to each student, breaking lessons down to easily accessible steps, because I want students to enjoy the process.
I have taught private lessons in my own studio for over 30 years. Along with my ongoing private students, I have also taught at various music schools in Englewood, NJ, Queens NY and Brooklyn, NY. In addition, I have taught in the MAP Program at Juilliard and been part of several educational outreach programs, through both professional orchestras and New York City public schools,, as a teaching artist. Additionally, I taught at the United Nations International School in New York, from 2001 to 2009 and I currently work at Adelphi University in Long Island, NY where I have taught violin and viola for the past 8 years.
Although I often use materials from the Suzuki School of Violin Playing (especially with the younger students), I am a tradition string teacher and I have used a variety of methods and approaches over the years, extracting from many that have proven effective and combining them in a way to make them my own. Assignments are always written and guidance is given as to how to approach each piece in practice. There is also various warm-up exercises and scales that are rehearsed in lessons to incorporate in practice at home.
I try to meet the students where they are, whether that be in terms of talent, musical aptitude, experience or learning style. I think it is important to first create a rapport and positive relationship with the students. I want the student to get to know me, trust me and thereby set the foundation for my future effectiveness as a teacher. I allow each student to go at the pace that is natural for them, which is different for each child. There is no deadline to learn a particular piece or get to a certain level, and teaching is not about mastering some impossible piece. It is about working hard consistently to be the best the student can be. So my goal is to take what they bring to me and work together step by step to make constant improvement. The hope being that during this process we will both have fun and that the experience will inspire the same passion in them that I have for music.
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