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Master Degree: New England Conservatory of Music (2020 Graduation date) M.M.
Bachelor Degree: University of Maryland - School of Music B.M. in Violin Performance
Bachelor Degree: University of Maryland - Clark School of Engineering B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Solo Performance at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, NY
Laureate at the Tibor Varga international violin competition in Switzerland
The chosen honorary undergraduate in the string department of University of Maryland
First and Grand Prix awards at the international Maestro competition
Taught a workshop on improvisation at the Peabody Preparatory
I'm a passionate violin teacher and performer. I taught in the Washington DC area for more than 5 years, and currently have been teaching in the Boston area for a year. I’ve been teaching violin students for the past 9 years. Currently, I’m a second year graduate student in violin performance at the New England Conservatory, and I will be receiving my Master’s degree in May 2020. I finished my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, where I received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, alongside with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. I’m 23 years old, fluent in English, Armenian and Arabic and I’ve been playing the violin since I was 4.
All my recent professional experiences have led me to the person and teacher I am today. I’ve taken pedagogy classes at UMD, where I learned how to deal with students with different ages and abilities. I also studied different methods of teaching such as “Suzuki”, and the techniques of the great pedagogue Ivan Galamian by reading his book “Principles of Violin playing and teaching.”
However, I felt that my education wasn’t enough to give me the experience I needed, so I went on to expand my knowledge in teaching even further. I attended seminars such as the Juilliard Starling DeLay Symposium on violin studies where I boosted my professional teaching skills under the instruction of world class musicians. I also attended the prestigious Kneisel Hall program as a guest young artist, where I played along and coached adult students for two weeks. Most recently, I participated in an educational outreach program with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, where I played chamber music and introduced the violin to young students from different schools in the area.
I’ve had students with different ages and characters, and I learned how to treat every single student differently, because they all have different characters and talents. I believe that it’s my job to motivate them, make the lessons fun and exciting, and give them challenging assignments to bring out the best of their talent.
Being a professional performer myself, I know how important a teacher’s role can be on a student’s life. My experiences range from being a soloist to chamber musician, winning competitions, playing in orchestras, touring internationally, improvising, and teaching.
I find joy in helping students achieve their goals. I always aim for high quality, but also make the process fun. If the goal is to sound professional, I make sure we spend a good amount of time working on scales, etudes, and learning the essential classical music like the Bach six Sonatas and Partitas.
I like the Galamian violin playing methods, and find them very effective to teach. I do this with almost all levels of students, as it solidifies the technical skills of a performer, allowing them to express themselves musically.
If a student is technically well set up, I don't necessarily want to change their technique. That way we can focus on musical ideas and work on taking the playing to the next level, without having to start from scratch. However, I do always make sure that they are not doing movements that get in their way of making a beautiful sound or playing technically challenging passages.
Sharing my knowledge with my students and seeing them achieve something they worked hard for, and being part of the process is one of the biggest joys in teaching for me. I always aim to help my students produce a beautiful tone, while making sure they are not doing wrong physical movements that would make things difficult.
I remember when I helped a 6 year old start the violin from scratch, and not too long after, she was able to play happy birthday to her grandparents and even on her own birthday. In that case, we started everything from scratch. In other cases, I have taught adult students, or high school students that needed help preparing for their upcoming auditions. I do my best to adapt to the student's playing and teach accordingly.
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