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Bachelor Degree: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
International Lichtenstein String Quartet Scholarship
SAMC Excellence in Performance Award
First Annual Concerto and Aria Competition Winner in Keyboard Division
Post Baccalaureate Educator looking to provide guidance to musicians on their great musical journey. My degree is in Violin and Piano Performance. I studied with professors that graduated from Eastman, Manhattan, Michigan, Boston, and Curtis among many others. I’ve always been interested in discovering the many ways one could teach an instrument. After learning piano from the age of 5 I started violin around 10 years old. I come from a family of non-musicians so my situation was quite special in the way I pursued music without the influence of family or friends.
After many successes, and many more failures, I’ve learned what works and mainly what does not work. I’ve always been the type of person to explore all options of solving technical or artistic issues in music. I’ve been given many teaching tools from many different professors and have been teaching privately for around Ten years and in the public school system for around Three years. My teaching experience covers beginning players on violin, viola, cello, and piano to early advanced players on violin and piano.
I like to pull ideas from different schools of thought. I would much rather paint a canvas with many colors than just a few. Some schools you may be familiar with are Suzuki, Czerny, Galamian, Flesch, Hanon, Mayron Cole, and many others. I tailor my lessons to fit the current needs of every student. This may be the use of one main school or a mixture of all depending on the technical and artistic needs of the student. The use of technology is often incorporated in each lesson whether it be a tuning/metronome application, or viewing/listening to recorded performances from very famous classical musicians.
My lessons are very structured and fun. I incorporate games, visual aids, physical application, and live demonstrations to help appeal to the different styles. I do expect a high level of commitment from students while still being understanding that life doesn’t always allow us to practice hours and hours a day. Since I do provide a lot of information within each lesson, I add a 5 minute break (if needed) to help clear the mind or just rest the eyes/arms since staring at music for a long period of time or holding up an instrument for a long period of time can be quite taxing. My main goal is to help each student become the best musician that they can possibly be.
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