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BM, Eastman School of Music, Music Education BM, Eastman School of Music, Viola Performance
2013 - Finalist Coleman Chamber Music Competiton
2013 - 2nd Place MTNA Chamber Music Competition
2011 - Eastman School of Music Jury Award
2008 - Eastman School of Music Howard Hanson Scholarship
I'm a unique and creative teacher who's passionate about developing the all-around musician. In 2012, I graduated from the Eastman School of Music with degrees in Viola Performance and from the highly acclaimed Music Education program. My time in school helped me to understand the necessity of properly developing musicianship as well as the technical skills required to play an instrument. This leads to more valuable and enjoyable lessons for the students. I am also an active performer; my chamber group has performed and competed all around the country, including an appearance on the public radio.
I have been a teacher almost as long as I can remember. As one of the more advanced students in class I was often utilized to help other students, even in elementary school. By the time I reached high school, I was sitting in the concertmaster seat (even though I was a violist) and I regularly led sectionals and conducted the orchestra when needed. At that point I also had a small private studio. In college I gained lots of valuable experience teaching in classrooms of all sizes, skill levels and socio-economic statuses, while continuing to maintain a private studio. Since graduating, I've gained additional experience conducting community orchestras. I also acted as a lead teacher at the Explore Music! kids camp in Brainard, MN during their first year in the summer of 2012.
My method is very flexible and student specific. Everyone learns slightly differently and has their own unique strengths. In general, I have a "sound before sight" method. Students learn music thoroughly, aurally and theoretically before trying to read it off the page. Imagine trying to learn a language by being handed a book. We then use your innate understanding of the music to inform your technique and the way you approach the instrument. I often use the Suzuki books for repertoire, though I'm not a Suzuki practitioner. I find they have a logical progression of pieces and are easy to get your hands on. I use a variety of etude books, completely dependent on the level of the student, their specific difficulties and their instrument.
I believe music should be a lot of fun. There should never be anything scary about learning something new to become a better person. I try to guide people through their musical journey as pleasantly as I can. That being said, hard work and perseverance are essential qualities for a beginning musician. Simply put, the more you put in, the more you'll get. I look forward to working with you.
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