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BS, University of Washington, Biochemistry
2007-2009 - Selection to Washington All-State Orchestra 2008 - Northwest Orchestra Chamber Music Festival 3rd Place (Quartet - Small Strings Division) 2009 - Northwest Orchestra Chamber Music Festival 2nd Place (Chamber group - Large Strings Division) 2009 - SKMEA Regional Solo & Ensemble Winner (Small Ensembles and Large Ensembles Division) 2010 - Selection to All-Northwest Orchestra 2010 - SKMEA Regional Solo & Ensemble Winner (Small Ensembles and Large Ensembles Division) 2010 - SKMEA Regional Solo & Ensemble 3rd Place (Large Ensembles Division) 2010 - Northwest Orchestra Chamber Music Festival 2nd Place (Chamber group - Large Strings Division) 2010 - Northwest Orchestra Chamber Music Festival Winner (Piano Quintet - Small Strings Division) 2010 - WMEA Washington State Solo & Ensemble 2nd Place (Large Ensembles Division) 2010 - WMEA Washington State Solo & Ensemble 2nd Place (Small Ensembles Division)
I'm a passionate and caring music instructor who loves spreading my love for music to all age ranges. I pursued a degree unrelated to music to open more opportunities in my career development, but my love for music has never changed. Having played violin for over 10 years, I have a strong foundation and a working knowledge of basic techniques. I have received numerous accolades both at the regional and state level in high school. While I was unable to continue playing competitively in college, I continued playing casually through gigs, volunteering, and church performances.
My teaching experience begins in middle school where I began working with struggling peers. As I transitioned to high school, I was encouraged to teach the younger elementary school students as well as the middle school students. Later in my senior year, I began teaching private lessons part time. That experience became more intermittent in college because of scheduling conflicts. Learning violin can be grueling and very difficult at first, but it can also be fun. Not only that, it should be fun! I'm excited to partner with students in making violin learning fun and rewarding!
For beginning students, I will usually switch off between music they like and a violin solo book like Suzuki or Solos for Young Violinists by Barbara Barber. Balancing these two can help the student not only enjoy the learning process but I have also learned that it helps them to learn at a much greater pace. Making good habits when first starting is essential to playing at the advanced level and I will be keen on identifying and fixing bad habits. I try to keep lessons fun and engaging by holding a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
I like to hear from the students what they want to achieve. Whether that be short-term or long-term, I am willing to tailor my lessons in order to accommodate those wants and needs. Setting those goals is helpful for keeping the students engaged and focused on accomplishing those coveted goals. While I value fun learning, there are certainly times when my teaching has to be methodical and meticulous -- I don't think one can learn violin effectively without being tedious. In identifying this, I definitely think there is a good balance and throughout my years of experience, I've learned what that happy medium is to effectively partner with students in reaching their goals.
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