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Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Opera, Funk, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Avant-Garde

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Byron H In Home In Studio
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Opera, Funk, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Artist Diploma, Montclair State University, Cello Performance Graduate Performance Diploma, Boston Conservatory, Cello Performance MM, University of South Florida, Cello Performance MM, University of South Florida, Chamber Performance BM, Florida Southern College, Cello Performance
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2017-Solo performance with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra 2017-Peak Ensemble of Southern Methodist Univerisity 2015-Debut Quartet Recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall 2014-Quartet fellowship at Montclair State under the Shanghai Quartet

Overview:
I am a lifelong student and teacher of music, and I love sharing what I've picked up over my many years of learning and performing. I have degrees from 4 institutions including The University of South Florida and The Boston Conservator, but my experiences in music extend beyond academic pursuits. I have performed classical music in Boston, Banff, Montreal, San Francisco, and Carnegie Hall, traveled to Germany to perform rock n roll, and recorded on soundtracks for movies and video games. I am currently the cellist for the SMU Peak fellowship ensemble, The Julius Quartet.
EXPERIENCE
I graduated from High School in 2002, and I've taught on and off since then. I've moved 4 times, but in each place I kept a high standard for my students and taught them in a way that would help them accomplish their personal goals. In Tampa I was a teachers assistant, filling in to teach college students technique and repertoire, and I kept small private studios in Boston and New Jersey as well. In that time, I helped many students reach all state and county orchestras, win college auditions, and gain confidence to play for recreation.
METHODS USED
For younger students and beginners, I like to keep lessons fun and short, allowing them to learns the elements of playing while enjoying the thrill of making beautiful sounds. I like to start with Hal Leonards Essential Elements for fundamentals and short songs , while peppering in pieces from the suzuki books and fun exercises I've picked up along the way to facilitate learning away from the instrument. For more experienced students, I like to make a musical diet of etudes, scales, exercises, and repertoire to facilitate a well rounded technique, dexterity, and musical freedom.
LESSON STYLE
My favorite time in any lesson is the "ah ha" moment. Its that moment when a student realizes a concept that they previously struggled with. For me, that is the goal of teaching. For younger students it can be the first time playing twinkle twinkle alone. For older students it could be figuring out how to do a spiccato bow stroke. Its different every time, but it is important to recognize those accomplishments and use them as stepping stones to the next big achievement. My goal is not to make my students play like me but to play more like themselves. I aim to give useful tips, exercises, and musical options as opposed to rigid rules. The beauty of playing is in the nuances that an individual can bring to a performance, so I try to let that individuality shine. I encourage this freedom more specifically through a strong technical foundation. The more secure a player's technique becomes the easier it becomes to express their ideas.
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