B.S. Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University
I'm a Strings Teacher full time and enjoy teaching private lessons on the side as a part-time business. I enjoy teaching all ages and have been teaching for over 10 years! I grew up performing in New York and moved down to Nashville TN in 2007. I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in May of 2012 and currently work as a full-time Strings Teacher. I have played violin professionally for the past 8 years and enjoy playing weddings and other events. I've had the opportunity to play in the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra while attending school and still play with them quite often.
I started teaching at the young age of 16 back in my hometown up in New York. I enjoyed it thoroughly and have been teaching privately ever since. I currently teach 7 students on weekends and three during the week. I enjoy teaching and care about my students. This year I am teaching Strings in public schools and am enjoying it very much. My students learn Music History, Theory, and Performance while in class. For all of my students, I encourage consistent practicing of their instrument in order for them to grow and build their musical skills. Students are given scales, modern and classical pieces to practice. I find the combinations of these three things let most students see how diverse strings can be. I try to create games for my younger students so they enjoy practicing early on. I also have concerts regularly for all of my students who are able to attend. They perform with an accompanist or with me during the concert.
For my beginning students, I typically start with either Essential Elements 2000 for strings or Sound Innovations. Both books give younger students a grasp on the fundamentals of technique. As they grow I then introduce solo repertoire by using the Suzuki Books but also like to add a fiddle book. Sometimes students gradually go either to fiddle or to classical. I try and encourage what they are more comfortable with. For adults, I try to find out what genre of music they enjoy and try to gauge their ability level with a couple playing evaluations.
My goal as a Strings Instructor is to have my students be exposed to all the wonderful music that is out there in the world and to develop an appreciation for it. Some students haven't even decided what their favorite music is when they come to me. Students enjoy discovering music and it is my goal to guide them. I like to have students write out their goals as performers and musicians. It is their responsibility to set a good realistic goal for themselves at each lesson. I try to guide students to make a small "victory" in each lesson they are taught. My instruction tends to vary for each student. Sometimes students are inspired to learn themselves and other times they need a little push.