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BA, Antioch University Seattle, Liberal Studies - Psychology & Counseling AA, Seattle Central College
2014 - Performed at MAC Indulge Event at Bellevue Square Mall 2012 - Performed with Rainbow City Orchestra at Seattle Center 2012 - Performed with Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra 2010 - Edmonds-Woodway High School Arion Award for Orchestra
I am a violinist of 15 years and have been teaching since 2014. I received my BA in an unrelated field in 2017, but incorporated music into a number of courses and assignments. I took private lessons in 2015, from 2008-2010, and from 2004-2006. I have soloed with Rainbow City Orchestra (for whom I served as Concertmaster from 2011-2015), Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Edmonds-Woodway High School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. I have also performed in pit orchestras for numerous musicals with Driftwood Players and Madrona Children's Theater.
In 2014, I began teaching students privately. I taught multiple students of different ages, with a range from early childhood to late adulthood. Most of my students were beginners, and we worked together for over a year. By the end of our time together, they were able to play fairly advanced music for the time they had been playing, such as "La Folia" by Corelli and "Jesu, the Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach. I have also taught independently, teaching students I met through different musical endeavors. I currently teach part-time for 4/4 School of Music.
For all beginner students, I begin with the Essential Elements books. Once fingering and bowing have been introduced, I begin incorporating level-appropriate scales. These etudes and scales are vital for learning the technique necessary for more advanced pieces. Once the student has completed the first Essential Elements book, we then select a piece for them to play, and keep this as our main focus while continuing to work on scales and etudes. For more intermediate and advanced students, we start off with a piece they would like to work on while concurrently working on etudes and scales.
I always make sure the student has a proper say in all of the proceedings. I want to make sure that the student enjoys the piece that they are working on, and that it challenges their skill levels while still being able to be performed by them. I also make sure that their personal tastes are reflected in the pieces selected, and make sure they listen to performances of the piece before it is selected. I find that this is vital in making sure that the student has the motivation to practice, because it is a piece that they are excited about learning and performing.
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