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MS, Indiana University, Music Education- string MM, University of Southern Mississippi, Violin Performance BM, State University of Campinas, Violin Performance
I’m originally from Brazil but have lived in both the U.S and England, I have had ample opportunities to learn about other cultures, and have found it interesting to relate to them through music. I find that music is a “common currency” that links all of us. Music is very important to the musical and developmental experiences of students, and can bridge divides between cultures and belief systems. I have reinforced my belief that music helps children to become well-rounded students by enabling them to interact creatively with the world around them. I had originally planned on a performance career, but the more I worked as music educator, the more I felt that education was my “true calling”. I look forward to finding creative ways to inject music into various existing activities and program.
During my 15 plus years of teaching violin, I worked in a variety of class settings (public and private school as well as in private offsite lessons), using different teaching styles with a wide range of student levels (beginners to undegraduates) and ages (3 to adult). Through these experiences, I have become very flexible and improvisational in my educational approach, and am open to learn and adjust to new and uncertain work environments, perhaps more easily than most. After my studies and experience working as an orchestra director for middle and high school orchestras in Indiana, I learned a lot more about teaching viola, cello and bass. I'm all about the students having fun while learning to play. A non-judmental enviroment is also very important.
For beginners I like to start with the Suzuki Method. But I'm also familiar with other couple methods such as Essential Elements and Essential Techniques for strings book 1-3. In addition to follow a method book, I like to supplement some small pieces from other books as well as incorporate some of the pieces that the student want to learn. Once the student is in the intermediate to advanced level of playing, I like to use the String Basics Book, Carl Flesh Scale Book, Kayser's ,Schradieck, Dont, Kreutzer's 42 Studies, among others a long with some solo repertoire.
I believe that every child can learn to play an instrument. Providing the right environment, a good comunication and engament wtih the student is fundamental in order to give the student the chance to express himself/herself through music, feel confident and proud of his/her achievement. Nothing is more gratifying than seeing my students to feel good with themlseves while making music and making progress. My goal is to be a resource for them but also teach them to become auto sufficient for their future.
She is very talented and my child love her. She is doing an awesome job.
Ms Carina is AWESOME & very talented.
She is great!
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