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Bachelor Degree: Belmont University
Concertmaster of Belmont Symphony Orchestra - 2018-2019
Concertmaster of Belmont Chamber Orchestra 2017-2018
Prague Summer Nights Festival 2018
I am a passionate and driven leader striving to bring light to the world through music. I started piano with my grandma when I was two and picked up the violin when I was eight. I was graced with a lot of opportunities to perform in middle school and high school with fiddle groups and jazz fusion groups as well as a quartet, playing weddings and special functions before I entered my undergrad. I graduated from Belmont University in 2019 with a bachelor of fine arts in violin performance. I have been honored to play at many venues around the world including venues in the Czech Republic, Florida, New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Denver. I have taught Violin for eight years and it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my violin world. When I’m not playing violin I enjoy playing golf, reading, hiking, and being at my family‘s lake cabin in northern Wisconsin.
I began teaching lessons as early as high school. It started out as a way to mentor younger students in my school district and get them ready for auditions for orchestras in high school. I then began to take other students and continued to do so throughout my undergrad. I have had students ranging from age 3 to age 15 before, but you’re never too old to start learning music! A students experience with a teacher can make or break their interest in music. Knowing this, I strive to be the best teacher I can be and ask my students to come to their lessons ready to learn as much as they can.
For beginning students on violin we start with many techniques found in the Suzuki method. From there, we jump into different styles of music while still focusing on developing solid technical foundations for the student. Once we move into standard repertoire the lessons begin to change based on what the student needs. I am a firm believer in consistent practice. I would much rather have a student who practices daily for 15 minutes then a student who does not practice except for the day before their lesson for two hours. It’s amazing how much we can grow as musicians and as people with consistency.
Having fun is the most important thing in my studio! This is achieved through setting and attaining specific goals and keeping a student engaged with the decision making process of what they want to play. It takes a couple of lessons for me to get to know how the student learns but once I do, I will adapt my teaching style to how a student learns best while still encouraging them to learn in different and new ways. In our day and age, it is important to have knowledge of many musical styles, so I try to incorporate those into my teaching as much as possible.
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