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Instruments: Viola
Styles: Classical

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Carrie D In Home In Studio
Instruments: Viola
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
High School - Interlochen Arts Academy, Viola Performance BM - Eastman School of Music, Viola Performance MM (2016) - Manhattan School of Music, Classical Viola Performance
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2009-2013 - Principal/first stand rotation, Eastman School of Music Orchestras

2009-2012 - Eastman Dean's List

2010 - won a spot on to play on the Eastman Chamber Honors Recital

2013 - Eastman School of Music Graduate with High Distinction

 

2016 - Manhattan School of Music Deans List Graduate
Overview:
I am a 25 year old graduate of Manhattan School of Music, studying with Karen Ritscher. I attended the last two years of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where I studied with David Holland, and moved on to do my undergraduate degree at Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Carol Rodland. I recently won a job with the Glens Falls Symphony in upstate NY and have performed as principal/first stand of various orchestras. I also have a vast amount of experience with chamber music, both in coaching and playing. I have performed in various states and concert halls in the US, as well as in Italy, France, and Switzerland. I love playing and performing, and wish very much to pass along that love to those just beginning! I feel that music is a strong and universal language, and is meant to be shared and bring people together, and I can't wait to start a studio here in the city.
EXPERIENCE
I first began teaching the summer before I started high school, which is also when I began my first studio! In my home town in Connecticut, children start playin string instruments in the 3rd grade, and so my old elementary school teacher asked me if she could put me on a list for the kids and their parents to contact if they wanted extra teaching outside of school. From there, I formed a stuido of about 7 students ranging from ages 4-10, and some just beginning while others quite advanced for their age. Mostly I just helped them with their pieces for orchestra and their group lessons at school, but during the summers I would often help them move along in their repertoire and give more of my own technical and musical input to expand upon what they had done in school all year. I currently frequent as a substitute viola teacher and chamber music coach for Karen Ritscher and other professors at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege division.
METHODS USED
I was first introduced to viola through the Suzuki method, and so I am extremely familiar and comfortable with that method and have mostly taught that method as well. If the student is in school, as mentioned above, I will usually start by seeing what they need to learn and have been doing/learning there, and work from that point. For students more advanced or wanting to learn outside of the Suzuki method, I have many "starter" books at my home that I am happy to teach from for learning notes, rhythms, and other short songs, and will suggest etude books and scale books, such as Carl Flesch. As I get to know the student better, their interest, and what they seem to indiviually need, I can then help them with the physcial aspects of playing and give my own input on musical ideas, bowings, etc.  Since attending Eastman, I have studied specifically with teachers who studied under the great violist Karen Tuttle. Her teaching philosophy is all geared towards playing tension/injury free, therefore relaxing into your own sound and playing to be the healthiest and best violist you can be. When teaching students, I also try to incorporate this, not only so no one hurts themselves, but because I feel these ideas are essential to feeling good while playing and making the most beautiful sound, which is everything a violist can ask for!
LESSON STYLE
I am a strong believer in student individuality and uniqueness, and understand that each student develops at their own pace on their own time, in their own way. Therefore, my goal as a teacher is to help the student grow to be their own, special musician, and to develop passion and love for that along the way! I am extremely passionate about the viola and playing music, and I want my students to feel the same. I am patient with and caring about each one of my students, and take the time I spend with them seriously so they may get out of it as much as they want. Because I feel that every musician can be unique in their own way, I also approach my students in different ways as well, catering to what they need and want most. Viola can be fun and enjoyable, and though it comes with hard work, I want to show everyone that it is worth it!
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Chandra Fogg

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Carrie is so amazing! She is an excellent teacher who makes you feel comfortable and empowered. In the couple of lessons that we have had she has been able to zero in on my areas of weaknesses and strengths and has given my the appropriate exercises to work on. I look forward to class with Carrie and can't wait to see more progress as we continue.

Review posted on Dec 27, 2016
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