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Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, The University of Kansas
2013 - University of Kansas School of Music Orchestra Scholarship
2014 - Selected to perform for Eutiner Festspiele in Eutin, Germany
2015/2016 - Selected to perform at the Brevard Music Center
2016 - Concertmaster of the Kansas All-State Intercollegiate Orchestra
2018 - Concertmaster/Soloist for the Bravura Symphony Orchestra
I am an energetic and driven concert violinist and instructor. Nothing excites me more than working one-on-one with a student and watching them grow, both musically and personally. Starting violin at the late age of 15, I dedicated my life to music to keep up with my peers. That dedication has taken me to venues all over the world. I’ve toured in Washington DC, Europe, and from coast to coast in the US. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Sarah Chang, Bill Preucil, and even modern artists such as Celic Woman and Belá Fleck.
My teaching experience began very early in my playing career. I started playing violin in high school, and by junior year I was having friends over to give them tips on solos they were preparing (9 years ago.) This was valuable to me, as the more I tried to help others, the more I learned to improve my own playing. Once beginning university, I began to refine my strategies toward teaching. I took pedagogy courses to ensure not only progress was being made, but students were enjoying themselves throughout the journey. I encourage all students, regardless of age and skill level, to take every opportunity they can to showcase their talent. This "showcase" can either be just playing for family and friends, or even competitions that truly showcase refined work. When my students enter my studio, they can expect energy and excitement when tackling challenges. The most rewarding part about my teaching experience is the excitement I see from my students when they finally nail something they have been working so hard to achieve. I strive for that in every lesson.
My methods are dependent upon playing ability; these methods are very flexible throughout a student's experience in my studio.
For beginners, I wait to introduce sheet music. The goal is relaxed posture and the ability to draw a good sound with the bow. Once this is accomplished, a sense of confidence is instilled in the student, and rapid growth continues from there. Method books I prefer with beginners are Suzuki Book 1, coupled with Muller-Rusch String Method Book 1. Suzuki's pieces require much more time; Muller-Rusch allows students to progress through pieces faster to avoid impatience and burnout.
For advanced players, my methods are very flexible. Advanced players all have varying strengths and weaknesses. I will hand-select scales from the Carl Flesch System. As for Etudes, I will select specific works that challenge a student's weaknesses. Etude books I would choose from would be Mazas, Kreutzer, Sevcik, Dont, etc.
My teaching style can be described as a fusion of both musical growth and personal growth. In the first few lessons, it is a priority of mine to understand a student's interests, personal goals (within music and outside of music), and how music fits in with the other priorities of their lives. Once that is established, I develop lesson plans that are in-line with their goals, are appropriate for their schedules outside of music, and engaging for both myself and the student. I will never be belittle or show frustration toward my students' shortcomings; I live by the philosophy "if a student is struggling, it is the teacher's responsibility." My ultimate goal is for a student to leave my studio with a stronger love for music, and a desire to continue working with their instrument.
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