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(in progress) DMA, University of Georgia Athens, Music Performance MM, University of Georgia Athens, Music Performance BM, Tennessee Technological University, Music Performance
I'm currently a graduate assistant at UGA. I am principal violist of the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and violist of the Hodgson String Trio. I am also an orchestral instructor for the UGA String Project. I have performed in several orchestras in the southeast United States including the Bryan Symphony, Owensboro Philarmonic, Augusta Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony, and Albany Symphony Orchestras. I attended the Brevard Summer Music Institute for three years with scholarship. I love performing in large groups, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. My aspirations include acquiring a professional teaching position at a university and performing with more orchestras and chamber groups.
I started teaching privately in highschool (2005). Since then, I continued teaching independent students as well as groups of musicians. I enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels in the advancement of their techniques. I have taught students as young as 3 to the age of 75. My students find that I have a fresh and fun approach to music. I prefer to adjust my teaching technique to fit my students' needs. I love challenges, and I pride myself on my adaptability and situational awareness. As long as we both know what you want to accomplish, I have no doubt that goals and expectations will be met if not exceeded.
My teaching method will be largely based on what you want to accomplish as a musician. My students taking the classical route will become familiar with the Suzuki Method books. I like to supplement this with etudes, folk tunes, and something of personal interest to you (pop music, world music, video game, etc.) If you are more interested in a fiddle/bluegrass approach, I will start you on the O'Connor Method books for violin/viola. For my advanced and intermediate students (violin and viola only), we would follow classical pedagogy in order to advance technique in accordance of the demands of concertos, etudes, and orchestra repertoire.
I thrive on my students' success. I am a patient and passionate instructor. However quickly you want to advance is up to you. Lessons are for guidance, but practice is where you will achieve proficiency. I will set clear goals for you based on what you show me you are capable of. As you may have read, I am an advocate of challenges, and it is my goal to keep my students actively engaged with their progressing technique and repertoire. You'll never wonder what you are supposed to practice, we'll make that clear at the end of each lesson. Are you ready to make some music? :)
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