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Doctoral Degree: University of Southern California
Professional Certificate: The Juilliard School,
Master Degree: Conservatory of The Hague
Bachelor Degree: New England Conservatory
Bachelor Degree: Tufts University
First Prize, Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition
First Prize, MPrize Chamber Arts Competition, Strings Division
Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist of the Year Award
First Prize, International Solo Violin Competition, Cremona Italy
USC Pi Kappa Lambda Doctoral Award
I am extremely passionate and devoted to teaching, and love to share the incredible discovery of music-making with my students. I love spending time with people and learning what makes each unique individual tick. My studies have brought me from Boston’s New England Conservatory to Europe to Los Angeles to New York’s own Juilliard School. I’ve had amazing opportunities to share music and art with colleagues, students, and mentors from around the world on stages as big as Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls to small and intimate house concerts. I would love to be a sounding board and a guide for you as we dive into music together!
I have been teaching for almost 20 years and have taught people as young as four years old to amateur adults, as well as from beginners to highly advanced pre-conservatory students, and people from all different backgrounds. Music is such a personal journey for each person, and my teaching philosophy is centered around what the student needs and wants. My ideal student is one who shows a daily devotion to the strengthening of necessary muscle groups, to students who are eager to learn and to try new things, and students who are motivated to accomplish goals that we set together!
For my methods, I use a variety of books and create a “diet” of exercises and pieces that will build on fundamentals - from open strings, to scales and etudes like Schradieck, Kreutzer to pieces from the Suzuki Method as well as other options such as Nardini Concerto in b minor or Haydn Concerto in G Major. The method I use is scaffolding from the very small building blocks of technique and lead up to a mastery of each piece assigned. I cater to each student to create a learning environment and level-appropriate repertoire that will be inspiring and motivating!
My teaching philosophy centers around the goal of my students developing control of their own learning by becoming independent thinkers, problem solving on their own, and understanding critical methods for effective practice and successful performance. I guide this process by asking questions, offering suggestions, and ultimately steering students towards an ownership of their choices. As a result, they are able to maximize their practice time during the week as they become better analysts of their own playing from both a global and detailed perspective. I tailor all my lessons to each individual's learning style and goals, and always do my best to assign pieces that will inspire them!
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