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BM, The Juilliard School, Viola Performance MM, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Viola Performance
Juilliard Alumni Scholarship
USC Thornton School of Music Full Tuition Dean Scholarship
Concerts in the following venues: Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center NYC, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kitara Hall in Sapporo Japan, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, as well as other lesser known halls in Japan and Italy.
Attended Aspen Music Festival and School for 3 years. Attended the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Sat as Assistant Principal Viola for almost the entire length of the festival and tour.
I have taught violin and viola for the past 8 years, beginning when I was in high school, until the present. The majority of the students I teach are violinists, but I also teach viola as well. The majority of my students are between the ages of 3 and 10, but I enjoy teaching children/adults of any age and level. I began my studies when I was 11 years old, and on viola, which is very late in the classical music world. I believe starting so late has helped me as a teacher, because I can vividly remember how hard it is to begin an instrument, and how frustrating it can be. This gives me a sensitivity that many teachers may not have. I expect a lot from my students, but I also understand how difficult it can be when first starting out.
Beginning students - Children: I will begin with either Suzuki or Essential Elements for the initial learning process. I focus on form and producing a clear, clean sound. Once they are more comfortable with the physical aspect of holding the instrument and producing a nice sound, I will add scales, arpeggios, and Etudes (exercises), as well as eventually adding music from the classical repertoire. I would also be open to working on pop music/current music if the student needs more motivation and tends to be bored by only classical. Beginning Adults: I generally teach young adults/adults the same way I teach children. But if their dedication is apparent and they are willing to work harder (put in more practice time vs children) I will teach more material during the lessons and make it possible for the student to learn more quickly (only if I see their practice time and dedication allows this).
As stated previously, I began my studies at a very late age (according to the classical music world). At 11 years old I didn't realize how much work I would eventually have to do to catch up to everyone else when I ultimately decided to pursue music as a career and audition for Juilliard. I remember how hard it is when beginning an instrument, especially violin and viola, and this allows me to be very flexible with how to approach the best way for my students to learn. I do expect hard work, but I understand how sometimes, even hard work isn't enough, and ultimately the approach to learning the instrument should be altered a bit. Music has given me so many different opportunities, and I want my students to stick with it long enough to be able to see that those opportunites could be possible for them. The beginning is the hardest part, once they're past that hurdle, they can find endless joy in their instrument.
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