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B Mus, Indiana University School of Music, Violin Performance. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College, Chamber Music. Suzuki Violin pedagogy, Volumes 1-8, School for Strings. MS Ed, CUNY / Queens College / Aaron Copland School, K-12 Instrumental Music.
2014 - perfect score (200) on Praxis II Music exam
2007 - CUNY / ACSM Award for Academic Excellence
1973 - National Merit Scholarship
1973 - A F of M Congress of Strings Scholarship
I am a caring, intuitive, and experienced musician and teacher. Small-group situations such as studio lessons or chamber music groups find me at my happiest and most fulfilled. I have premiered exciting new works at NYU's Tenri Center, at Stony Brook, Bennington College, Queens College's Aaron Copland School, the LI Composers Alliance, and my alma mater Indiana University. I especially enjoy varied religious settings, for example as concertmaster of the holiday orchestra at St. Martin of Tours in Amityville and cantor at Atikva Tsentr in Kiev.
As Shinichi Suzuki said, musical harmony breeds social harmony; to learn and make music together helps us all. For this I have grown the string and choral programs in Elmhurst's 51st Avenue Academy; taught violin, viola, and chamber music at the Queens College Center for Preparatory Studies in Music; led the Stony Brook Pre-College chamber music program; taught strings and chorus in Kiev, Ukraine; taught graduate education courses at Touro College online; and enjoy teaching music at NJ's Calderone School. My studio features recording and web-streaming gear for distance learning with high-definition sound and video. All along I have enjoyed teaching in-home and studio lessons for young and adult musicians in greater New York City.
Excellent, nurturing Suzuki violin pedagogy - treating music as a mother tongue to absorb, imitate, and engage with - informs my methods for beginning and intermediate students. Gradually, as the student shows readiness, we blend in the traditional yet humane study of expert violin playing and thoughtful musicianship modeled for me in Dorothy DeLay's masterclass. As distinct from many string players, I am also a devoted and accomplished singer. So breathing, posture, phrasing, color, line, and articulation are key to my approaches to making and teaching music, and thus to helping my students x22singx22 through their playing.
Music is deeply personal; one must get to know each student's own personality, interests, and connections to music. Early on (both in the teaching relationship and in each lesson) one must assess where the student is, as to technical and musical growth, and with the music at hand. Then one finds, models, explains and encourages the next steps the student can achieve. Clear guidance and dialogue about what will happen outside the studio (listening, practice, rehearsal, performance) helps turn the weekly cycle of lessons into an upward spiral of progress, achievement, and reward.
Mr. Daniel H. has been very patient to my 7 years old. He makes sure my daughter is learning and has fun at the same time. He is professional violinist and always here to answer my questions. I am happy that I have found a good violin teacher for my daughter.
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