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Master Degree: Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor Degree: Queens College
Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition- Top Prize Winner
Queens College Concerto Competition- Top Prize Winner
Grosser Windward Award for Woodwind Performance
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves sharing my passion for music and inspiring students of all ages. In 2018 I graduated from the Manhattan School of School of music with a Masters degree and prior to that, I received a Bachelor of Music degree from Queens College. I have been lucky enough to perform in some of New York's Most prestigious classical music venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall along with some of its most well known pop venues such as the Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall. My performances as a chamber and orchestral musician have also led me to play all over the United States, Europe, Canada, and China.
My first teaching experience dates back about 8 years ago to my Sophomore year in college where I taught my first private clarinet student. Since then, I have continued to teach privately on a very consistent basis and have expanded my studio by taking more saxophone and flute students as well. Along with private lessons, I have recently started teaching group classes at PS 107 in the South Bronx and at the Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights as a teaching artist with the CUNY Harmony Program. I have learned that people have different reasons for taking lessons. Some want to succeed in an audition or competition situation while others want to improve on there instrument for there own personal satisfaction. Both of these are excellent reasons to take private lessons and I try my best to create lesson plans that meet the specific needs of each student. Students of all ages are welcome in my studio!
My teaching method is different for every student based on age, level, and their musical goals. However, the two things that I try to keep consistent among all of my students is a solid technical foundation and curiosity for different musical styles. For beginners, I typically start with the Rubank Beginner or Intermediate method book. Once the student has progressed to grasp the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce etudes and solo repertoire along with any pop or jazz songs they might want to learn.
There is nothing more gratifying for me than watching my students grow over time. I believe that success is achieved with a healthy balance of slow methodical practice and frequently playing fun and challenging music. I believe that every student is different and there is no right way to teach an instrument. I try to tailor my lessons to the student's special way of learning to ensure that our time together is well spent. Learning an instrument is like weightlifting: you start small with frequent repetitions, slowly increasing the weight as you go. Trust the process!
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