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BM. Shenandoah Conservatory PPC and MM. Lynn University Conservatory of Music
2001-2004. Full Scholarship to attend Shenandoah Conservatory 2005-2009. Full Scholarship to attend Lynn University Conservatory of Music 2003-2008. Scholarship from the State of Tamaulipas in Mexico. 2004. First Prize at the MTNA Virginia Chamber Music Competition. 2007. Honorific Mention MTNA Solo Competition.
I am a musician originally from Mexico, I have performed in Latin america and Europe. I am currently Principal viola with Symphony of the Americas and part of the Con Brio Quartet. Besides teaching and performing in orchestra I am also very active as a recitalist and chamber musician. This 2019-2020 season I have performances in Florida, Georgia, North Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and France. Includes cities like Washington DC and Paris. I will perform as soloist with Manassas Symphony and Great Forks Symphony.
I have been actively teaching for the past 10 years. I have worked with students of all levels and ages, from beginners to college student level of multiple nationalities. I have taught at the prep departments of Lynn University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and North Broward Prep School. I am currently strings and piano faculty at The Pinecrest School in Boca Ratón, FL and also maintain a busy violin/viola private studio. I have taught many masterclasses in different occasions sometimes before performances.
I use different methods according to the age, my main interest is to help the student love the music and the rest is just up to time and work. I work on having a natural and flexible posture that allows for easy playing. The violin/viola is hard enough already! So I try to make it as simple and strait forward as possible. We work also on music theory basics and ear training. Part of learning music is also memorizing it, I search for easy ways that work fo every student. It’s always important to practice consistently.
The way I approach teaching is very much a mix between tradition and improvisation. Every single student is different so I try to tap in to their personality and use that to help them. The work of learning the instrument is divided in 2 parts, the teachers part and the student. The teacher has to be clear, loving and practical to help the student progress. The students part is to consistently work at home to improve on the skills learned during the lesson. Playing a string instrument is always born out of love for it.
David is very professional and makes me feel at ease. He has a real gift for teaching, with patience and always encouraging me to go ahead.
I am 79years old with thumb and shoulder problems. David is very patient and I think doing a great job working with me. For the first time this week he called me Abe which I asked him to do from the beginning . He is very respectful and an excellent teacher. Would I recommend him YES YES YES BUT NOT ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THAT IS MY SPOT.
He is amazing my son loves him
I appreciate his patience with the kids in this music/violin introduction. I hardly recommend David
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