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The English Concert in America Fellowship- The Juilliard School
2016 Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant- The Juilliard School
University of Maryland full tuition Smith Scholarship
I am a multi-faceted professional musician and can be found performing all over New York City and other parts of the country. For the last ten years I have had experience teaching young beginners, high school students, college music majors and secondary non-majors, as well as adult amateurs. Professionally, I am a classical music singer, and I also perform on modern and historical oboes, as well as recorders. The piano was my very first instrument, which I studied for ten years performing and competing before I decided to focus on singing and playing the oboe.
I began teaching while I was in college to young band students who had never before picked up an instrument, whether it was the keyboard or the oboe. This required teaching not only the technique of the instrument but also foundational musicianship. I also worked consistently with other college-aged students while they completed their piano skills courses, as well as the younger oboists in their technique courses and reed making classes. I gained experience teaching young singers for secondary non-major students, whose repertoire spanned choral, classical, and musical theater. Since moving to New York five years ago, I have dedicated a great portion of my time teaching students of all ages and experiences, nurturing their love for music and sharing my own experience with them.
For basic piano, I start students with the Piano Adventure Primer level lesson book, which can easily be ordered online or found in your closest music store. If the student has little experience in music literacy, this is a great place to start and we can further explore where their interest in music lies.
For singers, we will take the music they like to sing or whatever repertoire they are working on in a school or amateur ensemble and ensure free and healthy singing. This includes exercises to broaden their comfortable range, strengthen their core sound, and instill a diverse vowel vocabulary.
For wind players, finding an instrumental setup that is comfortable and allows for good intonation is essential. We will work on their ensemble repertoire and explore new and increasingly challenging repertoire in order to keep interest alive and to become that much closer to technical proficiency.
At our first lesson, we will discuss and set long term and short term goals, and each lesson we will work towards satisfying what we have set out to do. As a teacher, it is important for me to always meet the student where they are in their development of their love for music on any given day. I want to keep your passion alive, but I also understand going through the occasional musical funk. Studying music can be hard and make us feel vulnerable, but it can also be thrilling and full of joy. As a performer who experiences both of those feelings regularly, I can guide my students through their study of music and ensure their musical needs are met.
David is a kind and knowledgable teacher and I'm really glad I signed up for weekly lessons with him. David teaches with patience even when I am having trouble - and he always knows the right exercises to help my technique get better. Since I started taking lessons I can really say that I have improved on piano and I've become a better musician. Plus we have a lot of fun! Great way to use the extra time I have during the pandemic.
David is an amazing teacher! He helped me to regain my confidence on the piano, even tho I haven’t played in many years. Would def recommend.
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