BM, Bard College, Cello Performance
BA, Bard College, English Literature
2010 - Performed with Woodstock Symphony Orchestra
2011 - Performed with members of Guarneri String Quartet and Curtis Symphony Orchestra
2013 - Performed with members of New York Philharmonic
I grew up with music all around me. Both of my parents play classical instruments like the cello and violin. My childhood home was filled with sounds of classical and chamber music. Therefore, it is not so surprising that I too chose to move in the direction of music. I went to Bard College with no clear intent on what to do, but I continued to play in orchestras and chamber music groups, and knew that no matter which degree I chose, that I would always love playing the cello.
I started teaching regularly in college. For 7 years, I have always had some semblance of students whether they be private or part of an afterschool program. I like working closely with each students, getting each of them to branch out and challenge themselves. It is through this method that I find what really interests them and move to pursue that interest. I teach elementary age students who can barely hold a cello to students of my own age. I am open to all ages and levels!
For beginners, I start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements and Suzuki Book 1 for cello. These books give a firm structure and introduce classical pieces as well as familiar tunes. Once we finish these two method books, I focus on what the student is more interested in. Are they geared towards classical, or do they really like showtunes? Whatever their interest may be, I find suitable repertoire and continue to challenge and strenghten their abilities.
My two rules of teaching are to be encouraging and be engaging. I don't want students dragging their feet as they walk to their lesson. I want them sprinting up the stairs and ringing my bell several times, because they are so excited to get started! I keep the lessons challenging in order to allow the student to reach their full potential. However, I like to keep things fun and enjoyable. I am always pleasant to a student, and I want them to realize how well they do after each lesson. At the same time though, we continue to move forward making your student a tremendous musician!