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Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory, Masters degree from the University of Marylsnd and advanced Suzuki trading from the Suzuki Institute of the Greater Washington area.
I received two awards from the White House for performance and from my work with keeping children off drugs through music
I am a graduate of the Boston z conservatory with a degree in both violin and piano. I have oergormed at thr White House numerous times and in additionition have performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Paris, London, Wales, Rome,Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Vatican for the Pope amongst many other places. I was first violinist in the Washington Symphony and concertmaster of the National Medical Group. I have on many tours as concertmaster and have taken students to also perform. Locally besides the Whir House, I have performed for Congress, the State Department, Kennedy Center and Constitution Hall. I also performed for the Supteme Court at Constitution snd for the Presidents cabinet in the Vice Presidrnts office.
I have been teaching since 1984 and now I teach from my home studio. I am not trying to make my students the best in the world but I want them to love music. My students have accomplished many goals. They have all had the chance to perform in recitals. Some have won scholarships to private schools and colleges, gotten to perform at Disney World to record music for a movie soundtrack and have won top music awards from their high school graduations. I am also very lucky because I have been a string judge for the Young Artist Award of Maryland for 16 years so know what teachers and conductors are looking for snd integrate these in to my lessons.
I do not teach with one method but what the student needs or requests. It is not what I want but what the student wants. I use both the Suzuki method and the traditional method and sometimes I combine them into my own method to give the student what he/she needs. I method is just a way to achieve an end result. Every student is unique and has different needs as well. At a first lesson I try to find out what these needs snd wants are snd discuss the various ways of obtaining these goals. If their goals are not reasonable I will discuss this but I will never destroy their hopes. I once had a six year old student who after one lesson wanted her daughter to compete in this world competition. I thought to myself she couldn’t never as l after one lesson and the deadline for the competition was in three months, but I did let her know with time and practice such a goal could be possible.
I teach using the philosophy of being positive. I will always have only positive things to say to a student. If, for example, a.student is playing out of tune, I won’t lie and say how great he/she sounds but might say her position is so good and if her finger was a little higher on the string someone would think she was a professional. I give awards to students who achieve certain goals. They can be beautiful medals or different size trophies and on let’s say Halliween they get bags to take as much candy from Mr Beethoven as they want. If a child does not succeed , which is rare, I blame myself. As I said I tailor what I teach to each students needs and requests. I also teach people with special needs because I am flexible that way I remember a quote of Dr. Suzuki snd it is Nutured By Love. This sums up why I am successful snd that I teach from my heart.
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