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BM, Syracuse University, Music Industry
Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra: • Selected as Concert Master, Spring 2016 (first undergraduate student to be selected for this position) High School: • Selected for CODA (California Orchestra Directors’ Association) Honor Orchestra, 2010 through 2014 • Recipient of Gruzen Music Scholarship Award, 2014 • Selected for CODA All-State Orchestra, 2011 and 2013 • Competed and performed with Santa Monica High School Chamber Orchestra at Oregon Chamber Festival Competition and won First Place (2013)
I'm a recent graduate of Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Industry. I have played both the violin and piano since the age of four. Some of the greatest memories I have can be attributed to my experiences in music. In high school, I was able to tour Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria with my school's symphony orchestra. I have been able to perform with Glenn Frey (founding member of the Eagles) and Jackson Browne. At Syracuse University, I was chosen to be concert master of the school's Symphony Orchestra, being the first undergraduate student to hold the title. It is my goal to teach young students the skills they need so that they too can develop into musicians that can experience the many joys music can bring.
I started teaching in high school. At Santa Monica High School, we had a huge music program. With 6 orchestras in making up the music program, I was placed in the orchestra made up of the most advanced players. I volunteered my time every week at the request of our orchestra director to giving lessons to students placed in the beginning and intermediate orchestras. Unfortunately I was unable to teach during my college years, but I am excited to start building up my studio with motivated and teachable students.
I am a fan of the Suzuki method for beginning Violin students. It is the way I learned, so I am familiar with it. I do think it is important for students to have some say in what they learn. It is important for young students to have fun during the learning process. I like to throw in some current music that is familiar to the student. I also find it important to set goals. Performing what you've worked on in front of other people is an effective goal to set, and one that I encourage for all my students.
Every student is different, and learns at their own pace. With that being said, I find it important to devise lesson plans that are personal and cater to students individually. I try to always stay positive with young students but at the same time, push them to give their best effort on their instrument. I try to find out what inspires young students so that I can form lesson plans that addresses their aspirations. I make it known whenever a student accomplishes a small task on their instrument. Acknowledgements serve as positive reinforcements for students and make progress easier to come by.
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