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New England Conservatory: Masters in Viola Performance expected graduation in May of 2013 Oberlin Conservatory of Music: Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance completed in May of 2010 Oberlin College: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology completed in May of 2010
Oregon Scholar 2005
UB Scholars 2006
Principle of the Oberlin Opera production of Cosi Fan Tutte in 2009
Principle of the Oberlin Chamber orchestra for several concerts in 2009
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Hello! I am currently getting my masters at NEC but I love to teach as well. My main instrument is the viola but I also teach violin. I started playing the violin at age 10 and switched my focus to viola in 2004. The majority of my life has been devoted to seeking the best musical education with the goal of becoming a strong violist. My training is classical but lately I have been branching out to jazz and improvisation. The sitar is also an instrument that I love and play in my free time.
Currently I am the violin and viola teacher at the Kwong Kow Chinese School and I have had this position since September 2011. I am also on the faculty of the IP Piano school located in China Town Boston. Teaching is something that I love to do and I have made it apart of my life since 2004. I have taught beginners as young as 4, and intermediate level adults.
During my time at Oberlin I took a certification class specifically about string pedagogy. I am very well versed in various methods of technique training for all instruments in the violin family. With beginners I teach in a modified Suzuki method that includes music reading after a few months. In general I focus on technique and then add in the more fun musical gestures. I also teach ear-training long side the violin/viola study. I believe that it is incredibly important in mental and aural understanding of music and necessary in creating a complete musician. I love children and also received a BA in Psychology that mostly focused upon Developmental Psychology. This aspect of my education aids in my understanding of a child’s mind and helps me to be sensitive to their needs as young learners. I really care for my students and thing of teaching as a very personal interaction between two people. For this reason I tend to go out of my way to make sure that they receive maximum care in the process of nurturing and developing them as a musician.
Each lesson varies according to the needs and level of the student. A typical lesson would start out with some kind of technique exercise, scales, and arpeggios. Then we would move on to some kind of musical piece. The song will be learned in its correct form with all proper notes, rhythms, dynamics and tempo markings. Musicality and terminology will also be discussed. Singing will also be implemented at any point during the lesson with regards to intonation, phrasing, or musical gesture. I have very high standards but we also try to have fun with it.
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