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Course Work: The City College of New York
Hoff Barthelson Honors Award
Made Conference All State in high school
I'm a determined instructor in violin, guitar and composing and I love to write music as well as teach students to write. I believe firmly in positive reinforcement and a gentle approach. As a violinist I have played with the Hoff Barthelson Festival Orchestra and have played in venues such as a Purchase College Theatre and Carnegie Hall. As a singer songwriter and producer I have played at Bitter End, Sidewalk Cafe etc. There's nothing more rewarding to me than watching a student grow. I am also a singer songwriter and producer and love to use that knowledge base in my teaching as well.
I have been teaching private lessons for over 7 years, and have been studying music since I was in early grade school, 6 years old. I have played with a wide range of orchestras chamber ensembles bands, and more. I have been writing music for about ten years now. Currently I study music at The City College of New York, where I am about to graduate. I spend a great deal of time working on writing music, recording producing and incorporating a wide variety of instruments. I love teaching the skills necessary to do all of these things and I take pleasure in communicating through music.
With Violin Students, I like to start with the Suzuki method, Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, as well as some basic 1 octave scales. The first book of Suzuki is taught mainly by ear, while in the background I am also teaching rhythm with the Essential Elements material. With production songwriting and guitar, I like to work on basic chord shapes, chord changes and basic music theory so the student can understand the concepts clearly. This way they can also develop a sense of rhythm and pitch early on in their studies.
As a teacher I like to be very encouraging, gentle, and supportive. I make sure to encourage with positive reinforcement. When a child gets something right, I praise the accomplishment. If they fall short, I compliment them on something that well, and then add something along the lines of, "That was amazing, let's do that same thing only this time ______". I also encourage any students, young and old, to do some searching for material on their own to practice learning new skills. I find that it helps fuel their curiosity and passion for learning. One of my main goals is to make sure the student is growing as a musician and as a person while maintaining an interest and passion for music.
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