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BM, Manhattan School of Music, Cello Performance
2013 - Lillian Fuchs Chamber Competition Winner
2011 - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition Finalist
2010 - NYU String/Composer Collaboration Project Winner
2009 - Millburn Director’s Award for Orchestra Member
I am a 23 year old cellist currently residing in Northern New Jersey (Millburn). I graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor's degree in Classical Cello Performance. I began playing cello in elementary school, and not soon after began participating in Youth Orchestras both in New Jersey and in New York. After attending several music festivals over the summer, I took an interest in music as a career. After attending New York University for two years, I decided to transfer over to the Manhattan School of Music to have a more career-focused education. As someone who enjoys giving back to the community, I work a few days a month as a certified Emergency Medical Technician.
My teaching experience dates back to when I was a senior in high school. I would teach local cellists ranging from Elementary School ages to College aged students. Outside of teaching cello, I spend my time as a Choir Director and a Religious Education Teacher. As for other music experience, I've participated in various orchestras, ranging from the New York University Philharmonia to the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. While I love experiencing new things, I also love passing what I've learned on. This is why regardless of where I am in my own music career, I will always continue teaching.
One of the keys to learning a musical instrument well is patience and comfort. So regardless of age or experience, I begin with scales. As the famous cellist Paul Tortelier said, "Scales are the language of music." Once there is a solid grasp on this fundamental, I progress to teaching simple etudes, and at the same time solo pieces within the student's ability.
As both a music teacher and a student, I've been fortunate enough to have experienced both sides of the learning spectrum. I was born and raised in New Jersey and later relocated to New York City for college. During my time in college I've been given the opportunity to appreciate the impact of a motivated teacher—one who will go the extra mile to help the student learn. Having taught music since high school, I've come to the realization that one necessary sacrifice of a good educator is time and energy. Being inspired about teaching any subject is crucial for the student to be inspired to learn.
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