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BM, Wayne State University, Violin Performance String Project Instructor
2013 - Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
I am a professional violinist and instructor with experience teaching students of all ages. I graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2014 completing my Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Violin Performance. During my education, I was selected to be a String Project Instructor, a 4 year teaching internship for violin and orchestra classes. I have performed at numerous orchestral and chamber music festivals around the world including Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and National Music Festival in Virginia and Maryland. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, I have performed with many popular artists including Kesha, Blackbear, Rita Ora, Postmodern Jukebox, Lea Michele, Sabrina Carpenter, Kesha, Gallant, Megadeth, Borns, and many others. My passion is performing and teaching music.
I began professionally teaching violin over 8 years ago. I started with a few of my own private, and eventually began teaching in different music academies and schools. Before I moved to Los Angeles, I had over 25 violin students weekly! I like to keep my studio fun and exciting for everyone involved. Students are encouraged to learn the basics so they can play any type of music they want in the future. Although I am classically trained and still play in orchestras, most of my work is in popular and event music. Because I am out playing violin every day, I am able to pass real-world skills onto my students.
I teach a combination of Suzuki and traditional methods. I grew up as a Suzuki student, but in my professional teaching life have learned to add additional methods into lessons to supplement training. For young, beginner students, I start them off with a method book like "All for Strings," which teaches first by rote. Not long after the students achieve the basic skills of the violin, we incorporate the Suzuki method and note reading. For more advanced students that already read music, we focus on the Suzuki method as well as any orchestra music they may need assistance with. My goal is to instill the basics while teaching real-world music skills.
My strong point as a teacher is figuring out how each student best learns. Everybody has a different style of learning, and I make sure to cater to the student's needs in that way. My lessons are light-hearted yet very productive. The most important skill for a student to have is to know how to practice efficiently. I set my students up for success by teaching them practice methods as well as looking at small details in the music in order to make them a better player. I write summaries and bullet points during each lesson so that the student can have a focused and productive practice when I am not around.
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