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Bachelor’s Degree from the Greatbatch School of Music
2017 Induction into the Music Honor’s Society: Phi Kappa Lambda
I am an actively performing classical violinist from New York City. With a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the Greatbatch School of Music, I seek to have an active dual teaching/performing professional life with an emphasis on chamber music. I have spent the last several years as the concert master of the Houghton Symphony and as the first violin in the Bravada String Quartet. I have worked with a number of reputable teachers and performers including Martha Thomas, Charlie Castleman of Eastman and Frost School of Music, Laura Bossert of Syracuse University, Sally Thomas of the Juilliard School, Ann Setzer of Mannes at the New School, and Stephanie Chase of NYU. I have also attended Summer Strings at NYU, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Castleman Quartet Program, during the summers, where I was coached by notable individuals such as Kikuei Ikeda from the Tokyo String Quartet and John Kochanowski (a protegé of Robert Mann, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet). Aside from my classical background, I also have experience in jazz, pop, and contemporary music, and have also performed vocal music and has played electric bass, French horn, and guitar. I enjoy arranging solo pieces for violin and have, in the past, composed and performed in a pop style. I currently perform in a guitar-violin duo and write/sing/play for a contemporary music project. I am very invested in each student's success, and in finding an inspiring way to achieve it. I believe strongly in avoiding tension and burn-out, and instead seek to find sustainable and productive avenues through which to become not only an excellent technician, but a superior artist. I do not believe in a singular, rigid approach to teaching, but rather wish to open up a chance for the student to discover where his or her passions lie.
I have been consistently teaching private lessons since graduating in 2017. My teaching experience has typically been a mix of independent private students (typically in-home), private students obtained through an institution (in-studio), and online lessons. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to work with a wide variety of ages and personalities. I’ve also been happy to find that the students both respond to and noticeably improve from my instruction. Consistently, I’ve been wowed by the breakthroughs we’ve made together.
I typically use the Suzuki method violin books, but I can also work with Strictly Strings and Essential Elements. Depending on the natural strengths of the student, we may start with music fundamentals or jump right into violin setup and technique. I typically pair the books with exercises of my own invention meant to isolate the technique at hand for that lesson. We will integrate reading the music with the physical connection on the instrument. I focus on the sound production as he primary focus and then move onto left hand technique. Slowly, we will work on training the ear to recognize subtle changes in intonation.
I believe in 5 core philosophies in teaching: 1. Comfort is key. Yes, there will be things about playing that are physically challenging at first, but together we will be very sensitive towards avoiding any unecessary tension. Never practice to the point of pain. 2. Each student responds and learns through MANY different methods. Flexibility is my business. 3. Lessons should be filled with tactful instruction paired with kindness and patience. 4. I care about your success and finding what inspires you. 5. I will push you to excellence, but my way is not the only way - your input matters to me.
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