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Lincoln Center Stage Artist, 2019-Current
Orchestral Leadership Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival and School, 2019, 2021
Concertmaster of SFCM's Opera and Chamber Orchestras, 2018-2019
I am an avid performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I attended Westmont College, University of Denver, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I was fortunate to study abroad at the Heidelberg Opera House in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition, I recently was chosen through rigorous auditions to be a Lincoln Center Stage Artist. I have performed concerts in Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, throughout Italy, and in many locations across the United States. I am passionate about music and the ways in which it connects us all. I enjoy hiking and I'm always in search of the best coffee.
Teaching has been a part of my life ever since childhood. While I myself was a student in high school, I taught my own students from my community. Throughout college, I was an instructor at the Santa Barbara Strings program, leading ensembles and coaching chamber music. I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music from 2016-2018. While in San Francisco, I taught 20 students weekly at The Amabile School of Music. Throughout these years I held my own private studio teaching the Suzuki Method. I have learned that to teach is essential in a craft such as mine. It is my duty and joy to pass on the knowledge that I have been fortunate to receive from the previous generations of pedagogues. My students' ages have ranged from 4 years old to early 60s. I find this to be a rich privilege to discover different ways to teach all age groups. Everyone can learn to play the violin! it is the job of the instructor to discover which ways work best for each student.
I have been brought up with the Suzuki method of learning and recently I completed my Suzuki Teacher-Training in books 1-8. I find this method to instill the very best habits in students of all ages. The learning process for a young child is best when a parent is learning with the student. I cannot begin to stress how much more the student gets out the lesson when the parent is involved in the process in an integrated way. I custom my own lessons in addition to using Suzuki to fully meet the needs of each of my students. I don't believe in a boring lesson -- I take lesson seriously and want the student to be just as joyful and curious about music as I am!
My teaching style is focused and intentional. I take into account every student and her or his needs. That being the case, I create detailed plans for the students week as far as practice is concerned. There will be listenings on each weeks assignments, detailed notes so as to make sure the student has all the necessary information to best succeed during the week between lessons. The best way to learn is to teach someone what you have learned. I have found this to be very helpful particularly with young students. As part of the assignment each week, I have my students demonstrate what they have learned and teach a parent and/sibling so that the student has a comprehensive approach when thinking about her or his material for the week.
Isaac taught my then 4-5yr old for 2 years. Anyone who has kids this young appreciates that it's not easy to keep their attention span! Coming from a large family himself, Isaac understood effortlessly how to work with kids. I was highly impressed with his fun-natured and patient demeanor, while still being able to get small moments of breakthroughs. My son will never forget running up and down the college's music halls with Isaac before his lesson to "get his jitters out", nor has he forgetten about the little bunny that balances on the scroll of his violin. My son is now 7 and he still remembers these moments. What wonderful memories to have from your first music teacher! Isaac has a remarkable future and is wonderful violinist. Any student would be lucky to have him!
Mr. Isaac is a great teacher. He is funny and easy to learn from... you almost don’t notice because he makes it fun and interactive... he know a lot and more importantly knows how to teach. I would recommend him as a teacher!
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