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New York Laureate Orchestra: Under guidance of worldwide conductor and cellist: Kyoungsoo Kim
2010-2014 : LISFA Annual Festival Nominee and Participant 2010-2015 : All County Annual Festival Nominee and Participant 2015 : NYSSMA All-State Alternate Chair
I am a college student who is very passionate to share my knowledge in music. Playing cello since the age of 4, I have competed in all levels of NYSSMA including All-State. I have been the principle cellist of my high school chamber orchestra, nominated for top ten in the country, for a few years. I have also been a principle cellist in the New York Laureate Orchestra as well as a performing soloist. Playing and learning with such great musicians and professionals has been one of the best experiences of my life.
I have been teaching for a few years now. I love meeting new students and helping them develop their technique and love for music. Nothing upsets me more than seeing a discouraging teacher, especially in the field of music. Believe me, I have had my share of bad teachers. In my teaching, I believe that guiding a student into improving and making the most out of their practice is key. However, providing a positive learning environment and motivating them to strive for better on their own is even more essential.
For beginners, I always reincorporate very crucial skills to possess with constant repetition (i.e.: intonation, posture, bow technique, finger positioning). On top of this, I build on rhythm. Many times, parts of my lessons include simply clapping, so that students get a grasp for rhythm and constantly improve upon it. In terms of classical training, for me, knowing the "feeling" of the piece is key. By building upon this feeling, I introduce different styles and different techniques that the student can learn. At higher levels, I help students overcome their weaknesses and improve upon what they want to see results in.
I match my teaching with the goals of the student and ensure that results arrive in the optimal time frame. Learning an instrument can be difficult, but I do my best to constantly encourage students. In music, I am a believer in realistic positive reinforcement. Unearthing mistakes and discussing them is quite uncomfortable for anyone. However, more times than not, students fail to see how much they've progressed and how much they've accomplished. It is more important to discuss these successes as well.
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