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HSD, Hastings High School (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) (2008-2011) BFA, Tufts University (Medford, MA), Music (2011-2015)
I'm a driven, fun, and extroadinarily hard-working instructor who has almost a decade of experience in teaching students of various ages, distinct personalities, and unique lesson goals. As a professional touring musician, session bassist, and composer for award-winning shorts and series, I have devoted my life to playing music, educating music-lovers, and furthering my musical growth. I graduated from Tufts in May of 2015 with a degree in music and during my time there as a full-time student, I played in five acclaimed musical projects simultaneously, released three albums (one of which was a Bandcamp "best-seller"), toured Portugal with a renowned Jazz Orchestra, and taught bass lessons to my college peers. Since graduation, I've continued to further my professional music career through performance, production, and education.
I started my career as a music educator at age 14, when I was hired as a musical teacher's assistant at my local synagogue, Temple Beth Shalom. Teaching imaginative and excited kids in an engaging and accessible manner was an enriching experience for me, which quickly led to an incredible chapter of years in music education! In high school, I regularly taught some gifted middle school students, personalizing my lessons to their specific musical interests and goals. In college, I happily continued my private lessons with musically-interested peers at affordable rates. In sum, I can teach any style at any level!
I start my first meeting with any new student by asking the following question: "What do you want to get out of lessons? What are your goals?" For some, the answer is "I want to be able to play along to my favorite songs." Others reply with "I want to learn how to read music!" Whatever, the response, I am truly happy to help! From there, I tailor-make a lesson plan and strategy to meet these explicit goals in the most fun and effective way possible! For me, the satisfaction of a student reaching his or her goal is the ultimate success.
I try to strive for a delicate balance of productivity and fun, by engaging students in their true musical interests, as opposed to pursuing what they think they're "supposed to do" in order to improve. Picking up an instrument as a means of self-expression is such a powerful thing and I fundamentally believe that everybody should have access to do so. I seek to guide students through this process, with whatever outcomes they seek. This method allows for a feeling of joy, over frustration and pressure! Positive reinforcement is key!
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