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BA, UNC Asheville, Violin Performance Suzuki Certificate, SAA
2010-2012 UNC Asheville Scholarship String Quartet
2013-Present Charlotte Civic Orchestra, section first violin
I'm a creative and versatile violin/viola instructor who loves working with students of any age! I graduated from UNC Asheville in 2012 with a degree in Violin Performance, where I developed a special passion for chamber music. I currently perform with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, where I have sat in as Concertmaster occasionally. I've had the oppurtunity to take Suzuki teacher development courses and register as a Suzuki teacher with the SAA. I love working with students of all ages, as they inspire me!
I first started tutoring younger students in violin when I was in high school, but after graduating from college I took on an instruction position at a local music school as Strings Instructor. There, I began teaching much younger students using mutli-sensory techniques to keep my students engaged and most importantly, having fun! The best part about being a teacher is watching my students grow as musicians and having their individual input on the music and what they want to learn. I especially love being able to cater to individual styles of learning as well as the style of music they wish to learn.
I believe that learning an instrument must be taught from all three approaches: tactile, aural, and visual. I incorporate all three of these into each lesson so the student can walk away feeling like she has gotten closer to her instrument! For young students, I follow a Suzuki approach where a parent or guardian plays a vital role in practicing and musical development. I use the Suzuki books, a reliable source for musical progress, as well as some American fiddlin' tunes from the O'Connor Method Books. I always utilize positive reinforcement, which is really crucial in getting through any difficulties and especially performance anxiety! For older students, I follow a more traditional path of getting into the technical part of playing so they can more readily play their desired music. Lessons stay fairly light of heart, because enjoying the music is the most important!
As a believer in the "magic" of positive reinforcement, I don't see any other way in encouraging my students to make progress. During a lesson, we first review material that was assigned to practice from the previous lesson. Clear instruction on how to make progress is given, as well as practice goals for the next lesson. Then, it's time for new material! At the end of each lesson, we write down practice goals in a notebook the student keeps. Even the slightest bit of accomplishment is acknowledged. Every journey is made by consecutive steps!
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