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Master Degree: University of Arizona,
Bachelor Degree: Temple University
Teaching Certificate: Pima Community College
Member of Tucson Symphony Orchestra
I love listening to music, I love making music, and I love teaching music. I began playing the violin and piano since I was 4 years old. Since then, music and playing instruments has created so many memories and brought me to all different kinds of experiences. I went to Temple University in Philadelphia for a Bachelor's degree in music performance and then to the University of Arizona for a Master's degree in music. I stayed in Arizona, playing for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, and True Concord Voices & Orchestra, until moving to Chicago in June of 2019. I am here and ready to serve the musical community in Chicago!
I have been a music teacher for as long as I could remember. Since I was young, I loved teaching my friends and even got a couple of them to start learning the violin so that we could all play together. Formally, I started giving private lessons during my college days, teaching 4-5 year old students to play the violin and piano. In the last 10 years, I have explored further by teaching a wider range of age groups (3-70), different skill levels (beginner through advanced), and a variety of genres (classical, pop, K-pop, rock, blues).
For beginning students (pre-Suzuki), I like to take material from different method books and even write my own songs. This way, each student has their own, individualized curriculum to help with technique or material that they find to be difficult. Once the student has a good grasp of the fundamentals, I like to use Suzuki books. I like to use the Suzuki method for younger beginners because it can be more challenging to learn to read notes, but I encourage note reading for older students. For intermediate to advanced students, we can collaborate on designing the curriculum by adding a mix of repertoire I think you would benefit from and repertoire you would like to learn.
My teaching style is based off of my experiences with 10+ teachers I worked with in my history of violin playing (25 years!). I had a lot of fabulous teachers in my life, but the ones I remember and am truly grateful for are the ones who inspired me to be a better musician and ones who taught me how to teach myself. Those are my two goals for my student, find out what would inspire students to want to get better and then teaching them how to practice so that they can get better. I will always remember what my violin professor said during my last year of college: "I'm not teaching you anything this year! I shouldn't even have to talk anymore because by now, you should know exactly what I'm gonna say after you play for me."
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