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Bachelor of Music, Stetson University
2005 - William Duckwitz Talent Scholarship
2011 - Associate Principle Second Violin with the Orange County Symphony
I started playing violin at the age of 4, and started teaching at 17. In 2003, I started playing viola, and in 2005, I started learning cello. In 2010, I graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Music degree with electives in Psychology. I have played as the Associate Principle Second Violin in the Orange County Symphony since 2011. I love teaching because I love to help people, and I love to share my joy of stringed instruments. When I am not practicing or teaching, I am usually hanging out with my husband and dog.
I started teaching privately in 2004, and have been doing so in either my own studio or in the studios of others ever since.. In 2013, I started contracting with the Anaheim City School District to teach string classes in their after-school music program. Since moving to Texas, I have started orchestra programs at two different schools in Dallas county, while continuing to build my own studio. Whether in a private or group setting, the joy on the students' face is the most powerful motivator and greatest reward I know of.
I typically use the Suzuki, Sassmannshaus, and Applebaum method books. I encourage regular practice, as students who feel they are progressing and doing well tend to enjoy their instrument more. As they become more advanced, they are encouraged to start giving opinions on what they want to learn. One thing that makes my studio unique is that I don't just teach how to play an instrument, I teach my students how to practice. I feel that it is imperative for my students to learn how to use their practice time most efficiently, because many of them are involved in several extra-curricular activities.
One of the many advantages to private instruction, and what makes me so passionate about it, is that each student can move at their own speed. Private lessons should be tailored to the individual, so that the student can form a solid foundation. I believe in teaching students with encouragement, and creating a positive learning environment. It is important to me that my students know I believe in them. I discuss goals and progress with my students. I often ask them if they are ready to move on, or if they want to spend more time working on specific pieces or exercises. This helps them become more confident in their skill, and keeps them from feeling overwhelmed. Ultimately, I want my students to feel both joy and pride when they play, no matter what their skill level or speed of progress.
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