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University of Texas At Arlington, Fine Arts
2011-played Carnegie Hall 2006-2011 Certificate of Merit for Solo Performance 2004-2011 section leader of my respective orchestras
I am funatic, a fun teacher who is fanatic about there instrument. The cello is the middle child between the bass and the violin and a lot like the middle child stereotypes I also think the cello doesn't get enough respect. The winning formula for me is respect for your teachers and respect for the instrument once I had that practice didn't feel like practice it felt like progress and I did all the way until I reached my goal of playing Carnegie Hall. Now I all about helping others reach their goals and that has been the greatest gift of all.
It was my 4th grade dream to play Carnegie Hall, so I practiced practiced practiced and finally got my shoot as a senior in high school. After focusing on such a singular goal, I began to see what this amazing instrument can do. I am currently working on making the world's first ever six string glass electric cello,as seen in my profile picture. I have also been playing any style of music I can get my hands on, Jazz, Rock, Country you name it. They only thing I loved more than exploring what this instrument can do, is teaching others how to do it too and I had success with that for the past decade.
I was brought up classically trained on the Suzuki books but I am completely flexible. If you have or have heard of a set of books you like we can use that too. If you don't know how to read music we can focus part of the lesson on music theory and the rest on learning from recordings and playing by ear. Each genre has their own set of rules and depending on how strict those rules are I will be equally strict accordingly. All this is to say my methods are flexible to your goals and the style of music you want to play.
My goal is to teach you how to be your own teacher. I want to make practicing still feel a lesson because you have listened, learned, and retained what you need to make you a better player. To do this I adopt a more holistic approach. When I am your teacher you are NOT going to be playing through the piece then I give you some arbitrary feedback and grade only to play it again until the lesson is over. I WILL talk about the composer, and why he wrote the piece and what he was feeling when he wrote it, and what you need to do technically to achieve that same emotion in your audience.
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