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Bachelor Degree: University of South Carolina
Master Degree: Manhattan School of Music (in Progress)
2015 - Magellan Scholar
2018 - Cincinnati Young Artist
2019 - Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship
I am a cellist, composer, and teacher currently residing in Upper Manhattan. I love performing, teaching, and creating exciting new music with all of my friends and students. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Music at the Manhattan School of Music, with an emphasis in Contemporary Performance. I am also a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble "Tactus", which has been critically acclaimed by the New Yorker as “The deepest, grandest noise of the musical season so far”, and by the New York Times, "Ambitious . . . finely polished . . . spirited". I also enjoy composing and working with electronics, and cooking! I would be honored to add you to my musical family.
I began my teaching career back in 2014, teaching cello to children from aged 3 -12. I love the challenge of teaching young students how to focus and concentrate, and I am always in awe of a child's ability to use creative problem solving. Something I like to encourage in my students, regardless of age, is to maintain this child-like state of curiosity and creativity. We adults can learn a lot from our younger counterparts! Since my earlier teaching days, I have expanded to teaching advanced cellists of all ages, and can provide the tools for success to young or old students who are just beginning, or to advanced players who are preparing for college auditions.
When teaching young children and beginners, I use the Suzuki method. I have been certified in pre-book 1 and book 1 of the Suzuki method by the legendary educator Tanya Carey. For older/more advanced students, I use a series of methods taught to me by the renowned cellist and pedagogue Robert Jesselson, whose teachings have lead me to where I am today, and have produced cellists of the highest quality that can be found among the worlds greatest orchestras and institutions. I can also encourage composition, as I believe there is no better way to understand music than to begin to write your own.
I enjoy watching my students grow and watching them develop their own interests and personal tastes. I open the door for my students with a strong technical instruction, and encourage them to walk through that "door" and develop their musical expression and curiosity. Through hard work, patience, and curiosity, we can form a connection that will help us both grow in innumerable ways. Moving beyond the teaching setting, I believe it is important to foster a connection to many other art forms. I strive to provide resources and opportunities to my students which exposes them to many different cultural practices and events away from the practice room, thus opening them up as an artist and an individual to the many possibilities and advantages of a music and arts education.
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