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Bachelor Degree: Central Washington University
Master Degree: Rice University
I'm a passionate and dedicated teacher who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I began studying cello, violin, and piano in Kiev, Ukraine and continued my music education when I moved to the USA. I received a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance from Central Washington University and a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Rice University. I have performed as an Assistant Principal in several orchestras in Washington State and have appeared as a soloist with Spokane Symphony and Olympia Symphony. I was also a Fellow in New World Symphony in Miami Beach where I also began working as a studio musician for a variety of artists. I am a versatile musician who enjoys playing various genres and styles. Upon relocating to New York City, I have continued session work, played in a few rock bands, and have participated in contemporary music projects.
I have extensive experience as a private teacher (25+ years). I teach cello, violin/viola, and piano and have taught students ages 5-65. I also have prepared students for specialized middle school and high school auditions, pre-college programs, and other auditions. In addition to private teaching, currently, I teach group string classes in Harmony Program NYC. Since I play the piano I'm often the accompanist for my students' recitals. My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
For beginning students, I typically start with the Suzuki Method while combining it with the Essential Elements Method. As the student learns the fundamentals I gradually add scales and exercises to further develop the student's technique. After further progress, I begin to introduce solo repertoire and add other pieces. I'm fairly flexible on what pieces the student may play in the lessons, as long as the rudiments and classic repertoire are covered. Also, the student can add pieces of any genre that they might want to learn for fun!
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! I strive to find an individual approach to each student and it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. While daily practice is necessary for quicker progress, not every student has the time for it. So I teach my students how to use the time allocated for personal practice more effectively and how to develop good practice habits.
Overall, I strongly believe in music being a form of expression for everyone and that is never too late to start learning!
I've been taking violin lessons with Julia for about six months and with her help I've come a long way. Julia is a very experienced musician and teacher, foucused and patient. If you're a beginner she'll get you started on the right track to correct techneque, and help you avoid bad habbits that would limit your development. Take lessons with her and you can get further in less time!
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