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BM, Hartt School of Music, Music Education (Instrumental-Violin) MM, Lamar University, Teacher Leadership (in progress)
2009-2014 Performed with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra 2013-2015 Conductor with Milford Public Schools All-City Orchestra Festival
I am a violinist of 20 years, originally from New Haven, CT. My passion for helping each student reach his or her highest potential has led me to an extensive career in public school teaching. I have taught violin, viola, cello, and double bass privately for over 10 years. I have spent the last 5 years focusing on reaching students of all abilities through teaching in the public classroom- working with students of all ages, and teaching general music, band, and orchestra. I currently spend my time outside of the classroom playing with a string quartet that specializes in special events such as weddings, engagements, etc.
My teaching experience began at age 16, when a family friend asked if I would teach her daughter violin. I instantly found a love for the challenge of teaching, and the joy when a student experiences success. I have taught privately in a myriad of settings: music stores, music studios, and in students' homes. In high school, I was accepted into a music program that prepared me for entering college as a Music Education major. I attended the Hartt School of Music, where I had student teaching experience with students from Pre-K to high school. After college, I began teaching in public school, where I spent 3 years as an orchestra teacher for students grades 4-5, and spent the next 3 years working with upper elementary and middle school students as a general and instrumental music teacher.
I work in partner with students who are enrolled in public school lessons, and incorporate their school's method book (i.e. Essential Elements 2000 or similar), as well as rudimentary exercises and pieces appropriate for their level. I am a strong advocate of Kreutzer etudes, Hrimaly scales, and Suzuki pieces as learning tools. I guide my instruction based around the students' ability, needs, and goals. I believe that learning music is a constant conversation between student, teacher, and any others involved (parents, guardians, siblings, school music teacher), and like to keep communication open with weekly notes and homework assignments recorded in a music notebook.
I am warm and caring, and love to make my students laugh! I find that making mistakes can be much more beneficial than striving for perfection, and use these moments as crucial learning tools for students to move forward. I set goals with, not for, my students, and ask them to self evaluate before I give them my feedback. I provide students with detailed, structured practice plans that work with their schedules, and have high expectations for their time with their instrument (with, or without me). Students have input on what types of music they'd like to learn, specific pieces or songs, and with how time is spent each lesson (for example, if a student has an upcoming concert at school next week, we may decide to devote a few extra minutes to go over their school repertoire during our private lesson).
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