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BS, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Spanish and Mental Health and Human Services
1997: Alternate position to play with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in their annual ACE (Arts in Community Education) concert
1996 - 2001: six consecutive superior ratings in violin federation
1996 - 2001: daily violin practice awards
I began private lessons at the age of 11 with an excellent Suzuki teacher and soon began group lessons, playing with her many other students at Country Clubs, local malls, nursing homes and for many local benefit events. At the age of 13, I received an alternate position to play the Bach Double Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in their annual ACE (Arts in Community Education) concert. I have also had the privilege of playing the National Anthem for the Brewers games. When I am not giving a lesson, I enjoy playing for weddings, local events and for occasional church services.
Upon graduating college in 2006, I began teaching private and group violin lessons from my home studio. Since 2009 I have continued my teaching career from a local studio, and began offering Skype lessons last year. My own former violin teacher, Stevens Point, provided me with the training and confidence needed to become an excellent violin teacher. Over the years I have provided my students with the opportunity to play in solo and group recitals, as well as for weddings and local events at a downtown Athletic Club and Botanical Gardens. From the toddler to the adult, beginner to advanced, I love every aspect of teaching.
I have been professionally enriched by and have personally thrived on Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's philosophy that everyone can learn to play the violin well, regardless of musical background and heredity. His four pillars of violin mastery are: proper instruction, daily practice, daily listening (to professional recordings of the Suzuki Violin Book pieces) and a loving and nurturing environment both at home and in lessons. In applying the Suzuki method, I spend ample time helping my students build a solid technical foundation (correct bow hold, finger placement, posture, form, etc.) and a perceptive musical ear (ability to recognize correct pitch, rhythm, etc.). After this initial period, I begin teaching notes and general music theory, while continuing to use the Suzuki Violin Books as the cornerstone of instruction. It has been incredibly rewarding to see my students blossom - musically and personally - through this method of violin instruction.
For young children, I try as much as possible to make them feel like they are participating in an activity or playing a game rather than taking a violin lesson. This captures and holds their attention, and allows them to have fun AND learn the violin well, all at the same time! For teens and adults, the lesson takes on more of a dialogic format, allowing for instruction as well as relative conversation. Regardless of age, I guide all my students through the Suzuki Books, song by song, ensuring they master the fundamental technique called for before moving on to the next. My favorite tool for teaching is the use of concrete items (especially for young children), or concrete images/ideas, which lend themselves to a solid proficiency of the technique to be learned or barrier to overcome.
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