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BA, University of San Diego, Music and Psychology
2015 - Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Music, University of San Diego
2015 - Performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto alongside Greater San Diego Music Coterie
I began playing violin, taking private lessons, at the age of four years and trained under the Suzuki method. At age five, I began participating in the National Federation of Music Clubs and received Superior ratings for thirteen consecutive years; in the year 2008, I received the President’s Festival Cup under the National Federation of Music. I also began performing with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra (CKYO) at age seven and participated in three European tours with CKYO, serving as their concert master for the Spain and Portugal tour in 2008. Moreover I was CKYO’s concerto competition winner and soloist in the years of 2003 and 2008. I began college at the University of Kentucky, receiving a full scholarship for music. I had many great opportunities with the UK Symphonic Orchestra including performances at the Kennedy Center in DC, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and alongside world renowned violinists Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and Itzhak Perlman. I transferred to the University of San Diego to further my studies in music as well as psychology. As a student at USD, I had the fortune to perform as a soloist alongside the Greater San Diego Music Coterie.
I owe a great deal of my character development and work ethic to the benefits of music. I taught a handful of students during the year of 2012 in Kentucky but focused primarily on my studies after transferring to San Diego. I began teaching again after graduating from USD at my studio in Coronado. I have a considerable amount of experience with children through teaching, volunteering, and childcare however I'm a firm believer that you can begin learning an instrument at any age and I welcome all into my studio to learn music. One of my new students is 80 years old!
My teaching is heavily influenced with my background and experience with the Suzuki method, particularly pertaining to listening, repetition, and immersion. Music is something to practice as if learning another language, as it is another form of expression! Although I use Suzuki books and repertoire in my lessons, I structure and customize lessons plans, tailoring to each individual student. I also like to have students pick something that they want to learn, whether it be a theme from "Lord of the Rings" or "Hoedown", in order to retain intrinsic motivation.
My goal as a teacher is to maintain a healthy balance of challenging my students while also providing a nurturing environment for growth at their own pace. Many of my students have different goals; some want to learn for pleasure, others need preparation for an audition, or individuals want refresher sessions for upcoming performances or events. What a student (or parents) aims to achieve through their lessons is made priority and I'm very flexibile in how I approach my style accordingly. Regardless of what the aspirations are, I recognize that it is important to reward small stepping stones in progress while also maintaining a larger, ultimate goal in sight. It is crucial for the student to receive satisfaction and enjoyment from their music while also keeping focus on forward progression. Again, the way this is achieved varies according to age and expereince.
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