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Katie C In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Spirituals

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Katie C In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Spirituals

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cello Performance BM, University of Maryland: College Park, Cello Performance

Awards:

2011 - Washington Area Music Award, best pop/folk recording for Vox/Ukulele/Cello

Overview:
Hello Musika community! I am very excited to be newly arrived in NY. Bach in DC, I've been running my own private teaching studio of cello, piano and violin students since graduating with my Masters degree in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2005. I’ve learned over the years how to communicate effectively with both students and parents. Highlights have always been our annual recital, our various community-service concerts and ensemble recitals with other local private teaching artists. I'm excited to bring my experience to Musika and NY!
EXPERIENCE
Since graduating with my Masters in Cello Performance in 2005 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, I have been consistently teaching. Most of my teaching for the past 13 years has been going to students' homes. I also encourage the students to participate in yearly recitals and local community engagements throughout the year. This way the students are sharing their gifts and hard work with the community that supports them. I am also proud of my work with the DC Youth Symphony Orchestra Program. My work with the DCYOP, an El-Sistema inspired program, involves teaching the basics of playing the violin, viola, cello and music theory, adjudicating students’ progress, leading sectionals and full rehearsals in various DC schools, some from the most underserved communities. Highlights are having all the different schools come together for a large performance at the Kennedy Center and the students performances with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Esperanza Spalding. I’ve also facilitated many youth orchestra performances and summer camps as string teaching artist in DC and Maryland showcasing that I can motivate the students to a high quality performance regardless of the amount of time. I also have been ask to give master classes and have been involved with many after school and summer music programs.
METHODS USED
I believe in teaching future string musicians there is only one way to make the best sound and teaching how to do this from the beginning. I want the students to understand how their instrument works by demystifying the mechanics. Once the student knows how to use the instrument, they can then discover the music and their voice in the music. For string instruments, I use the Suzuki books and Artistry in Strings method. I studied string pedagogy with Gerald Fischbach, author of Artistry in Strings. For piano, I use the Bastien Method and some fun rote methods adapted to fit each student.
LESSON STYLE
I set up each lesson of what and how to practice at home. So whatever we do in the lesson, is what you are to do in your personal practice, making it super easy! I suggest each students sits with the instrument at least 3 days a week, not including lesson day. I give you fun and easy warm ups to explore how to use the instrument. Then we work on fun pieces to explore the many beautiful sounds of your instrument and your voice as musician. String lessons start with tuning your own instrument. Yes I will teach you how to tune your instrument!! Then, for piano and strings, we do simple warm ups then go into our sight reading. I emphasize many simple music theory concepts that help demystifying music and music making. I find its a helpful way to be more connected to the music and helps with memorizing.
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