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Hi! I am a fun and enthusiastic violin/Electric Violin/viola/piano/music theory/improvisation/composition instructor. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Contemporary Writing and Production. I have been teaching music since high school so I have plenty of experience working with students from all over the world, all ages, and all levels. I am currently a freelance violinist active in the city and I have performed at various venues (Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Playstation Theater etc), mostly in this tri-state area. I am classically trained at youth so the base of my lessons come from that, but I spent my college years studying contemporary music, so I can also teach other genres (pop, jazz, rock etc.) as well.
I initially started teaching as an extra credit in high school. I taught G5 band kids extra private tutoring on basic music theory to assist them during their band classes. When I went to Berklee, the college hired me as a music theory tutor and I taught Tonal Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Ear Training and Conducting for those who were struggling in the class. After graduating, I moved to New York, and I continue to hold private lessons in-home/travel, and I have had about 20-30 students in total.
These are the list of books I use frequently: Strictly Strings, Suzuki, Shinozaki, Kayser, Carl Flesch, Wohlfahrt, Kreutzer, Hrimaly, Sevcik I use one or more of these books to build basic technique that everyone needs to play the instrument well. I pick and combine, depending on the level of each students and what they need to work on the most. I do have my own worksheets that I have made over the years and I also use my arrangements for those who are interested in learning non-classical genres.
I try to understand exactly what each students are trying to achieve. Are you interested in doing music exams or audition? Do you want to be able to play pop tunes? Do you want to be able improvise? What pieces do you want to play? Do you have a favorite violinist? These are some of the questions I ask in my first lesson to understand more about what my students are looking for. My teaching style is not to give the information I want to give, but be more of a guide for each students to achieve what they want to achieve and motivate them to get there.
Kiho has been a terrific violin teacher for our eight year old boy. We started lessons to give him a creative outlet to focus some of his energy in a productive place, and to our surprise, he has picked up a lot of positive traits from his classes like discipline, focus and problem solving. He loves playing and learning how to play. And his progress has been exceptional in just a short period of time. It's all thanks to this wonderful teacher. We'll be recommending her to all our family and friends!
Kiho is an excellent teacher. She understood my goals and tailored a lesson plan to help me achieve them. Her methods are clear and concise and she has an exceptional grasp on a multitude of musical genres. Her lessons are very engaging and I'm thrilled with my progress.
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