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Bachelor Degree: The George Washington University
European Tour Principle Second Violin
I have been playing violin since I was 7, and have always been passionate about music. About 7 years ago I started teaching violin because I decided that I wanted to share this passion with others! Outside of enjoying performing and practicing as much as I can, I also toured in Europe as a principle second violin. I am in my last semester at The George Washington University receiving a Bachelor's in International Affairs and Political Science. I am also passionate about education in these fields and have interned at Global Kids where I helped teach an after school program.
I started teaching seven years ago with just one student and expanded mostly by word-of-mouth and recommendations to about eight at one time over the years. I have taught both at my home studio, online, and in student’s homes with students from age 3 to adult. For younger students, I encourage parents to be as actively involved as possible including coming to some lessons, if available, and participating in a one minute discussion at the end of the lesson about what the student learned during that lesson and what the expectations are for practice. I have helped students prepare for orchestra, competitions, performances, and recitals that I have hosted for all the students I had. I am always excited to teach new students of all ages and in any music style that they are interested in!
For beginning students, I start with the Suzuki books and mix the Suzuki method with my own. I have my own method for how to teach younger students how to read music and understand rhythm in a simple way that is easy to understand. For all students, once the fundamentals are grasped, I encourage students to bring pieces to me or tell me what style they would like to learn so that lessons can be as interesting and engaging as possible. I have moved all the way through the Suzuki books with students who are interested in staying in the classical style as well as incorporating folk music, bluegrass, and modern compositions depending on the students interests.
I teach in an encouraging, supportive manner and work with student's individual needs. I also focus on showing students how to practice and have correct posture. I allow the students to progress at their own pace and am constantly creating new methods to tailor my teaching to the student's individual needs. I am happy to focus on any topic that a student is struggling with, posture, reading music, sight reading, rhythm, or prepping for a performance or competition. I also have seen my particular method for working with younger students on more complicated topics such as music reading or rhythm and this has been incredibly successful. I am able to simplify these concepts to make them accessible and fun!
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