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MPerf, Royal College of Music (London, UK)
BMus, Guildhall School of Muisc & Drama (London, UK)
Teaching the Violin and Viola: creating a healthy foundation course,
Northwestern University Level 3 Teaching Assistant certification Child Protection Awareness programme
2018 - Performed at Merkin Concert Hall with the Classical Bridge Festival Orchestra
2012 - Performed at the Palace of Versailles (France) and Cadogan Hall (UK) with Les 24 Violons du Roy orchestra
2011 - Invited to take part in the Philharmonia Orchestra 'Infernal Dance' chamber music series
2010 - Finalist at the Max and Peggy Morgan Competition
I studied in Spain, where I won several chamber music competitions, until 2007. When I was 19 I moved to London to continue my studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with professors Sven Arne Tepl and Rachel Roberts where I attained a Bachelor of Music with Honours 2:1. In 2011 I was finalist in the Max and Peggy Morgan Competition. Following my Bachelors degree, I completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music under professor Jonathan Barritt and was awarded this in 2014. While I was a student at RCM I was invited take part in the Philharmonia Orchestra ‘Infernal Dance’ chamber music series and was selected to perform at the BBC Proms and the Palace of Versailles as part of Les 24 Violons du Roy. I moved from London to New York in May 2018 and so far I have had the opportunity to perform at the Merkin Concert Hall and La MaMa Theatre. I have 8 years of experience as a violin instructor and love teaching students of all ages and abilities!
I started teaching privately in 2010 and have helped students of all ages prepare for their exams (grades 1 to 8), auditions and other performances. Most of my students are long-term students and have been learning with me for 3-4 years, with some up to 6 years. I take great pride in their success and they have had a 100% success rate in the ABRSM exams. In addition to teaching privately, I have also taught in various primary schools in the London Borough of Newham (including in Winsor and Park primary schools), teaching violin to small groups of students in Years 5 and 6 (4th and 5th Grade) to take steps 1, 2 and grade 1 in the ECAM programme created by the London College of Music and the University of West London. This involved designing lessons to ensure students were ready to take the final exams by end of term and varying teaching methods to ensure all learning styles were accommodated.
Every student is different; therefore there is no one method or strategy that will work universally. I create tailored lesson plans for each student taking into account age, experience, personality and learning style. Lessons can include ear training, music history, harmony, sight reading and improvisation depending on the level and goal of the student. When working with young children, I typically use games and activities and follow Mimi Zweig’s principle of violin teaching, which is based on natural physical motions nurtured in a non-judgmental environment. This pedagogy uses the Suzuki repertoire but can also be used with other books. The Suzuki (Japanese) method is one of the most popular in the US. This method establishes strong musical and technical fundamentals. Other methods lead to similar results and can be just as enjoyable and interesting. Some examples are Robert Trory’s (British) books or The Sassmannhaus Tradition (German). For older children and adults, I choose appropriate repertoire based on their musical interests, while still focusing on technique. Typically every lesson will include technique (posture, scales, sound production, vibrato, etudes, etc) and musicality (choosing the right pieces so students remain motivated but challenged).
I believe every student needs a comfortable, fun and non-judgmental environment to thrive. My main goal is to help them achieve their goals (passing exams, getting a scholarship, joining an orchestra, performing at school, playing their favorite pop songs at home, etc) and to enjoy the journey. I am easy-going and understanding but I expect all my students to practise from one lesson to the next and I always set clear and realistic goals. I emphasize the importance of practising efficiently (it is not about how long you practise but how you practise). I show the students what to listen for, transforming them into their own teacher.
Amazing, patient, and very detail oriented. I’m really enjoying my lessons with Lidia. Timely, professional, fun, and great overall.
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