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Manned the New School Precollege Program BM, Lawrence University, Cello
2012, Mannes the New school of Music Hinors Program Award and Certificate 2014, Performed Joel Puckett’s Concerto for String quartet and a wind Ensemble with Lawrence University’s Wind Ensemble 2015, Miller String scholarship for performance excellence 2012-2016, Richard Warch Scholarship for Academic Excellence
I am a very supportive and caring teacher who is very passionate about music and helping my students reach their musical goals. I’ve been studying and performing music for twenty one years, beginning at the Westchester Conservatory of New York and then onto Mannes the New School of Music Precollege honors program. I attended Lawrence University where I received my Bachelor of Music in performance. During my time at Lawrence I studied classical cello, classical and jazz voice, and improvisatory music performance. I’ve been honored to be a featured quartet soloist with the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble and attended several master classes and workshops with renowned musical ensembles such as the Decoda group and the Kronos Quartet.
I’ve been teaching for the last four years and absolutely love it. Every student is so different and I love working with each student to approach music in a unique way, whatever their learning style may be. Since I have a broad background of performance in various instruments and styles, I think it is very important to support whatever musical interests my students have or wish to develop. To me, it is very important to really listen to what my student wants and figure out a way to help reach those musical goals together.
For my beginning piano students, I like to start with Alfred’s performance books and music theory to help assist the note and music reading. My cello students that are still in the beginning stages I like to have using the Suzuki books to help work towards more advanced music and skills. My voice students are all very different so I shape our lesson methods based on what style of singing they’re interested in, but we always begin working on proper breathing and learning solfege. Every student is different and my approach is to embrace that and find what is best suited for that students learning and musical growth.
I strongly believe in having an open and honest relationship with my student. I think both should know upfront what the expectations should be, such as how long they will practice, what proper progress and growth looks like, as well as what they need from me to help them succeed. More than anything, I want to help my students grow their love for music in any way I can, and that might be different for everyone but that should be the priority. I want my students to love learning and learn to love working hard and practicing.
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