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Suzuki trained in violin books 1-5
Clear Lake Concerto Competition winner
Virtuosi of Houston Concerto Competition winner
I began playing the piano when I was 5 and started with the Suzuki method on violin when I was 7. I went to a performing arts high school where I played in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and had theory classes half the day, and regular classes the other half. I also took lessons from Frank Huang, the current concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. I received my BM from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 where I studied with Sandy Yamamoto, and I received my MM from DePaul University in 2019 studying with Janet Sung. While I have performed with numerous groups, I found myself falling more in love with teaching than performing. Playing the violin has brought me such joy, offered me so many opportunities, and given me so many friends that I want to share this gift with everyone. I believe that everyone can benefit from learning an instrument and I strive to give the best instruction and form the best environment possible.
I began my teaching career in 2014. I was involved in a program where I worked under established teachers and observed them teach. I then took over their classes and received feedback and guidance from them. Since moving to Chicago in 2017, I have worked with a music school and taught private lessons as well as group lessons in Chicago Public Schools. I am trained in the Suzuki method and heavily rely on that in my teaching. I have experience teaching all ages (my studio now ranges in age from 3-52) and all ability levels (complete beginner-advanced). I want to put my students in the drivers seat: whatever your goals are with these lessons, I will help you reach them.
I am a Suzuki teacher. I love this method because it places emphasis on the skills learned, which can transfer over into any piece, rather than just learning the notes of a piece. I do think it is important to learn to recognize what you hear and play by ear, but I will not let my students fall behind with note reading. I typically begin basic note reading in the middle of book 1. With older students, I do still like to keep up with some Suzuki repertoire, depending on what skills we need to work on, but I also want you to play what you enjoy. I love to incorporate pop and folk tunes into my teaching.
To me, it is important that I meet each student exactly where they are at. Each student is unique and no two paths will be the same, so my instruction varies from student to student. Typically with the younger students, I do like to incorporate a lot of games, challenges, and rewards to help them find their motivation. For my older students, I encourage them by setting realistic goals and acknowledging their accomplishments, no matter how small. Progress takes time and is often displayed by very small changes, which I do not overlook. I also try to find what inspires a student, so I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
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