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Bachelor Degree: University of Michigan
2012-2018 Las Colinas Symphony and Richardson Symphony Orchestra
2006 Member National Society of Collegiate Scholars
2006 Principal Violin University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra
2002 Concertmaster Cleveland Youth Symphony
2001 Soloist with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
I was born in Montreal, Canada and started to learn violin at the age of four, in my grandmother's music school. My brothers and I attended weekly lessons at the school and music was part of our home life. I quickly developed a passion for music and became a more serious student in my pre-teen years. I participated in numerous youth orchestras and had the honor of performing in Carnegie Hall in New York as concertmaster of Cleveland Youth Symphony. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a Bachelor in Violin Performance and have enjoyed teaching privately and playing professionally since then!
I love to teach! I believe my Grandmother's pedagogical influence has had deep impact on my musical journey. The art of teaching is a challenge which I enjoy very much. I began to teach privately as a teenager and have continued to do so both as a private instructor and as a faculty member of several music schools. I also had the privilege of directing a string chamber orchestra! I like to provide the opportunity for students to perform both as solo players and in ensemble groups via private recitals and/or competitions. I believe music is not just about learning how to play an instrument, but about nurturing the inner musician within each individual student! I hope to instill a lifelong passion for music within my students that will remain with them regardless of their future career paths.
For younger students (less than 5), I think Suzuki method would probably work best! We would focus on small exercises to establish good posture and sound while learning mainly through imitation and listening. When a student is able, I do encourage some theory as to read music fluently and gain understanding of basic musical concepts. At this age, I also encourage weekly technical exercises (scales, etudes) to improve ability and fluidity of playing. Once a student has progressed beyond first several volumes of Suzuki, I do typically introduce them to more classical repertoire of the violin (Mozart, Bach, etc)
I like to be encouraging and positive in lessons! I also like to maintain a certain standard :)! I think developing consistency in practice even if it starts at 15 mins a day is key to success. There is a lot of muscle memory and training involve and it requires consistency. I do my best to set realistic and clear weekly goals for each student and encourage them along the way! I find if one is consistent with practice, usually within a semester (6 months) or earlier, one can play their first song and feel comfortable to perform in public within 1 years time!
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