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Bachelor of Arts in Music - Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music
2015 - Aspen Music Festival 2014 - Aspen Music Festival 2013 - Meadowmount School of Music 2012 - Interharmony School of Music
I am a senior at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. I have experience in cello performance, piano performance, orchestral music, and chamber music. I have studied with various prestigious music instructors and attended various music festivals, including the Interharmony Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Aspen School of Music. My cello instructors have included Anthony Kitai, Brinton Smith, Lachezar Kostov, Michael Mermagen, Hans Jensen, Vagram Saradjian, and Misha Quint. My piano instructors have included John Weems, Nancy Weems, and Alan Chow. I am happy to teach middle and high school students with some level of experience.
My teaching began in senior year of my high school. I taught at Memorial High School Orchestra, where I lead cello sectionals, taught one-on-one lessons, and coached chamber ensembles. In addition, I received training in introductory conducting. I believe that with my lessons, I have a balance between having fun and actually improving. Practice is absolutely mandatory to further improve one's abilities, and I expect students to try their best. Though I have taught beginners, I prefer teaching students with a minimum background in music.
For beginning students, i'll typically start with Suzuki books. It's important for students to learn the left and right hand separately before putting everything together. Once a student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I'll introduce some simpler solo repertoire appropriate for his or her skill level. For advanced, I'll be happy to talk about more advanced musical techniques and theories. I play the piano as well, and I will be happy to accompany my students playing repertoire that needs an accompanist.
I believe that I'm an understanding and kind teacher, but I will also be strict enough where students will end up slacking off. It's important that students advance at an appropriate pace - I don't want students to end up wasting their money, their time, and my time. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson, and give them tips on how to further improve their playing. I hope I will be able to inspire students to fall in love with music as I have and become a performing musician someday.
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