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BFA, The New School College of Performing Arts, Jazz and Contemporary Music (Violin performance) BA, The New School Eugene Lang College, Literary Studies
2012 - The New School Dean's Scholarship 2014 - Selected as New School Gig Office Bandleader 2016 - Composition selected as major large ensemble performance by Mannes School of Music (Live Film Score of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, May 2016 premeire). 2016 - Performed with the Nathan Kamal Quartet at Switzerland's Bern International Jazz Festival
Hi there! I am a Philadelphia-born, New York based violinist, violist, and composer. I am trained in both classical and jazz technique, and my music integrates a high level of precision with creative approaches like improvisation. I perform and record frequently in New York City in small-ensemble settings. I perform a combination of chamber music, jazz, and my own compositions. My recent performances have included Brooklyn's Northside Festival, the Bern International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, and the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art.
For the past two years I have worked alternately as a private violin teacher, and as a private music theory tutor for students in New York City and Philadelphia, my hometown. I have taught both children and adult students, and embrace the challenges that each age group presents. I recently completed my undergraduate training at the New School where I studied violin performance with an emphasis on Jazz and Contemporary Music. While I was studying, I was lucky to work on-campus as a tutor for fellow students. I tutored subjects like music theory, composition, and ear training. This experience lay a foundation for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching my instrument, one that emphasizes theoretical and conceptual approaches to performing, not just technical considerations.
My teaching method combines aspects of the Suzuki method with my own creative exercises and improvisation. I believe that teaching students to invent melodies and rhythms from early in their musical training deepens their ability to hear and perform. I also believe that rhythmic exercises are not emphasized enough in classical instrumental training, and I incorporate such exercises into my own core curriculum. If a student is interested in improvisation, jazz, or pop music, I offer in-depth instruction to performing over chord changes, and other creative violin techniques like playing chords, chopping, and other percussive tools. I rely on the etude methods of Kruetzer, Schradieck, and Ševčík to focus on specific technical challenges students face.
I believe that a judgement-free, cooperative lesson atmosphere is crucial to a student's success! Violinists and violists are often taught according to a traditional teaching method that is too rigid and outdated. In contrast, I design my lessons to fit each of my students' individual artistic goals, and encourage students to ask questions. I usually make a list of areas of focus for each lesson, and encourage my students to keep a practice journal. In this way, my pedagogy is goal-oriented and produces great results.
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