BA, Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, Violin Performance Chicago College of Performing Arts, Violin Performance Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts
2012 Distinguished Scholar Merit Scholarship, Art Institute of Chicago 2003 Colorado College Music Summer Program Scholarship Award 2002 Chicago College of Performing Arts Merit Scholarship 2002 Berklee College of Music Merit Scholarship 2002 First Prize Soloist Competition, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas 2001 NYU Stony Brook Music Summer Program Scholarship
I'm a violin teacher with over 10 years of experience. I currently teach Violin at two elementary Chicago Public Schools; and have taught lessons through the Chicago Park District, After School Matters and Illinois Arts Council programs. As a violinist I've worked with Andrea Bocelli, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Donna Summers. For 10 years was first violin and soloist of the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra. Teaching has been a very important part of my career and practice, I love connecting with the students and celebrating their progress.
I started teaching violin at The Miracle Center, through the After School Matters program 10 years ago. Since then I've been violin teacher at several Chicago Public Schools, Chicago District Parks and violin teacher at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. I currently teach at CPS schools Thorp Scholastic Academy and Coonley Elementary. I've worked with students of all ages and enjoy finding new and fun ways to approach leaning. I believe that music is a constant discovery and that students should enjoy their journey.
With beginners and early age students I combine Susuki and traditional method along a series of exercises and songs that help them build the core of violin playing. I make sure that I provide my students the necessary tools to succeed. With my students I have developed a curriculum that covers technique, scales and repertory. For advanced students I work Jaques Dont studies, Kreutzer etudes, Scales and Arpeggios, and we cover Baroque and Classical violin repertory like Vivaldi and Bach concerti.
I guide my students through a series of weekly challenges that helps them track their progress. Each student gets to log their practice and write down any questions and concerns they may have. That way we address not only what the teacher wants but what the student needs. I work carefully on details to make sure that my students learn well and develop a solid technique. I like to modify my teaching style according to the student's learning style. By connecting with their learning process I make sure that they are connecting with the instrument as well.