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DM Florida State University, MM Georgia State University MM Belgrade Music Academy
2010-Midori masterclass 2010, 2011-Atlanta Music club award 2011-Honor's Recital-Atlanta, GA
I like teaching and performing music. There is nothing better than when I learn to play the piece well. Also-when I teach the beginning student-it is great to see how that student develops his/her playing over the days/weeks/months. It is good to have constant attention of the teacher because of learning to play the pieces in correct way is very important. The correct playing will help the student to achieve even higher goals-that is to play both melodically and technically more difficult. This will lead the student to become a mature performer capable of expressing his/her music ideas through the specific piece of music and there is nothing more rewarding than that.
I am teacher for about twenty years. I love challenges and exploring new possibilities. I like to motivate my students by giving them various music material to play. This way the student achieves playing different music songs/pieces within shorter period of time. However, if some student needs to concentrate on a single piece for an extended amount of time-then I make sure that we work on all details regarding to technique and melodic elements of this particular piece of music. It is very awarding to see how the student progresses starting to play from the scratch to being able to play more complicated songs/pieces.
I teach both the Classical and Suzuki methods. I have students of all ages so it varies which student is learning which method. The best for children is the Suzuki method that is widely used in the USA. Classical methods can be used when I teach young adults and adults. It is pretty flexible though and I sometimes teach younger children the classical method. I like challenges and I often have children and older students that express different tempers. Some child is quiet and some is extroverted. In that case I have to approach to each child in different way. Encouraging and gentle approach is very important either way. I always keep that in mind when I teach my students.
I teach the basics first. I show my student how to hold the bow and the violin in detail. I explain that it will be awkward to hold the bow in correct position because it is unusual for person to hold the right hand that way. After several days of practice, this bow hold will become more natural to the student. Holding the violin in the proper position is also important in order to be able to play music. Beginning level students should play in the first position at first. Then I will introduce the simplest songs and classical pieces along with learning the scales and the music notation.
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