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Master Degree: The Juilliard School
Bachelor Degree: The Juilliard School
Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant
Juilliard 2017 Commencement John Erskine Prize
Originally from Anaheim, CA, I've been living in New York City for the past six years while completing my Bachelor and Master's degrees at The Juilliard School. I love exploring new creative ways to use the cello, and have taken influences from all sorts of musical genres, from pop to EDM to bluegrass. I've played my cello with rock bands, avant-garde multimedia installations, contemporary dance, and jazz combos. I'm also a passionate Star Wars fan, technology enthusiast, and lover of philosophy!
I have taught in private lesson and classroom settings for the past several years. I spent two years teaching at The Juilliard School's Ear Training Department, which included solfege, sight-singing, and rhythm training, integrating essential musicianship skills with instrumental playing. I've also taught private lessons while at school as well as at Music Academy of the West's MERIT program. In private lessons and masterclasses, I love helping guide students to answers that they discover, allowing them to internalize and synthesize the lessons on their own terms.
My teaching method encourages holistic musical development through the combination of instrumental technique, singing, movement, and music theory. I believe that developing these skills in tandem helps strength the entirety of the student's musicianship and greatly enhances their ability to play and perform. For beginners, I use Suzuki materials, while for more advanced students and adults I bring in other repertoire and technique books to flesh out the curriculum. Especially for young students, listening to music is very important and listening assignments may be given in addition to practice routines. Consistent practice is imperative for solidifying lessons, and I work with parents of young students to help make sure that their child is practicing correctly in order to develop well!
While the relationship every teacher and student will be different, I strive to find a balance of discovery and fun with determination and work. Developing skill at a musical instrument is difficult and takes time! Nurturing my students' love of music is essential to helping them persevere through the challenges of learning. Based on students' goals, we develop roadmaps together to help pace their growth. Every lesson is an opportunity to evaluate and adjust those goals, and consistent lessons means that there will always be clear communication about where a student is at and where they want to go!
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