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MM, Colburn Conservatory, Viola Performance with Teaching Fellowship BM, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Viola Performance with Teaching Assistantships
Grand Prize in Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition (2015) First Prize at Hugo Kauder 2015 International Competition for Viola (2015) William R. Kenan Jr. Excellence Award (full undergraduate scholarship to University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), 2010-14) Music School of Delaware Certificate with Distinction (2010) Delaware Youth Symphony Leadership Scholarship (2009-10) Advanced Study Program at Settlement Music School (chamber and advanced theory scholarship, 2009-10) Solo with UNCSA Symphony Orchestra (2012) Solo with Wilmington Community Orchestra (2010) Solo with Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra (2010)
I am a positive, happy, encouraging teacher who focuses on the individual needs of each student. I focus on building high-quality, flexible technique that will enable free expression for the rest of my students' music careers. I have moved to New York from the San Diego Symphony to pursue a career in teaching and chamber music. Currently I have a newly formed string quartet and teach at the Brooklyn Music School. I have been in the city only since the end of September, but am thoroughly enjoying my decision to move. I look forward to connecting with, supporting, and believing in all the students I receive through Musika.
I love teaching so much that I previously moved to New York City to pursue a dual career in teaching and chamber music over a career in an orchestra. While in high school, I realized I have a knack for encouraging progress and development in students of all ages. I have taught whenever possible since then, immensely enjoying the psychology of learning and the interpersonal nature of the student-teacher relationship. The mentors that have inspired me the most in my life have been teachers, and I would like to be that for as many students as I can. I enjoy tailoring my teaching to each student - is he a visual learner? Does she respond well to challenges? Is patience and nurturing the best attitude, or a touch of tough love and boundaries? I enjoy the journey of getting to know what each student responds to best. My focus is on technique as the means of expression. As a child, I was not set up with great technique, and it took years upon years to change the habits I had before. The brain cannot unlearn, it can only learn a new way. So my strategy is always to encourage a student's technique - but never to leave expression by the wayside.
My methods depend on the individual student, where they are at in their development, and what they are most interested in learning. I often turn to the Suzuki method for help with younger children, but as I am not yet certified in Suzuki, I do have many of my own theories about learning as well. I studied with Robert Duke during graduate school, and he informed me about the psychology of learning. This has greatly informed my approach. My focus is on freedom of the body and of each hand, while encouraging both left and right hand technique that is flexible and well-adapted to any musical situation that might present itself.
My style is individual, nurturing, and dedicated. At the end of the day, if a student has learned and remembered something they couldn't do before, I am filled with joy. Sometimes it takes a long time to learn something new, and sometimes the student catches on right away. Either way, after patiently guiding a student along a journey, I celebrate in their successes. Teaching fills me with as much joy as performing music does. Robert Frost once wrote, "I am not a teacher, but an awakener." I believe that the answers and successes lie within each student - it is only my job to help them find these.
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