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Master Degree: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Bachelor Degree: Baldwin Wallace University
2019 - Cardiff Violins Chamber Music Prize
2018 - Bridgewood and Neitzert Chamber Music Prize
Hello! I am an energetic and dedicated instructor that cares very much for my pupils. In 2016, I graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelors of Arts in Cello Performance. I then lived in France and worked as an English teacher in three elementary schools. From there I moved to Cardiff, United Kingdom where I completed my Masters degree in Music Cello Performance. I am now back in the Cleveland area and am so excited to meet you! I love performing in solo, chamber, and orchestral settlings.
I started teaching in university through the Baldwin Wallace Community Outreach program. I had a studio of about ten students for two years. I taught a large range of ages; one student was six years old and another was in her sixties. I believe that everyone can learn and deserves the gift of music. I organized a student recital in the Conservatory for my students at the end of the semester. I really encourage students to be curious and explore all types of music and I am open to suggestions in repertoire!
I teach with an emphasis on tone and sound production. I believe that once we know what sound we want to create we are better able to physically make it happen. Through this ideology I use the Suzuki method and like to prioritize listening and playing by ear before note reading when the students are young beginners. Even if the student is older, I like to incorporate ear training with a mixture of all the skills we must master as musicians--note reading, sight reading, improvising, etc. I cater each lesson to each individual student.
I really do cater each lesson to each individual student's needs and ambitions. One of the biggest skills needed as a musician is knowing how to practice and improve. I focus this a lot. We also keep it fun of course and play duets together! Instilling proper technique is crucial to healthy playing of the cello. I give systematic instructions on how to navigate the cello. I love seeing students improve and flourish. I also focus a lot of ear training. If we can hear what we want to play then we are half way to achieving it. I try to incorporate as many skills into a session as I can, customizing it to each student.
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