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Master Degree: Georgetown University
La Jolla Symphony Violinist: 2011 - 2018
Pacific Symphony Youth Violinist: Bulgaria Tour 2015
UC San Diego Dept. of Music Concertmistress
UC San Diego Chamber Music Concertmistress
I am a passionate and excited violin instructor with extensive experience teaching children of all ages and skill levels. I have been studying and performing the violin for over 20 years. In 2015, I earned a degree in violin performance from UC San Diego where I performed in the La Jolla Symphony and part of the UC San Diego Chamber Ensembles. Currently, I am a medical student at Georgetown University and play freelance violin throughout the Washington D.C. area and enjoy teaching my violin students.
I have helped students achieve their goals as young as 4 years old and into their college years! I am trained in the Suzuki Method, but I also feel comfortable teaching any preference and learning style. I particularly enjoy teaching younger musicians and have focused my work on beginner students, as young as preschool. However, because of my extensive performing experience, I have been able to see many of my students into universities where they have continued to play the violin at top levels. I like to focus on creating clear, concise goals for my students so they know exactly what I expect from them each week that they come to the lesson. This includes writing out practice plans, goal charts, and keeping a detailed notebook so we are all on the same page.
Unless requested otherwise, I primarily work with the Suzuki Method. For those unfamiliar, this is a methodology formulated on the belief that all children are capable of learning the violin at any age and skill level. This method works with play learning, ear training, and instilling a musicality from a young age. I augment these Suzuki books with other exercises, depending on the skill level of the student. This includes Galamian scales and other etudes for them to build strong foundations. For students beyond these beginning and intermediate skill levels, I focus on etudes, exercises, and major work concertos for performance-level violin playing!
Over my years of teaching, I have learned that music is such an incredible outlet for my students to express themselves. Especially for younger students, it gives them a way to show their emotions when words are not enough. I enjoy watching my students grow as musicians and learn to articulate different concepts with confidence. Perhaps most special is watching a student's personal confidence grow as they learn a new skill that makes them feel special. My goal is to help my students to become the best musician they aspire to be and to be proud of the work they have accomplished.
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