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Professional Certificate: Boston University
Master Degree: University of North Texas
Bachelor Degree: Case Western Reserve University
I'm a passionate and enthusiastic instructor, who loves working with students of all ages and skill levels. In 2018, I completed my Performance Diploma in Viola from Boston University, and I am currently working toward a master’s degree at the same institution. I’ve had the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of venues around the United States with amazing colleagues that continually inspire me and remind me why I chose to be a musician. For me teaching is a wonderful opportunity to combine my passion for music with my love of problem solving in order to help students define and achieve their goals.
My teaching experience dates back about four years, when I started teaching private lessons after finishing my studies at the University of North Texas. I maintained a large studio while also freelancing in the Dallas area. After moving back to New England to attend Boston University, I began working with the Boston Youth Symphony as a teaching assistant. For the past three years, I have been mentoring the string players in BYSO's ensembles and helping them to develop effective rehearsal techniques. In my teaching I emphasize the importance of constantly striving to produce a beautiful tone, using healthy technique, and maintaining consistent practice habits.
For beginning students who are children, I like to start with Essential Elements and then progress to the Suzuki Method books. Later I might supplement this material with etudes and duets or pop song arrangements. For adults, I first determine their priorities and then focus my instruction on what will keep their lessons fun and engaging. Whether the student is interested in playing chamber music with friends, participating in a community orchestra, or just improving their skills so that they can experience the joy of making music, I am happy to tailor the lessons to meet their needs,
I believe that it is important to take the time to get to know each student's needs and to set realistic goals that will set them up for long-term success. By paying attention to what inspires the student and how they take in information most effectively, I can successfully tailor my instruction. I am a fairly laid back person, and understand that my students have wide-ranging activities and priorities. I will always find a way to use the lesson time effectively regardless of the level of preparation that a student is able to commit to in a given week.
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