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BM, Juilliard, Viola Performance
BM, New England Conservatory, Viola Performance
2014-Performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under James Levine with Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program
2012-14 Performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under Alan Gilbert
2012- Performed with the Juilliard Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under Itzhak Perlman
2012- Winner of Eastern Music Festival concerto competition
2012-Semi-finalist in the junior division of the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition
I grew up in a family of violists and began attending Temple Music Prep in Philadelphia every weekend as a young girl. After my years there I attended The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory earning my Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance. While attending both schools I had many amazing opportunities such as I performed at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Itzak Perlman. I also have performed under the baton of great conductors such as Alan Gilbert, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas and Bernard Haitink. I also had the opportunity to work with Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program which was an amazing experience.
I began my teaching experience 5 years ago when I began subbing for a teacher at Old Town Music. I would teach students age five to seventy five, beginners to advanced players. I loved subbing regularly so I would meet the same students often and see how they were progressing and help with any additional advice I could share with them. About two years ago I began teaching as a permanent teacher and I have enjoyed forming my very own studio and getting to know each of the students personally and doing my best to provide them helpful and different ideas to get them to learn and progress in learning violin/viola.
For my beginning students, I usually start them off with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. The book is good for teaching the fundamentals and getting practice with the first part in learning violin/viola. After the first three books I will generally take a look into what the student wants to focus on, if it's learning a certain pop song or folk tune, I'm open and ready to help the student learn what they want, while also continuing to improve their overall technique. I'm also a fan of using etude books to give the student a lot of exercises to practice which will very much help their technique and foundation.
Through my many years of taking lessons I've encountered different techniques of teaching that I like to use with all of my students. Everyone learns differently and at different rates and I like to work with the student personally and develop a plan that I will think works best with them. I like to work to get basic fundamentals down to build a solid foundation, but I also like to include fun pieces the student can work on and play for family and friends to keep them interested in learning and excited about all the progress they are making.
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