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Bachelor Degree: Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
2019 - UT Austin Merit Scholarship
2019 - Lillian Gutman Memorial Prize
2018 - Sold-out performance at Lincoln Center
2017 - First Prize at the MTNA National Young Artists Competition
2016 - First Prize at the Russell C. Wonderlic Competition
At the age of 22, Timothy has already established himself as a highly accomplished solo, chamber, and collaborative pianist. He has been invited to perform solo and chamber music recitals at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Peabody Institute of Music. He has recently won first prize in the MTNA National Young Artists Competition, which required 3 first prize performances all up and down the east coast. He has also been a prizewinner of various other competitions, including the Russell C. Wonderlic Competition.
Over the years Timothy has spent his summer months at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Meadowmount International Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has studied privately with Douglas Humphereys (Eastman) and Wei-Yi Yang (Yale) and has participated in masterclasses with some of the world's leading teachers and pianists, notably Robert McDonald, John Perry, Richard Goode, and Leon Fleisher. He has recently graduated from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and will be pursuing his Masters in the fall of 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin with renowned pianist and pedagogue Anton Nel.
I have been teaching musicians of all ages and levels ever since my first year of undergraduate in 2016. I have been contracted every summer since then by Summer Sonatina, a piano camp in Bennington, VT, to teach five to six 45 minute lessons a day. While I do teach at all levels, I tend to gravitate more towards serious intermediate-advanced students. I am a classical pianist, but am able to teach any and all styles involving piano or any other keyboard instruments. I always stay on top of my students' progress, and will make sure they have a highly calculated practice regimen that is catered to their personal style of learning and playing. I look forward to providing any potential student with a taste of what the work ethic is like to be a pianist, and to inspire their appreciation for not just piano but music as a whole.
For absolute beginners I like to start with an interview to get to know who they are as an individual. From there, I will choose from a selection of beginner method books or craft my own method if I do not think that any existing method is effective. Once the student has grasped fundamentals, I start to introduce more standard repertoire. For all levels I like to heavily emphasize rhythm, theory, and listening, and will incorporate all of those aspects into every lesson. I also try to push the student as much as possible but in a way that is very controlled and calculated.
While grasping the fundamentals of the instrument itself is crucial, I like to go about it in a way that will provide a positive and inspiring experience for the student. Nothing is more unproductive than forcing students to learn information when they are visibly not having a good time. Everyone learns at their own pace and catering to their personal style is my main focus. I try to push the student as much as possible but in a way that is very controlled and calculated. Constantly assessing not only the musical progress of the student but also the level of desire and passion they have for continuing what they are doing is imperative, so that if anything is wrong I can adjust my teaching style accordingly.
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