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2011: Albany Symphony Vanguard Scholarship Award
2002 - 2010: Manhattan School of Music President's Award
2000: WQXR-FM 96.3 From the Top Radio Showcase
2021: Pinricpal Viola for Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding's "Iphigenia" Opera in North Adams, MA
2013: Principal Viola for Albany Symphony at Carneige Hall, NYC
2013: Violist with Yo-Yo Ma in Albany, NY
2012 - 2013: Principal Viola for Azlo Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, NYC
2011: Violist with Pink Floyd in Binghatmon, NY
2011: Violist with Joshua Bell in Albany, NY
2008: Violist for Latin Grammy with Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, Kenny G in Houston, TX
Welcome to my Musika Profile. My name is Tina, and I have been in the music industry for over 25 years. My education background includes the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music in New York City. I perform regularly in venues like Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and have worked with artists from all different genres namely Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Esperanza Spalding, John Legend, Patti LaBelle. My teaching comes from my experience as a musician and performer, and I do my best to show each student their individual strength, and encourage them to develop their own potentials and grow as a person and musician.
My teaching experiences includes: • Violin Teacher – The Children’s Storefront, Harlem, NYC, and Harmony Program, Washington Heights, NYC -Teaching group violin lessons and music theory to elementary and middle school students. • String Coach – Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division Orchestra, New York, NY -Developing students’ string and ensemble skills in orchestra • Private Studio Teaching — In-person and online -Teaching private in-person and virtual violin, viola, and piano lessons to students
While most beginning students respond well to the Suzuki method, I also incorporate elements of traditional (namely note-reading) and Dalcroze methods (namely movement, improv, and aural skills) in my teaching. I am also experienced in preparing students for auditions and examinations, such as the Royal Conservatory of Music examination in Canada and ABRSM in the UK. For more information on Suzuki method, please visit https://suzukiassociation.org/about/suzuki-method/ For more information on Dalcroze method, please visit https://dalcrozeusa.org/about-dalcroze/what-is-dalcroze/
The number one greatest thing about teaching is that no two students are ever the same. Each of my students comes to their lessons with a unique personality, and individual skills, and challenges, which made me realize that the best teacher is within the students themselves. I encourage my students to experience music, and develop their own understanding and taste before I step in to help them analyze the process. The lessons are structured based on individual student’s goal and progress, and I always try my best to meet where the student is at.
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