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Bachelor Degree: The Juilliard School
2015 Stulberg International Competition
2018- Juilliard School of Music Merit Scholarship
Yaegy was born in Houston, Texas, and has been recognized as a rising young violinist when she joined the Houston Young Artists at age 4, the foundation’s youngest member. Under the mentorship of Kyung Sun Lee, Yaegy was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist, performing on NPR radio show, “From the Top” and won the Louis Spohr International Competition, the International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition, and the American Protégé International Competition.
While attending the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, Yaegy won top prizes in competitions such as the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, and most recently, the Stulberg International Competition. She has also been featured as a soloist with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Temple Symphonies and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In 2015, Yaegy was a YoungArts finalist and had her Carnegie Hall debut with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture (Ffrcc). In September, 2017, she gave a solo recital on the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Preston Bradley Hall. Currently, she appears regularly as a soloist in the “Bach to the Future” Concert Series hosted by Ffrcc.
Yaegy is also an avid chamber musician, and has attended festivals such as Yellow Barn, Ottawa Young Artists Program, Music @ Menlo, Sejong International Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has participated in community outreach projects in collaboration with Daniel’s Music Foundation. Starting in the fall of 2018, she has joined the CUNY Harmony Program as part of the string faculty. Yaegy is currently a fourth year BM student at Juilliard studying with Catherine Cho and Joel Smirnoff, and plays a Zygmuntowicz violin on loan by the Maestro Foundation.
My teaching experience spans 5 years, from my first year of college. It is my main passion, as I myself learn from my students. I dedicate more than the lesson time to my students, constantly revisiting lesson plans and molding the student's needs to my skills. I have had over 10 students and have taught at a variety of music schools. I encourage my students to challenge themselves, and I give them alot of homework that I revisit at every lesson. In addition, I try to teach music theory and ear-training as well.
For beginners, I first teach the structure of the instrument, the bow hold, and open strings. Then, I start with the suzuki method. For adults who are beginners, I do the same but also incorporate easy tunes that they may be familiar with. I have found that the suzuki method is quite slow, and I start teaching vibrato and third position earlier than the books. In addition, I incorporate music theory into my lessons, such as rhythm exercises and key signatures. I also add in etudes and other exercises for technique development.
My teaching style is routine based but also molds to each student. I always start out with asking how their week went and how practicing went. What was easy and also what was difficult. Then, we start with warmups such as open strings and scales. Then, we delve into the homework assigned. Depending on the level of readiness, we might move on or work on some more details such as sound quality or intonation. Then, I assign next week's homework but go over it first for any questions. Finally, the lesson will end with a wrapup discussion.
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