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PSD, Cleveland Institute of Music, Violin Performance MM, University of North Texas, Violin Performance BM, Instituto Superior de Arte, Violin Performance and Pedagogy
My name is Yalira. I am a violinist and violin teacher from Cuba. I recently moved to the Baltimore/DC area. I just finished a Professional Studies Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music. I hold a BM from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and a MM from the University of North Texas, both in Violin Performance. I’ve served in many orchestras in the US as section violinist, Principal Second Violin, Associate Concertmaster, and Acting Concertmaster. I have also performed solo recitals in Cuba, Mexico, and the United States.
I have more than 10 years of teaching experience. I believe teaching is a privilege! I love the journey. The student has a goal and we accomplish it together. My students will learn the necessary foundations to excel as violinists. I also believe that my job is not just to teach new concepts, strokes, ideas, etc, but to teach the student the art of practicing. I take time in the lesson to practice with them. I like to be sure they understand and know how to embrace the assignments I gave them when practicing by themselves. I also find important to write detailed assignments.
For Beginers I start with the russian compilation by Fortunatove called “The young violinist”. I also incorporate in lessons comtemporary and folk songs. I teach scales and arpegios very early on and I try to finish first year of instruction with a two octave scale. I believe technique is the foundation to play violin in any level and solo repertory is the fun and exciting practical portion of the technique you learned. For adults I use the same concepts, however I give them all the information I know, no matter their abbility to use it at that point in time.
I believe playing an instrument is one of the best experience children can have, and most important playing an instrument give the individual abilities that would be useful for the rest of their life. I believe in being very direct about the level of playing in lessons. While being in the United States I have had teachers who after I played, either very good or very bad, they say “It’s great” followed by a “but”. I believe the word “Great” should not be along with “But”. I have learned that by criticizing the students work with a real positive comment, but maybe not a compliment, can help them improve immensely. Because at the end, a compliment in the right moment is powerful. I believe that rhythm and musicality is related to movement and singing. Although all students can’t sing well and are shy when the are asked to move, I encourage them to try it, even if I have to look like a clown while doing a certain movement with them. Music is movement!
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