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Master of Music, Instrumental Performance, New York University (2016 - 2018)
Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance, Rice University (2012 - 2016)
2018: NYU's Outstanding Contribution and Leadership in the Graduate Orchestral Studies Program
2017: NYU Concerto Competition Winner
2016: Graduate Honors from Rice University
2014 - 2016: Aspen Music Festival and School Fellowship Recipient
2014: New York String Orchestra Fellowship Recipient
I'm an energetic and motivated performer and educator, and I hope to share my love of music with all of my students. I have been playing violin for most of my life, and have obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in Violin Performance from Rice University and New York University, respectively. I have had the opportunity to play with professional orchestra conductors during my summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and Tanglewood. While living in New York, I regularly performed with major orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the New York Pops.
While I have taught violin lessons since 2010, my most recent passion for teaching occurred when I became an Adjunct Professor of Violin at New York University from 2016-2018. I held this position for two years while I was simultaneously completing my Masters degree, and maintained a studio of 10 students each semester. While at NYU, I taught a variety of students, from complete beginners to advanced violin players. Outside of NYU, I have also gained experience privately teaching younger students, and I am a Suzuki certified teacher.
Due to my training in the Suzuki Violin Method, I often start my beginner students with Suzuki Book 1. However, I supplement this music with exercises found in other method books, as well as fun games and activities that help my younger students learn more about the violin. I believe that they should start learning to read music early on in their education, and will provide games and flashcards that the student can use in order to help develop this skill. As their playing develops, I will make sure that beginner students have good posture and technique in order to fend off any bad habits that could develop later. For my more experienced students, I believe in working on equal parts technique and repertoire. I will select standard repertoire that is at the appropriate level for the student, and will build a technical curriculum around the specific challenges in that piece of music. I see each new piece of music as an opportunity to build new skills.
As a teacher, I am invested in the success of each of my students. I work with them to assess their unique strengths and weaknesses, and I build a lesson plan to help them achieve their individual goals. I believe that studying music should be both fun and rewarding, so I strive to encourage and motivate my students in each lesson. While I know that not every student will become a professional violinist, I hope my lessons will inspire a lifelong appreciation of music that will enrich my students for the rest of their lives.
Zoe was an incredibly patient violin teacher for my 11 year old son. She was able to motivate him to practice (finally!!!!) and she helped him learn to read music so that he could play with his elementary school orchestra.
I haven't taken violin lessons in a few years, but Zoe was able to help me gain the confidence to pick it back up again. She was incredibly patient and was always quick to answer questions or offer advice when I needed assistance. Thank you, Zoe!
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