Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

As an artist, I believe that education is the key to the success of our children and the next generation, and ultimately our societies. I feel that sharing my love of music and life through teaching is one of the most powerful tools I have to help make the world an even more beautiful place. I know all children have the ability to learn anything if they put their minds to it. As Dr. Shinichi Suzuki says, “Every Child Can!” I agree; every child has the potential to learn to do anything. My teaching is rooted in this philosophy of Dr. Suzuki’s, and I apply it to all of my students whether they are curious beginners, driven young violinists, or adventurous adults looking to try out a new hobby. Talent is not something you are born with, but something anyone can develop with lots of hard work and support. Learning the violin is no walk in the park, it’s a marathon! But with dedication, daily practice, lessons, listening and love, anyone can learn how to play the violin.

Over the last decade, I have had the honor of teaching hundreds of students. With that experience I have come to realize that every child is unique and requires a customized approach to teaching. Although there is a method to my madness, what works for some kids simply doesn’t work for others! In my studio, each student is given a safe space to have fun, explore, make mistakes, learn how to adapt and ultimately achieve their goals. I have a holistic approach to teaching and incorporate my love of yoga and understanding of neuroscience to reach each student. As a registered Suzuki method instructor, I use the method for all of my students along with the teachings and philosophies of luminary violin pedagogues Joseph Gingold, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig, and Rebecca Henry and Charles Krigbaum.

To learn more about the Suzuki method, check out this page.

As a teacher, my goal is to awaken a lifelong love of music in every student and help them realize their full potential as individuals, regardless of whether or not they become musicians. True success is being able to do something you love, and for anyone learning to play the violin, the key to that success relies on being physically comfortable and having a solid technical foundation. Without this, the journey becomes nearly impossible. Learning how to hold the violin and bow is perhaps one of the most difficult parts of playing the instrument, but one of the first things we must learn how to do! The early stages of lessons are the most important in any violinist’s journey because it is here where a strong foundation is built. Whether a student has been playing for 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years, I will be sure to always return to the fundamentals in order to ensure your child’s success.

Learning how to play music is one of the most beneficial things a child can do during their formative years. Through lessons and practice they develop a strong work ethic, gain confidence, become creative, learn how to work with others, and even improve their math and reading skills - all while making music and having fun. Tell me, does it get any better than that? Take it from a lifelong learner, asking my parents for violin lessons was one of the best things I’ve ever done!

Education & Certifications

  • Carnegie Mellon University - Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • McGill University - Master of Music
  • Lynn University - Professional Performer Certificate
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Suzuki Institute - Every Child Can, Book 1
  • Indiana University String Academy Pedagogy Workshop
  • The Brain-Body Science of Learning, Growth Mindset and Talent Development Workshop

Services Offered

  • Violin & Viola Lessons
  • Suzuki and Traditional Violin Methods
  • Audition Preparation
  • Parent Education
  • All Skill Levels & Ages Welcome!
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