As a teaching artist, I believe that education is the key to the success of 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 with the right support systems in place. 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 practice of yoga and neuroscience based practice methods to reach each student. As a trained Suzuki method instructor, I use the method for all of my beginner students, and expand my approach for more advanced students with the teachings and philosophies of luminary violin pedagogues Joseph Gingold, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig, Charles Krigbaum and Edmund Sprunger.
As a teacher, my goal is to awaken a lifelong love of music inside every student and help them realize their full potential as individuals, regardless of whether or not they become musicians. Learning how to play music is one of the most beneficial things a child and adolescent can do during their formative years. Through lessons and daily 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?
Education & Certifications
- Carnegie Mellon University - Bachelor of Fine Arts
- McGill University - Master of Music
- Lynn University - Professional Performer Certificate
- Suzuki Teacher Training: Violin Book 1 and 2
- Indiana University String Academy Pedagogy Workshop
- The Brain-Body Science of Learning, Growth Mindset and Talent Development Workshop
- Beginner and Advanced Violin Lessons
- Young Musician Mentorship
- College Audition Preparation
- NYSSMA and All-State Audition Preparation
- Parent Education and Support