Successful students are a reflection of their supportive teachers. While knowledge about the learning process is invaluable in teaching, equally important is a supportive, encouraging environment. My goal as a teacher is to fully realize my students' potential. This means that they must be free to enjoy their work, experiment with methods learned and untried, and develop a positive sense of self-esteem in order to achieve their personal best. Additionally, my musical objectives blend skills, knowledge, and newer teaching strategies that:
* Increase basic mind/body coordination skills
* Develop musical knowledge through effective learning strategies
* Build interpretative abilities through creative thinking
* Enhance cultural and artistic understandings conveyed through music.
Since students begin study at different ages, I design an individual personalized course of study for each student, pacing the learning process based on the student's individual progress. I use several different methods and materials to meet a student’s needs. Methods include those from Suzuki, Barber, Trott, Doflein, Sassmannshaus, Galamian, Gillespie, Kjelland, and Zweig.
For younger students, I strongly encourage parents to participate in both their child's musical learning and lessons. This involvement helps parents to understand the learning process that occurs in private lessons. It also allows for the child and their parents to accomplish mutual goals together which creates a mutual bonding experience.
For students and parents better to understand how I conduct my sessions, I offer a free no-obligation trial lesson. Students of all backgrounds and skills are accepted ages 5½ to 80. Small offsite chamber ensemble coaching is also available (contact me directly for details). If you are interested in having lessons, please feel free to contact me using the contact page on this website.
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First time students receive a FREE no-obligation trial lesson. Any and all questions are welcome!
Bachelor of Arts in Music from Indiana University Bloomington
Masters of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University
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I started teaching more formally a little over 10 years ago and have been at it ever since.
I have worked with all ages 3 to 80 years old. Although I tend to encourage students to start no earlier than 5, I have taught as young as 3 years old before. No one is too old to start!
The first piece of advice I would give is to look for experience. Teachers that are fresh out of school usually teach like their teachers, who are training professionals. While it's notable, most people are just looking to crank out a simple tune, and the course should be developed that way.