I take a very flexible and holistic approach to teaching, inviting the student to lead our studies as much as possible with the intention that we work as equals toward a common goal. No genre is off the table, but healthy/strong/simple technique is still of utmost importance. I also work very hard to inspire fun and effective practice strategies.
I love getting to know my students and their families, and exploring a broad range of practical topics related to learning the instrument and music in general. There are so many facets to a well-rounded music education that there's always something interesting to talk about.
My daughter was not thrilled to be playing the cello, but was required to through her school. That said, she LOVED coming to lessons because of the rapport she had with Cory. He was able to reach her where she was at. I can't recommend highly enough!
Cory is the best teacher our son has ever had, and it's hard to imagine we could find a better fit. He's been our son's teacher for over five years--we started with him when our son was in 8th grade. Before that, our son had two other private teachers. We feel extremely lucky to have found Cory (our son's middle school music teacher connected us). Cory has a deep commitment and excitement for music that comes through in his teaching. He always has something interesting and different to talk about during lessons and works hard to keep things fresh. He seeks to inspire and share his excitement about learning about music with his students, and it shows in the pieces he chooses for/with our son, and the variety of techniques our son has learned from Cory. Cory also lets our son go at his own pace--he is supportive and pushes him to develop, while at the same, he is so calm and patient. In our experience, Cory also goes beyond what you would expect from the average teacher in terms of mentoring and taking an individualized approach to his students. Our son is highly motivated to learn and always has had a strong appreciation for music but under Cory's tutelage, he has really flourished and grown way beyond our hopes and expectations.
My son has taken cello lessons from Corey for 6+ years. Corey is an amazing teacher and a very talented musician in his own right. His holistic style of teaching was a perfect fit for my son! He also has a gift for making lessons fun! We couldn't ask for a better teacher! Thank you Corey!
Cory is inspiring, creative and kind. He is great with kids and enthusiastic and positive.