North Jersey Strings/Piano/Composition Lessons

North Jersey Strings/Piano/Composition Lessons


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I am a performer, first and foremost, so my services stand out by having a perspective that is based upon performance goals. I have studied with some of the world's leading violinists and composers. Therefore, my teaching style and curriculums are derived from my own experiences as well as standard pathways. 

I enjoy watching my students grow and develop unique voices of their own. At the core of my teaching philosophy is an emphasis on creating a shared experience between performers and audiences. My proudest moments as a teacher occur when my students understand the notion of a "shared experience." I feel that this is a hallmark achievement in reaching musical maturity.

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Newark, NJ 07104
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When I work with a new student, my first objective is to get to know both their current level as well as personality. I like to deliver extremely curated lessons in an effort to enhance learning potential whilst making the journey as enjoyable as possible. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have studied with many world-class violinists, including:

David Coucheron (Concertmaster of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)

Jay Christy (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)

Elizabeth Faidley (Manhattan School of Music)

Weigang Li (1st Violinist of the Shanghai Quartet). 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I have a SEMI-standard pricing system for my lessons. My basic pricings are $1 per each minute of instruction, with a discount for hour long lessons:

- 30 mins: $30/lesson

- 45 mins: $45/lesson

- 60 mins: $50/lesson

I recognize that some students may find it difficult to pay for lessons in full, which is why I can offer discounted rates for those who demonstrate exceptional need.

How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching when I was in middle school, actually. I always grew up helping others because my own mother is an orchestra director in a public school. As a child, I played amongst her students. Once I reached my teenage years, I taught classes under her guidance as well as teaching privately.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should ultimately think about what they want to get out of learning an instrument. In today's world, the possibilities are endless with music. Often times, I find that students are shy to admit that their goals are not "traditional," which can lead to frustration if we work on the wrong materials. Therefore, I think it is always best to consider your endgoals and ask a prospective teacher how they can help you reach your goals and what experience they have in the respective areas.