I have been a performing Violist since 2000 and a dedicated teacher since 2010. I am currently in my final semester at the Juilliard School, where I am the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. I have taught students from 12-63 in Texas, New York, Brazil, and Hungary. I believe that learning an instrument is a vehicle by which one may learn anything and that music is fundamental to our humanity. I believe one is never too young, or old, to learn, and I am committed to sharing music.
I’ve long cherished my role as a music student. I owe a great deal to my teachers who’ve invested their knowledge and artistry in me. It is my passion, and duty, to share this tradition with any student who wants to to participate in the great joys music making brings.
Jasper is an excellent teacher. He is able to communicate and share his passion for music. His technical capabilities and attention to details provides his students with a strong foundation and abilities to master the craft. I like his broad knowledge of music and strings repertoire and how he makes it relevant to his students.
Mr. Snow is teaching my daughter how to play violin and she loves it! She’s currently on suzuki book four and is improving so much. I’m so glad to have him teach my daughter.
Jasper is an incredibly knowledgeable musician and mentor, a great person to study all aspects of music and string playing with. He knows about books and recordings to check out and sounds great on the viola. highly recommended for serious students and avid amateurs alike!
If a student has no experience with formal music training, it is important to begin away from the instrument, familiarizing oneself with music notation. Once a student has a basic grasp of reading music, we will work on elementary instrumental technique, such as holding the instrument and bow easily, and placing the fingers on the string without tension. Once a student feels comfortable in the basics of sound production, we will work to develop an understanding of rhythm and intonation through singing and eurythmics. With this foundation we will work on music of an appropriate level, supplementing technical development with exercises and etudes.
I believe fifty dollars an hour to be a fair price for my time and experience; however, if a student’s financial circumstances do not allow for this, I am open to discussion. I don’t believe finances should limit opportunities to learn.