I customize my curriculum and teaching style to the learning style of my student. I regularly check in to make sure my student has enough practice suggestions to make practice interesting, but is not overwhelmed by having more to practice than they personally have time for.
I love spending time with people talking about music. I especially enjoy playing duets and breaking down challenging passages into manageable steps. I especially enjoy working with neurodivergent students.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I like to ask my student about their interests and get a feel for what they know. After that, I often review basic technique that is appropriate to their level and look for excercises and repertoire to help them develop. I love it when student bring me music they are excited about!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've played violin and Viola for twenty-seven years and have taught for nine years. I studied privately under a variety of teachers and briefly attended Oberlin Conservatory.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I offer lessons on a sliding scale basis from $30-$90 per hour. The average rate is $60/hr and sliding scale is available based on financial need.
What types of students have you worked with?
I've worked with students of all ages. I most often work with beginning and intermediate students, or advanced students who are returning to their instrument after some time away.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Find a teacher who demonstrates respect for you as a person and musician by taking trial lessons. It's helpful to work with a teacher who's playing you admire, so ask for videos of their performances or demonstrations during your trial lessons.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What motivates me to play violin/viola?
What are my long term goals? (playing for relaxation, winning an audition, learning a specific piece, improving technique et al)
How often and long am I realistically able to practice on an average week?