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  • 10+ years teaching experience
  • Graduate of Indiana University and The University of Arizona
  • Current Doctoral Student at Arizona State University
  • Current Active Member of the International Viola Society and American String Teachers Association
  • Previously:
    • Adjunct Faculty Member, teaching Violin and Viola at the Landon School and Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland
    • Resident Artist and Teacher at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida
    • Viola Coach for Indiana University's All Campus Orchestra
    • Sectional Assistant for Tucson Junior Strings in Tucson, Arizona
    • Viola Coach for MAYO in Bloomington, Indiana
    • Violin, Viola and Piano Teacher for Mike's Music in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Former Students: Anna Garcia, Graduate of the University of Florida and String Teacher at Teach for America.  Jose Romero, Graduate of Rollins College.

     

    Thank you so much for your interest in violin or viola lessons.  Music is such a rewarding art form, regardless of what instrument you may decide to play.  My purpose as a teacher is to help you achieve your own musical goals.

    I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to play a string instrument.   I teach all ages and ability levels, and from my own personal experience understand that everyone learns at their own pace.  For the most part, younger students learn at a slower pace than older students.  If you are an adult learning to play the violin or viola, this is wonderful!  You will probably find that you will progress fairly quickly.  This is the wonderful thing about taking private lessons, we will progress according to your own pace. There are always times of frustration whenever we are learning or trying something new, but I try to remind my students that music is supposed to be fun.  Never take yourself, or music, too seriously or you may end up losing the message.

    My personal teaching style is very technique and scale based.  This is to help prevent injury and allow you to enjoy playing as much as possible.  Part of this is finding the right setup (chin rest and shoulder rest combination) for your body.  Over the course of a month, I can help you find this perfect setup and show you exercises to strengthen muscles in order to eliminate pain from your practicing.

    In any given lesson, we will work on technique, improve playing posture, develop your own knowledge of music theory, work on suzuki-style methods, discover how to practice, and guide your interpretation of a piece. The problem with teaching purely with the suzuki method, is that students generally have issues sight reading and learning new music. There are, however, benefits to the method and this is why I integrate suzuki techniques into my own teaching style.  I also focus heavily on improving intonation (being in-tune), which many string students struggle with.  Most students, after having studied with me for a month, no longer need or use tapes on their instruments.

    I always encourage my students to perform as often as possible.  There are many venues you may not even be aware of.  Play for your friends and family.  Play for holidays, birthdays, everything.  If you step just a little out of your comfort zone, you become a much better musician, and you may learn something about yourself in the process.

    If you have any questions about my teaching style, or my studio, please feel free to email me.  I look forward to hearing from you!

    Make up lessons are available if you are unable to attend your lesson time, and provide at least 24hrs notice.

    Included with monthly lessons, are my monthly studio class and the opportunity to perform in recitals. You may also sit in on any lesson.

    I teach all ages and abilities.