Teaching Philosophy

 


Growing up, from ages 4-15, I was a student of the Suzuki Method on violin.  When I was in High School, I fell in love with the deep, rich sound of the Viola and decided to make it my primary instrument. I have great love for both instruments still, and I enjoy sharing my passion with my students.  I have experience teaching both the violin and viola to students from ages 2 1/2-60.  To contact me about teaching, please fill out the form on my contact page.

As a teacher, I have multiple goals:

1. I want my students to love music and their instrument
2. I want my students to develop their own musical voice.  My goal with teaching is to help students use their unique musical voice to form lasting and meaningful connections with their audiences and the people around them.
3. Making great musicians is awesome, but I'm also out to help make great people! As Pablo Casals said, "I am a human first, a musician second." 

Benefits

I have worked hard to get where I am today, and   I want to make sure my students have the best environment in which to learn.  Some benefits of studying with me are:

  • I am fun and supportive. I'm having just as much fun teaching as I want my students to have learning, and creating a patient, supportive environment is integral to my students' development.

  • I teach all ages and abilities. I am experienced in a variety of teaching levels, from beginning to advanced studies.

  • Each student has lessons structured according to their individual goals, learning speeds, and musical levels. I teach students of all levels positive playing habits and how to avoid bad habits, and I teach these using the standard classical repertoire for violin and viola.

  • I emphasize technique and the fundamentals of theory, especially with beginning students, so students have the essential building blocks and tools they need to succeed.

  • I am professional. I have received some of the best education in my field, and with 20 years of experience in music I am confident in my ability to pass on the skills necessary to succeed as a musician.

 

Rates/Scheduling

 

I am currently available to teach evenings and Weekends at my home studio by appointment.  

  • 30 minute lessons are $35

  • 45 minute lessons are $50

  • 60 minute lessons are $65

Payments can be made in advance for every four lessons - Your first lesson with me is 1/2 price!