My first exposure to violin was through the Suzuki Method. After a couple years, I started working with a teacher who had more of a traditional approach, and during my undergraduate studies, I started to expand my own playing into different genres, teaching myself how to improvise and learning the musical vocabulary of various musical traditions. In the last couple years, I have had the privilege to work with many major pedagogues and observe their teaching first hand. Because my background covers many areas, I don't believe that there's one way to learn or one way to teach. I pick and choose aspects of the many teaching methods available.
philosophy & approach
My goal is to create a positive, open-minded atmosphere in the studio and teach people to love violin and music. I have been fortunate enough to have always studied with teachers who have encouraged me to be myself and really believe in the music I'm creating and strive to do the same for all my students. I emphasize technique, music reading, and the fundamentals of theory, especially with beginning students. Every week, my goal is to set up each student for a week of successful practicing. Practicing violin is all about problem solving. I believe that through efficient practicing and creative problem solving, violin and practicing can be fun. Every student learns differently and I'm always willing to find new ways to approach a problem. Each student has lessons structured according to their individual goals, learning speeds, and musical levels. At this day in age, I believe that musicians should be able to play anything. For this reason, I incorporate a variety of musical genres in repertoire selections as well so students can express themselves in any setting.
Students should practice every day. The length of the practice session isn't as important as reinforcing good practice habits daily. If you practice deliberately, I can guaranteee results. The recommended length of practice sessions will vary depending on the student's level/goals. Please bring your instrument, equipment, and all assigned materials to every lesson.
Lessons are billed monthly. Fees are to be paid in full at the beginning of each month. In the event of an emergency cancelation, a make-up lesson may be offered if an opening is available the week of cancelation. Make-up lessons are for emergencies, sickness, or if you know in advance you will be out-of-town. Once a make-up lesson is scheduled, it cannot be rescheduled. Any teacher absences will be rescheduled. In the case we are unable to reschedule a lesson, a credit of the cancelled lesson will be issued towards next month’s lesson charges. If student consistently misses scheduled lessons, lessons will not be made up. Lesson fees are non-refundable.
May, 2015 - Present
University of Puget Sound Community Music
Chamber music coach
April, 2012 - June 2013
Tacoma Youth Symphony Association
Violin sectionals coach
September, 2011 - June 2013
Tacoma Waldorf School
Group violin lessons teacher
September, 2011 - January 2012
2009 - Present