Teaching

I currently offer private lessons in Yellow Springs.

I am primarily a Suzuki teacher with registered training in violin units 1-8 and viola units 1-4, 7. I work with students of all ages and levels and specialize in young beginners (4-6 years old) and violin to viola switchers.

I love Suzuki’s philosophy and his belief that all children are capable of learning – that musical ability is not inborn but can be trained in any child. I have attended summer institutes in Columbus, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and Stanford. My teacher trainers include Cathy Lee, Allan Lieb, Roger Steig, and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.

In Daly City, I had the opportunity to work with the wonderful program Harmony Project Bay Area, an El-Sistema inspired program providing instrumental classes and ensembles to underserved students in the San Francisco Bay Area. I taught group and private violin classes as well as conducted elementary and middle school level string orchestra.

I also like to inject exercises and etudes from my own more traditional background. My undergraduate degree included a pedagogy class taught by Curt Sassmanshaus, head of the string department at CCM as well as the Starling String Program. I have also attended workshops in that method. For more about his method, see his wonderful website.

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