Teaching

I currently offer private lessons in Yellow Springs. Due to Covid 19 I am not currently offering in-person lessons.

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.

My basic teaching philosophy:

1. Every Child Can. All students are capable of making beautiful music. I am committed to finding a way to help all students find what works for them.

2. Complete technical mastery is essential to complete freedom of musical expression. The end goal is music, but technical difficulties should never get in the way.

3. Music should be fun, that’s why we call it “playing” an instrument. If the student is not having fun, we must find a way to make the music more enjoyable before proceeding. But you know what’s fun? Being able to play well. See point 2.

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.

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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