TEACHING

I offer individual music lessons for all ages and levels in violin, viola, and piano. 

I have experience teaching a variety of students—from beginners looking to learn the basics to advanced students who may have more specific goals in mind. Additionally, I  take great joy in starting music students with no experience at all. 

My Students Can Expect

  • to feel empowered and strengthened by their studies with me. 

  • personalized lessons catered to each student's learning style and needs

  • organized plans of study with progress in mind

  • flexibility based on a student's goals and lifestyle

My Approach

  • equal focus on technical and artistic skills, integrated when possible

  • emphasis on playing with good posture and mindfulness in order to prevent injury and increase longevity

  • practice strategies—learning more than just the notes

  • preparation for performances and auditions

  • varied skill-building: sight-reading, music theory and history as needed, aural training, and more

  • discussion of higher-level concepts to clarify musical ideas

Experience and Training

I have gained experience teaching in a variety of settings—from my own music studio to a family-owned music school to a music store, as well as in volunteer contexts. I was also honored to serve as a teaching assistant for the viola studio of Professor Nancy Buck at Arizona State University.

My training in viola comes from distinguished performers and educators in the classical music community. I have studied with Nancy Buck, Karen Ritscher, Lawrence Dutton (of the Emerson String Quartet), and Nicholas Cords (of Brooklyn Rider). My teachers have been taught by some of the most eminent string pedagogues of their generation, including Dorothy Delay, Karen Tuttle, Lilian Fuchs, Harvey Shapiro, and Heidi Castleman. This broad survey of teaching styles and philosophies gives me a great breadth of knowledge which I apply to each student.