TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Each student is an individual with a unique voice. As a teacher, it is my job to understand the unique needs and goals of every student. Each lesson is comprised of smaller goals that are custom-tailored toward unlocking confidence, connection, and artistic expression.  

I believe in a strong foundation of breathing, tone, and technique, and a continuous refinement of fundamental skills. Lessons encourage students to become more self-aware while playing, and therefore promote self-questioning, observation, and discovery. All students learn to practice efficiently by becoming their own teachers, ultimately becoming more intuitive collaborators and educators. In addition, students learn to think creatively and adapt any material to enhance their own fundamental goals while practicing. 

My teaching is strongly influenced by the principles of Body Mapping, the Alexander Technique, and the Feldenkrais Method. Students will learn to prevent pain and discomfort, manage performance anxiety, and maximize breath capacity to promote ease of expression and freedom in playing. Visit the blog to see how I utilize these techniques to improve my playing!

Additionally, students gain an understanding of musicality, historical practices and sophisticated interpretations, studying music from the Baroque era to Contemporary music and extended techniques. 

Live performance experience is crucial to growth as an artist, and I encourage students to take advantage of performance opportunities in solo, chamber, and large ensemble environments. These experiences are necessary for developing listening, intonation, and collaboration skills. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the layers of audition preparation and learn the skills needed to perform consistently.

The ultimate goal for every student is to find joy in making music.

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