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Hello, I am looking to enrich the lives of students and parents alike through my music teaching. My emphasis is primarily in string instruments (violin, viola, beginning cello and bass) as well as basic ear training. I believe that music learning should be done in both a private and public setting. My goal is to provide and refine the essential skills students need to become successful musicians.
I have been a violinist for 11 years, and I have also performed as a violist for 8 years. My primary instrument is viola, with the violin my secondary instrument. I have performed in a number of venues across Los Angeles, which includes the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and have toured California and performed in Las Vegas, NV. As a member of the Southern California Youth Symphony Orchestra, I toured Europe in 2005.
I finished a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in the summer of 2011 and I am currently finishing a Masters of Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. I have been working for six years as a coach for lower strings for the Southern California Youth Symphony Orchestra. I have also assisted in coaching the string orchestra at a High School in Pomona.
I normally give private lessons at student’s homes and parents or guardians are free to listen in on lessons if they desire. With young students I strongly encourage parents to sit in on the lessons so they can help with practice sessions in between lessons. Lessons can be arranged on a weekly or monthly basis, but cancellations must be made within 24 hours prior of that day’s lesson. I emphasize building technique and good posture, as these are essential skills for any musician. Lessons will consist of scales, technical exercises and a solo piece of the instructor’s choice. I personalize lessons as much as possible to meet the needs of individual students. Required books for the lesson include Carl Flesch’s “Scale System” and Rodolphe Kreutzer’s 42 Studies. These books are available via online or at your local music store. Additional technique and scale exercises will be assigned as needed.
I have 6 years of coaching experience with the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra. In that time I have worked mostly with the lower strings, and have become familiar with the cello. I've also taken technique classes and studied the fundamentals of the string instrument family as required for my masters.
Ear training and practical musicianship were subjects that I excelled at in college. I have perfect pitch, and have spent time assisting my fellow colleagues in their practical musicianship. I believe pitch recognition is vital to all students who want to become professional musicians and ear training is first step towards that goal.
I play both the violin and viola, with the viola as my primary instrument. I have been performing with both instruments for 11 years, and have specialized in developing good technical skills, posture, and good practice etiquette. I personalize each lesson to address the specific needs of the student. I also encourage the student to become actively involved in their local school or community orchestra.
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