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I have been playing the double bass since I was eight years old. Learning how to master this instrument over the years has been one of the great joys and challenges of my lifetime. Several of the opportunities making music has given me include seeing the world, collaborating with esteemed colleagues, and bettering myself as a person and an artist. Being able to help young people achieve these experiences and improve their lives through the process is one of the reasons I love to teach. I will always be indebted to my bass teachers for their wealth of knowledge and skill that they have shared with me, and passing on this rich heritage to other young musicians allows me to continue to shape and advance my own abilities as a musician and educator.
While I was a student attending Juilliard I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate as a fellow in the Instrumental Music Program. This fellowship brought a handful of students into various New York City public schools to teach instrumental music to a select group of students, ranging from the elementary to middle school level. I taught weekly lessons to a class of 5th grade beginning bassists at the George Jackson Academy, an independent school for boys from low-income families in the East Village. In addition to my work at George Jackson, I also taught private bass lessons to students of varying ages while living in New York City. I have also volunteered as a music coach through the Arizona Music Festival Community Outreach program, giving lessons to high-school bassists in the Phoenix-metro area, as well as serving as a bass coach for the Desert Mountain High School Orchestra in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Before I attended Juilliard, I was an honors student at my high-school. I graduated in the top of my class with over a 4.0 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). My best subjects were English and Biology, and I still am passionate about these areas of study today.
I am aware that everyone learns differently, and adapt my teaching methods to best fit the individual needs of each student. I offer a complementary first lesson/tutoring session to ensure 100% satisfaction for my students. I look forward to working with you and helping you become the best musician and/or student you can be!
In high school my academic focus was biology. I took advanced biology courses (Honors Biology and International Baccalaureate Higher Level Biology) 3 out of 4 years and received A's every semester. Additionally, I received over a 700 on my SAT II Biology exam, and was ranked in the top percentile of my graduating class.
I actually am a double bass teacher, not a cello teacher. Since Wyzant does not currently offer double bass as a subject option, the cello is the closest thing available to advertise to students that I actually am offering double bass lessons.
I have always received the highest grades in English and received an almost perfect score on the verbal portion of the SAT exam. I lived in Japan for three years where I helped many of my Japanese colleagues perfect their English-speaking skills. I am a patient teacher who is able to adapt to all types of student personalities.
I attended The Juilliard School and received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Performance. I received thorough training in music theory, music history, and double bass performance. My teacher of double bass was Orin O'Brien, bassist with the New York Philharmonic. Additionally, I have worked in a professional orchestra in Japan for 3 years performing various classical music concerts.
During my years at Juilliard I took a wide variety of music history classes spanning the Middle Ages to the music of today. I have specific interest in the music of opera composers from the Bel Canto Period (Rossini through Verdi), but am capable of teaching the history of music from any era and genre. I received high grades in all of my music history classes which included: Music History, The Operas of Verdi, Bel Canto Opera, Mozartian Opera, Post-Wagnerian Symphonists, The Music of Brahms, World Music I, and World Music II.
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