About My Studio
I formed my cello studio in 2010 and have experience teaching students of all ages, abilities and musical backgrounds! I specifically tailor my teaching methods and cirriculum to each individual student depending on their learning style and musical goals. Throughout the duration of our time together, we will focus on:
- cello technique
- music theory
- music history
- listening skills
- practice and performance techniques
I teach from the Traditional Method (beginning with note-reading) and supplement with Suzuki repertoire. For more information about my teaching method, studio policies and tuition rate, please contact me here.
Why I became a cello teacher:
In the summer of 2010, I was deeply inspired by the music students of North Haiti Christian University in Limbe, Haiti where I assisted with a art, dance and music therapy camp for children affected by the tragic earthquake of January 12, 2010. As I taught cello lessons and worked alongside the university students and experienced their love and joy for learning, as well as their passion for music and the arts, I discovered a deep love and passion for teaching. Upon my return from Haiti, I received extensive training in string pedagogy through my undergraduate studies at the Biola University Conservatory of Music.
Why I am a firm advocate of private lessons:
If I am a soccer player, I don't simply show up to the games and expect to dribble, pass, and score goals with excellence and accuracy. First, I need a coach to direct me and teach me specific skills and strategies. Second, I need to practice daily in order to become a better athlete. The same applies to learning the cello! One-on-one time with a teacher and daily practice is essential if the student wants to progress and grow, not only on their instrument, but as a life-long musician!
What I hope and desire to cultivate in each student:
- a deep love and appreciation for the arts
- musicality - connecting and engaging with the music, expressiveness
- discipline - developing time management skills, preparing for each lesson, taking responsibility to practice, keeping track of music books, and caring for an instrument
- creativity - improvising, composing, experimenting with different genres of music
- ability to perform in front of others with confidence- SHARING the gift of music to bless other people
- ability to work and perform with others - playing in a small ensemble, learning how to listen, encourage and critique in a thoughtful manner
- a love for learning- while having FUN!