My lessons are suited directly to my students’ needs and are given in a calm, supportive environment. I have more than 15 years of experience teaching both violin (at all levels) as well as music composition.
I hold a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
My students are diverse in both age (kids and adults – ages three to 70) and experience — from beginners to advanced violinists refining their craft. I have worked extensively with children and adult beginners as well and for these I teach a combination of my own method that I developed (non-Suzuki) as well as Suzuki.
For beginners and those who do not yet read music I focus on growing a solid technique from the very beginning with an abundance of patience and calmness. Composition lessons include elements of (but not limited to) orchestration, instrumentation, compositional processes, ear-training, arranging, counterpoint, solfege/sight-singing, sketching techniques, notation and engraving, career advice, and notation software (Finale).
Creating a lesson plan for each individual student’s needs is paramount.
I am not most proud of any one performance or composition or student for example but the combination of my entire life spent learning, creating, writing, teaching and experimenting with music and sound — the fact that I have devoted my life to sound, is something that gives me a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in life.
Hearing my students are inspired and practicing
I’ve been to several continents and the countries I’ve visited are too unique to have a favorite. I feel the same for favorite composers or musicians; too diverse.
English (native), French (a little)
J.S. Bach – because he’s been teaching all of us for centuries
I’m an amateur vegan chef and also love to experiment with making kombucha, kimchi and vegan cheese
Music from Mali, especially Rokia Traore, Toumani Diabate, Fatoumata Diawara