Teaching Philosophy

Thoughts about Talent Education:

"Where words fail, music speaks.”  - Hans Christian Andersen

It is my duty, as a musician and an educator, to help people develop a deep love and respect for music. Because of my eternal passion for learning, I am devoted to fostering an environment in which every student can excel. I advocate a global approach to music that delves into the technique, theory, and the larger historical context. My method of teaching music is a synthesis of Shin'ichi Suzuki and Zoltán Kodály learning techniques, that is informed by the Karen Tuttle Coordination system.

About the methods:

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  - Aristotle

I guide students through a sequenced curriculum of scales, etudes, repertoire, and physical awareness techniques that instill confidence in their technical and musical abilities. Fundamental to the Suzuki philosophy is that every child can learn music. But beyond Suzuki, I utilize the Kodaly and Tuttle systems for rhythm and movement acquisition in music.

Teaching experience:

"You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” - Galileo

In addition to an active performing life, I am a dedicated educator that maintains a private studio in Houston, TX. While living in Louisiana, I taught individual and small group lessons from beginning to advanced upper strings at the Louisiana Academy of the Performing Arts and Grace Notes Studios. As an assistant to the viola studio of Professor Jesse Levine during my Master Degree, I taught Undergraduates and Secondary lessons at Yale College. I also held a music teaching internship at Wexler/Grant Public School in New Haven, CT. While working on my Bachelor Degree in Florida, I taught at the Lynn University Preparatory School of Music (Boca Raton) and was a small ensemble coach at Prelude Chamber Music Summer Camp (Jacksonville).

Education:

“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” - Abigail Adams, wife of 2nd U.S. President John Adams and mother of 6th U.S. President John Quincy Adams

I have had the privilege to study with mentors such as Shelia Browne, Matthew Daline, Rita Porfiris, Jorge Pena, Karen Ritscher and Ivo van der Werff. In 2001, I received my High School Diploma from Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts; a Grammy Signature School in Jacksonville, FL. In 2005, I was awarded a Bachelor in Music on full scholarship from Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL. I continued my studies at Yale on the Stephen & Denise Adams Scholarship. And in 2007, I earned my Masters in Music from Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Activities:

“For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond.” – Robert Schumann, composer and author

I am currently a member of The Yale Club of Houston, Suzuki Association of America, and The American Viola Society. Along with my music studies, I have studied multiple languages: English, Danish, Latin, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian and basic Russian. I also have a Danish certificate from the People’s International College in Helsingør, Denmark, and, TEFL/TESOL Business and General English Certificates.