I teach violin, music theory and composition to students age 5 and up. My teaching methods include:
- The Suzuki Method for beginners, with supplemental technical studies as their ability grows. I tailor my teaching method to what works best for each student.
- Monthly group classes
- The Galamian Method, named for the great violin pedagogue, Ivan Galamian, and his teaching techniques. He was a famous and influential teacher at the Curtis Institute, Meadowmount and The Juilliard School between 1924 and 1981.
- Enrichment materials to fit each student’s needs are incorporated into lessons. These may include holiday music, hymns or religious-themed pieces, movie music or fiddle music.
- Intermediate and advanced students learn three-octave scales, arpeggios, etudes, duets and concertos at an appropriate and progressive level to assure that they are prepared for school orchestra and/or local auditions.
A good teacher must teach both technical and stylistic fundamentals to allow students to play the music of a variety of composers and to play it in the correct style.
Typical Student Instruction consists of:
- Weekly private lessons (30-60 minutes)
- Monthly group classes (a minimum of 3/school year required)
- Two parent-attended group recitals per year, often held at a public venue