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TEACHING

On this page you will find more information about my teaching, including my philosophy of teaching. I teach violin students at the college level, as well as pre-college through methods such as ABRSM, RCM and Suzuki. In navigating this page, I hope you will come to know a bit of who I am as a teacher. If you are interested in taking violin lessons, or would like to discuss with me about performances, Master Classes, and personal appearances please use the contact page or email me directly at neacsuc@gmail.com

In teaching violin, I believe it is important to take a well-rounded approach with balance emphasis on technique, musicianship, live performance, and excellent practice skills so that the students can be successful. Since my time with students is limited, it is important to teach them how to teach themselves. They need to learn to troubleshoot technical difficulties on their own as well as to pace their practicing time so that they can stay focused and make constant progress. Therefore, my responsibility is to make sure they are aware of all the tools available and know how and when to use them.

 

Part of my curriculum is the daily routine of scales and basic exercises. I believe all students must develop strong technical abilities in order to free themselves and focus entirely on the music. Furthermore, I try to balance the repertoire so that students get acquainted with a variety of styles ranging from baroque to contemporary.  

 

I strongly believe in weekly studio classes where the students have the opportunity to perform for each other in a real world environment. To a certain degree all students suffer from stage fright and I feel this laboratory prepares them for that. Moreover, it enables them to encourage and learn from each other as a team through constructive feedback.

 

From experience I know that practicing without specific performance goals can become tedious. Going beyond the weekly studio classes, I encourage my students to attend auditions, festivals and competitions for which I am supportive. It not only gives them the opportunity to build artistic charisma but it forces them to stay motivated while striving for the highest level of excellence.  

 

Most importantly I teach my students how to think about music. In order to translate a musical work to the audience with meaning, students must try to understand the composer’s intentions, understand the direction in which the musical phrases move, know when to add or diminish emotion, or character and contrast, and understand which of the technical tools and approaches best serve these goals. A clear understanding will enable them to deliver convincing performances where the audience is fully engaged.