"It takes a very special kind of person to play the violin beautifully. Those who stick with it have a gift. Don't waste your gift!"~Professor Song Xie
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Violin of course!, Piano
Professional Orchestras, Solo Gigs, Weddings, Recitals
8 years of private teaching, Classroom teaching, group lessons
I am a native of small-town northern Indiana, where I began my musical training at age eight. I began teaching as a high school student, and soon discovered that I wanted to teach my whole life. I attended college at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, and received my BA in Violin Performance in the fall of 2017. While studying in Jackson, I maintained a thriving violin studio, and held bi-annual community recitals for my students and other developing performers in my area.
I firmly believe that while one should strive for excellence in music, it shouldn't be at the expense of enjoyment! While I strongly encourage my students to perform on a regular basis, I do my best to make performance opportunities safe, fun, celebratory environments that give students room to learn, grow, make mistakes, and cultivate a comfort with and love for performing.
I am classically trained, but I enjoy many other forms of music! Improve is something I enjoy, and I've gotten to play along with worship bands, Celtic groups, Klezmer bands, folk bands and various other groups. While I encourage my students towards classical technique development, I also leave room for them to pursue the music that they most connect with.