Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Classical, Traditional, Suzuki
M.M. Viola Performance, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Music Education, B.M. Performance, Suzuki Teacher Training ECC and Book 1
12+ years, Age 3-adult
Western Piedmont Symphony of North Carolina, Town and Country Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra
In 2013 I completed my Master of Music degree in viola performance and a Post-baccalaureate certificate in music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2009 I graduated summa cum laude with my B.M. degree in viola performance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where I studied viola with Joanna Mendoza and Robert Meyer, and chamber music with the Arianna String Quartet. During the summer of 2014 I completed Suzuki Teacher Training through Suzuki Book 1 and plan to complete more training in the future. I have over ten years of experience as a violin and viola instructor and have taught students from age 5 to adult. My students have frequently been chosen for their school honor groups as well as district/all-state orchestras and local youth and community orchestras. I am also a member of both the Suzuki Association of the America’s (SAA) and the American String teachers Association (ASTA). I am also an active performer and have been a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony of North Carolina, a guest soloist with the Town and Country Symphony, and have been an active freelance performer in both Greensboro, NC and the St. Louis area. From 2009-2013 I was employed as a resident advisor for the High School division of the Brevard Music Center where I also performed with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.
I believe that the number one goal of music instruction is to foster a life-long love of music in every student. Each student is an individual with different goals, interests, and learning styles. As a private instructor, I have the luxury of being able to adapt my teaching style and curriculum to allow each student to reach their full potential and achieve their personal goals. This differentiation is fundamental to my approach to instruction. I believe that an important goal of effective instruction is to help each student to eventually become his or her own teacher. I often ask questions that help guide the student towards self-assessment, problem solving, and efficient and effective practice techniques. I fundamentally believe that each and every student is capable of achieving the highest level of musical excellence and that natural talent is far less important than the desire, motivation, and commitment required for musical achievement.