- Ear Training
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
My goals as a teacher are to teach the student the skills necessary for interpreting and performing a whole wide range of music, while encouraging analytic and creative thinking. The way that I have been taught violin, viola and music has allowed me to bring this creatively analytic approach to everything I do, and I can help students bring this thinking into other realms as well. My training in the basics Alexander Technique not only has been greatly useful in the development of my technical skills as a player, but it has also improved my physical life outside of music as well. The psychological and emotional tactics for performance can be applied to enhance any kind of performance. I could go on and on about the value of studying the arts.
I am very fortunate to have studied and worked with a handful of world-class musicians, and I am very eager to pass along their wisdom (as well as some of my own) to enthusiastic students. I teach players of all ages and levels, as long as they have an intense desire to learn and improve. Although I can only call myself an expert in the methods that have worked for me, I remain flexible to the needs and goals of the student.
Topics covered in lessons with me:
Posture and body use
Efficient, expressive and varied sound production
Rhythm, groove and ensemble skills
Essentials of music theory and ear training
Practice methods and strategies
Tactics for fighting "stage-fright"
Professionalism and career development
University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Music (viola)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Master of Music (orchestral conducting & viola)
My principal teachers included David Harding, Reginald Quiring, Edward Benyas, and Michael Barta (violin)
Playing music has taught me so much about life that I feel would have been missed had I chosen any other profession. For starters, I have learned the necessity of patience, diligence and creative problem-solving, as music is an art and not an exact science. Playing such a bulky instrument as the viola, which is only marginally larger than a violin, presents unique physical challenges, and the act of performing conjures up inevitable emotional and psychological issues. However, these challenges are not insurmountable - we can only strive to ingrain methods that work, and chip away at habits that get in the way. In the collaborative process that is teaching, I work with students to develop a personalized method for problem-solving, and help them to discover their unique musical identity, help others realize their inner merits and awards, their personal distinctions.
•Served as vice-president of the Scandinavian-Nordic Cultural Association for two years. •Taught English and Music to children in Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China •Singer and violinist with a local mariachi band. •Played in numerous symphony orchestras both locally and abroad. •Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate. • Hot Springs Music Festival •Studied arts administration with Laura Rosenberg and viola with Amadi Azikiwe •Ticino Musica International Classic • Studied conducting with Arturo Tamayo •Conductors’ Academy International Masterclass •Studied orchestral conducting with Jonathan Brett and Maciej Żółtowski •Atlantic Coast International Conducting Academy •Studied orchestral conducting with Colin Metters and Luis Clemente •Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) •Studied conducting with Maestro Arthur Arnold, Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and studied viola with Andrew Brown and Susan Gulkis Assadi •SALT New Music Festival and Symposium •Studied conducting with Professor Ajtony Csaba, Asst. Professor at the University of Victoria
30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00
There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable
NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher