My approach as a piano and flute teacher is to endow each student with the skills and tools needed to improve his/her playing ability, increase musical expression and cultivate continued musical growth both in lessons and in practice time. With nine years of teaching experience, I understand that each student’s learning style, goals and interests vary, and I work to engage and delight every student.
My training in Music Performance at New York University, from which I graduated Summa Cum Laude, as well as my three-year, 1600-hour training to become a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which I completed in 2012, influence my teaching. The Alexander Technique is a method for integrating breathing, movement and postural support. It is invaluable for musicians as a tool to increase performance ability and a sense of ease in the body, as well as for injury prevention and pain management.
Prior to NYU, I studied at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), where I acted as principal flutist of the orchestra and wind ensemble in addition to receiving a scholarship as the flutist of the Liberace Woodwind Quintet.
My musical training started well before university, however. My first instrument was piano, which I studied throughout my childhood and adolescence, with further study at NYU with Jon Holden. I started learning the flute at the age of 10 and studied privately with Laurel Zucker throughout high school, continuing my study with her at CSUS. I then continued my flute study with Gary Schocker, both privately and at NYU.
I continue to improve my knowledge and understanding of music through frequent performances, master classes and study. My goal as a teacher is to teach with the aim of aiding the student’s musical development and provide the student with the skills to continue to learn on his/her own between lessons and beyond.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are organized around a student’s current level, goals and difficulties. I meet students wherever they are in their musical development. During the lesson, I address essential musical elements like tone, technique and musicality and offer new ideas in an environment where rich musical learning can take place.
My training as a certified Alexander Technique teacher allows me to offer physical suggestions for playing the instrument, at any ability level.
I encourage students to choose repertoire and find their own unique musical style, preferences and tastes.
I look forward to joining you on your own musical journey, and seeing how I can help you along the way!
*** Specialties ***
Classical Music, Music Performance, Music Theory, Alexander Technique, Playing-Related Pain and Injury
Certification to teach the Alexander Technique. Requirements include three years and 1600 hours of training, in addition to continued education to maintain certification.