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Since teaching viola lessons in New York, I have come to realize that people often start an instrument with incredulous awes at any experienced musician who rattles of lick or flourish. After progressing with your instrument, it is great fun to try and tackle these difficult musical feats, but also a great frustration to practice them and still have no results. Even with the correct basics to attempt a more virtuosic passage, people often stumble and take the incorrect notion that it takes two hours of drilling on a single passage in order to pull it off.
The good news is that a large percentage of seemingly difficult passages are actually a few basics combined as a sort of musician’s magic trick -- which is the clue to solving this problem!
When it comes to playing the viola, I teach my students in New York to analyze the passage in mind, break it down to a number of core elements (you can ask your teacher or an experienced musician for their input on this). Usually, these passages tend to consist of two core elements combined to create the effect that more is happening than really is.
From here, take one element at a time, practice playing it in its simple form, and play around with its variables (like rhythm). With both elements isolated this way, try slowly combining them once more. I found this technique creates familiarity and comfort for students taking viola lessons.
If practiced correctly, the passage in mind has most likely lost that mystique it once had and will now seem approachable. You will enjoy playing the passage and it will sound impressive at the same time. Needless to say, the truly virtuosic passages use combinations of 4-5 core elements! In this case, I remind the students I teach viola to in New York to not bite off more than they can chew! Happy practicing to all!
Beginners: posture, finger techniques, bowing techniques, sound production, articulation, phrasing, note reading
Intermediate: interpretation of different styles, dynamics, ensemble performance, building solid technique and stamina
Advanced: studying of orchestra excerpts, solo pieces, study of various concert and chamber music compositions
I teach the Suzuki Method and focus on playing by ear to allow you to develop great technique, intonation and enjoyment of playing music. We will later focus on music theory, sight reading and exploring any genre of music you're interested in after establishing a strong foundation.
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My viola students have successfully auditioned for college, conservatory, and orchestral programs.
My style of teaching draws from many influences. As players, we try to emulate the human voice, and I always suggest my students draw their inspiration from great jazz and soul artists: Ella Fitzgerald, Erykah Badu, Sarah Vaughn, etc.
I also teach ways of technique that work with the body, rather than against. My studies in the Tuttle coordination technique, in ballet and contemporary dance, and in pilates have helped me combine ease of playing with expressive performances.
Students in my studio are exposed first to the broad concepts of playing for ease of movement and great facility, but always will be studying great repertoire - I firmly believe that the music one studies must always be interesting in order to help grow a musical mind.
I'm a graduate student at the Juilliard School and I specialize in helping beginner, intermediate, and advanced players develop great ears, good hand-eye coordination, and (if you need it) learning how to read music! I've taught over a dozen students ranging in age from 7 to 50, both in violin and viola!
I use the Karl Flesch and Galamian Scales systems to help you build better intonation, and I'm very flexible in teaching repertoire!
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