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Every person is different and special, and thus every student is the same way. In spite of formulas and methods, my job as a creative teacher and performer is to be able to joyfully and patiently attend to the needs of every student, regardless of age or ability.
I have been teaching since 1998, individuals and groups, voice and instruments, from ages 3 to older adults. I hold a Bachelors in Music from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (voice and violin), and an MA from Queens College, City University of New York (music performance).
I am fascinated to keep discovering every day new ways to get to help and inspire every student I teach, and I rejoice with them when they achieve their goals.
As a musician, I continue to perform frequently as a violinist (modern and baroque violin), violist and classical baritone (solo and ensemble) in the New York metro area. This helps me keep things in perspective for the students I teach. Being equally proficient as an instrumentalist and singer helps me approach my music teaching from various angles as needed.
I am a certified Suzuki violin teacher with 13 years of experience teaching the Method. However, I had the blessing to have very gifted teacher trainers that taught me to look beyond methods and adapt various philosophies according to the needs of the student.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, with excellent, competitive education in Spanish grammar, writing and literature. Currently, I am pursuing a career as a Spanish voice over artist in New York City.
violin, viola, violin and viola group classes, chamber music, note reading for violin students children's chorus (partner school), orchestra sectionals
Long-term training (Books 1-8)
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