I am comfortable teaching all types of students: young beginners, general music-lovers, and conservatory-bound students.
I'm assistant principal violist in Brooklyn's main orchestra: The Metro Chamber Orchestra. I also have a variety of freelance projects (like playing my homeland's tango with the Astoria Tango Orchestra).
I've been teaching and conducting at The Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts for the part 7 years. I also teach privately out of a studio near Union Square/Gramercy.
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I tend to be emphasize structured practice. I generally like to have students perform in some way (whether it's a real test, mock test, or a school recital) so that they have goals to practice for throughout the semester.
I also think it's crucial for musicians to be critical thinkers as well, so from time to time I will challenge kids with side assignments that may be relevant to opening their mind on the subject.
Most of the time, if at least one of the parents has an active involvement in supporting the lessons then the progress of students is very strong (like emphasizing key points in the week, or just having open dialogue with kids about the process). It is by no means necessary, but it can help a lot.
Often adult beginners are curious as to what the learning curve is. Generally, by the 3rd or 4th month of study all the basic elements start falling in. But although the beginning requires patience, I find a key to making it work is finding how to enjoy the small things in practice... which will later construct a beautiful sound.
I keep a sense of humor while teaching and performing (always when and if appropriate), but I am also very serious about getting students to their best potential. This means that for every student I adapt the approach to best suit their needs.
I keep organized lesson plans as a general rule, but some students work better without them, so I adjust in those cases.