My Education, Accolades, and Experience
I am a well-known violinist throughout the United States, and I have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Hong Kong. I have a bachelor of music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a master's degree from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, I studied with the world-renowned Takacs Quartet at University of Colorado - Boulder where I received an artist certificate in string quartet performance.
I have been teaching since I was 15 years old, and have taught both violin and viola everywhere I have ever lived. I am certified to teach the Suzuki method, but I change my teaching style to fit each individual student’s needs.
My Approach to Teaching
I am extremely passionate about playing the violin, and I bring that passion into the teaching studio. My favorite thing about teaching is when I see a student accomplish something new. I love helping students figure something out in their playing that seemed impossible before the lesson started. I also like to have fun in the lesson and always allow my students to work on any song or style that they are particularly interested in.
One of My Practice Techniques
Smart, repetitive practice is essential. It is important to always have your mind engaged with what you’re doing. I need 100% of my brain power going into playing violin or viola while I’m practicing, and I encourage my students to do the same.
My Favorites in These Five Styles
- Rock – Led Zeppelin
- Pop - Bruno Mars
- Jazz – Dave Brubeck
- Classical – Dmitri Shostakovich
- Alternative - Radiohead
My Favorite Quote
“To send light into the darkness of people’s hearts -- such is the duty of the artist” -Robert Schumann
How I Started Playing Music
I began playing violin at the age of 5. I had a friend who played violin, and thought that she looked cool when she played, so I wanted to play too. I also loved the sound of the instrument. I begged my mom to let me start lessons, and I’m grateful that she agreed!
I had a wonderful teacher when I was young who made violin playing fun. Every lesson was an adventure, and I always felt excited for the next lesson. After studying with her for several years, I switched to a teacher who taught at the college level and could help me with more advanced repertoire. Both teachers were essential to helping me become the musician and teacher I am today.