My students’ needs and interests are my primary concern. I will not keep a student for any financial interest of my own. When I feel a student would benefit from another teacher’s instruction, I will recommend another teacher. I welcome any feedback you have for me, as you know your child better than I ever will.
I feel privileged to pass along to students what I have learned from many years of playing the violin professionally and studying with some of the best teachers in the world. I have more than 25 years of experience in professional orchestras and various chamber groups, and I have played with a long roster of famous soloists.
I customize etudes and repertoire for each student, and I prepare for lessons, specifically analyzing the music my students are studying. Along with playing the violin for many years, my background in literary criticism and writing has given me a skill set to dissect the process of learning the violin. The benefit for students is less frustration and time saved learning the instrument. I strive to find music that engages students’ interests and spend a considerable amount of time teaching students exactly HOW to practice.
Students receive emails frequently with additional resources to reinforce technical and musical concepts. I also send monthly emails to parents and students to help broaden musical horizons, including advising about music camps, competitions, and upcoming concerts in the Bay Area.
What I expect from students:
Progress! If a student approaches practicing correctly, progress is a given. Many have said the violin is the hardest instrument to learn, but it is not if you have any amount of talent and approach it correctly.
It is important your child plays in an orchestra and participates in group performances. I give regular opportunities to perform with and for each other, including recitals. I coach all students for auditions, and my students are often concertmasters and principal section leaders in the orchestras in which they play.