I grew up in Los Angeles with parents that appreciated music, but did not play. So their
goal became to raise daughters that both appreciated, enjoyed, and played music, so therefore, I was given a viola and began taking piano lessons at the age of three. I quickly developed a love
for classical music and continued to pursue music through the rest of my schooling and professional career.
During my childhood I was involved with many orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Later on, during my studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the USA, I received a music
performance scholarship. I performed as principal violist of the university I attended as well as principal violist of the Colorado College Chamber Orchestra, another private university. During
this time, I performed in various concerts, music festivals, and masterclasses. After my studies I accepted a position as assistant principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and
served on the board of the orchestra as well. Music performance has always been a passion of mine, but teaching has equally been a passion of mine for almost a decade. I opened my own private
music studio in my home and had almost 30 students enrolled during my last several years of teaching.
My biggest inspiration in my childhood was my second orchestra conductor. She was strict and expected professionalism even though we were young players. She motivated me to practice and perform
to the best of my ability while enjoying the music that I was fortunate to learn and play at such a young age. As I grew older, she continued to attend concerts that I was performing in and even
then, she would give me words of encouragement and support. During university, my biggest source of inspiration came from pianist, Cullan Bryant. I was involved in a music festival in which we
had masterclasses and performances everyday for a couple or weeks. There, internationally known pianist, Cullan Bryant, became one of my greatest sources of inspiration to this day. He talked
about music in a way that many people cannot. Music to him was a language like German, English, French...etc. the primary purpose was to convey ideas, emotions, feelings, and the technicality
came second. He completely changed the way that I approached practicing, learning, and performing music.
Therefore, I believe that the instructor is much more than someone that tells a student what to do or how to perform.
A teacher should also motivate and support their students to do their absolute best by guiding them to their own musical ideas through practice and performance. Teachers should also naturally
inspire students be leading by example and teaching in a way to develop and inspire musical thoughts within the students’ mind. Music performance also became a way for me to communicate
composer’s ideas to an audience and share the love of music with others. Being a performer with no audience, doesn’t work. It is a mutual connection in which the listener must be present and
involved just as much as the performer. It is a beautiful relationship to have with strangers as they are most times captivated by the work you, as a performer, get to present.
Because I had teachers who were mentors to me, my outlook on music has evolved over many years. I believe that everyone learns in a different way and practice routines and lessons must
be adapted to that particular person in the way that they learn best. Curriculum and repertoire also should be adapted to the student as well, however, I do believe that starting with
classical repertoire gives students an advantage in music, as many other styles of music can be learned quite easily with a classical background. My lessons are very focused on preparation for
performing, as I believe that there should be a goal in mind when preparing and practicing music. However, I do believe students should have input in the repertoire and music chosen for their
lessons and performances as this makes lessons more enjoyable.
My lessons are carefully planned and taught with the individual student in mind, regardless of age and level. I believe that every student learns differently and therefore every student and each
lesson is created with a tailored approach in mind to benefit the individual student. Repertoire is also selected carefully to maximize the learning experience and create a positive learning
environment that pushes the students toward their individual goals. The curriculum I typically recommend for piano lessons is the John Thompson method or the Suzuki Method; And the curriculum I
prefer to use for violin and viola lessons is the Suzuki Method. I also incorporate scales and studies into my lessons to build independence of hands, strength of fingers, and to reinforce
techniques related to the repertoire being studied. Music theory is naturally incorporated into lessons by learning repertoire that is appropriate for the student’s level.
Violin and viola lessons also include many exercises for the bow and independence of the left hand. Sevcik, Flesch, The Galamian Scale System, and Schradieck are a few of the technique books I
incorporate into lessons. Each has a different purpose in improving playing.
In piano lessons, I emphasize learning scales, chords, and arpeggios as these are the building blocks of playing. Many books can be used for this purpose and the book chosen will be based upon
the individual student and their learning style. Hanon and A Dozen a Day are two books that I like to incorporate into my lessons to enforce technique and style.
I offer in-home lessons in the following districts: Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg are preferred. But Kreuzberg, Wedding, and Friedrichshain, are also possibilities.
Monatliche Pauschalbeiträge für regelmäßige Unterrichtseinheiten (1 x pro Woche außer in den Schulferien und an Feiertagen):
- Einzelunterricht 30 Minuten (für Kinder bis 8 Jahre): 80 Euro monatlich
- Einzelunterricht 45 Minuten: 105 Euro monatlich
- Einzelunterricht 60 Minuten: 130 Euro monatlich
Beitrag für flexibel vereinbarte Einzelstunden à 45 Minuten im 10er-Bock: 400 Euro
Trial lesson: 30 minute trial lesson for 10 euros + travel fee.