Foundation Combining my two loves of playing the cello and teaching, I draw on my 10+years of experience as an educator and cellist to bring lessons that are structured and systematic, while also leaving room for us to find inspiration along the way.
I believe and have witnessed firsthand that human beings are inherently musical; as a cello teacher my primary goal is to bring the materials and approach that enable each of my students to discover their voice through music and to find fulfillment playing the cello. Lessons may be more rigorous or relaxed depending on a student's goals, but all lessons center around musicality, with technique woven throughout. We will progress through scales, exercises and pieces that lay a solid foundation for fine musicianship.
Method For young children we will sing together to learn pieces by heart, play games that teach the fundamentals of posture, bow hold and left hand position as well as other aspects of technique, and progress through the Suzuki books with the support of a caregiver in lessons and home practice. Music reading begins around the time that the student is able to read books. For beginners and intermediate students in middle and high school, lessons and expectations are generally more rigorous, while also being joyful and encouraging. For adults we will discuss your goals and go at a pace that feels right for you. For all ages and levels, my goal is that through listening and learning by heart, we explore the musicality and beauty of each piece and guide your progress as a musician.
Equity, Belonging and Diversity For the past 10+ years I have taught cello - as well as academic and other artistic subjects - to elementary and middle schoolers. I am committed to seeking and bringing Equity, Belonging and Diversity for all my students. This includes my own ongoing work and study around liberation education which informs my teaching methods, style and choice of materials as they continue to evolve. I warmly welcome students of all races, ethnicities, citizenships, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, and levels of education. I welcome conversations and thoughts about how I can be inclusive and supportive of my students.