Why do I teach?
I began playing the piano at the age of eight and the violin at the age of nine. As long as I can remember, I have loved making music. My grandmother first imparted the love of music to me, and I now have the privilege of passing it on to others. I enjoy introducing people to an exceptionally hard instrument, and the important technique that comes with it. Music is much more than notes on a page; rather, it is a means to develop listening, technical, and musical skills, and to build fine motor skills. My desire is that my students will spread their love of music and bless others with their talent and knowledge.
What is my responsibility as a teacher?
It is my responsibility to open students’ hearts and minds to music. I am responsible for presenting music in a fun, understandable, and engaging manner, and ensuring my students enjoy the learning, molding, and growing process.
What aspects are most important to cover in a lesson?
Technique (both bowing and left hand) and musicality are two important aspects. With beginning students, I focus more on intonation and proper bow direction.
No two students are alike; each is unique and faces his/her own individual problems. For example, one student may struggle with a particular bowing pattern, while another may find the staccato stroke exceptionally challenging. Rather than having a standard template for a lesson, I seek to meet each student where he/she is and address his/her specific challenges.
How do I assess my students for progress?
Each lesson, I provide comprehensive practice points for my students because I want to ensure they can have structured practice time. For my more advanced students, I incorporate three components into each lesson: scales, etudes, and a solo piece. Throughout each lesson, I draw from the homework for the previous week to structure the current lesson and assess the student’s progress. When I address a particular challenge in the homework, I am able to assess whether they completed the homework tasks based on how they play in the subsequent lesson.
How do I choose the materials I use?
I began studying through the Suzuki Violin School Method. This method is all-encompassing: students learn a wide variety of rhythms, notes, musical techniques, and ideas. In addition to the Suzuki Method, I provide regular note-naming instruction, since it is key that students are proficient early on in reading music. Two of my favorite methods are note flashcards and sight reading. Reading music is an important skill that will serve students well for the rest of their lives.