My approach to the viola and the violin is holistic, taking into account the mind, body, and spirit as one. Having worked with many students of the late Karen Tuttle (Kirsten Docter, Sheila Browne, Caroline Coade, among others), many of my ideas are inspired by the Tuttle philosophies of full-body coordination and maintaining the most natural and comfortable position of the body while playing. One of the most vital keys to successful and sustainable instrument-playing is found in creating a relationship between the instrument and the player that is free of any stress or tension. By mimicking the body’s natural instincts as it interacts with the physical world, and applying those intrinsic concepts to their instrument studies, any musician has the potential to comfortably create meaningful, engaging, and beautiful music.
Students will be expected to prepare for each lesson to the best of their ability, practicing at least 3 - 4 days between lessons, and parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons and take notes.
I believe that students of all ages, levels, abilities, backgrounds, etc. are capable of excelling in the unique and individual creation of organized sound. I aim to break from the standardization of music education, allowing each student to learn and grow with the unique set of expectations and goals that is right for them. Our process of learning will be determined together and adjusted as we go, ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment throughout. Whether it is in approaching the instrument for the first time, honing skills and improving technique, polishing tone and solidifying sound, or beautifying the craft of musicianship in general, I look forward to being a part of your musical journey.