My job as a studio teacher has been the most rewarding job I have ever had. When I began the DMA program at the University of Houston, my intention was to begin teaching college students upon completion. I have, however, been very fortunate to be an active violin and viola professor while working on my doctorate. In 2016 I was extremely fortunate to teach violin and viola students and conduct the chamber ensemble at Lonestar College in Tomball, TX. Since January 2017 I have served on the string faculty at Sam Houston State University as the adjunct viola instructor.
In my private studio of high school, college, and continuing education students, technique and musicality are at the core of my pedagogical practice. I believe that the private studio professor plays an extremely important role in the education of young musicians. The inspiration for my style of teaching comes from my violin professor, Beth Newdome, at Florida State University. Beth Newdome taught with grace, patience, understanding, yet with an unyielding expectation for improvement. Her example of how to teach in a positive and constructive manner inspired my teaching career. In my studio, I cultivate a nurturing environment so students have the opportunity to learn in a positive space while being challenged with individualized instruction based on each student’s needs and goals.
We will focus on technique and musicality in your lessons. Together, as teacher and student, we will design an individual plan for your musical development based on your personal needs and goals. Each student is unique and possesses different strengths and weaknesses. My job is to encourage your strengths, while developing your technique and musicianship to help you fulfill your musical goals.
If you are potential college student interested in studying at SHSU click on the SHSU Studio tab. High school students interested in taking lessons can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like general information, click on the contact tab at the top of the page. You can email or or simply fill out the contact form. I look forward to hearing you play!
In addition to providing lessons in person, I also offer video lessons.