I’ve been around music, and music teachers, for as long as I can remember—growing up with two violin teachers for parents, as well as an aunt and uncle close by who taught flute and piano, I assumed that all adults were music teachers and was shocked to discover that not everyone was a musician!
As a young child, I naturally gravitated towards the cello and started Suzuki cello lessons at the age of three with Barbara Balatero in Seattle; after progressing through the method, I moved on to advanced studies with Rajan Krishnaswami.
I have been fortunate to have studied Suzuki pedagogy from such gifted teachers as Nancy Lokken, Jean Dexter, Barbara Wampner, and Carol Tarr. As a teacher, I strive to integrate the classic Suzuki principles of technique, tone, and repetition with exercises and activities that will prepare students for the wide array of opportunities available to today’s string players—from orchestra work, to playing on a soundtrack, to improvising with a band.
I am a strong advocate of the Suzuki principle of the ‘parent-student-teacher’ relationship triangle, and I encourage participation in school orchestras and other extra-curricular music activities such as the SCVYO. If your goal is to foster a long-term love of music in your child (or in yourself!), I’d love to work with you!