My Teaching Objectives
-Students will embark on a path of discovery as they cultivate a voice of self-expression through the beautiful, transcendent tone of the instrument. Dr. Suzuki remarked that "tone has the living soul."
-Parents will nurture close emotional ties with their children as they undergo a shared process of learning music together. A healthy relationship between the parents, student, and teacher forms a triangle of mutual support, respect, and learning.
-Students will forge resilient character through the discipline, persistance, endurance, and commitment required for serious musical study. They will also increase perceptivity, sensitivity, and ingenuity by fostering inner creativity.
-Students will cultivate a lifelong love for music, the violin repertoire, and playing the instrument. In the way that a teacher transfers his or her knowledge, skill, and inspiration to the next generation of musicians, everything that the he or she imparts is motivated by love. This tutorship, that precious bond connecting pupil to artist-teacher, forms a chain that stretches back through the generations to Archangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi.
-Students will become avid listeners. Listening is a learned skill, not an inherent trait. Developing the ability to listen to the nuances in music and to fellow colleague musicians will affect a person's ability to listen and communicate in general. “The most basic of human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them,” Ralph G. Nichols.
-Students will develop collaborative skills through participation in my violin studio, group classes, chamber music groups, and ensembles. Musicians performing in an ensemble achieve success through consensus, receptivity, and cooperation. All of these traits are highly valued transferable skills in the 21st century economy.
-Students and parents will form friendships and partnerships that help connect them to a huge network of creative people and organizations. Involvement in the arts highlights the shared human experience and can help erase historical divides. I feel it is summarized nicely by the Interlochen Center for the Arts mission statement: “Promoting world friendship through the universal language of the arts."