B.M. Mason Gross School of the Arts
10 years teaching experience in private and large ensemble settings
Ages 5 through Adults (most experience with ages 5-18). I especially enjoy teaching beginners.
Cello & Violin
What do students need to bring to their first lesson?
Instrument, notebook for recording practice goals, pencil/eraser, and one or two pieces of music that you most recently worked on (if applicable).
Learning goals will depend on the student. Intro lessons should be used to establish the current interests, abilities, learning style, and goals of the student.
Materials will vary depending on student needs/goals. Materials commonly used for CELLO: Suzuki Method Books, Klengel Technical Studies, and Schroeder 170 Foundation Studies. As students advance they will be introduced to appropriate solo and small ensemble repertoire. Materials commonly used for beginner VIOLIN: Suzuki and RCM Method Books.
Time commitment requirements will vary depedning on the age, level, and learning goals of each student. For beginners, I encourage the immediate establishment of healthy practice habits and routines (parental guidance is initially necessary to help nurture and establish these habits). Young beginners should start with 10-20 minutes of practice at least 5 days a week. Consitency and quality of practice sessions are more important than the length. The length of practice sessions should gradually increase over time to build endurance and facilitate the advancement of the student.
Semester/Academic Year Private Lessons (30, 45, or 60 minutes in length), Juries, and NJYS Auditions