Teaching Philosophy

Great teachers are lifelong learners and experts in their subject matter, whose overall effectiveness is greatly determined by their personality, charisma, and their unique abilities to capture and sustain the attention of their students. Successful teaching involves being totally present and engaged, while maintaining a pleasant and friendly demeanor. I want my students to love being in my classes. I build trust and positive rapport with my ensembles through consistent action and daily routines, while holding individuals accountable by teaching and modeling standards of behavior that are optimal for learning. I believe a teachers’ influence can be remembered for a lifetime, so their words and gestures should always be real and sincere. I strive to provide specific and constructive feedback to my learners while offering praise that is based on effort and individual progress. I like to encourage young musicians to take risks, reach beyond their current capabilities, and continue working towards improving their skill level, regardless of their expertise. I create a learning environment that becomes a factory of inspiration and motivation, producing passionate young musicians who enjoy listening, learning, and creating music together.

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”  - Helen Keller

“There is no substitute for hard work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.” - John Wooden