Teaching Philosophy

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
– Maya Angelou Poem ‘Grandmothers’

My primary goal as a teacher is to develop a love for music in the student, a love for learning, and a curiosity to continue to learn throughout their lives. With these components, the student will thrive as they seek out knowledge for themselves, eventually becoming their own teacher, and a teacher of others by their actions and example.


I love the metaphor of the family tree of violinists and violin teachers. I am lucky to have in my teacher family tree, great artists and pedagogues including Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, David Oistrakh, and Shinichi Suzuki as some of my “grand-teachers” and “great grand-teachers.” From this family tree you can trace the lineage all the way back to Corelli in Italy in the 17th century, shortly after the birth of the modern violin. My goal as a teacher is to serve as a branch in this teacher family tree to pass down knowledge from these great artists to the aspiring musicians of the next generation, while at the same time participating in workshops and teacher training to allow for continued innovation in pedagogy and modern violin playing.

I have worked with students of all ages and abilities, ranging from three-year old beginners to advanced high schoolers and college transfer students preparing for college music school auditions. I tailor my lessons to fit each student’s level and goals, and I believe in being flexible to respect individual interests. I care about my students individually and strive to maximize their potential through insightful instruction.

“The teacher should be conscientious, patient, and even-tempered. Above all, he must have real love and enthusiasm for his work. Good teaching takes a measure of devotion that the teacher is unable to give unless his heart and soul are dedicated to it.” -Ivan Galamian ‘Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching’