If you want to become an artist; if you want to sharpen your critical thinking skills, improve your multitasking, expand your mind's capacity for learning and be able to unleash the power of wordless self-expression... study the violin. At the tender age of five, I started a life-long love affair with the violin. Growing up in Westfield, NJ, I began my studies at the NJ Workshop for the Arts, and have since come full circle, serving on the faculty there to this day. I have a rich tapestry of experiences that contribute to the teacher and performer I am today, and in my students, I hope to light the spark that leads to a lifetime of musical memories. I graduated summa cum laude with a Music Performance degree from Montclair State University in 2006, and I've been teaching students of all ages how to play the violin since 2002. I have studied under some of the best in their field, including several members of the NJ Symphony Orchestra. I also have an extensive performance background, having played with many notable orchestras (NJ All-State Orchestra, NJ Youth Symphony, Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, Montclair State University Orchestra) at a variety of important venues (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, NJ Performing Arts Center, National Concert Hall of Ireland). My most current project is performing at venues around New York City with my band, the Militant Pacifists. There is no greater gift for a musician than to share her love of music with others, and I look forward to sharing mine with you! *** Lesson Details *** The most important part of learning an instrument is loving to play. It's your enthusiasm and passion that's going to carry you through the times when you struggle and help you shine when you're at your best. The next thing is to harness that passion and give it structure - this is where taking lessons comes in. Every week during our time together, we will study a variety of scales, exercises and pieces (songs), coming back to the same ones each week until you've mastered them, at which point we move on to more challenging material. Patience and persistence are key: you're not going to learn how to play your favorite piece overnight. My job is to show you how to do it correctly, answer your questions and hold you to a high standard of excellence; your job is to take the work home with you and hone your craft every day. The violin is a labor of love - like caring for a young sapling, you must tend to it every day, and though the growing process may seem slow, before you know it you will have a strong, healthy tree! *** Studio Equipment *** Comfy living room area with ample space & music stand; parking lot provided! *** Travel Equipment *** I will help you find local places to rent and buy everything you will need to get started, from your instrument to books and accessories. *** Specialties *** Russian traditional method (Ivan Galamian) - also utilize Suzuki techniques.