What methods do I teach?

I received my Suzuki certification from the Ithaca Summer Institute, and have several years of experience teaching children the Suzuki method. I’m much more than a Suzuki teacher though. Here’s a brief rundown of my teaching methods and preferences.

  • Suzuki! The big one, the surefire way to kickstart a musical education, the beginning of my teaching career revolved around Suzuki. The Suzuki method is a great, progressive way to involve the whole family in the learning experience. While the Suzuki method was developed with small children in mind, it is also my preferred first step with older beginners.
  • Improvisation is a great way to develop musical individuality. The Mark O’Connor method is a nice alternative to the Suzuki method that incorporates some basic improvisatory ideas, while Alice Kay Kanack’s Creative Ability Development series is a terrific supplemental series that empowers the student to go on their own journey of musical exploration and self-discovery.
  • One of the biggest concerns that students and parents raise about the Suzuki method is that the students don’t learn to read music at first. The biggest reason for students not learning to read at first is so that they can focus on the instrument, and on their music, not on the notes on the page. For students who struggle to pick up reading the notes, the Essential Elements series can be effective. However, this series is much less musically inspired than the competitors listed above, and it is not my preferred method.
  • Those who are not beginners, and aspire to play, teach and perform at the next level should also expect to get an excellent education featuring real repertoire that they might expect to study at a music conservatory. I excel at preparing my students for recitals and auditions. My students have a track record of success in community orchestras, auditions, and NYSSMA solo festivals.

While most of my students pick one or more of the above elements to focus on, all of my students can choose to have multifaceted educations that also include theory, history and science. All students can also expect to benefit from my health and wellness oriented approach influenced by the Alexander Technique, as well as the alternative learning focused Dalcroze Eurhythmics method. For more information, please check out the Teaching Ideals page. The first lesson is free, so pick out what you want to do, and come on in!