Why (and what) I Teach

 After a performance, with students Becca and Anthony

After a performance, with students Becca and Anthony

 

As a teacher of music, I believe that the arts develop skills that cannot be learned in other academic areas. The study of music carries with it many benefits for the modern world, be it higher average test scores and GPA, sharper critical thinking skills, the social benefits of participating in musical groups, and especially the love for the great artistic traditions of the world. It is the development of these skills that is central to my own philosophy of musical education. 

I specialize in teaching a method that focuses on the development of technique, critical practice skills, and exposure to large parts of the cellistic repertoire. Via this method, a student acquires the ability to think critically and constructively about their own personal performance, applying their criticisms to improve upon each subsequent performance to achieve their musical goals. The skills that are learned in the individual music lesson can be applied to everyday tasks and in life outside of music. It is always my hope that, in addition to all the documented benefits of musical study, students will find that the study and performance of great music is a wonderful reward in itself. To this end, I have developed a method of cello teaching that follows a strict path, from intermediate to advanced cello playing, that all of my students follow and - I hope - use after they leave my studio.

Through the arts, I myself have developed organizational skills, the ability to work with others, and the ability to set and consistently achieve goals. I seek to pass these skills on to my students through a system of checkpoints, encouragement and constructive criticism, and goal achievement, helping them to become more aware and productive as musicians and citizens. 

I believe that  giving students the chance to imagine an idea - to plan how they could bring that idea to life by evaluating, revising, re-evaluating, and revising again, to experience the final product and finally to look back at the entire process, consider everything they've done, and to begin the next project with a greater understanding of what came before - allows them to see themselves, their work, and their life through a new, creative lens. Music creates a more well-rounded and thoughtful student and individual. With so much emphasis on critical thinking, the need for creativity, resourcefulness, and understanding in the world around us are all the more important.