I have been playing viola since the sixth grade. I graduated from Dacula High School where I played in our school’s orchestra all four years, was section leader for two years, Music Honors Society Club President for one year, and the recipient of the Dacula High School Orchestra’s 2019 Conductor’s Award as the first violist to receive this award. I began private lessons in the 10th Grade under Christine Lansou. She also began introducing me to the violin the following year. Currently, I am a Junior Music Education Major at Kennesaw State University under Yinzi Kong who is also an artist in residence at Emory University and is one of the founding members of the internationally known Vega String Quartet.
I participated in the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony in 2017-2018. I participated in Solo and Ensemble in the 7th and 12th grades first as a duet and then as a quartet. Both years we received superior ratings. I was a violinist for my high school’s Jazz Band for two years and played violin for our school’s second to top orchestra my senior year while being viola principal in our top orchestra. With my private lessons experience, I have worked on both technique as well as viola solo repertoire. I am a recipient of the John and Linda Cooke String Quartet Scholarship which I play viola in sponsored quartet for KSU. When it comes to teaching experience, I am an active member of KSU’s chapter of the American String Teacher Association. Through this club, I have participated in many KSU String outreach events such as the North Georgia Honor Orchestra, KSU’s Orchestra Invitational, and String Day. The Honor Orchestra and String have both required me to work with students from 6th-12th grade in viola sectionals prepping them for a parent performance at the end of the event. I am currently the viola instructor for North Cobb Christian School. I come once a week and work with two of their groups. I first work with the 5th/6th graders where we go over the basics of playing their instruments and reading music while working on their concert music. Then, I work with the 7th/8th graders where we focus more on the intricacies of their slightly more advanced concert music. I also privately teach one of the 7th graders from North Cobb Christian School. Currently, I am working with him on his flats scales (1-2 octaves) and in the Suzuki method book one.
My goal for my students is for them to master the technical aspects of playing viola or violin while also developing their own sense for musicality and a personal love for music. I am a strong advocate for the Praxial Philosophy of music education. This philosophy calls for teachers to immerse students in “musicing” which is more than just learning and performing the sheet music but also analyzing and evaluating other performances and even improvising and composing their own works. This philosophy allows students to experience the many aspects of music rather than just performance. I would like to sprinkle some principles of this philosophy into my own.
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