When I was in the fourth grade a group of students from our school visited to show us their stringed instruments. What could be better? No math AND cool looking wood screechy things! There were strings to pluck and scrape with a stick. What more could a 9 year old need? It was great fun and I wanted to be a part of it.
I don't remember who those students were or what they said to us that day, but I'll always remember how I felt, the first time I got to play a violin.
I have been passionate about performing and teaching the violin and viola since my school days. I would be thrilled to share my training and experiences with you.
Bachelor of Music Education. 1994, Wright State University
Global String Intensive, Berklee College of Music, 2018
Advanced Violin Studies Symposium, The Juilliard School, 2019
Massachusetts ASTA Special Projects Grant, 2013
American String Teacher's National Conference Presenter, 2013
Concerto Competition Winner, Wright State University, 1993
Course International de Musique, Morges, Switzerland, 1993
Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second Violin
Miami Valley Symphony Youth Strings, Director
American String Teacher's Association member
The studio isn't just a place to learn how to play violin; it's a community. Through lessons, recitals and studio classes, families become part of an important support network students need to thrive. The studio is a place to grow, get out of your comfort zone; to try, fail,succeed. I truly value the commitments families make to provide this experience for their children.
Students in the studio are expected to play in two recitals per year. Every performance is a chance to share the work they do each week with family and friends and should be regarded as a moment of accomplishment and honor.
Students who have been challenged to perform do better under pressure. Of course performance is the best way to becoming a better musician, but it's not because my students will become musicians that I require recitals. The confidence it takes to perform a piece of music in front of an audience from memory translates into so many critical life skills like job interviews, lectures, auditions or speeches.
Once before each recital I will hold a studio class. These are usually held in a public space and are a time for students to get together and practice performing in a low pressure environment. It also serves as a time to socialize and gather good vibes.
In person lessons
McCutcheon Music, Franklin Street Studios, 18 E Franklin St, Dayton, OH 45459
High quality virtual lessons are held through StringMasters.com.