My teaching philosophy
I like to show my students that there is more than one right way to play a phrase. Tempo, dynamics and style can come together in myriad forms. It is possible to have three or four sets of fingerings for a given passage; dynamics can be modified depending on where you want the phrase to go; the speed, weight and placement of the bow can dramatically alter expression. Having a discussion about these possibilities and giving the student the freedom to explore them, is fun and exciting and brings the music alive.
Great violinists are not great simply because they play flawlessly. They are great because in addition to their technical achievements, they take possession of the music and have the skills to make it tell their own story. I believe that all musicians have a story to tell. The more perfectly we hone these skills and critically think about what our own goals and objectives are, the more engaging our story.