Why I Teach

I teach the violin because I love music and I love solving problems.

It took me a long time to learn to play the violin. It didn't come naturally to me.  Don't get me wrong, I loved to play, but I simply wasn't progressing as fast as some of my peers. My teacher had been telling me for months (maybe even years) that my fingers on the bow were stiff and that my elbow was too high. Either I was too lazy to make the changes or I didn't actually believe that those changes would make any difference. There came a day, however, when I decided to follow her suggestions. It wasn't easy. Bad habits are never easy to change. Eventually, it finally clicked and I marveled at what a tremendous difference it made to my playing!

As I continued my studies, I became fascinated with the relationship between body motion and violin playing and paid special attention to the words that my teacher used to help me and other students improve these skills. In college, I studied string pedagogy and did extensive research on various teaching methods. I experimented with these different methodologies and came to realize that while certain laws of motion are universal, it is important to be prepared to tackle any problem from a variety of angles. What works for one student might not work for another.

I think the fact that it took me so long to learn certain skills as a youth, helps make me a more thoughtful and effective teacher today. I welcome the challenge of finding solutions to problems and enjoy playing beautiful music at the same time.