I am Suzuki cello teacher but, in addition to following the Suzuki method and philosophy, I strive to be much more for my students. My vision of a master teacher is not only a teacher of the instrument and the required skills needed to play it, but more importantly teaches the student skills necessary for lifetime of learning. I seek to be the teacher that guides and nurtures students to be independent, successful and caring human beings while simultaneously teaching the cello.
As a Suzuki teacher, I wholeheartedly follow the Suzuki philosophy. Those philosophical statements include:
Fostering and guiding my students toward independence is crucial not only for developing functional musicians but also develops healthy autonomy and self-determination that will serve them well throughout their entire lives, both in and outside musical experiences. I strive to be a nurturing, knowledgeable and insightful teacher. I have a tremendous love of and respect for students young and old, and highly value their education and development. Margaret Rowell, a well-known cello pedagogue, was known for saying “I don’t teach the cello because the cello can’t learn! I teach the human being.” She taught not just cello technique but encouraged her students to be vibrant, interesting and engaged people. I hope to make a positive contribution not only to my students and the music community but I also hope to create through my teaching engaged, artistic, caring, questioning and inquisitive people who are lifelong lovers and participants in the arts.