What sets my teaching apart is that it’s not about lessons—it’s a lifestyle. My students are important to me, and I care deeply about all aspects of their lives: musical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual. By nurturing each student as a person and developing his or her individual strengths and interests, I empower the entire, unique person as the foundation of the musician.

In my studio, students will find a secure yet stimulating environment in which to explore their boundaries. In return, I expect a high degree of commitment—starting with practice. My students write daily practice journals that I read and respond to. Consistent and effective practicing is obviously important, but overlooked more often than you’d think. Practice is the glue that links one lesson to the next.

Aggressive goals are set with buy-in from students and their parents, but are not set in stone. Objectives and ambitions can be re-evaluated as students progress and mature. Perhaps the goal-setting process is just as important as the accomplishment.

What is irrevocable, however, are the high musical standards that students should come to expect from themselves.

In the end, I want my students to play the violin with joy, confidence and passion, and to learn to live as generous, humble, triumphant people. We embark on the journey together.