Influences: Composers: Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Britten, Couperin, Takemitsu, Prokofiev... so many more!
Cellists: Jacqueline Du Pre, Pablo Casals, Anner Bylsma, Terry King, Steven Isserlis, Piatagorsky... the list goes on...
I tend to shape each lesson around the needs/wants of each student. Depending on the level of students, I use a variety of repertoire including Suzuki (I do not teach the method), Kummer, Feulliard, Celtic music, Schroeder, and anything else the student is interested in or that I can dish up. I also include improvisation in the lessons in order to put scales/arpeggios into some sort of musical/creative context. I encourage composition and experimentation when practicing. I am a detail-oriented teacher and I don't like to let "things slide." I believe that cello technique (or any instrument) serves the purpose of the music; it is not a separate entity. I am very patient with students; music is not a race. I meet students where they are when they begin to study with me and grow from there. I utilize ideas from several methods and have created my own flexible system for how I teach. I encourage improvisation and creative thinking.
I believe that the relationship between teacher and student is a symbiotic one; I learn so much from my students. Even beginners. :)
Lastly, I would like to add that practicing should not be a chore. It can be fun, and it is a time for discovery, exploration, and creativity.
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult
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- Juventas Ensemble (contemporary music ensemble); Boston, MA (contemporary music) [2008 - Present]
- Harmony Project (private cello teacher); Los Angeles, CA [2004 - 2006]
- Community Arts Partnership at the California Institute of the Arts (chamber music teacher); Valencia, CA [2003 - 2006]
- Seoul Music (private cello teacher); Newhall, CA [2005 - 2006]
- Partch Ensemble (microtonal ensemble); Los Angeles, CA [2005 - Present]
- Brad Dutz Quartet (contemporary/improvisation ensemble); Los Angeles, CA [2005 - Present]
- Graduated, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cello Performance (BFA), California Institute of the Arts 
- Graduated, Master of Music with Distinction in Cello Performance (MM), Longy School of Music 
- Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick [2002 - 2006]
- Terry King [2006 - 2008]
Seminars and Workshops Attended:
- Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, Courmayeur, Italy 
- Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice, New England Conservatory 
- Bowdoin International Music Festival, Bowdoin College 
- Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, AR 
- Outstanding Jazz Soloist - Downbeat magazine 
- NEST-eligible artist - New England Foundation of the Arts 
- Master of Music with Distinction - Longy School of Music 
- Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice, New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) [June, 2008]
- Juventas Ensemble (Boston, MA) [September, 2008]
- Partch Ensemble (Salt Lake City, UT) [October, 2008]
- James Fox - "Descansos Past" 
- Carmen Lundy - "Jazz & the New Songbook: Live at the Madrid" 
- Brad Dutz Quartet - "When Manatees Attack" 
- Brad Dutz Quartet - "Whimsical Excursion Boats" 
- Longy School of Music Scholarship [2006 - 2008]
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