My mom plays violin, my dad plays guitar, and they were worship leaders at our old church, so I was surrounded by music from day one! My mom started teaching me violin when I was five and it took a few years before I really enjoyed playing the violin. I then joined an orchestra, which really helped me realize just how much I love music! I started teaching when I was fourteen.
What is your favorite style of music to play/ What is your primary instrument?
My favorite style of music to play is undoubtedly classical music; however, I do love Celtic and Texas fiddle almost as much! My primary instrument is the violin, although I have dabbled in a few others.
Who is your favorite composer/musician?
This is quite an unfair question! My favorite composer is probably Mozart, but so many musicians create beautiful music; it is hard to choose! Some of my favorite modern-day artists are April Verch, The Wailin’ Jennys, and too many others to name.
What inspired you to teach/what do you enjoy about teaching?
My mom is a violin teacher, so I have been watching her teach my whole life. It just became a matter of course that I would be a violin teacher too, one day! There are so many things I love about teaching. I am the oldest of five children and so I absolutely adore kids of all ages!! Getting to spend time with kids, teaching them what I love to do, is one of the highlights of my week! I also love teaching because when I teach something, I understand it in a deeper way than I ever did before, which makes me more in awe of God’s amazing design. I hope my students realize His great design through what I teach them.
How do you motivate students to practice?
I will reward students with prizes for practicing for a certain amount of time because practice is so important in music! This is very motivating for younger students especially. I make sure to let the students know just how impressed I am with their progress—it always amazes me when a student can play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” for the first time, no matter how many times I’ve heard that song, and I want them to know that they are doing a fantastic job!
What are some unique things you do to make a positive impact on students’ musical growth?
Once students get to a certain stage, I will help them learn the style of violin which they love, because there are so many (which is just one more amazing thing about the violin—it is so versatile). Maybe a student prefers Texas-style fiddle over violin—if so, that’s what we will work on! For younger students, I like to play lots of games during the lesson. It is more enjoyable for the little guys, but also helps them understand things better!
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
Absolutely anything with flowers—maybe a Cherry Blossom Tree!