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I hold a Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) in Performance from Western University.
As a member of the first violin section of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS), I have an active performing career. I also enjoy taking part in extensive KWS outreach initiatives, particularly those that involve children.
I have an enduring interest in music education and have attended numerous seminars and workshops, particularly those focussed on the Suzuki Method of teaching the violin.
I am fortunate to teach students who are active and engaged in their music studies, and engaged in the Kitchener-Waterloo music community. They take advantage of the performing opportunities available at the Beckett School at Laurier each year, and many are participants in the KWS youth orchestras and chamber music programs, often in leadership positions or as soloists.
Over the years, a large number of my students have been recipients of Youth Orchestra and/or Kiwanis Music Festival scholarships, and several have gone to the provincial-level of competition in the Kiwanis and Canadian Music Competitions. My students often achieve First Class Honours with Distinction (mark over 90%) on their Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations. A few have won the Silver medal, which is awarded to the student with the highest violin mark in Ontario.
I believe that learning to play an instrument expressively and with a high degree of skill focuses the mind and enriches a life. This belief this drives everything that I do in my teaching.
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