Music has been my main activity since I was a teenager. I loved hearing it, playing it, being parts of groups that played it, meeting the people who were also involved in it, and the challenge of getting better—all is which is still true today. Playing and teaching music has always been connected. I can’t teach without also showing that I also play and experience the joys, frustrations, and sometimes fear of not doing as well as I would like.
On the other hand, teaching is another way to share my love of music. Both teaching and performing are activities which do not have a final goal but always a hope that next time the music will be communicated better and the techniques that make that happen will be improved. Whether I am giving a lesson or practicing, I try to drill several important techniques using the most efficient and relaxed methods possible, then apply them to something in the music, and then play something to let go and truly enjoy what comes out. Sometimes I do this in the reverse order because both playing and practicing should never be routine in its content. The routine is the time spent doing these things on a daily basis. If any part of this routine is left out the progress is not as great. I plan my own practicing for maximum efficiency and help my students to do the same with a practice chart and suggested amount of practice on each thing listed.
I draw musical inspiration from many great violinists and chamber music groups and encourage my students as well as myself to do a lot of listening-particularly to live concerts of classical music. In the interest of having as much variety in my style as possible, I also perform on viola, baroque violin and most recently have joined the Latin Jazz group at West Chester. I am also a member of the Classical Music Revolution Group in Delaware, that performs monthly in a restaurant in Wilmington reading though various musical masterpieces with whatever musicians who are there that month to play.
Technically I use ideas from Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Ruggiero Ricci, and Marc Destrube-all of whom have been my teachers at some point in my life. Any master class that I attend gives me new ideas for myself and my students and inspire ideas of my own, which I express with liberate use of analogies and demonstrations.