Teaching Philosophy

 

I am committed to the success of every student.  That success comes from creating a fair and safe environment were students develop the skills and knowledge to be responsible and questioning citizens.  The ability to be self-teaching is the greatest skill that I can foster.  Learning is, therefore, less about the acquisition of a finite knowledge and more about training the mind to reason and seek knowledge.


Teaching is self-reflective.  While this philosophy never changes, the way in which it is applied evolves in response to the classroom environment and the subject matter.   In teaching a broad diversity of courses, it helps to reflect upon the ways in which this philosophy is applied within each subject area and for each student.


I have enjoyed working with cello students at all levels and have done so for over twenty years.  It is important that students enjoy their studies.  The key is emphasizing fundamentals based on sound physiology.  These will lead to a beautiful sound and an ease in playing that make music fun and exciting for the performer and audience.