The daughter of two dentists in Honolulu, HI, I began studying the violin at age 3. I learned to play the violin by the Suzuki Method with exceptional teachers who trained with Dr. Suzuki, the originator of the Suzuki Method, in Japan. Dr. Suzuki’s approach to music education mirrors how children learn their first language. As in language, learning to play the violin happens through listening, repetition, and positive reinforcement. Students learn to hear and imitate while they develop a musical ear and physical technique. The Suzuki method relies on small steps of careful learning to develop a strong foundation as a violinist. Along the way, students learn the importance of commitment, hard work, and patience. With the support of my family and the dedication of inspirational teachers, I was afforded a multitude of valuable musical experiences which led me to continue my studies through college and graduate school, earning a B.M. from the New England Conservatory and M.M. from Yale in violin performance.
My area of focus is violin performance. I love working with students who want to express their love of music with an audience, whether that audience is several thousand or the just the grandparents in the living room. I help my students achieve successful performance outcomes by teaching them to be technically proficient and musically expressive. When students have success they become increasingly committed and passionate and are then able to chart their own musical course.
Music is one of the most important things in my life. The ability to play the violin well is a gift that lasts an entire lifetime. Besides the personal satisfaction music performance provides and the joy it gives others, I believe those who appreciate music are more sensitive to people and the world around them. I would like to help you or your child to learn play the violin beautifully.