The best teachers are continually practicing, playing, and improving their education. Because of this I continue to take lessons, perform regularly, and make teacher training a regular part of my calendar year.

Suzuki Teacher Training

In Suzuki Teacher Training you learn not only what techniques need to be taught, but also how to present them in many different ways, ensuring you can teach them clearly and effectively. You begin to understand how what you teach in Book 1 will prepare students properly for the music they will play in Book 4, 10, and beyond.

Within the Suzuki Method there are two different kinds of training: short term and long term. Short term training happens over short and intensive periods of time, focusing on one or two books, taught by highly respected and experienced teachers within the Suzuki network, many of whom studied with Dr. Suzuki in Japan.  Each book requires a certain number of classroom/lecture hours and observation hours (time spent observing other teachers working with students) in order to certify. Long term training is training that occurs with one teacher over an extended period of time in which you receive feedback so that you can incorporate teaching techniques and ideas into your studio immediately.

Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies

The Starling-DeLay Symposium is dedicated to fostering the legacy of the late renowned teacher, Dorothy DeLay. It is held at The Juilliard School biannually and features a world-renowned artist-faculty teaching pedagogy and master classes, along with performance recitals. Teachers/presenters from the past three sessions include: Itzhak Perlman, Glenn Dicterow, Ida Kavafian, Joseph Lin, Brian Lewis, Teri Einfeldt, Ray Iwasumi, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Ryu Goto and the Juilliard String Quartet, Joel Smirnoff, Robert Duke, Don Greene, Monica Huggett, Paul Kantor, Chee-Yun Kim, David Kim, Joan Kwuon, Mimi Zweig, Simon Fischer, and others.

Young Artists audition for the opportunity to work with one of the teachers listed above in a masterclass setting, performing at an incredibly high level in front of 200+ teachers furiously taking notes on teaching techniques and vocabulary, as well as musicality and performance practices. Mornings are spent in lectures discussing topics ranging from the Kreutzer Etudes to the show pieces of Fritz Kreisler to the Repertoire that prepares students for the major concertos.