One thing about having Temple alumni on our staff is that we have great connections with talented students, graduates, and teachers. Meet our latest adoption from Temple, Eunice China. Eunice is currently at studying at the Boyer College of Music pursuing a degree in classical violin performance. Having been a long time student of music herself (beginning at age 4), Eunice is a great teacher, intimately familiar with how to navigate the challenges of learning music and those of teaching. She has the versatility to work with very young children as well as adults. Her violin lessons are both stimulating and fun, and Eunice can prepare intermediate to advanced students for college and performance, or introduce new music students to violin.
Here is a bit about Eunice in her own words (from our Teachers Page), along with her interview & a video:
I teach violin lessons. I began my musical studies by the age of four. Since then, I have been consistently following my passion. I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music violin performance at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I study with international award winning violinist, Dr. Vladimir Dyo. In my early career, I was a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, one of the premiere youth orchestras in the tri-state area. I also served as assistant concertmaster in Cheltenham High School Symphony Orchestra and won honorary placements in various competitions and festivals. Currently, I am a member of Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Recently, I have performed within orchestras such as the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, one of America’s premier chamber orchestras. By encouraging the development of foundational techniques, I hope to inspire my students as much as possible. After about three years of teaching violin lessons, I have become more happy and appreciative for the opportunity to serve and benefit the community.
When did you begin playing violin, and why?:
I began my violin studies at the age of four years old, with the generous help of my mother. After a few years of acquaintance with the instrument, I did not plan on ever letting it go.
What are your personal goals as a musician?:
I hope to constantly learn and become a better musician. Despite however many achievements I may earn, I hope to always learn and develop ideas that will lead to improvement. I also hope to inspire both myself and those around me. Whether it is through teaching students, playing in a charity/hospital, or playing in a professional orchestra, I hope to motivate people to happily become their best selves.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?:
Although I have been playing the violin for over seventeen years, there are always new things I learn every day. Within the past 3 years during my experience of Boyer College of Music, I have really learned the quality of “singing” music. After becoming aware of this artistic standpoint, my musical views have broadened greatly.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) violin teachers?:
As a building is built by one brick at a time, a musician will become successful through careful and thorough practice of each musical idea.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
Understanding that a person must focus on only a certain amount of work at a time. If a man puts each leg and arm in a separate boat on sea, he will become stretched out, not moving forward. Even to this day, I am still learning to narrow my ideas, but to carry out them out to their fulfillments.
What is your biggest musical achievement?:
I have had many admirable achievements throughout my career, and it is hard to choose. But in general, I feel that my greatest achievements are visible after I have put hard work and developed skill into any piece I am working on. Whether I am playing this piece for a wedding, jury, or concert, I feel that having dedicated myself in the music, these moments have been my greatest achievements.
Favorite thing about teaching?:
My favorite thing about teaching violin lessons is the feeling of the student finally understanding. As training wheels are taken off at a certain age, it makes me happy as I slowly let go to see my student being able to perform the technique on their own.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Learning music is a slow process; it requires patience, time, and love. If you endure, you will see that it has been worth it.