Cello & Piano
I am a classically trained cellist from the Philly area, where my family and I take care of a dairy goat farm with lots of chickens, dogs, cats, birds, goats, horses etc!
I began playing cello at the age of 3. My parents tell me it was because I was absolutely fascinated by the cellists at a summer program my older brother Keoni was attending.
Being in the Philly area, I’ve participated in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization for many years. I was principal chair of PRYSM, PYAO for 2 years, and PYO for 2 years. Currently I am attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for a BM in Cello Performance. I love teaching classical but I can also really teach any style that has to do with playing the cello!
I have been playing the cello now going on 17 years, and teaching it for the last 4! My students have ranged anywhere from elementary school to retired grandparents. My current online studio encompasses 4 countries, and many backgrounds!
My teaching style normally starts out with the first 5 or so books of Suzuki supported by scales, etudes, and technique practice, before transitioning into more traditional methods to develop better reading and rhythm skills.
When did you begin playing Cello, and why?
I began cello at the age of 3. Neither of my parents are musicians, but they started both my brother and I at an early age. They told me it was because I loved the cellos at a summer music festival!
What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I love to play the piano as well. While also slowly teaching myself over the last 7 years or so, I have taken a couple college level courses on it, and would be able to teach beginner level!
What are your personal goals as a musician?
My personal goals as a musician besides building a studio to teach as many people as possible, is to play in an orchestra after grad school!
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
Something you’ll remember forever? Practicing slow is something that clicked with me while playing in a masterclass for Zladomir Fung. The concept of how your technique and sound and posture etc should be while practicing slowly.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
The amount of time behind the cello doesn’t matter nearly as much as the quality. To set goals before you sit down and to focus on those and not get up until you reach those goals no matter the time it took.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument
I was raised completely on the Suzuki method, and because of this my sight reading and rhythm weren’t good. So after studying with Gloria DePasquale, my technique and cello playing had to be broken back down to the ground and built up again which was painful.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
My biggest musical achievement is probably being the only freshman cellist at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for the 2021 school year.
Favorite thing about teaching?
My favorite thing about teaching is when you’re able to find the right way to phrase it to a student, you can see it click, and then reflect in their playing at a higher level.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Never feel pressured to be or play a certain way at any certain time. Give yourself the space to love the instrument for your own personal reasons and nothing else.