My name is Lucia, and I teach violin. I started studying violin when I was seven years old and haven’t looked back since. I attended Temple University for my Bachelor’s of Music degree in violin performance under Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Growing up in the Washington, DC suburbs, I was a part of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras for many years as well as the Metropolitan Orchestra at Montgomery College. Now I am the associate concertmaster of the South Jersey Pops orchestra as well as participating in chamber groups and other ensembles. I have been teaching violin lessons since 2013, and have found it incredibly rewarding to help others experience how fun and fulfilling making music can be. I strive to be the best musician I can be so that I can pass that joy and passion on to my students.
When did you begin playing Violin, and why?
I started taking lessons at age seven! I thought the violin was the most beautiful instrument, and I remember begging my parents to let me start learning how to play it.
What are your personal goals as a musician?
I would love to become a part of a professional orchestra! It is really exhilarating and special to be one person in a large group coming together to make collectively beautiful sounds.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
I remember when scales and intervals finally started to make sense to me. I never had music theory lessons until college, so a lot of my knowledge up until then I had to piece together for myself. There was one particular violin lesson where my teacher sat me down at the piano and showed me how all major scales have the same intervals.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
My current teacher is always reminding me that it is just as important to FEEL good when you’re playing as it is to sound good. You have a better chance of making a beautiful sound if you are physically comfortable and relaxed.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
I have never been completely satisfied with my vibrato! It’s something I still work on almost every time I practice because it makes all the difference in my playing.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
In 2013 I was selected for a chamber orchestra collaboration with another youth chamber orchestra from Kabul, Afghanistan. We performed a blend of Eastern and Western music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and it was one of the most influential and meaningful experiences of my career.
Favorite thing about teaching?
Helping students reach their personal goals! It’s so exciting when you can see how much someone’s hard work pays off in their playing.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Don’t get discouraged! Some days are more productive than others and it is important to start each practice session with an open mind.