Performing Musician & Teaching Artist
Teaching Artist Philosophy
I believe that the key to living a full and beautiful life comes from learning to listen – to oneself and others, to sound and silence, with ears, body and heart. I believe that the best way to learn is to engage actively, joyfully, and creatively with the subject matter.
My classroom techniques are drawn from Dalcroze Eurhythmics, where experience comes first; analysis, notation, and discussion come later. I look for precision in rhythmic movement and use of the voice. Quick reaction exercises challenge the student and function as diagnostic tool.
The raw materials for exploration are rhythm, body percussion, song, chant, locomotor movement and axial movement. Games are structured so everyone must listen, take turns, share time and space, be leader and follower.
I hope that my students will experience a relationship between silence and stillness. I want them to feel that every sound has a corresponding movement and every movement has a corresponding sound.
The study of music and movement encourages a dynamic encounter between student and materials. It becomes something to participate in, learn a vocabulary for, and express oneself through.