I am excited to be able to help you and your child navigate this incredible world of being a musician; I have been surrounded by classical music since I was born, and to have had parents and grandparents that all played string instruments is something that I consider to be an invaluable part of my life.
As a Suzuki studio, I firmly believe that the skills your child is learning while playing the cello echo into every part of their lives: the commitment needed to become adept at a particular skill, the patience needed to overcome challenges, and the constant reinforcement of the idea of a growth mindset.
On a more personal level, joining a Suzuki program also creates stronger bonds between you and your child, since you will be very involved in every aspect of our lessons, and the community that is built from group classes and group class concerts, as well as solo recitals is yet another way for your child to reach out to the wider world. I think that is the most important aspect, especially right now! That sense of community isn't only for your child; I find that the parents also create their own friend group, and reach out to each other for support, and advice!
As a Chicagoan, my wife likes to remind me of this phrase from Daniel Burnham: “Make no little plans...Remember that our children and grandchildren are going to do things that would stagger us”. I have taken that to heart, and would like my studio to embody the ideals that Dr. Suzuki wanted to see: the power of music to transform the world around us. I want our group class concerts to become conduits for community awareness and fund-raising, and any money that we raise would go to helping the local community, and other non-profits that benefit those less fortunate, such as Feeding America. If you have ideas of places that would benefit from our concerts, please feel free to share them with me!
I have been beyond fortunate to study with some of the greatest cellists and music teachers in the country, and I can't wait to share everything I have learned with you, and your children.