- it is essential to be not only a cellist, but a complete musician. this is achieved through a comprehensive approach to music, including movement, ear training and theory

- because music and the music market are always changing, the musician should be adaptable and open-minded. it is important to encourage in musicians the freedom to stretch beyond what they know and experiment with the boundaries of their instruments. extended techniques, improvisation and exposure to different genres are introduced early on in training so that they may be considered as essential to music making as other classical disciplines.

- above all things, developing a healthy relationship with music is the number one goal of my studio. i am interested in developing a new generation of life-long music appreciators. the first step on the path towards mastering an instrument is the understanding that music is a vital component of a complete education. 

- the study of secondary instruments is highly encouraged. by learning more than one instrument, connections are made and concepts are solidified. this may include singing while you play to solidify aural connections between what your muscles are doing and what is going on in your brain and ears.