A Letter from Ariana

"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music form the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart." - Dr. Shinichi Suzuki 

I care deeply, not only about the music, but about my students and their well-being and development. Dr. Suzuki's words resonate with the core of my teaching philosophy. I have the privilege of working closely with children and parents for many years (often from elementary school through high school!) and I often become your child's mentor and your family friend.

I firmly believe that learning an instrument is not only a great creative outlet to be enjoyed for many years to come, but the learning experience itself is key to becoming a well-rounded and kind individual. As a professional violinist with comprehensive training to teach everyone (from young beginners to very advanced students) I offer a unique opportunity: Students under my tutelage will be given all the tools and skills to be able to perform at a high level (and can go on to becoming professional musicians, if it is their calling) and, in the meantime, they will: 

  1. Learn self-discipline, goal-setting, and commitment

  2. Gain confidence (Especially with public speaking) and patience

  3. Practice compassion for themselves and others

  4. Improve reading skills, memory, and fine motor skills 

  5. Improve reading skills, increasing vocabulary and language ability

  6. Develop listening skills, aural awareness, abstract thinking and imagination

  7. Increase memory skills, building focus, concentration, and attention span

  8. Introduce students to culture and music from all around the globe

  9. Make friends and learn to work as a team 

In order to receive all the benefits of my teaching and music lessons, students are expected to practice a minimum of 5 days per week. Practice expectations will be detailed before the start of lessons and I will always provide a practice plan to help students make the most of their time. 

Since I develop such a close relationship with all of my students and families, it is important to make sure we get to know one other to ensure that we are a good match. All prospective students are invited to interview and audition prior to enrollment.  

Credentials & Performance Bio

 

Ariana received her Master of Music in Violin Performance w/ Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis from The Hartt School, which included intensive, long-term teacher training in the Suzuki method at one of the nation’s pre-eminent programs for Suzuki pedagogy.  This concentrated two-year program includes in-depth study of the repertoire in Volumes 1-8 of the Suzuki Violin School. There, Ariana completed over 80 hours of lesson observation, a teaching mentorship with a Hartt Suzuki faculty member, and a lecture recital presenting pedagogical concepts with the Suzuki philosophy throughout the repertoire. Trained under such world renowned pedagogical notables as Teri Einfeldt (Chair, Suzuki Association of America), Ed Kreitman (Noted author of Teaching from the Balance Point and Teaching with an Open Heart), and Michelle Higa George, Ariana is certified for Suzuki Violin volumes 1-8. 

      With a great passion for performance, Ariana is an avid freelancer who performs on many of Connecticut's premiere concert stages, including that of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, New Britain Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, CT Philharmonic, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and Hartford Opera Theater.