Educational Reflections
I enjoy many different aspects of my musical education, and have a difficult time defining exactly what drives me to pursue it so passionately. Over the course of my life, music has given me many opportunities to enhance my cultural and social knowledge. I have been able to travel, meet people, and learn how to effectively communicate with them through making music. Making music in an orchestra makes me feel confident, in the midst of such a wonderful sound. I also love the introspective demands that my instrument pushes upon me. Being in a room with just my instrument clears my mind and often helps solve issues outside of music, because I am able to relax and come up with whatever solution I may need. I love to help people, and together with my ability as a musician that gives me the opportunity to teach. Teaching allows me to be myself, create a meaningful bond with another person, and share the knowledge I have. I see myself being happy with music for a very long time.

Educational Reflections by a Bassist

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​Vibrato is an important part of expressive playing. It is crucial for students to understand its role and how it should be applied. Vibrato is one of main elements in differentiating the styles of various composers. Good vibrato is comprised of two physical elements that happen concurrently. The first is a longitudinal motion of the arm rotating at the elbow. This motion can be compared to shaking a can. The second element is a rotational motion stemming from the ulna and the radius of your forearm. This motion can be compared to the opening of a doorknob. There are a number of other analogies that can be used to explain these principles.  


As a bassist, shifting is crucial to the technique of the instrument. When a lot of shifting is required, it is crucial to have a clear plan. For me, I believe it is crucial to choose shifting options that support your musical ideas. The most important part of playing is the sound you produce, so it is vital that decision are made with the ease of your bow arm in mind. Generally, the instrument resonates best when planning in lower positions, but as technical challenges arrive, shifting is often necessary to facilitate ease of playing. There has to be a fine balance of the workload between your two hands, and when the challenges are too great in the bow hand, shifting is often a way to elevate the difficult coordination.