Joycelyn Choo, Violinist | Teacher

Teaching Philosophy

While I love performing, my true passion lies in teaching the violin. Although I teach students of almost all ages, I specifically love teaching young children. In my past experience with teaching children, I have had the privilege of seeing their simple joy and eagerness. I believe that children can best thrive and learn if their learning styles are catered to and if they are loved.

My greatest goal as a teacher is to love my students. Originally, Suzuki initiated his violin teaching program not for the purposes of raising musical prodigies (which incidentally ended up happening) but for the purposes of nurturing children into noble souls who eagerly engaged in the pursuit of goodness, beauty, and truth. I believe that since goodness, beauty, and truth are inherent in music, it has the potential to transform someone’s life. However, without the catalyst of love, music can be rendered to a mere means of selfish gain. I believe that it is through the unconditional love that parents and teachers offer their kids/students, regardless of their skill, that the students begin to explore the beauty of music.

To find out more about my teaching philosophy, please listen to my lecture that I gave at Biola University entitled "What is my Role as a Music Teacher?"

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