I started music classes at age 5. Although music became my passion and i looked forward to going to my youth orchestra rehearsals and meeting my music friends, I did not imagine music would become my calling in life. When I was in high school and I was trying to decide on a career, someone asked me if I could see myself in 10 years not performing music. I could not bear the idea, and decided to become a professional musician.
I gained a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Florida International University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting from Louisiana State University. In addition I studied at the Canford School in England, the Accademia Chigiana in Italy, and the Pierre Monteux School in Maine. Currently I am a member of the Southwest Michigan Symphony orchestra. I have performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Filarmónica de Boca del Rio, and Miami Symphony, among other orchestras. As part of the Larumbe-Taylor duo I have performed concerts throughout the US, Mexico and New-Zealand.
I believe that through skilled teaching and providing a nurturing environment everyone can learn to play a musical instrument. An important aspect is the student’s desire and enthusiasm! The skills learned in music are translatable to other to other aspects of life. Some of the benefits of learning music include: organization, time management, patience, coordination, development of problem-solving abilities, and providing a way to communicate ideas and feelings.
My teaching methods includes traditional, Suzuki, Milanov, and others based on each students individual needs. An important concern in my teaching is to ensure proper posture and use of the body, and healthy habits to improve playing and prevent injuries.
I am thrilled to be part of Expressions Music Academy. My hope is to share my own passion for music with students and help them embark in a meaningful musical journey.