I believe learning happens when the learner creates connections between the knowledge and skills they already posses and the new knowledge and skills that are being taught.
This belief comes from the etymological origin of the word "to learn" in Spanish:
I play and teach viola using Karen Tuttle's Coordination system. Based on a healthy physical approach to the instrument and on the premise that musical structures and their relationships of tension and release can be mapped onto the body, my students will learn to express their emotion through music in a way that is organic, personal, and pleasurable. This systematic approach provides the students with a cohesive technical foundation, a method for problem solving that is clear and easy to navigate, and the opportunity to incorporate their emotions into their work.
My approach to teaching each student is also personal. In order to catalyze the connections that make learning happen, I draw from the student's experience outside of their music studies. Physical and emotional experiences as well as concepts from activities as diverse as speaking, singing, other art forms, the social and natural sciences, languages, martial arts, yoga or other activity that fosters body awareness, can become keys to unlock musicality. Elements from any physical, creative, or intellectual outlet that the student has will be incorporated into their lesson to create parallels and find creative and highly personalized ways to realize their artistic goals.
Music making is a holistic experience that encompasses physical, mental, and emotional dimensions. We perform our best when these dimensions are in balance. It is my responsibility to convey the importance of this balance to my students and to help them recognize it so they can foster it beyond our time working together.
Sergio currently serves as teaching assistant to Carol Rodland at The Juilliard School and teaches string ensemble at City College Academy of the Arts in New York as a Morse Teaching Fellow through Juilliard's Community Engagement department.