Children are capable of incredible things. They learn to walk and talk simply by observing the people around them mixed with a lot of trial and error. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki applied this knowledge to music education in the 1940's and launched a new approach to early childhood education.
I have spent the past 12 years exploring music development in young children, inspired by the work of Dr. Suzuki. In 2009, I completed a long-term training program in Talent Education at the School for Strings in NYC with Pamela Devenport. I've continued training with Tanya Carey, Sally Gross, Carey Beth Hockett, Rick Mooney and Carey Chenney since finishing my long term training. In February, 2020, I was recognized as a Teacher Trainer candidate by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
In addition, I am in demand as a Music Together Instructor, leading classes for Mixed Ages, Babies, Big Kids and Pre-Schools. I was awarded Music Together Certification Level II status, "having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education". The award was granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Found/Director.
Lessons are engaging and fun, tailored to the needs of each individual. For more information about the schools I teach through please click on the links below, and for private instruction feel free to contact me directly.
Ithaca Talent Education
929 Danby Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Music Together of Ithaca
Zachary is available for:
Cello Master classes
Chamber Music Coaching
Summer Music Camps