Extension Division

  • Courses Taught

    Solo Piano

    Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music

    Keyboard Class Piano, Harmonization

    Piano Literature and Performance Practice

    Music Theory and Aural Skills

  • Education


    Doctor of Musical Arts,  City University of New York--Graduate Center

    CUNY Five-year Tuition Fellowship

    Piano Studies with Ursula Oppens, Thomas Sauer, Phillip Kawin



    Professional Studies, Post-Master of MusicManhattan School of Music

    Piano Studies with Phillip Kawin



    Master of Music, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

    NYU Steinhardt Music Talent Scholarship                                

    Piano Studies with Artist Faculty Martin Canin, Miyoko Lotto, Jose Ramon Mendez


    Bachelor of Music, University of Northern Colorado   

    Graduated with Summa Cum Laude (2010) and Pi Kappa Lambda (April 2009)

    Piano Studies with Lei Weng


    Bachelor Studies, Tianjin Conservatory of Music  

    Piano Studies with Svetlana Sokolova

  • Awards

    CUNY Five-year Tuition Fellowship. Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2013-2018

    NYU Steinhardt Music Talent Scholarship. New York University, 2010-2012

    MTNA Competition—Colorado Young Artist. First Prize. Denver, Oct 2009

    UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts Music Talent Scholarship. Greeley, 2008-2010

    Thirteenth Hong Kong-Asian Young Artist Competition, Prize Winner of Bach,

    Mozart, and Rachmaninoff Divisions. Hong Kong. Jan 2007

    Third YAMAHA Piano Competition (Tianjin Division), Third Prize. Aug 2002

CANCELLED: Piano Day with Randall Faber


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CANCELLED - Brass Day for precollege students, adult brass players, and music educators

For precollege students and music educators
Alan Baer, coordinator

Piano instructor

Summer Program Policies and Procedures

Welcome to the  Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division!

We wish you a wonderful experience participating in our summer programs.  Please read this document carefully before continuing with the registration process.

  • Associated Programs

    Founding Teacher, The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

    American String Teachers Association

    Suzuki Association of the Americas

  • Education

    Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance Candidate, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, anticipated 2019 (studied with Carmit Zori)

    Master of Music in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 2012,(studied with Laurie Smukler)

    Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 2010 (studied with Isaac Malkin)

    Suzuki Teacher Certification, School for Strings, 2014, (studied with Allen Lieb and Katherine Gerson)


    Starling-DeLay Symposium in Violin Pedagogy, The Juilliard School, 2015 

  • Subjects Taught

    Violin and Suzuki Violin 

    Preferred Age student I prefer to work with: 

    Kindergarten  to second grade, third to fifth grades, sixth to eighth grades, high school, college, adults

    I prefer working with students of the following skill level:

    Beginner (1-2 years of consistent study), Intermediate (3-4 years of consistent study), Advanced (5+ years of consistent study), Professional

  • Awards

    Raphael Bronstein Award for Excellence in Performance and Pedagogy at Manhattan School of Music, 2012 

    Fellow, National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado), 2010

    Suzuki Association of the Americas Scholarship for Long-Term Teacher Training, 2012-13 

    Orchestra Residency, Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia & Academie de Nice (Nice, France), 2011

    Prizewinner, Tuesday Musical Assocation Scholarship Competition, 2007

  • Expertise

    Violin Faculty, Mason Gross Extension Division

    Director, Violin Faculty, The Geneva Conservatory of Music, (New York City), since 2011

    Instructional Coach, The Harmony Program, (New York City)

    Chamber Music Faculty, Angelos Mission Ensemble, (Englewood, NJ)

    Private Violin Instructor, since 2005