Alyssa Wu

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BIO

An open and diverse teacher, musician, and lifelong learner, I draw upon my background to shape the approach to each person I teach.  Teaching is a partnership between two learners (as, in many ways, learning is a partnership between two teachers) and is built upon a foundation of respect, patience, and enthusiasm to gain new knowledge.

A performer, teacher, and advocate of arts education and its ability to promote healing and growth, my journey led me to wear multiple hats and has greatly influenced my approach to teaching.  Growing up as a musician in a musical family and becoming a music educator, my primary instrument (the viola) has been the catalyst for many formative and inspiring experiences.  Growing up in Southern New Jersey, I had the privilege of studying with one of the region's greatest and most prolific teachers, Byrnina Socolofsky, whose private teaching studio spanned 70 years.  After attending the Luzerne Music Festival during high school, I fell in love with the Adirondacks and attended Skidmore College as a Filene Music Scholarship recipient.  When I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Music, I went on to spend summers playing in the Hubbard Hall Opera of Cambridge, NY, an arts center supported by the community and Skidmore Alumnae and friends.  My teachers have included Michael Emery (Skidmore College), Nicholas Cords, and Lenuta Ciulei.  I also studied for Masters in Music Performance at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance of Temple University with violist Ana Tsinadze and Che-Hung Chen of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  I am currently performing with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Temple University's Symphony Orchestra, and teaching at Play on Philly, an El-Sistema inspired youth orchestra program. 

In addition to my years of performing, teaching and learning, I have spent 10 years working as a life coach and clinician with both adults and children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disabilities (PDD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  I have done coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis and have served as a Leader for Engagement, addressing the ethical and moral imperative to thoughtfully engage children with behavioral challenges in congruence with autism and PDD diagnosis while working at a renowned crisis intervention center in Southern New Jersey.   

 

Dedicated to teaching in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere, I love helping students of all ages and levels play their best. Whether you are a beginner, improving, or a more advanced musician looking for a different perspective, there are so many ways we can work together to get you to the next level and help you achieve your goals. 

Specialization

We all have different abilities, strengths and “not-so-strong” strengths, that make you and I more suited for certain endeavors than others. Because we have these different abilities, it serves us best to focus on the things we can do and how to do them better. But how do we know we can’t do something? There is dignity in trying! Often this means we will need a lot of support and motivation as we try to do something or improve something that we know is worth the effort, but is challenging. And many times we surprise ourselves. This is what playing a string instrument is all about.

 

For some people, being differently-abled presents in more specific, or all-encompassing ways, and creates greater challenges than it does for others. I invite and encourage folks of all ages, of all abilities, with any different strengths - and perhaps your families and/or caretakers - to reach out if learning a string instrument is part of your goals. In addition to many years of performing, teaching, and learning, I have spent 10 years working as a life coach and clinician with both adults and children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disabilities (PDD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). I have completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis and have served as a Leader for Engagement while working at a renowned crisis intervention center in Southern New Jersey, addressing the ethical and moral imperative to thoughtfully engage children with behavioral challenges coupled with autism and/or PDD diagnosis.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out!

Rates


Student Location

30 minutes - $45

45 minutes - $65

60 minutes - $85


In Studio

30 minutes - $40

45 minutes - $60

60 minutes - $80