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  • Viola
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  • All Levels

I am a Graduate Student and Viola/Violin Teacher offering online lessons with 10 years experience.

Methodology

Fostering the musical growth of students is my top priority as an educator. I have set it as goal to not only inspire passion, precision and creative expression in them, but also prepare them to become leaders who are equipped and be and asset to the community. In order to achieve these goals, I aim to immediately address the problems that can hinder a student's development and those are the challenges of learning the basics of intonation, pulse, and sound quality. I believe that these factors are supposed to be addressed at the forefront in order to establish a strong foundation on the student's musicianship. After securing these basics of musicianship, the focus of my teaching point towards guiding the student to develop the skill of identifying the composer’s intention, consisting of articulation, phrasing, dynamics, and color. By equipping the student with these skills, they will be able to further express themselves in a deeper level.

I have always believed that the learning process should involve a healthy exchange of ideas between the teacher and student. I envision my studio to be a place wherein every student has the freedom to express themselves. A lesson in the studio should never be a one-way street wherein all information comes from the teacher. Having said this, I will encourage an environment where the student is free to ask questions and pitch in ideas to which I will meticulously guide him through each query he has in mind. By doing so, I can teach the student to think for himself which would be very beneficial whenever he is in the practice room.

Apart from being interactive, I want to be supportive and encouraging in lessons while still showing clear expectations and a high standard. I believe that positive reinforcement works well in teaching. Not only does it build a good teacher and student relationship, but it also affirms the student that he/she is making progress. In order to do this, I must be sensitive to the personality of the student and from there, adjust the way I give my compliments and criticisms. Since all students are unique, this requires the utmost focus that I must expend to fully know the student, something that I have learned to do in all my years of teaching here and abroad.

Last but not least, I encourage my students to look for opportunities to collaborate with artists from other disciplines (e.g. dance, drama) and to share their music with the community around them. These experiences broaden their horizon and enrich them both as musicians and as people. In turn, they help to prepare them to work with people outside of their profession and therefore better adapt to the changing art scene.

All in all, it is my responsibility as a music educator to make sure that my students are going to make good use of the musical tools they acquire through their study to serve the community. It is my hope that they are going to excel both as artists as well as citizens in the future and that the community can benefit from their artistry.

Background

I finished my undergraduate degree in viola performance at the University of the Philippines College of Music with Cum Laude honors and my Master’s degree in Viola Performance at Western Illinois University under the guidance of Dr. Istvan Szabo. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in viola performance at Florida State University under the tutelage of Dr. Pamela Ryan and am the violist of the Eppes String Quartet, the graduate string quartet of the university.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $40/h
Lessons offered by Albert
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Violin
  • Viola
Levels
  • All Levels

Albert's resume

Education______________________________________________________________________________



Doctor of Music in String Performance (Viola) anticipated graduation: May 2021

College of Music Florida State University (FSU)



MM in Viola Performance 2018

Western Illinois University (WIU)



BM in Viola Performance 2009, cum laude

College of Music University of The Philippines





College-level Teaching Experience___________________________________________________________



Viola Teaching Assistant 2018-21

Florida State University College of Music, Tallahassee, FL

Taught individual lessons for undergraduate major and non-major students from freshman to senior

Offered online instruction through Zoom and FaceTime platforms

Successfully prepared students to pass juries

Coordinated with other viola teaching assistants on lesson and coaching schedules

Led viola sectionals for the Campus Orchestra

Classes Taught:

MVS 1213 Applied Music Secondary, Viola

MVS 1413 Applied Music Major, Viola (Classes taught as an assistant to the viola professor)





Pre-Collegiate

Teaching Experience__________________________________________________________



Assistant and Orchestra Teacher 2016-18

Muscatine Highschool, Muscatine, IA

Taught group viola/violin lessons to students of varying levels of playing

Developed curriculum and chose repertoire according to the level of students in each lesson

Led violin and viola sectionals

Gave coaching to chamber ensembles



Violin Teacher and Choral Director 2010-16

Headway School for Giftedness, Quezon City, Philippines

Taught weekly individual violin lessons to middle school students

Taught and conducted the school choir

Gave vocal lessons to middle school students



Violin and Viola Teacher 2009-10

One Stop Music Studio, Quezon City, Philippines

Taught weekly individual lessons to varied age groups



Solo Performances_______________________________________________________________________



Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL



Doctoral Solo Recital, Florida State University November 2020

Capriccio by Henri Vieuxtemps

Suite No. 2 in D minor BVW 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite No. 1 by Max Reger



Doctoral Concerto Jury, Florida State University November 2020

Viola Concerto “Der Schwanendreher” by Paul Hindemith



Doctoral Solo Recital, Florida State University April 2019

Elegie by Henri Vieuxtemps

Suite No.6 in D Major BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for Viola and Piano by Rebecca Clarke



Western Illinois University, Macomb, Il



Talent Show Muscatine Highschool May 2018

Viola Sonata no. 1 by Johannes Brahms



Master’s Solo Recital March 2018

Suite No.6 in D Major BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata No.2 by Johannes Brahms

Viola Concerto by William Turner Walton



ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra



Sundown Serenade Chamber Concert Series Solo Performance 2014

Viola Concerto by William Turner Walton



University of the Philipines College of Music, QC, Philippines



Graduation Solo Recital April 2009



Solo Recital April 2007





Chamber Music Performances______________________________________________________________





Eppes String Quartet (Graduate Quartet-in-residence at Florida State University) (Name changed to Burgin Quartet in September 2020)



Nina Kim and Pedro Maia, violin; Albert Magcalas, viola; Cheuk Yan Leung, Cello - 2018-2020



Performance with Jon Thorne (Faculty of Royal Academy of Music) as part of his FSU residency

March 2020

String Quintet No.2 in G Major Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms



Fall Recital, FSU December 2019

“Voyage” for String Quartet by Ellen Zwilich

Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet by Ellen Zwilich

String Quartet No.3 In B flat Major Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms



Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Birthday Celebration Concert, FSU October 2019

“Voyage” for String Quartet by Ellen Zwilich



Doctoral Chamber Recital, FSU November 2019

Serenade for String Trio in C major op. 10 by Dohnanyi

“Voyage” for String Quartet by Ellen Zwilich

String Quartet No.3 In B flat Major Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms



Spring Recital, FSU May 2019

String Quartet in E minor Op. 44 No. 2 by Mendelssohn

Piano Quintet Op.81b “la creation du monde” by Milhaud

Tango Ballet for String Quartet by Piazzolla



The 19th Biennial Festival of New Music Opening Concert, FSU February 2019

The Infidel (2012) by Alp Durmaz



Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, Tampa, FL December 2018

Works by Borodin and Shostakovich



Fall Recital, FSU December 2018

String Quartet No.2 by Alexander Borodin

String Quartet No.3 by Dimitri Shostakovich



ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra



Sundown Serenade Chamber Concert Series 2015

Passacaglia for Violin and Viola by Johan Halvorsen



Sundown Serenade Chamber Concert Series 2014

Dumbarton Oaks by Igor Stravinsky



Sefyr String Quartet (String quartet founded in Quezon City, Philippines)



Ralph Waldo S. Taylan and Roxanne Guttierez Taylan violin; Giuseppe Andre cello 2013-15



Recital at the Alliance Francaise Manille, Makati Philippines November 2013

String Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op. 51 by Johannes Brahms

String Quartet no. 12 in F Major Op. 73 by Antonin Dvorak





Other Performances at Florida State University



Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Birthday Celebration Concert, FSU October 2019

Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano by Ellen Zwilich



Lara Mitofssky’s Doctoral Chamber Recital, FSU November 2019

Clarinet Quintet for clarinet and string quartet Ellen Zwilich



Luke Selker’s Master’s Recital, FSU January 2019

On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams





Other Performances at Western Illinois University



Western Illinois University Summer Camp Concert, WIU June 2017

String Quartet no. 1 in G minor, Edward Grieg





Orchestral Experience_____________________________________________________________________



Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, GA 2018-2019

Substitute Viola



Panama City Pops, FL 2018-2020

Substitute Viola



Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, FL, 2018-19

Substitute Viola



Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Concert in Carnegie Hall, NY 2017

Substitute Viola



Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, IA 2016-18

Principal Viola 2017-18



Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Il 2016-18

Substitute Viola



Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, Il 2016-18

Substitute Viola



National Orchestra Festival, Philippines 2014

Assistant Principal Viola



ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippines 2012-15

Section Viola (2012-15)



Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra, Idyllwild, CA 2010

Principal Viola



FilharmoniKa Orchestra Philippines, Philippines 2010-12

Section Viola



Manila Symphony Orchestra, Philippines 2009

Section Viola



Metro Manila Community Orchestra, Philippines 2007-09

Section Viola (2007-09)



Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra, Bangkok, Thailand 2005-07

Section Viola

Associate Principal Viola 2007



University of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra, Philippines 2004-09

Principal Viola 2007-08





Awards & Honors________________________________________________________________________



Noles in NY Carnegie Hall Recital Competition 2020

Proposal Winner with a recital at Carnegie Hall scheduled in May 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19



Eppes Quartet Award 2018-21

Graduate quartet-in-residence at FSU



Dr. Soriano Scholarship 2005-09

Merit Award



National Music Competition for Young Artists 2008

Cultural Center of the Philippines Collegiate Solo Honorable Mention



National Music Competition for Young Artists 2005

Cultural Center of the Philippines Lower Division College Solo Second Prize Winner





Non-degree Education_____________________________________________________________________



Arianna Music Festival, St. Louis, MO June 2017-18

Idyllwild Music Festival, Idyllwild CA, June 2010

Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Bangkok, Thailand 2005-07





Master Classes___________________________________________________________________________



Solo Master Classes



Csaba Erdelyi, FSU 2019

Erika Ekert, FSU 2019

Laurel Yu, FSU 2018

Joanna Rosalie Mendoza, St. Louis, MO 2017

Andrew Ling, Philippines 2015

Joseph Esmilla, Philippines 2008

Gareth Lubbe, Thailand 2006

Christoph Wyneken, Thailand 2005-06

Andrew Filmer, Thailand 2005

Maiya Papach, Philippines 2005



Chamber Music Master Classes



Jon Thorne, FSU 2020

Arianna String Quartet, St. Louis, MO 2017-18

Richard Bamping, Philippines 2014

Victor Coo, Philippines 2014





Major Teachers__________________________________________________________________________



Viola Instructors



Dr. Pamela Ryan, Florida State University 2018 - present

Dr. Istvan Szabo, Western Illinois University 2016-18

Rodel Noreli Lorenzo, Private Instruction 2010-16

Edna Marcil Martinez, University of the Philippines College of Music 2004-09



Chamber Music Coaches



Shannon Thomas, Read Gainsford, Florida State University

Gregory Sauer Florida State University

Benjamin Sung, Florida State University

Joanna Rosalie Mendoza University of St. Louis in Missouri

Julia Sakharova University of St. Louis in Missouri

Kurt Baldwin University of St. Louis in Missouri

John Mc Grosso University of St. Louis in Missouri





Administrative Experience_______________________________________________________________



Assistant in Dr. Pamela Ryan’s studio, FSU 2018-present

Facilitated remote recitals

Coordinated the hosting of guest artists

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