Ms. Eva Dines is a cellist and educator. She currently performs throughout New York City and is currently the Orchestra Director at Frank Carey Jr. and Sr. High School.
With the help of a full merit scholarship, Ms. Dines earned her Bachelors Degree in Cello Performance from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music with a minor in Public Relations. In 2018, she completed her Masters of Arts in Music Education and K-12 Initial Certification at Columbia University, Teachers College. Ms. Dines has attended courses by Melissa Kraut on the Pre- Twinkle and Book 1 Suzuki Method and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of Americas, ASTA, NYSSMA and NMEA.
Ms. Dines has studied extensively with Martha Gerschefski, Ross Harabaugh and Guang Wang of the Vega Quartet. She has spent summers studying under Melissa Kraut and performing chamber music at the rigorous Meadowmount School of Music. Additionally, Ms.Dines has attended the NYU Summer Music Intensive where she studied with Marion Feldman and Brevard Summer Music Festival where she studied with Susannah Chapman of the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Dines has preformed in master classes for Brandt Fredriksen, Wesley Baldwin, Andrew Mark, Mihai Tetel and The Ying Wang Beijing Chamber Ensemble.
Ms. Dines has performed with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the South Florida Symphony. She has appeared in concert with artists; Sarah Chang, Dawn Upshaw, Gloria Estafan, Mark O’ Connor, Joshua Bell, Ben Folds, Steep Canyon Rangers, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Berry Manilow, Johannes Moser and Cyrille Aimee. Eva has performed under conductors Leon Fleisher, James Judd, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Matthias Bamert, Ken Lam and Maria Schneider.
Ms. Dines previously taught general music and orchestra in the Port Washington School District. From 2016-2018 Ms. Dines taught at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where she instructed students grades k-8 on group violin lessons ranging from 20-60 students. There, her students performed for Sonia Sotomayor at the Bronx Women’s Bar Association, the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium, and appeared in the Oscar nominated documentary Joe’s Violin. Ms. Dines has also been cello faculty for the International Chamber Orchestra of America, Frost School of Music Outreach Program, Coral Gables Community Arts Program and Atlanta Suzuki Talent Development Program.
In a music classroom, it is important to create a confident student no mater what their level is. If my student feels confident and enjoys playing, they are able to feel inspired to continue and progress. Consistency and repetition in my classroom creates a comfortable environment for my students to grow. When they enter their lesson, students know what to expect, and guiding them through new material can be less of a challenge. By approaching material using multiple methods, I am able to find the best solution for each student as an individual.
The diversity of my students has tremendously influenced the way I teach. It is important to make the material I present in lessons relative to the daily life of my student. I use the interests, experiences and imagination of my students as a way to keep them engaged and making connections throughout the lesson.
In group lessons, I aim to foster positive social interaction. In the music classroom setting, I have witnessed my students watching and learning from each others actions, building from each other’s creativity and taking on different leadership roles all while maintaining a sense of awareness for each other. Music is a social experience, and it is a priority in my teaching to see that positive interactions take place to build and foster a sense of community.