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REBECCA CHAQOR

Viola, Violin

I believe in an individualized approached to music education. Each child has a unique personality, and with that comes different ways of learning. There is no one way to instruct someone, and that is the beauty of being a teacher. Dr. Sinichi Suzuki believed that given the right environment every child can play music, and that their potential is unlimited. Moreover, my main focus will always be creating a positive and encouraging environment that allows for creative expression. “The best teachers are those who tell you where to look, but do not tell you what to see.” (Trenfor).

Rebecca Chaqor is a violist and violin/viola teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. She is an
avid performer with past concerts at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall,
Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space in New York City and Place des Artes and the Musée de
Beaux Artes in Montreal, Quebec. A cross-genre performer, Rebecca appeared with singer
Dan Zanes at The Brooklyn Academy of Music and has experimented with Jazz,
Improvisation, Klezmer and Folk music at venues such as Williamsburg Music Center,
The Jalopy Theater and Shapeshifter Lab. Her string quartet was featured on an
episode of Selling New York on HGTV. As an orchestral musician she has been on
radio stations such as WQXR. Rebecca currently performs with the Chelsea Symphony
and is a founding member of The Elevate Ensemble, a multi-genre chamber music
collective that focuses on performance in unconventional instrumentations. In addition
to her performance pursuits, Rebecca is a dedicated musicologist with particular
concentration on the socio-political implications of music on world culture.

Rebecca has always been passionate about music education and seeks to inspire the next
generation of young perfomers. She was a 2015 Americorps Fellow, where she taught both
music and science at P.S. 140. Rebecca grew up with The Suzuki Method, so most of her
teaching ideology comes from Suzuki-based principles. The Suzuki Method operates under the
tenet that every child has the ability to learn music when given the right environment. Teachers
should approach instruction with fun, kindness, encouragement and a mother-tongue approach
to music education. Rebecca is currently in her second year of pedagogical training in The
Suzuki Method at The School for Strings under Allen Lieb, and is certified in books 1-4, with
books 5-8 to be completed by Spring 2020. In addition to Brooklyn Music School, Rebecca is on
faculty at the Brooklyn Youth Music Project, a Teaching Artist with the Noel Pointer Foundation
and previously served as a Supplemental Instructor at the Borough of Manhattan Community
College, where she taught violin, musicology and music theory. Rebecca studied viola at The
Juilliard School Pre-College division, as well as McGill University where she received her
Bachelor’s degree with majors in Music, Musicology and Anthropology. In addition to music,
Rebecca has a passion for animals big and small and loves Harry Potter.