Trina has taught violin for over fifteen years as a private teacher and as a teaching artist in New York City public schools, universities and summer programs around the country. She currently teaches out of her home studio in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Violin House. Trina’s teaching approach blends Suzuki violin pedagogy with her background in Music Therapy and proficiency in various styles of music. In classes, she focuses on building a solid foundation emphasizing technique, repertoire, sight reading, ear training, theory and creativity. She believes in a holistic teaching approach and discovering how each student learns and understands music in their own unique way. Creative activities like song writing, improvisation and learning traditional/popular melodies from around the world are wonderful ways to create deeper musical experiences and build independence in today's global world. Yearly recitals give students an opportunity to perform solo and ensemble music in classical and non-classical contexts. Additionally, students get the opportunity to play in community spaces such as Nursing Homes as a way to build meaningful connections to music and give back to local community. 

Trina received her Suzuki teacher training from the School for Strings in NYC where she studied under Alan Lieb and Katie Gerson. She has a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 2002 and has worked as a Music Therapist at Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital and various Geriatric settings with Stroke, Alzheimers and Hospice patients.

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Maya Angelou

Trina’s students performing and creating improvised variations on the theme of the classic 1950’s Bengali film “Pather Panchali” by Satyajit Ray, music composed by Ravi Shankar.