Teaching Artist Statement
Teaching is a bridge which two people can use to communicate, learn, and inspire one another. One of the joys of teaching is getting to know each student and his/her unique learning style. I teach from an eclectic choice of repertoire with a balance of technical (scales, exercises, and etudes) and artistic pieces. Music theory and ear training are vital in the development of a young musician and worked on often in lessons. I believe that body awareness and the way we use the body when we play is essential to healthy cello playing.
A passionate teacher, Sassan Haghighi teaches cello and music theory at Boston Symphony Hall’s Project STEP and the Four Strings Academy summer program. He advocates a holistic music education including theory, history, and ear training. Sassan joined the cello faculty of South Shore Conservatory in 2015.
Fresh to the Boston music scene, cellist Sassan Haghighi is quickly establishing himself as a dynamic freelance performer and teacher. Sassan is a member of the Marsh Chapel Collegium and has performed with several Boston ensembles including Symphony by the Sea, Boston Modern Arts Ensemble, Cape Ann Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, and New England Chamber Players. He won first prize at the Music Academy of North Carolina Strings Competition in 2009 and was a member of the 2012 Young Artist Fellowship Program at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Sassan is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Prague Conservatory, and most recently the University of Massachusetts at Amherst under the guidance of cellist, Astrid Schween.