Patti currently holds faculty positions at Western Connecticut State University, and New York University, teaching violin and chamber music. She has also served as visiting faculty at Hunter College's Department of Music, and has taught privately in the New York City area since 2008.
Patti teaches students at all levels of proficiency, and specializes in creating teaching curriculums that are adapted to the level, technical needs, and musical interests of each violin student. Her teaching approach emphasizes mindfulness of the physicality of playing, deliberate and efficient practice, and personal aesthetic fulfillment for each student.
Patti's dissertation research focuses on performers' experiences with live processing electronics. While her research interests are extremely broad, her dissertation research draws from the following categories dabbled in during her doctoral coursework and beyond:
- grounded theory
- contemporary chamber music from the 20 and 21st century
- especially: music for string quartet and electronics
- postmodern philosophy
- music aesthetics
- performance-based research and the performer's role as researcher