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I began studying violin in 1991 when I was 7 years old. I have been under a teacher or orchestra director almost continuously since that time up until the last couple years. More recently, I joined a folk band in Mississippi and performed here and there, once even being requested in Panama City Beach! I began teaching students in 2001 and have taught since then. I have a passion for showing others my love for music and inspiring the same love within them.
I studied music under Mr. Matt Stott in Vero Beach, FL for 3 years and then moved to Miami for college. At FIU, I studied under Mr. Ivan Chan and Ms. Cathy Meng Robinson of the Miami String Quartet.
While at FIU, I studied Biology and Chemistry as a double major for 3 years until I discovered that, while I excelled at the program of study, I didn't want to be a doctor. Not seeing any other palatable jobs in those fields, I went on to get my Bachelors' degree in Psychology within 2 years. I immediately went to Graduate school in Mississippi to study Marriage and Family Therapy. I obtained my Masters' degree and returned to Miami to work part time as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. My husband was deployed with the Army National Guard to the Middle East during my time in Miami. When he returned, he took a job in Pittsburgh. Here in the 'Burgh, I primarily have tutored in the Sciences, but am looking forward to teaching music once again. I enjoy teaching students and bringing the light of music into their lives. I look forward to meeting you and to working with you as you take the journey into the beautiful realms of music.
*** Violin Lesson Details ***
I strongly believe that each student is different and therefore I tailor each students' lesson to their needs and strengths. I am a flexible teacher, willing to teach what you want to learn. I will give you a strong foundation of classical technique and then help you develop your skills so that you can succeed in any genre of music.
I do not have a very strict approach to teaching; I prefer to inspire by encouragement. However, if a parent prefers a more direct and structured approach, I can teach in that way also. Student motivation is very important, so I like to encourage my students by offering them reasons to be motivated. These differ for each student.
I mainly use the Suzuki method of teaching, but I can work in other pieces of music and other approaches that better suit the needs of my students. Within 3 months of studying with me, a committed beginner student can expect to have a functional, practical understanding of how the instrument works and have learned 2 pieces. I like teaching students to play songs right away so that they do not get discouraged or bogged down with theory and not get to experience the thrill of making music themselves.
*** Specialties ***
Foundational Suzuki, contemporary, folk, worship, classical
Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Violin
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. Other teachers at my studio, teach guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, saxophone and flute. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owed my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. Our teachers are experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
I am an instructor who will focus on technique and musicality and make lessons very engaging and fun. I have a Master's Degree in Music from Duquesne University where I served as a concertmaster and a Bachelor's Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University where I was contracted musician with Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
I have been teaching privately since 2003. In 2005 I Was hired as a violin instructor at Southeastern Louisiana Community Music School where I taught for 5 years. After my Graduate studies I accepted a teaching position at Duquesne University City Music Center.
I devise a unique program for each individual student. I do not believe in using the same method for every student because of the differences in the ways students digest the information. I do offer performing opportunities with piano accompaniment as well as master classes to interested students on monthly basis.
I do a lot of demonstrations and use analogies from the realm of physics to describe the violin technique. I do focus on Musicality and musical phrasing.
My performance experience includes:
Numerous performances in orchestras with world-class soloists including: Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Ilya Kaler, Nadja Salerno, Chris Botti, Midori Goto, Evelyn Glennie, and Olga Kern. 2005-Present
Accepted teaching position at Duquesne University City Music Center, 2013
performed solo with orchestra broadcasted by WQED 2012
Awarded full scholarship award at Duquesne university and appointed symphony orchestra concertmaster 2010
Awarded Hans Schneider Excellence in Music Endowed Scholarship, 2008
Winner. Southern Ukraine Music Contest “Tavriia” (Kherson, Ukraine), 2005
Third Prize. All-Ukrainian Music Competition, “Slobozhanskiy Vernissage”, 2004
Awarded Diploma. All-Ukrainian Music Competition, “New Names of Ukraine”, 2000
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."