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Music Theory, Viola, Violin
*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in the Education Building of a Church that has individual classrooms, where lessons will be held, all of which are off a common area where parents can wait during the lesson.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my instrument and a music stand for myself, and I assume the student will have their own as well. There are specific collections of songs and exercises that the student should be ready to purchase based on their level of playing and will be determined after our initial lesson. Students will want to continue to invest in other collections as they progress and I will occasionally provide additional materials as appropriate.
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I have a Bachelor of Music Education and taught middle school strings in the Houston area public schools. I utilize methods of Kodaly (certified Level I) in creating a holistic approach to teaching music and use the songs and progression of the Suzuki School for beginners. I incorporate ear-training, music theory, and music history into learning about music in addition to the mechanics of playing a string instrument. My ultimate goal is to help each student become their own teacher!
I am more than happy to explore ways in which students with special needs can engage music through listening, reading, writing, singing and even playing an instrument...let's talk!!
I'd like to start off by stating that I am above all a passionate musician, who loves to share this passion with everyone and anyone. I do this by teaching and performing the Violin. My first goal in being a teacher is to make you enthusiastic and passionate about music to make learning the Violin more enjoyable and therefore you will learn quickly and become a virtuoso faster. My second goal is to teach you discipline, an important skill in not only Violin practice but also in life in general. Learning a musical instrument can really be beneficial in future work environments and in schooling. Below is my resume if interested. :)
Sarah is a classically trained violinist beginning her schooling at the age of seven where she showed great promise as a performer. She has since studied with Marla Feeney, a graduate from University of Indiana, and Helen Kim a Julliard graduate and a member of the Atlanta Opera and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her teacher family tree includes great teachers such as Nathan Milstein, Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, and Oliver Steiner.
Sarah has played with many groups such as Cobb County Honor Orchestra, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pope High School Mastery Orchestra where she played as Concert Master, and Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra where she is currently principle second violin. She has also premiered as a soloist with the Pope High School Mastery Orchestra playing the Bruch Violin Concerto. Sarah also enjoys playing in quartets where she has performed at multiple weddings.
Sarah now plays with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Michael Alexander where she enjoys experiencing great music, and continuously learning how to become a better musician.
Sarah not only is a prolific performer, but also has a long history of teaching. She has taught multiple children from local middle schools, motivating them to continue their musical education through high school. Most notably, Sarah has taught for two years at a Summer Violin Camp in Lake Charles, Louisiana organized by the Lake Charles Youth Symphony Orchestra and Mcnees University. At this camp she was a main violin instructor, teaching both group and private lessons to students ages 3 to 18. Her unique and enthusiastic teaching gained much praise when she was featured in the local magazine "Jambalaya". Her students at this camp are continuing their music education with passion and plan to join their local youth symphony.
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“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”--Shinichi Suzuki
I have unique and personalized lesson plan based on your unique talents and needs as well as what you would like to do with music. I want to make learning and playing the Violin fun for you, something that will bring happiness for years to come. I have three generalized lesson plans based on skill level that are organized in a fashion to not only be fun but efficient in teaching. My teaching methods are unique in that I use parts of many methods that I have found to work with students and with myself personally. I use technique methods such as Suzuki and Sevcik, scales studies from Carl Flesch and Julliard Scales Method, and etudes from Mazas. By using many methods I am able to set a strong foundation in all areas of Violin playing. Not only will I teach the Violin to you, I will also share my enthusiasm for Violin music. I will teach you the history of composers and the instrument itself, and make CDs of the music that has inspired me to be a Violinist.
My expectations are very high for my students, but I cannot emphasize the importance of patience and understanding in learning music enough, so when I teach you, I promise to never over stress you with work, to never be hurtful or harsh, and to always have faith in your abilities as a musician no matter the obstacles.
And in the words of the great Violinist Itzhak Perlman, "One of the most important elements in teaching is listening." and I plan on teaching by those words.
If interested, below is a general outline for what I will be teaching you, but of course these are subject to change based on what you would like to learn.
Generalized Beginner Lesson Plan: Ear training, reading treble cleft notes, understanding rhythmic notation, basic Violin "how to", violin care, all one octave Major scales in both Legato and Detache bowing styles (Legato meaning a slow beautiful sound and Detache meaning a harsher shorter sound), Suzuki books 1-3.
At this level for younger children I focus a lot on teaching through games and flashcards.
The biggest goal I have for beginner players is to have a good ear, intonation is extremely important to becoming a violinist!
Generalized Intermediate Lesson Plan: Sight reading, shifting into higher positions on the finger board, vibrato ( a term that means to vibrate the note using a rather difficult hand motion that can be difficult at times, vibrato adds to the overall tone and musicality of a note), all Major and natural minor (natural minor meaning a minor scale played exactly as it is stated in a musical key signature) two octave scales played in various rhythmic patterns as well as in various bowing techniques, Suzuki books 4-6, Mazas Etudes Speciales, Sevcik shifting studies
The biggest goal I have for intermediate players is to be able to play naturally, the instrument should become apart of you, it makes the music you create more enjoyable and personal.
Generalized Advanced Lesson Plan: Performing, music theory, all Major, natural minor and melodic minor (melodic minor is a different way of playing a minor scale that involves a more advanced understanding of scales and key signatures) three octave scales in the Julliard Method, Carl Flesch scales studies (focusing on playing scales in different techniques such as arpeggios (a way of playing scales that involves a lot of shifting), thirds (a common harmony that is used in all music, and is present in a lot of Violin music), sixths (another common harmony, that is another way of playing thirds), octaves, and false harmonics (a technique that is difficult, but very interesting that makes a very wispy airy sound and is used in a lot of Violin music), Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin, Sevcik, Mazas, the Concerto repertoi
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand, Piano
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide sheet music (to keep) and stand (not to keep)
I expect students to have and instrument, rosin, shoulder rest, notebook, and folder
*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Unique Teaching Methods Including Suzuki
Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Fiddle, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin
I started studying music when I was 5 on violin. At age of 6 I added piano. At middle school I started learning clarinet and saxophone to enrich my background. A bit later I added guitar. I was taking the most comprehensive classes which included ensembles, chorus, orchestra, band, solfeggio and music theory. I continued my music education at Music College on violin for another 4 years. My family moved to Israel, and I continued my education at Jerusalem Music Academy on violin and guitar, and graduated with Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and Education.
During my carrier I was always actively playing. I worked in symphony and chamber orchestras, concerting with bands, jazz, rock and pop groups. I am advanced player in guitar, violin, bass, piano in many genres and styles. Having perfect pitch, I instantly integrate and play by ear, with fluent improvisation. I have experience in orchestration and composition. I have years of experience in professional music recording as well as live sound. I served as invitational studio player and recorded many music albums.
I am teaching for more than 15 years, both children and adults. I am helping my students to discover the world of music in unique learning environment which we create together. I believe that time together with the teacher should be most comprehensive by growing his/her instrument skills as well as feeding the student with information to promote their intelligence.
I do my best keeping my students interested, encourage home practices and improve proficiency. Every student gets individual attention. I plan my lessons, methodology and repertoire based on background and skills, and, of cause, I truly enjoy my students progressing. I have many students staying with me for many years.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Classic Guitar, Recording Station, Studio
*** Travel Equipment ***
Violin, Classic | Electric | Acustic Guitars, Computer & Recording Station
*** Specialties ***
Violin, Classic Guitar, Viola, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Baroque Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Cello, Celtic Flute, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Flugelhorn, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Hand Drums, Jazz Voice, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Xylophone
I teach all of the band instruments, orchestral strings, piano/keyboard, guitar, voice and drum set. I specialize in teaching performing skills in jazz and contemporary music which allows many of my students to eventually perform professionally.
Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin
In my lessons I emphasize both technical skill and musical creativity. I use the Russian Method to instill my students with good technique and tone and I make sure that my students are confident on their scales and etudes. I try to chose pieces for my students that encourage artistic expression and I aim to help my students develop their own musical creativity.
I teach and perform on the violin, viola, and cello. I was a principal in the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal in the Kendall Youth Symphony Orchestra, and an assistant principal in the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. Currently I play violin in the Georgia State University Orchestra, perform composer's new works in the Atlanta area, play violin in contemporary worship bands, and I am also a sectional coach for Couch Middle School. I am completing my Bachelors degree in Music Education at Georgia State University and I hope to soon teach orchestra in the public school system.
Business, Viola, Violin
Education Experience: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Viola Performance Certification), Berklee College of Music (undergraduate studies, scholarship student), University of Virginia (BA in Music, scholarship student), Belmont University (graduate studies, TA and scholarship student), Suzuki Training (Every Child Can, Violin Book 1)
Performance Experience: Ms. C. has performed extensively since turning pro at the age of 15. Her performance experience includes studio, orchestral, and chamber music; she’s performed and studied with artists such as Roy “Futureman” Wooten (drummer for Bela Fleck and The Flecktones), Tracy Silverman (Grammy-winner, Turtle Island String Quartet, Eclectica), Jean-Luc Ponty (Grammy nominee, Chick Corea), and Matt Glaser (Ken Burns’ The Civil War).
Education Experience: With well over a decade spent as a full time music teacher, performer, and music business entrepreneur in cities such as Boston, New York, and Nashville, Ms. C. has developed a teaching style that mixes classical, jazz, modern, and popular music to build a program tailored to each student. She specializes in beginners of all ages and believes that music studies should encompass all genres, with an emphasis on building classical music fundamentals and developing a unique personal style.
"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."