Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Viola
Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.
I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still in high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theatre, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.
I currently sing with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together.
I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.
Piano, Violin, Music Theory, Phonics, Reading
I have led a colorful life encompassing a wide range of life experiences, playing electric and acoustic violin or fiddle in many professional venues before and after arriving in New York City in the mid-80's. I retired as a member of New York City's Local 802, AFL-CIO, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, to move to the borscht belt of the NY countryside with my husband in late 1990. We had a horse farm; that enterprise became a profession of its own during those years. However, upon arriving in Florida in 2004, I returned to playing music, thanks to meeting many wonderful musicians here in SW Florida. My original musical training as child and teen was classical music on piano and violin. My appreciation and love of various styles has broadened out over the years, including a love for Blues, Jazz, Swing and 40's standards, opera, Klezmer and some Country Western (swing!) and Bluegrass here in Florida. In 2005, I assembled a group of professional musicians who had been playing various styles of music including jazz, bluegrass and
classical and created a Klezmer-based group to play for events on the Southwest coast of Florida. KlezMania On The Gulf began performing as a group shortly thereafter and continues to entertain lovers of Klezmer, swing jazz and good American standards.
Piano, Violin, Cello, Fiddle, Viola
My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.
I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.
I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.
My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.
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