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Popular Violin Teachers Near Dallas

Jacklynn T.

Dallas, TX
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Branda T.

Irving, TX
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Damien G.

Lewisville, TX
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Jacklynn T. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Violin

About Me

I believe you can sing! Whether you’re a beginner wanting to find your voice, or a more experienced singer looking to further refine your natural talent, I’ll be there with you every step along the way.

I began singing in choirs in the third grade. In middle school, I had a very enthusiastic and supportive sixth grade choir teacher who encouraged me to see where music would take me. By 2000, I had also taken up the violin with a private teacher. I took my first private voice lesson in 2004, and began to benefit immensely from the personal attention and support that lessons provide.

I later studied at Texas Tech University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. In my time at Tech, I was a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, University Choir, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Ensembles I/II, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, and studied privately under several incredible faculty members. My favorite musical experience in college was singing with the University Choir at Carnegie Hall in May of 2010.

I continue to play violin and currently use my classical training to teach choir, voice, and mariachi violin at a public high school in the Dallas area. When I’m not teaching or performing, I enjoy practicing yoga, riding bikes, spending time with my fiancé, making jewelry, and learning Spanish.

*** Lesson Details ***
Unlike other instruments, the voice is not something you take out of a case and then put away when you’re finished playing it. It is unique to you, and has unlimited potential. Simply put, you don’t know if you can do it until you try. If you’re here, I know you’re ready to discover where your voice wants to take you!

In our lessons, we will begin by building a strong foundation of posture, breath support, tone production, and placement. Once those basic elements are set, there is no limit to what you can achieve! I want to build versatile and well-rounded singers, but I also want you to have the freedom to sing the music you love. You are encouraged to bring any solo or audition pieces you want to prepare, but we can also work on your favorites. We will work to find a balance that works best for your vocal development.

If you choose to study violin with me, it is essential that you have your own instrument to practice with at home. Most beginning violin students rent their instruments at first. In our lessons will work on appropriate playing/bowing technique, music reading skills, and intonation. Repertoire selected will vary based on your experience level and personal goals.

Understand that learning to sing or play an instrument doesn’t happen over night. It may look easy on TV, but the reality is that life is not like an episode of Glee or American Idol. Those performers had to start somewhere, work extremely hard to get to where they are, and continually work to improve and excel in a competitive atmosphere. As your teacher, I will use what I know to help you grow. Whatever your goal(s) are, with positivity and determination, we will strive to reach them together. At the very least, we will build confidence in ourselves as musicians, and trust in the gifts you have to share!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs loft music area w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide the keyboard for use in voice lesson that occurs in my home, an audio/video recording of the lesson if requested, and some initial repertoire to start with. The student would be encouraged to bring any repertoire they are interested in learning. For high school singers I will have access to the All-State pieces after I return from TCDA in late July. Violin students would be expected to bring their own instruments. All students would need to keep a binder with a practice log and lesson notes each week.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained in voice with additional experience singing vocal jazz, pop, and musical theatre styles. I have played the violin for 10 years in orchestral, religious, wedding, mariachi, improvisational settings.

Branda T. Irving, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano, Violin

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students that take in-home lessons should have piano at home.

*** Specialties ***
I play and teach primarily classical music. I do mix in other types of music for variety, such as holiday music in the Fall semester, and movie music and show tunes in the Spring and summer. Most of my students are in the Faber method, but I am also familiar and teach from the Alfred, Hal Leonard, and Bastien methods.

All my piano students do theory exercises. Most of them take the state theory tests. I use Just the Facts and Theory Time for theory, and I also use other supplementary materials for additional practice.

Damien G. Lewisville, TX

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Piano, Saxophone, Violin

About Me

Damien G. received his Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Loyola University New Orleans, his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and is currently working on his DMA at the University of North Texas. As an undergrad at Loyola University, Damien toured as a clarinet soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Vienna. He has been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony , under Eugene Corporan, and the UNT Orchestra, led by Anshel Brusilow. More recently, he has performed at two UNT concerto concerts as a soloist with the UNT chamber orchestra. Damien also has performed with the Contemporary Theater of Dallas along with other freelance activities in the DFW area. His teachers include: Mr. A. Crisanti,Dr. James Gillespie, Dr. John Scott, Steve Cohen, Daryl Coad, and John Reeks.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am mostly laid back, however, I do demand excellence and great tonal projection. For clarinet, I really like Klose's method, however, I use a lot of Rose Etudes, Voxman, etc. For violin, my curriculum would include the Suzuki and Flesch methods.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have a stand and a metronome/tuner

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly in the classical genre....for Violin I like the Suzuki method, though I can teach through any method. I am aware of the freedom of jazz improvisation as well.

Maryellen W.

Fort Worth, TX
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Iva R.

Dallas, TX
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Gaily C.

Allen, TX
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Maryellen W. Fort Worth, TX

Subjects Taught

Violin

About Me

Hello Parents/Students,
Thank you for checking out my profile. I absolutely love playing, performing and teaching violin. My hope is to share this wonderful gift with you! I try to meet students where they are, whether you are a beginner or an advanced student. My goal is to progress you to your full potential in a positive, encouraging atmosphere. I enjoy teaching and I bring a lot of energy to the lesson -- I hope you will too, because together, we will make learning violin a great experience; one I hope you will cherish for a long time.
My approach to teaching is student specific. I know everyone learns differently and at their own pace. My hope is to inspire and challenge you to reach your full potential, while applauding your achievements along the way. I have a great sense of humor and a genuine interest in each student I teach.
To let you know a little about me, I began studying violin at the age of seven, progressing quickly through the Suzuki Method repertoire. I played with Shinichi Suzuki on a concert when he came to Knoxville, Tennessee to celebrate his birthday. I competed at state level, receiving no less than superior ratings and winning best violinist in the state of Tennessee. I went on to take from international professionals, Patricio and Jacinto Cobos of Chile; Alan Lieb, a protégé of Shinichi Suzuki, as he studied with him for years in Japan; the first chair violinist of the Memphis State Symphony, and Melvin Harrison of Texas Christian University.
Harrison encouraged me to become a teacher and I took a few courses at TCU in order to be certified as a Suzuki teacher in 1999.
I opened my home studio and by word of mouth, many schools in the Fort Worth area became interested in having me teach/coordinate violin programs for their fine arts programs. I taught for programs at All Saints Episcopal School, Fort Worth Country Day School, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Texas Elementary School of the Arts, Saintsville Preparatory Academy as well as taught and coordinated the Suzuki Program for Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth. Many of my students have gone on to play in youth orchestras, several placing first chair.
My background involves about thirty years of playing/studying violin, as well as playing in the orchestra at Baylor University and performing at Bass Hall, here in Fort Worth. I am currently recording with a local artist and the album will be available the first of January 2014.
I look forward to working with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
My method is a combination of the Suzuki Method and a more traditional approach. I find the repertoire in Suzuki is excellent for foundation in position and technique, but I like to supplement sight reading by using level appropriate etudes from Wolfhart, scales from Craig Duncan's three octave studies of major, minor, melodic and harmonic, as well as several selections of duets that I find solidifies a student's confidence in playing in harmony with another. I tailor my style of teaching to each student, depending on temperament, level of skill and discipline. I like to meet students where they are and progress them at a challenging pace, consistent with their skill level and potential.
A lesson with me begins with review, warming up on pieces learned or, if the student is a beginner, learning position to facilitate correct finger placement for pitch and doing bow exercises structured to assure bow control. If the student has played before, we concentrate on warming up, but also try to add dynamics, style and musicality to their review piece, as I like them to be challenged even as we are beginning. Next, we would focus on their current piece. We talk about key signature, play the corresponding scale to get our "formula" for playing the piece in correct rhythm and pitch. Then we work on the current piece. The last few minutes I bring etudes into the mix and spend time progressing them in theory and sight reading. Each student must have a notebook to record our lesson notes and keep up with practice throughout the week, as I fix a chart for them to clarify. My lessons are taught in a positive manner, encouraging the student to progress at their own pace, but also challenging them to reach their full potential.
I encourage students to play music from every genre, as many of them want to see the practical application in their lives. We can rock out to the Beatles, Bonjovi or Taylor Swift, while also learning the technique in Bach, Mozart and Mendelsohn.
I prefer to teach lessons weekly (meaning having a lesson once a week) and not take students who want to come for one or two lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a beautiful studio with a wonderful bay window. There is room for parents to relax on a comfortable couch and listen to the lesson. I have a piano in the studio, should we need accompaniment at any time. I provide a music stand as well. For some of the pop music, I provide an amplifier and a microphone that attaches to the violin.

*** Specialties ***
I teach a combination of traditional/Suzuki, incorporating three octave scales and exercises, etudes, repertoire from the Suzuki Method, while teaching the importance of position, technique, musicality, center pitch and performance.

Iva R. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Iva R., originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician USA, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Bulgaria. She has taken master classes with Marta Katz, Wolfgang Klos, Avri Levitan, Erika Eckert, Sasha Zemtzov, Dina Schneidermann, Samuel Rhodes, Gertrud Weinmeister, Daniela Ivanova, Mario Seryakov, Hugo Wolf Quartet, Cavani Quartet and others . Ms. R. was a participant in the International Seminar for Baroque music in Blankenburg, Germany, International Music Festival “March Music Days” (Bulgaria), International Chamber Music Festival (USA-Bulgaria), International Summer Academy “Music in the Mountains” (CO,USA)and Brevard Music Center Institute (NC,USA). Iva R. has prizes from “Young Virtuosi Competition”, Bulgaria, “Competition for German and Austrian Music” ( Bourgas) in Chamber music category. She has performed with orchestras such as: Societa Filarmonia Udine (Italy), Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Simfonieta Vidin (Bulgaria), Sinfonieta Pernik (Bulgaria), Shumen Philharmony, “March music days” Festival Orchestra (Bulgaria) and Youth Philharmony Sofia. Iva R. has performed with orchestras and chamber groups in concert tours in USA, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Bulgaria. Iva R. graduated from the National School of Music “Lyubomir Pipkov” in Sofia,Bulgaria in 2007. She continued her studies in the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” until 2009. In 2013 Ms R. earned Bachelor degree in Viola performance from Texas Christian University. Iva R. is currently a student in Southern Methodist University, pursuing Master Degree in Performance. Major teachers include Misha Galaganov, Barabara Sudweeks, Stefan Jilkov and Vladislav Andonov.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a person very dedicated to helping young students to gain and develop their musical skills. I like to approach the working process with each student individually, based on what would help him/her the most. I am flexible with lesson times and am
happy to go along with requests for studying material.

Gaily C. Allen, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Violin

About Me

Degreed professional from Penn State University. I have played acoustic violin 28 years and electric violin 12 years. Currently, I record and perform live violin; I am also the resident violinist on 'The Marcus & Joni Show' on The Daystar Television Network, which reaches millions of viewers daily and globally.

I have experience working with ages 6+. In additional to teaching traditional violin methods, I also train students performance techniques and many modern styles of music

-Classical Training: Vibrato, Shifting, Bowing, Practice Techniques, Phrasing, and more.

-Electric Violin Performance Coach: Techniques and tactics for performing electric violin in all styles of music, including Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, etc.

-Improvisation: Proven methods for playing by ear and creating melodies over variant chord progressions

-Spiritual/Worship: Tap into to the power of playing from your soul. Develop your sensitivity to spirit, phrasing and tone in a way that will literally touch the soul of your listener

Accomplishments Include:
-Soloist on Grammy nominated albums
-Live performance and toured with Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, Eminem
-Studio and session Artist
-Orchestral arrangements

*** Lesson Details ***
MATERIALS & HOMEWORK:
I offer handouts and fun activities depending on the age of student. Please note I may ask parents to invest in scale books, exercise books, and music for the student to study. Estimated cost of music materials is no more than $75 per year.

LESSON LOCALE:
In your home: Please notice the fee is slightly higher to accommodate travel expense and time.

In my studio: I teach from my comfortable town home in Allen, Texas. Parents are more than welcome to attend the lesson and bring along siblings.

PRACTICE EQUIPMENT:
Music stand to hold music
Pencil for notes and markings
Metronome (Cell phone app is okay)
Electronic Tuner (Phone app is okay)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric Violin Pedals: Octave, Delay, Pog, Multi-effects
Axiom 61 Keyboard Controller
Logic 9 (For recording and arranging)
Reason (For beat making)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Jordan Electric Violin
California Blonde Amplifier
BOSS Giga Delay (DD-20)
Electro Harmonix POG
Electro Harmonix 2880 Looper w/Foot Switch
BOSS OC-2 Octaver Pedal
Korg Tuner Pedal
LR Baggs Direct Input Box

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Folk, Hip Hop, Jazz

Violin Lessons in Dallas, TX

Many great musicians got their start in Dallas, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Boz Scaggs, Stephen Stills, Meat Loaf and Edie Brickell. Musical talent has always been present in this city, and now you can join their ranks, no matter what instrument you’re interested in. Looking for Dallas violin lessons, for example? You’ve come to right place!

The violin is a great classical instrument for beginners to learn how to play. Students need to learn how to hold the violin, proper bowing techniques and more in order to master the violin. These skills don’t come naturally, and they surely don't come from years of solitary practice. Students need to learn from skilled professionals in order to learn proper technique.

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