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I received a bachelor's in Music at Adrian College in May, 2013. I have been playing violin for many years and have performed with several orchestras including the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. I have also performed for several weddings, benefit events and recitals. On top of performing, I have been teaching lessons for five years and really enjoying working with my students. It is really rewarding for me to see my students improve and work to achieve their goals. Sharing my passion for music, especially violin, is my goal as a tutor and I look forward working with new students!
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I am really easy-going. I try to work with my students to find out what kind of music they enjoy and want to pursue. I also try to consider the goals of each individual student and tend to adjust my teaching style to their goals and aspirations. For the first lesson, I will ask you to bring music you have been working on, or would like to work on, and we will play through some of it. I will also provide music and different piece options for us to work on in the lesson. I like to let the student choose between a few selections before planning on working on a piece for an extended amount of time. My goals are to improve the students skills, reach students individual goals and most importantly: to have FUN and enjoy making music!
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I have plenty of seating (parents are welcome to sit in on lesson), music stand, my own instrument (I cannot provide an instrument for the student, but I can advice where you can find one), keyboard (I will sometimes play along with my students), plenty of music
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I mostly train my students classically, but am willing to teach whatever the student is interested in. I use the Suzuki book series as well as the Muller-Rusch series for younger children.
Over 25 years violin teaching experience. I have successfully taught students ages 3 to adult. Anyone can learn to play the violin. Lessons in a comfortable setting, either my house or yours.
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Lessons are taught in my home in a comfortable setting. Parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons and are expected to help their child practice. I teach the Suzuki Method and the Suzuki book and recording are required. I will change details to suit a student, for instance I teach note reading long before a traditional Suzuki teacher would and I will add non-Suzuki materials into lessons if needed.
Elements of the Suzuki Philosophy
- every child (or adult) can learn
- listening and encouragement are essential
- parents are the real teachers, I am the director
- Love. I love each student and teach through my love
- accept where your child is, but challenge them to be better
- constant review and repetition of materials is essential to learning
- compete only with yourself, not your peers or parents
- character is developed as the child gains knowledge and ability
When learning music, your child is taught true self-confidence. They know they truly have achieved a great thing when they learn to play an instrument. The things they learn, such as patience and perseverance, will pour over into all areas of their lives
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Young students are started out on a play violin so they can learn the proper positions before they graduate to their real violin. I will assist parents in finding the right instrument for their child.
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I have never found a child who couldn't learn music. Obviously, some will learn faster than others, but with the right encouragement and help from their parents, any child can learn to play the violin.
Thanks for your interest in taking violin lessons. Since being introduced to the violin in elementary school, I've had a love of the violin and particularly for teaching it. I earned All State Orchestra Awards & competitions while in HighSchool and played Concertmistress for all years. I've attended summer music camps galore including Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen. I travelled throughout Europe with Blue Lake's International Orchestra and also played with their Alumni Orchestra. Since attending Eastern Michigan University & receiving a Bachelors of Science with a teaching curriculum, I've played in community orchestras, string ensembles, and quartets. I've been teaching since 1990 and currently teach both in several studios as well as online.
"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."