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I've been teaching violin and string instruments for 10 years and my students have gone on to perform at everything from small recitals to with GDYO to as a member of TMEA All-State Orchestra. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to hold the instrument properly and play 1-2 pieces rote (without reading music), and as time goes on you'll be able to read and write simple melodies that you can also play. I specialize in the Suzuki method, typically use Suzuki and Essential Elements books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: mirror, music stand, straws and other teaching tools. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
Violinist, Pianist, Teacher and Conductor
I graduated December 2010 from Texas Tech University. I have my Bachelor of Music with a Teacher’s Certification in the area of strings and orchestral studies. My principle instrument is the violin and studied under Dr. John H. Gilbert as a part of my degree. I continued secondary piano studies and lessons with Dr. Carla D. Cash at Texas Tech University.
In the Fall of 2010, I completed my degree by doing a full time student teaching at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. During my time teaching at Martin HS, the orchestra competed in TMEA String Honor Orchestra, where they placed third in the finals. This is the highest placement in this competition they have received since the mid-1980s. During my time in Arlington, I sat as a ...
All my violin students learn to play by reading music. I do use the Suzuki book, but I do not teach the traditional Suzuki method.
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Students that take in-home lessons should have piano at home.
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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.
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 ...
The following skills and concepts will receive priority in instructional time so that the student can successfully progress to the next level of learning
I. Violin Technique: Students will learn correct posture, violin hold, bow hold. Students will learn all combinations of fingerings in the first position. Students will learn various bow techniques.
II. Pitch and Rhythm: Students will recognize and notate pitches that fall in 1st position. Students will learn various bow techniques
Expression and Structure: Students will learn form in relation to repertoire, dynamics, tempo, phrasing, and musical terms, and symbols.
III. Literature: Students will play literature from a variety of genres, students will perform solos, solos with accompaniments, and duets
IV. Vocabulary: Students will learn basic vocabulary and symbols
I have experience working with ages 6+. In additional to teaching traditional violin methods like Suzuki, I also train students performance techniques and many modern styles of music, like Lindsey Stirling and beyond.
Degreed professional from Penn State University. I have played acoustic violin 28 years and electric violin 12 years. Currently, I am a full time teacher and freelance violinist, performing for events and recording for albums and television.
I am a classically trained violinist. I started lessons at the age of three with the Suzuki method. I later studied in a traditional method. I hold a BA in Music with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology. I studied under Mr. David Taylor, Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during my undergrad.
I recently moved to the Dallas area for grad school. I started studying violin with the Suzuki method at the age of 3. I joined an orchestra program in 8th grade and was admitted into the high school orchestra half way through my first year. I remained in the orchestra for the rest of my high school years. My senior year of high school, I started taking lessons with a teacher who taught traditional violin lessons. I also participated in district and state solo and ensemble festivals. I hold a BA in Music with an Ethnomusicology Emphasis. During my undergraduate studies I studied under Mr. David Taylor, the assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I also learned viola during my undergrad, playing viola in the full orchestra at my school for my junior and senior ...
I am a registered Suzuki teacher, and I teach both private and group lessons.
I teaches ages three and up. If your looking for quality violin lessons by a local violin teacher in Mckinney. My curriculum is based on the Suzuki method which is a wonderful method for learning music. It is just like learning a new language through instant immersion. I am a registered violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I offer both group and private lessons for ages three through adult. Most lessons are done in my home studio but I do offer lessons in your own home depending on the area.
Benefits to learning music with me.
My students get to participate in recitals at least twice a year. I offer weekly private and group lessons, important for encouragement and practice. Training in music appreciation and theory is intuitively absorbed in every lesson.
"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."