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*** 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.
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.
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 have been teaching students on a regular basis since receiving my Violin Performance Degree in 2008, but have taught several students on and off for over 20 years. I also play in a local symphony.
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 years there. I have also studied some piano and music theory and am able to provide music theory lessons for those preparing for taking music courses at a college level or simply wanting to learn more about music.
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."