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Popular Viola Teachers Near Kansas City

Benjamin B.

Greenwood, MO
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Karla N.

Kansas City, MO
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Courtney M.

Smithville, MO
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Benjamin B. Greenwood, MO

About Me

I was 3 years old when I started playing the Violin. Since then, I have played a number of different instruments such as the Piano, Organ, Clarinet, Accordion, and Banjo. When I was 6 I started writing music. Since then it has always been my desire to be a conductor and song writer. I attended a private University (Evangel University in Springfield Missouri) and received my B.A. in Music with a Minor in Musical Composition. While at Evangel, I had the wonderful opportunity to enhance my musicianship through academia and professional experience. As such, I became extremely proficient musical theory and performance. I have also received a B.S. in Kinesiology and the Physical Sciences, which has helped me to realize how important music is in my life today. Music is more than just notes, and all my life experiences up to this point have certainly affirmed such a statement.

*** Lesson Details ***
Well, one of my sayings is €œMusic should be fun!€ And this is certainly true! I like to have fun with my students and I enjoy my students when they are having fun. The excitement that a student has when playing their favorite pop artist, is the same excitement I bring to my lessons. I not only teach my students the €œProper/Common€ things of music, but I also teach my students how to be €œfree€ and learn €œuncommon€ repertoire. I can be laid back at times. I realize that there is a time to focus and a time to play. After awhile, my students will understand how important and prolific music is in their personal life; they will learn to find the joys of music in the world around them. They will not only enjoy the music they listen to, but they will understand it as well. For your convenience, I am now offering online lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room setup for lesson with upright piano. Parking available. Parents can sit in on lessons, and waiting area available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should provide a suitable learning instrument for their mode of interest. Example: clarinet for clarinet lessons, etc. Student is responsible for lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock. I also tutor Health Sciences, and Human Biology courses.

Karla N. Kansas City, MO

About Me

Karla is a self-motivated and proactive music educator with a solid experience in music performance and hands-on experience in developing and implementing music programs. Guiding, developing, and challenging students to achieve their highest levels has been a successful and passionate experience for her. Karla obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2004 from, with an emphasis on Viola from UMKC. She was a Viola performer with the Conservatory Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cantatas, and a string quartet. Her viola teachers have been Dr. Steven Kruse, concert virtuosos Paul Coletti and Scott Lee, and composer Robert Hagenbuch. At the Conservatory she pursued the violin and took lessons from Paul Hatton of the Kansas City Symphony.

Karla also received her Music Educators license in Instrumental Music from William Jewell College in 2005. Instrumental Conducting, Secondary Music Methods, Instrumental Techniques, and Educational Psychology were some of the courses that prepared her to become a more knowledgeable teacher. After completing her student teaching at the Liberty Public School District, she pursued her field experience and prepared for her career as an educator at numerous schools ranging from grades 4 - 12 and college students. Currently, Karla plays 4th chair viola with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and in the past has subbed for the St. Joseph Symphony. She is also the Viola player with Crescendo Trio. They perform 30-35 weddings and corporate events every year. Karla keeps an in-home and downtown studio offering music lessons for children and adults of all ages from beginners to advanced students.

*** Lesson Details ***
The methods I use for teaching primarily depends on the students' style of learning and the level that they are at musically. For beginning students I use a lot of visual and aural techniques and for more advanced students I build on what they already know and challenge them to go further. I am also familiar with the Suzuki method and pop music styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- Home studio with keyboard, 1 violin, 1 viola, music stand, music cabinet, seating for parents, wi-fi
- Downtown studio with 1 viola, music stand, seating for parents, and wi-fi

*** Specialties ***
I use the Essential Elements book for beginners so they can learn to read music. I use Suzuki Books for my student's solos. I also use Wolfhart Books to teach technique and Essentials For Strings Scale Book.

Courtney M. Smithville, MO

About Me

Hello! My name is Courtney M. and I have played the violin for over twenty years. Nearly all of my formal training has been in classical technique, but I also play fiddle music. I have experience tutoring violin, viola, cello, and bass.

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost, I believe violin lessons should be fun. No student is going to want to play the violin if he or she associates it with a nagging and unpleasant teacher. I do stop students from doing things incorrectly so that it does not become a habit or cause injury, but I can do this gently and find things the student enjoys playing so that each lesson is an overall positive experience. We play games and mix up activities so that no lesson or practice session involves working on only one thing for thirty minutes. I do teach students how to practice. I do not track practices or ask students about their practicing unless there is a lack of improvement, and I am more concerned about how many times an exercise is completed rather than the length of time a student dedicates to that exercise. For example, rather than telling a student to set a timer and practice everyday for 30 minutes, I might tell them to practice a scale once a day and a few lines from a concerto four times a day.

*** Specialties ***
Violin/Fiddle, Viola, Cello, Bass

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