I am a Juilliard-trained violist teaching violin and viola. No matter what your goals are (be it for yourself or for your child) violin lessons provide a solid musical foundation for any future instrument(s) and styles.
Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Fiddle, Viola
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries for Cloyd's Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, leading French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir and Orchestra Festivals. His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
Guitar, Violin, Mandolin, Fiddle
Growing up in the foothills region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Brian played music alongside his cousin Andy and his grandfather Paul Birchfield, better known as “Grampsy.” With Brian on fiddle, Andy on mandolin, and Grampsy on guitar, people knew to call "The Mountain Musicians" if they were in need of some good ole time toe-tappin’ music. Brian developed these musical roots deep in the Appalachian soil and now shares his talents with audiences on some of the most impressive stages a musician could hope to play.
Brian grew up in Marion, North Carolina. Under the guidance of Grampsy, Brian competed at fiddlers conventions throughout the Southeast. He first won the top title in a competition while participating in a contest in Mooresville, North Carolina and went on to earn additional titles of public recognition, including the Fiddler of the Festival at Union Grove and later the three-time Georgia Mountain Fiddle King in Hiawassee.
While Brian gained many well-deserved accolades for his fiddle playing, his musical skills are quite diverse. His training in the Suzuki Violin Method proved to be helpful while performing in the symphony at the Governor's School of North Carolina in 1997. Brian’s improvisational techniques were required when he became the first player of a stringed instrument in the East Carolina University Jazz Ensemble A. In addition to the violin, Brian plays mandolin and acoustic guitar, abilities he demonstrates regularly while on tour.
Brian's continued focus on musical growth throughout his high school and college years led him to a professional music career that started at Dollywood. Spending several years in Pigeon Forge, Brian performed at popular shows such as Country Tonite Theatre and Ole Smokey Hoedown. He also began recording at well-known Big Mama's recording studio, a contribution he continues to make through his own home studio to this day. Big Mama's has been the studio where for over nine years Brian has recorded Chartbuster Karaoke parts. While recording for Chartbuster, the leader in karaoke offerings, Brian has demonstrated further evidence of his ability to play a diverse set of musical genres.
A move to Nashville in 2004 offered new opportunities and within months he was touring with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Billy Dean. The Wrangler Tour with Billy Dean and Craig Morgan gave Brian the chance to perform at fairs and festivals across the country, including a memorable experience in Alaska. This tour also allowed Brian to play his fiddle for audiences of the Grand Ole Opry and share the stage in a duel of fiddles with icon and legend Charlie Daniels.
In 2008, Brian embraced a chance to tour with fellow North Carolinian Matt Stillwell. Brian and Matt took part in the Academy of Country Music Awards and opened for major acts such as Darius Rucker and Alan Jackson. The 2010 year marked the opportunity for Brian to begin touring with country music superstar Travis Tritt. Two years later in 2012 another life-long dream came true when Brian was asked to do some fly-on entertaining work for Carnival Cruise Lines. During his time off the road you may catch Brian on board a ship headed towards the Caymen Islands, Bahamas, or Cozumel Mexico.
The experiences and dedication which have led to, make Brian one of the most helpful and knowledgeable persons able to guide students on their music journey.
Violin, Music Performance
Violinist Caitlin V. a recent graduate from Trevecca Nazarene University has studied the violin for twelve years. Caitlin currently plays in the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra here in Nashville. Caitlin graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. She is currently a licensed K-12 general instrumental/vocal teacher. Caitlin performs with a quartet and also solo violin for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.
I have a degree in Music Performance concentrating on viola. I have trained classically since the age of 11 and have performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles since highschool.
*I am a member of the Nashville Philharmonic Community Orchestra in Nashville.
*I teach both violin/fiddle and viola with the same passion and I love meeting new people.
*Currently I have students of all ages and levels of playing experience and welcome the opportunity to get to know you as well!!
Please contact me to begin your new adventure!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello
Hello! I believe that music is something everyone can do: it can be played alone or in pairs (and trios, quartets,etc). Playing music is extremely rewarding. It's about discovering your potential, and having fun doing it! Having played music for 25 years, and teaching for 12, I have experience as a performer, composer, and producer. I grew up playing cello before switching to guitar, and graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a BA in jazz performance. Most recently, I moved to Nashville where I am currently training to be a Registered Piano Technician.
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