A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Bridgette Y. has been playing the Violin for over twenty years. She was educated in The Atlanta Public Schools system and graduated from North Atlanta High School. During her high school years, she went on a European tour with The Atlanta Public Schools Youth Orchestra, played in the violin section with The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and received a full scholarship for Violin lessons from the Georgia Academy of Music. She went on to Loyola University New Orleans and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in 2002. She was honored to play violin in a full orchestra along with Stevie Wonder in the 2003 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. She is featured as the solo violinist in award-winning rapper, T-Pain’s music video, Drowning again. She earned her masters degree in music education from The Florida State University in 2005. She has played with The Orchestra of St. Andrew Bay in Panama City, Florida; The Albany Symphony Orchestra of Georgia; The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra of Georgia; and The Macon Symphony Orchestra. She also plays Electric Violin with the Neighborhood Jazz Band and The Moonlight Jazz Trio.
As a music educator, Bridgette has taught music lessons since her sophomore year in high school. She has taught Orchestra, General music, and Chorus in New Orleans Public Schools and Fulton County Public Schools. Orchestra in Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County Public Schools, Leon County Schools of Tallahassee, Florida, The Florida State University, The Sakarra Youth Institute, and Stillwaters Youth Sinfonia Orchestra and Dance Company. She currently teaches Orchestra at Camp Creek middle school in College Park, Georgia. She also taught with the music matters after-school elementary orchestra program at Shakerag elementary, Esther Jackson elementary, State Bridge Crossing elementary, Findley Oaks elementary, Creekview elementary and Heards Ferry elementary school. Bridgette enjoys playing and singing Gospel & Inspirational Christian Music at Church and directs her Church orchestra, the instruments of praise at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta. She believes that all students are capable of learning and being successful and that the teacher must guide the student in the right direction. In all things, she is thankful for the gifts that God has blessed her with and it is a blessing to be able to share these gifts with others.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to learn how to fluently read music from a beginning level through a professional level; how to properly produce a quality sound on their instrument; how to properly hold their instrument and care for it; and my students learn how to set goals for themselves for a lifetime of music learning and performance. You will learn how to play your instrument in a nurturing environment. I typically use the Suzuki method for bowed stringed instruments and the Hal Leonard and Mel Bay method for Guitar. The Essential elements method for Trumpet and the Albans conservatory method for Trumpet for more advanced players. The Bastien beginning music theory method and supplemental etudes and solos are taught based on the individual student's needs. After three to six months, a student of mine will know several solo pieces, musical scales and arpeggios and at least one or more etudes.
*** Studio Equipment ***
church: piano teach lessons in choir room, spacious, tables and chairs, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
A music stand, method book and solo book, tuner, and metronome. I expect the student to provide the instrument, invest in the method book and solo books, a pencil, and a notebook. The student should eventually invest in a music stand.
*** Specialties ***
Classical, Gospel, Contemporary, Jazz, and rhythm & blues.
Instrumental and vocal music teaching certificate.