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Whether you're 3 or 103, if you're playing viola (or starting to play!) I hope you're EXCITED about it!! Over the years, my students have said that their lessons are/have been their favorite times of each week. I believe learning to play viola should be full of joy, learning, thinking, and feeling. Bring that joy alive for yourself by partnering with me as your musical guide. I bring over 30 years of experience and pure joy to my work, and I'd love to share that with you!
I believe that students can only learn properly in the right atmosphere, with an enthusiastic, motivated instructor. If the experience is not fun the student will not excel in what they do. I believe the students should periodically have a chance to show what they are learning by performing in recitals with others.
Viola is my main instrument and I have played it for nearly 20 years. I received my classical viola degree from UC Berkeley in 2010, with honors. I specialize in technique and various styles of music. While I'm well acquainted with the standard viola repertoire, I say why limit yourself! Learn how to play the music you listen to and enjoy, on top of your traditional approach.
Viola lessons will consist of learning great skill and musicality. Students are expected to always play scales and etudes to help form the foundation of great playing. I also encourage students to play musically, meaning I want them to bring out the emotion of the piece. Beginners will use method books such as Essential Elements and the Suzuki books to learn basic repertoire. I use a traditional approach, so I won't use the Suzuki style of teaching. After I feel the student is improving with these beginning method books I will start to incorporate traditional scale and etude books, along with pieces that pertain to the level they are at.
I teach beginner and intermediate viola students helping them develop their bow technique and intonation.
I want to provide students with the opportunity to do and achieve anything they desire with music and become well-rounded musicians. My goal is to enable students to make music independently and become self-sufficient learners. As a result, students can enjoy music for their own playing and/or choose to become professional musicians.
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