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An experienced and certified Suzuki teacher, my students learn to play the violin starting from a solid foundation with emphasis on posture and producing a beautiful tone. In addition to playing the instrument, students can expect to learn reading music, basic theory, music history, and ear training. Learning violin will teach patience, concentration, the value of hard work, coordination, as well as enhancing memory, aural skills, and fine motor control. It was Dr. Suzuki's belief and mine that learning an instrument not only fosters these skills but also helps to foster the hearts and minds of those learning the craft.
I began playing the violin at the age of 7 and have played with the Cleveland Institute of Music Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Women's Orchestra, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and am currently the principal second violinist with the Stow Symphony Orchestra. I believe that students can and should read music, but also believe in the importance of being able to "play by ear." My methods combine the best of Suzuki and Sassmannshaus methods. I have also been active in alternative string styles as a performer and a teacher.
Marilyn primarily teaches using the Suzuki Method and repertoire. She is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach through Suzuki Violin Unit 4.
In addition to fostering a private studio, Marilyn teaches both private lessons, strings class, and advanced ensemble at Birchwood School. During the summer, Marilyn is on faculty at Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia.
I have been learning violin for 17 years. being a famous soloist is my life dream. I have learned a wide violin repertoire and have been to many music festivals and won several competitions. I'd love to share my experience with you and inspire you
Students can expect a very structured progression of lessons to ensure we're improving and moving forward. I am also there to help with any school music, and I enjoy making lessons fun for students by helping them learn their favorite songs.
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