I have been actively and enthusiastically involved in music all my life. I started playing violin 17 years ago. I never would have expected it to take me where I am today. It has guided me to become a confident, respectful, and creatively evolving adult.
I am an active violinist in my community as well as surrounding communities. I am also a 1st place national award-winning composer of the MENC's young composers competition and encourage my students to not just play but to be creative on their instrument, and learn through the process of ear training as well as sight reading. I have been teaching full time for 7 years and LOVE that I am always growing as an instructor as well as watching my students grow!
I teach mostly classical style violin, but do have students who are mainly interested in church music, pop, folk, and fiddle. I love to arrange popular music for my students, and encourage this side of the violin as well as the classics. I have taught ages 4 to 65.
I have played in numerous Symphonies on the west coast Including the Orange County H.S. of the Arts Philharmonic, and the Spokane Honors Symphony. I have been involved in the creating of Composition Clubs, and String Quartets as well as String Trios.I currently play in the Raleigh Civic Chamber Ensemble as well as the Raleigh Civic Symphony. I also founded and play in a String Quartet based out of Cary, NC. I provide entertainment in a string duo called Petals String Duo, we play for many events around the triangle including weddings, church services, company parties, and more.
Aside from playing classical music, I also play in 4 local bands ranging from pop to Americana/bluegrass styles. I perform and arrange string parts with Kaitlin Grady, an accomplished local cellist. I am also heavily involved in the rock/pop/indie music scene in Raleigh, and I frequently provide session work in and out of the studio for local artists. The bands I'm in are Season & Snare, New Reveille, Modern Chorus, and Saints Apollo.
*** Lesson Details ***
Always depending on the student's goals of course, I like to involve personal creativity into my lessons. From figuring out well known tunes, to eventually writing melodies, or at least coming up with the basis and foundation to a piece. I have learned that writing music on your instrument, in conjunction with learning to play the classics, opens up a vast array of musical knowledge and musical creativity. Everything depends upon what the student wants out of their lessons though.
I do enforce weekly homework in the form of scales, warm-ups, etudes, and selected works. All varying upon playing level, and progressing differently from student to student. Recitals are offered at local coffee shops and community churches. The student will have a choice on whether to play solo, with piano accompaniment, guitar accompaniment, or duet music for recitals.
After the first 6 months, the student should be able to comprehend most basic music theory, from note names and where they sit on the fingerboard, to basic scales, time signatures, and basic rhythms in order to effectively sight-read sheet music. The student will have developed a proper bow hold, and will be able to demonstrate a smooth and straight bowing pattern to obtain great tone! Every student grows at a completely different rate, and this is what is expected of the average student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, Keyboard, 3 Violins, Guitar, Various Noise Makers.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Violin, Violin Bag O' Tricks
*** Specialties ***
For my beginning students I use a combination of the Suzuki Method, All for Strings or Essential Elements, and Harvey Whistler's Scales in First Position.
Materials used for advanced students varies.
This instrument holds true to so much that occurs naturally in nature. The science behind the instrument is so fascinating, and I love to teach with that thought in mind!
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