- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Females 4 to 75, males 2 to 55 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- March 2014
Autumn is a native of Wisconsin and has played in orchestras across the United States that include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia. In addition, Autumn is an avid solo musician and has placed in such violin competitions as the Virtu Foundation Instrument Scholarship Competition, where she received a one year loan of a 17th century violin, and Schubert Club String Competition.
Ever active, Autumn has also attended and performed in numerous summer festivals that include the Spoleto Festival USA, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Meadowmount Music Festival, and Chautauqua Institution. Autumn's diverse role as a violinist has often allowed her to perform outside of the realms of strictly classical music and perform and collaborate with such artists as Amy Grant, Smokey Robinson, and most recently LeAnn Rimes.
Autumn's musical education includes a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota with Sally O'Reilly, a Masters of Music from Southern Methodist University with Jan Mark Sloman, and two additional performance graduate degrees from Lynn University and the University of Denver with violinists Elmar Oliveira and Yumi Whang-Williams.
Autumn has been teaching for over thirteen years and has worked as instructor, coach and mentor. Autumn currently plays with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as Concertmaster of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.
*** Lesson Details ***
I have worked with students ages two through adults. I teach a mixture of Traditional and Suzuki Methods. I also integrate training in sight reading, ear training, and music theory.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, metronome.
*** Specialties ***
Over thirteen years in violin instruction. Students have placed in state competitions and won chairs as concertmaster in state youth orchestras.
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I am so honored to have a great teacher with such excellent skills. I have been with Autumn now for 4 years and I love learning to play the violin with her on my side. I would recommend her to all potential students
Autumn is an amazing teacher that can successfully relate to all age groups and nurture their musical education accordingly. My daughter has been taking lessons from Autumn for years and has developed beautifully during this time. Autumn also incorporates performance while teaching so that skill is also learned along with playing. We have really enjoyed Autumn as a teacher and are thankful we found her!+ Read More
Very professional and detail-oriented. Learned really a lot about violin over the past several years from her. Would definitely recommend to other students who would like to explore the violin world.
As parents, we can start seeing significant progress and improvement of sound quality! Autumn is working on correcting techniques.
I was honored to have her as a violin teacher, I learned a lot in a short time at each and every lesson. She is very patient and helpful no matter what skill level you are. You will be excited at your own progress with her as a teacher! Thanks, Autumn!
Amazing teacher! I feel privileged to learn from her.
Very awesome and personable teacher! I have learned so much with her, Highly recommended! She was constantly working with my crazy schedule.
Autumn is very supportive an a great teacher she has a gift that is hard to find in most instructors.
Autumn is an excellent teacher! As I am over 50 it is more of a challenge to learn something new, but she is patient and her knowledge, experience, and ability with the violin is a great asset to her instruction. Her focus on teaching me correct technique is laying a good foundation for me to hopefully master this beautiful instrument.+ Read More
Enjoyed my lesson, and I already improve in 30 minutes
Great first lesson showed up early and Autumn was so accommodating really patient
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Miss Autumn! She is really an inspiring instructor for my two children. They have been working with her for about two years and are so excited each week for their lessons. Highly recommend!
Autumn is very patient. I felt relaxed.
My girls are very excited at Autumn's knowledge and look forward to playing again!
Brandon has thoroughly enjoyed his violin lessons with Autumn - he's learned a lot.
I've been learning violin from Autumn for about a year and a half now. She is incredibly patient, offers encouragement, and is kind in all of my lessons. She isn't afraid to challenge you and never puts limitations on you. Her lessons are always fun and you can rest assured that you will learn the correct technique and sound. She never gives up on you and never shows any frustration! I couldn't have asked for a better or more outstanding teacher! Thank you! :)+ Read More
At 40, violin is the first instrument I have ever learned, having taking lessons for seven months now with Autumn. Her clear instruction provides phenomenal motivation to intensely practice, and excel. I am humbled by her teaching of music theory in her lessons as well. Our orchestra group Autumn established has amazing synergy. As an engineer by trade, I have a deeper feeling of resonance and nature, through violin, thanks to Autumn.+ Read More
I am in my mid-40's and have had experience taking private lessons for various instruments throughout my life. Autumn is the best private music instructor I have had the pleasure of working with, going back to my childhood. She is very knowledgeable and has the experience and education necessary to help make her students successful.
Her methods are challenging yet encouraging. Violin has been the most challenging instrument I have attempted, yet Autumn is able to get concepts and techniques across to help me to progress.
I highly recommend Autumn D. for prospective students that are serious about learning to play the instrument. Her lessons include necessary elements from theory and sight-reading to technique.
Autumn was patient with me on her lessons. I never thought I could do something like this. It seemed complex and extreme, but it ended up being a nice outing for the stress of my day.
Love my lessons
I am eighteen and have been playing the violin for about six years. I used to not like playing all that much and got frustrated with practicing. I started lessons with Autumn about three years ago and now really like playing and practicing. I can now shift and am starting vibrato which is super cool. I am moving to a new state but like my lessons so much I am going to continue lessons online.
My six year old son Ben has been studying with Miss Autumn for about two years and really loves his lessons. Miss Autumn is encouraging, patient, well structured, and inspiring as a teacher. I would recommend lessons with Miss Autumn to anyone looking for an outstanding teacher. Well worth every penny!
Loved the lessons!
I am an adult learner and felt very intimidated about learning the violin at 45. Autumn is very patient, understanding, and encouraging. I have been working with Autumn for about five years and am now able to play in a small adult orchestra and am one of the most advanced in the group thanks to her. Thank you.
My son started working with Ms. Autumn about two years ago. Before he started lessons, he was feeling frustrated and behind other students his age. He is now shifting, using vibrato, and showing so much confidence in his playing. Thank you!