Learning to play a musical instrument is a skill that has been proven to improve brain activity. It is one of the only activities to engage both sides of the brain. Students who learn a musical instrument show improvement in their ability to pay attention and understand what is being taught in their academic classes. Most students retain this advantage even if they do not continue to play into adulthood.
Music is fun! It also can express your feelings in ways words cannot. I don't just teach you how to play your instrument, I will teach you to have a love for your music, and from that, you will find that it is a lot of fun! After all, you do "play" your instrument!
In addition to the violin, viola and theory lessons described below, I am also available to coach ensembles. Any combination of string instruments you are working with, I will work with your group to improve your cohesiveness and your musical style.
After leaving Gitter Picker I began teaching most of my lessons at Dodge Intermediate School in Twinsburg. I now teach from my home. Most of my students are in Twinsburg Schools and members of the orchestra. I have had many students perform at the OMEA Solo/Ensemble Adjudicated Event at the High School and Middle School levels. My students consistently receive Excellent and Superior ratings. Beginning in 2017, I will have my students perform in a recital in June so that they may have the chance to show what they have accomplished during a the year.
I taught orchestra to students in grades 6-8. My students competed at the OMEA Solo/Ensemble Adjudicated Event where they received Excellent and Superior Ratings.
I taught 1st and 2nd year strings to 4th and 5th grade students at 2 elementary schools. I also assisted at Claggett Middle School 3 days each week.
I taught students in violin and viola. Students performed at various "open mic" nights put on by Gitter Picker.
I taught beginning strings to 4th grade students.
I taught a variety of students in violin, viola and cello. Students performed at a recital each year.
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.