Hi, there! My name is Brooke and I am excited to work with you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learn to read music, make progress by setting weekly goals, and working on performance skills to build confidence. I am currently available to teach lessons at my retail location and online. Below you can view my teaching policies as well as FAQ about lessons with me and learning violin. I look forward to helping you meet your goals!
My goal is to provide consistent and positive learning opportunities for each student by:
1. Developing a well-balanced lesson plan that benefits the student.
2. Provide performance opportunities. (This may vary for online lessons depending on location.)
3. Encouraging regular practice.
4. Communicating progress with the parent and student.
While I will do everything I can to keep your child motivated, I will need consistent help and support from you. This might be the first serious commitment your child has made, and after four years of teaching I have learned that a child will only be as committed as their parent is when it comes to learning a new instrument. I expect that parents of young students (12 yrs. and under) will be supportive in the following ways:
1. Provide an instrument and any other required books or accessories needed for lessons.
2. Encourage a consistent practice time and acknowledge their efforts.
3. Be on time for your lesson.
4. Communicate any questions or concerns with me.
***Lesson Details and Preparation***
Please be prepared when logging on. Your lesson is time for instruction, not practice. For online lessons I suggest logging on in an environment that is quiet and free from distractions. To make the most out of your lesson time, I suggest logging on to your lesson with your assigned music, completed assignment(s), instrument tuned, a pencil, notebook, and trimmed fingernails. Please be on time when logging on for your lesson.
To start out, I recommend students purchase Essential Elements Volume One for Violin before the first lesson. This book will cover basic note reading, rhythm, form, and more. Then, we will work in whatever you would like to learn as you become more comfortable and confident with the basic fundamentals. Learning the basics is critical to learning the violin, but I want to do everything I can in my power to make your lesson experience fun and memorable!
***FAQ about Lessons***
Q: Can anyone learn the violin?
A: Yes! I have worked with students as young as four years old, and as old as eighty. You are never too young or too old to learn something new!
Q: Where should I purchase my violin from?
A: If you can, I recommend going to a store location and trying a violin out for yourself so you can get a proper fitting. While purchasing a violin online is convenient, it is hard to know for sure what you are purchasing. Some things to make sure of when purchasing a violin are strings that properly fit the violin, a bridge that curves from the lowest to highest string (not the same height for every string) and pegs that stay put when playing. You also want to make sure your violin will be able to stay in tune for the length of a lesson, which is something a music specialist can help you determine at a retail location.
Q: How often should I tune my violin?
A: You should check to make sure your violin is in tune every time you play it. You can purchase a tuner from most music stores or download a tuning app for free. To make the most out of your lesson time, I strongly recommend tuning your instrument before logging on for your lesson. (I go over how to tune the violin in the first lesson.)
Q: How often should I practice?
A: One of the most common questions I am asked as a teacher is how much a student should practice during the week. I recommend that beginning students practice a minimum of 120 minutes (or two hours) a week. This can be divided into 30 minutes a day for four days a week. I have found that these numbers have provided excellent results for students during the first six months of playing.
Teaching since 2014
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Brooke is an incredible teacher! My kids have been getting lessons from her from 2 years, and we absolutely love her! The way she works with her students makes it very apparent that she plans through every lesson carefully, and sets goals for each student individual achievements.Show More
I'm an avid fan of hers and attend the concerts she puts on for her students in winter and spring. She only teaches violin, but she is very knowledgeable of music in general and helped me practice notes and counting on piano. She also taught me how to correctly hold the bow for a cello, when before I thought a cello was just a larger violin.
She raves about her students' progress to me a lot. I find that enthusiasm is contagious and I know her love for teaching positively influences her students--just this year I could hear the improvement many of them made in the months between their winter and spring concerts.
Brooke is an incredible violin player and it's easy to tell how much she loves what she's doing. She is patient, kind, and understanding. Her lessons with my kid have been so helpful, he has learned so much from her, and I am so greatful.
Brooke has been teaching for our store for 3 years both in individual and group lessons. She is not only a very talented violinist but she works extremely well with her students of all ages. I will always recommend her for any violin students.
Brooke S Violin Studio
***About Me*** I have been playing violin since 2008 and have been teaching professionally for almost five years. I specialize in private lessons, duet lessons, small string ensembles, and elementary school orchestra classes. I have played in multiple symphony orchestras in the Pacific Northwest and have studied with multiple violin professors from around the Greater Seattle Area. ***My Teaching Philosophy*** Lessons are individually tailored to the students musical needs and prior playing experience (if applicable.) Beginning students will learn fundamental skills such as rhythm, intonation, posture, and more. Repertoire is selected based upon the students interests (for example: fiddle, classical, etc.) and books on fundamental skills needed to play whatever you select will be recommended to you before your first lesson.
University of Washington
Fluent / Native Proficiency
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