Clare Haugen
Universal City, TX
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Clare Haugen

Clare H.

Universal City, TX
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The viola instrument is my specialty. Just the like the Viola flower, the viola instrument has a strong tone quality and beautiful sound. Viola players are known as the "glue" of the orchestra for tying together the soprano sounds of the violins to the deep rich tones of the cellos. Violas are also known as "Super Heroes" in the orchestra because their music can take you all over the symphony in just one small section. Usually, the violas sit right in front of the conductor beating like a heart beat and flying like super heroes across the orchestral composition, where ever their parts take them, viola players will conquer! Viva La Viola!

About Clare H.

*******I have Available Times for online classes**************

My training started when I was very young, age 7, with piano lessons. Since then, I have been playing music my whole life, and I love it! I received my Bachelor's in Music Performance 2001, and I received my Master's in Music Education in 2018. I am currently looking for students for my private studio for ages 5 - 75, violin, viola, cello, and beginner piano!

I take very young students, ages 5 -7, on violin only, and I would love to get more of the little ones interested in music! Lessons are a great "mommy and me time", a great way to spend time with your child! I have found lots of success with this age group, by using a curriculum that I have developed based on the Suzuki and Pascale method for kinder violin. Although I am not Suzuki certified, I use concepts and materials taken from the master teacher, Suzuki as well as Guillamian technique developed for your children through the Pascale Method. From studying his philosophy and principals through research, I have found Suzuki's method to be a very holistic and "easy-to-understand" for young ages.

For adult students, I have found success teaching a curriculum that just lets you play music and develop a love for your instrument. I mainly teach adults using lots of music from pop tunes, holiday music, fiddle and Americana music. My curriculum for adults is more about making music and less about playing scales and etudes, although focus on technique is integrated within the type of music books we use.

I also teach high school, middle school and elementary school students, all instruments, violin, viola, and cello, with a classic approach.
Students excel at a very high level with training in scales, etudes, standard repertoire, and school orchestra music. This group will be asked to study music with the intention of performing at 2 recitals per year, as well as attendance at their school orchestra programs, solo and ensemble competition, and Texas UIL events. Please inquire about training for this age group in person.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner lessons are great fun! Watch how the instrument turns into clay that molds to your hand, your musical talent. I love to see the amazement in the student when they realize playing a musical instrument is not as difficult as it may look. Each subsequent lesson is a building process, building upon the foundation from the previous lesson. It is imperative that students practice! Practice whenever you get a chance, even a little bit goes a long way. Pick up the violin for ten minutes while you wait for the meal to cook in the evening or waiting for the laundry to finish. Then, find some time to sit quietly in a comfortable space and focus just on the tone and quality of your playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio.

*** Specialties ***
There is a winter recital and a spring recital held each year to teach performing technique and showcasing talent. This is always great fun and very rewarding! Performing is a learned skill and every opportunity is provided to teach performing with success!
Plus, I'm really excited about my adult students, who are "up and coming" artists! I offer an adult ensemble for those who want to play for the sake of playing a musical instrument with others! Please inquire about the adult group, even if you have just a little bit of interest in learning the fantastic violin, viola, cello, or piano! Go for it! It is great fun!


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Thank you so much for directing us to such a fabulous music teacher. Professional yet friendly, Clare has the ability to make the perfect connection with her students, guiding them in a fun and exciting way to reach further advancement in their musical endeavors. It is extremely refreshing to associate with someone of Clare's caliber, and knowledge, and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking to begin or continue development of their musical potential. J. Watson, Windcrest, TX

Posted Jul 29, 2016
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Thorough and clear instruction. Excellent teacher! Five Stars!

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Tracy fletcher F.
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Clare is a wonderful music teacher- She has a tremendous amount of patience, especially when working with beginners, such as my son. Her technique on teaching the violin is stellar- I would reccommend Clare to anyone who has an interest in playing violin-

Posted Nov 23, 2015
Michael C.
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If you're someone who is new to music and looking for the right teacher, give Clare a call.

I've recently had the pleasure of taking violin lessons with Clare for eight months. I am an adult violin student and before I took lessons from Clare I had virtually zero previous musical training. Clare was the perfect teacher for me. She kept me interested and motivated to learn. Her lessons were well thought-out, well taught and, just as importantly, they were just plain fun. Because of Clare I feel like I have an excellent foundation from which to continue my learning. If I wasn't moving away because of a new job I would definitely still be taking lessons from her.

As an adult, I was kind of nervous to start learning a musical instrument, especially one as tricky as the violin. Clare helped me immensely. She's a wonderful teacher.

Posted Aug 5, 2014

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Master's in Music Education
Jun 2018 - Jun 2018

Texas Tech University

Bachelor's in Music Performance
Dec 2002 - Dec 2002



Standard Texas Teacher's Certification
Dec 2017


All Level Music PK - 12


UTSA Concerto Competition 1st Place Winner
Jan 2000



American String Teachers Association
Feb 2018
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
Texas Private School Music Educator's Association
Feb 2018
The Texas Private School Music Educators Association, founded in 1992, is an organization of over 200 private school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TPSMEA is comprised of four divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, and Elementary.
Amateur Chamber Music Players
Feb 2011
ACMP — The Chamber Music Network is a non-profit organization that facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities, from beginners to professionals. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1947, ACMP, originally the Amateur Chamber Music Players, was the idea of Leonard Strauss, an American businessman whose work frequently included travel. Tired of practicing alone in hotel rooms, he dreamed of a network of musicians who could contact each other for chamber music sessions while at home or “on the road.”
Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 2002
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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