Devin McGowan

Devin M.

Kalamazoo, MI

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Devin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 6+

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I am a professional violinist and aspiring writer. I graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Musical Arts with a concentration in Creative Writing.

I did not begin taking private lessons on a weekly basis until I was a junior in highschool. In the ten years prior to those lessons, I remained in the beginning-intermediate level. Due to my personal experience, I am especially cognizant of the technical troubles students face and, after studying with many incredible professional musicians, understand how to alleviate them. My instruction matches my personality which is calm, well-mannered, respectful, kind, and empathetic. My approach is practical and I am devoted to the growth of my students in whatever capacity they need.

My teaching style is focusing on the foundation of modern-day violin playing, prioritizing the mechanics of violin sound, to create a robust tone, and ensuring comfortability and confidence in posture and technique. I believe this is achieved through professional instruction and demonstration, but also by selecting repertoire the student will enjoy. Classical “Standard” repertoire will be the norm, but popular songs may be included as well, with the evolving entrepreneurial potentialities of the musicians in mind.

I am a positive, goal-oriented instructor and care for the musical and emotional growth of my students. I prioritize positive affirmations throughout lessons and remind students what they have learned and overcome, emphasizing and praising their progress, no matter how small. I believe private lessons are an opportunity to develop self-confidence in students, setting them up for success in whatever path they choose in life.

My violin students can expect in-depth instruction and demonstration on HOW to practice, ear training, music theory, opportunities to compose and improvise, ensemble training, career advice, and more!

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Violin Performance
Aug 2012 - Jul 2016
Roosevelt University

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Solo Performance for the Nelson Mandela tribute at the Music Hall in Detroit, Michigan (2013)

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Tanya Feb 21, 2018

Devin has mentored and performed for my students at Winans Academy in Detroit on several occasions. In December of 2016 he came to DETROIT and helped to prepare my middle school orchestra students as they prepared for their Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Solo and Ensemble festival. As a result of Devins coaching the students performed very well and were quite successful!! One student he mentored is currently a freshman in high school and is leading his peers. Isaiah Tigney was quite inspired by Devin and sees him as a great role model!

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Molly Feb 15, 2018
Violin · In studio

My daughter (7) wanted to learn violin and Devin was recommended to us. Devin is knowledgeable, patient, and offers practical and fun instruction. He is communicative and accommodating when scheduling lessons.

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