Gary Kroll

Gary K.

Medford, OR
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I instill in my students a love for music and for their violin. For beginners I start by getting them comfortable holding their violin. Then they learn basic right and left hand movements concentrating on one hand at a time at first in order to play some simple songs. After that I introduce easy note reading skills always keeping in mind the student's progress.

As my students progress there will be many new techniques to learn in the songs they play. I verbally explain each technique, demonstrate it on my violin, and "send them home" with exercises specifically tailored to help make their playing even more enjoyable. I also send them or their parents an email each week with all their assignments. They really appreciate that.
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About

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Gary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
1997

I instill in my students a love for music and for their violin. For beginners I start by getting them comfortable holding their violin. Then they learn basic right and left hand movements concentrating on one hand at a time at first in order to play some simple songs. After that I introduce easy note reading skills always keeping in mind the student's progress.

As my students progress there will be many new techniques to learn in the songs they play. I verbally explain each technique, demonstrate it on my violin, and "send them home" with exercises specifically tailored to help make their playing even more enjoyable. I also send them or their parents an email each week with all their assignments. They really appreciate that.

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Experience

String Orchestra Conductor
Sep 2005 - Present
Rogue Community College

I rehearse community and student musicians and conduct concerts. Some examples can be found on YouTube.

Worship Team Member, violin
Sep 1999 - Present
Several churches

I play violin extemporaneously.

String Teacher
Aug 2000 - Jun 2004
Medford Public Schools

I taught strings classes in elementary schools, junior high, and high schools (violin, viola, cello, bass).

Minister of Music, full time
Oct 1974 - Jul 1995
Calvary Church Santa Ana, Calafornia

Planned and led worship services. Conducted choirs, arranged music for and conducted orchestras, ensembles and hand bell choirs. Conducted multiple concerts per year.

Minister of Music, full time
Jul 1985 - Jun 1994
First Baptist Church, Medford, Oregon

Planned and led worship services. Conducted choirs. Arranged music for and conducted church orchestras. Performed numerous concerts per year.

Education

MCM (Masters in Church Music)
Jan 1972 - Jun 1974
The Church Music Graduate School SWBTS Fort Worth
BA Music (Violin Performance)
Sep 1969 - Jun 1971
Arizona State University
BA Pastoral Studies and Music
Sep 1965 - Jun 1969
Arizona Bible College

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9 Reviews

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Rayna Sep 13, 2017
· In studio

I took cello lessons from Mr.Kroll for middle school and high school. He was a patient teacher and really helped me advance my skills. I played in YSSO youth orchestra and symphony in high school and he always instructed me on difficult pieces. Highly recommend him as a teacher of violin/cello.

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Sabrina Sep 13, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gary is excellent with children. He is a very talented, patient and encouraging teacher. I highly recommend Gary.

Sally Sep 13, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gary taught by daughter cello from the time she was about 10 years old until she left for college. He is patient and kind and she always liked going to her lesson. She played in the Rogue Valley Youth Orchestra and Symphony and one year in the orchestra at her college. I would definitely recommend Gary as a teacher.

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Anthony Sep 13, 2017
Violin · In home

Gary was always professional and adapted well to teaching an adult. He was very patient with me and was always great at showing me pointers on how to make my playing easier! I would highly recommend him to all students of any age!

Johnny Sep 13, 2017
Violin · In home

Incredible teacher! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn the violin. From beginner, intermediate, to advanced; Gary can teach it all. He works great with young students as well as adults. I took lessons from him for many years and couldn't have been happier with the lessons and training I received. I only stopped because I graduated and went to University. If I could, I would still be taking lessons from him. If you are looking for a great violin teacher, this is your guy!

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Lindy Sep 13, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gary Kroll was recommended to us by a local musician and choir director, for our daughters violin lessons. Gary's passion for music shows through in his enthusiasm and his encouragement toward my daughter.
Gary has been intuitive in his assessment of my daughter's needs and abilities and he has tailored her lessons accordingly. We have been with Gary for about a year, and plan to stick with his instruction. My daughter has progressed so much in her skills since working with Gary!

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Kyle Sep 12, 2017
Violin · In studio

The location is very easy to find. The atmosphere is relaxing and allows for concentration. Gary is a great teacher stylistically and technically. His passion for music and teaching is clear to see and I've learned a lot from him, anything from fun fiddle tunes to the staples of classical music. He is also very understanding about schedule changes and make-up lessons. Overall an excellent teacher who I would recommend to anyone.

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Cameron Sep 12, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gary is an incredible teacher, and a magnificent violinist. He always makes sure his students are comfortable, yet gently pushes them and their abilities so that they may learn and grow their talents. His warm demeanor and vast knowledge and experience makes for the best lessons you could ask for.

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Peter Sep 12, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gary is so good with my kids, I have 3 girls ages 7,9, and 11. My girls love him and are doing really well, his ability to take complex things and put them in kid language is pretty amazing. I've taken guitar from him as well for several years and would not be where I am today without him.

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