Helen McDermott
Denver, CO
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Helen McDermott

Helen M.

Denver, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning an instrument should be fun, and rewarding too! I am empathetic and collaborative in my teaching approach. I have studied different teaching methods, and draw from all of these approaches to develop a program of instruction designed to meet each student’s individual needs. My training includes the Suzuki and O'Connor methods, and I have worked with a number of great artists. I have taught in many situations, including in public schools and at summer camps in Haiti! In addition to teaching, I perform in a string quartet and with the Colorado Symphony and I have degrees from Oberlin and Yale. All that training doesn't mean that I can't be relaxed and down to earth.

About Helen M.

I have been teaching students of various ages for many years, while also performing with The Colorado Symphony and the Highlands Square Ensemble (string quartet).

The process of learning the viola should be enjoyable. The youngest child can enjoy games, and novel ideas to keep them interested in the process of playing and practicing and establishing good habits. As I have seen in my own students, even a beginner can play music that is attractive and satisfying.

Older and more advanced students derive a lot of pleasure from their own progress and abilities, and playing in groups with other musician. I have many insights that help with playing and performing with confidence. I am always striving to help students do their best to play the instrument technically well and musically, while always keeping an eye to enjoyment of the process.

My experience includes: teaching privately to students from age 6 to 66; teaching groups of children in public schools to compose; teaching strings and conducting the string orchestra for the Haiti Youth Orchestra in Mirebalais, Haiti; coaching chamber music.

I teach at my home and offer lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes.


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Helen McDermott
Exceptional Violist, Masterful Teacher

Helen McDermott is an exceptionally talented violist who is also a masterful, empathetic teacher. She brings a truly unique combination of technical virtuosity, pedagogical professionalism, and psychological insight into the music studio. I know this from personal experience because I have greatly benefited from being one of her viola students.
Her vast experience as a professional violist gives her a wealth of technical knowledge, not only about how to play the viola but, more importantly, how to play beautiful music with this instrument. She has studied, and continues to study, different teaching methods, drawing from all of these approaches to develop a program of instruction designed to meet each student’s individual needs. She also connects empathetically with her students, creating an atmosphere of collaboration and mutual respect that alleviates anxiety, thereby allowing genuine learning to take place.
In short, her breadth and depth of expertise, in both musicianship and pedagogy, make her an ideal viola teacher who guides students on their path to realizing their full potential as a violist and as a complete musician.

Posted Dec 6, 2019

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