Helen Smit
Fredonia, NY
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Helen Smit

Helen S.

Fredonia, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am a classically trained violinist and violist passionate about helping my violin and viola students develop a love for music and for their instrument by way of a solid technical foundation and efficient practicing skills. Though I am most familiar with the Essential Elements and Suzuki lesson books, I am willing to use a different method book should you have one available. I welcome students with special needs, and am thoroughly versed in the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic violin and viola repertoire.

About Helen S.

Hello! I've loved music since I was young, and am very passionate about helping others learn and enjoy music. I started playing violin in elementary school, loved it, and now am a junior music education major at SUNY Fredonia with an instrumental (strings) concentration. I am a graduate of the Mannes School of Music Senior Preparatory Program, where I studied violin (including orchestra and chamber music), music theory, and ear training. I teach both violin and viola as well as music theory and ear training, and frequently perform on violin at my university and in the community.

I've been volunteering with children ages infant - 12 in church's children's ministry, babysitting, and camp settings since I was in middle school, and began giving extra violin lessons to local, middle school violin students my first year of college. As service learning for my Music for Children with Disabilities class, I taught general music once a week to special education classes at a local BOCES school. I love seeing my student's reactions and progress - it's the best part of my week! Other exciting things I have done at college include my involvement in the National Association for Music Educators and the American String Teacher's Association. In May of 2020, I was elected president of my school's chapter of the American String Teacher's Association.

In addition to music, I also am interested in math. I have a minor in applied mathematics at my university, and was a math tutor in middle school and high school. I can tutor math students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and am excited to work as a math teacher at the Memphis Teacher Residency Camp in summer 2021.

I teach both in-person and online. During the academic year, when I am at college, you can meet me on campus. While I am on break from school, you can meet me at home.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to helping you and yours achieve your goals!

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Lillian
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Helen is very patient and knowledgeable. She pays attention to details (which I love) because then I won't develop bad habits that I will have a hard time correcting later.

Posted Feb 13, 2021
Tori
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Helen is a very responsible young lady. She is patient, and encouraging, and customizes the lessons to fit the student needs and goals. My daughter is really enjoying her lessons.

Posted Jan 25, 2021
Lene
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Helen is a great teacher. She's patient, encouraging and very professional. What I like the most is that she customizes the lessons to fit my daughter's needs.

Posted Jan 20, 2021
Lillian
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Posted Jan 16, 2021

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Experience

General Counselor
May 2020 - Present

Kiwi Country Day Camp

As a General Counselor, I lead and supervise children ages 2 - 15 through camp activities involving swimming, outdoor adventure, arts and crafts, science, music activities, and more.

Education

BM Music Education, minor Applied Mathematics
Aug 2019 - Present

SUNY Fredonia

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Merit Scholarship
Jun 2019

Brevard Music Center

President's Award for Excellence
Dec 2018

New York State

Dean's List
Dec 2018

SUNY Fredonia

Honors Award
Aug 2018

SUNY Fredonia

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Jan 2020
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
American String Teachers Association
Aug 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.

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