Ian Lee
Wimberley, TX
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Ian Lee

Ian L.

Wimberley, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Barry Harris, the great Jazz pianist, and educator says, “I have such a ball in my classes, and I learn so much from my students. They probably don’t realize that I come to school here, too. I’m just the oldest member of the class. I wish everyone could experience the blessing of learning new things all the time.”

The above statement describes how I feel when I am teaching. I have been playing and performing for over 20 years in many capacities, and still, music continues to teach me new things every time. Not only do I want to share that experience with you, but I also want to guide you into having that experience for yourself.

About Ian L.

I started on the violin when I was about 8 years old. I began with classical music, studying in the Suzuki method. I loved my time in the Suzuki method; I wasn’t always the best student; however, in hindsight, I am incredibly grateful for the experience with my teacher, the method, and the strong foundation the system gave me. I was 15 when I pulled back from Suzuki and began to focus on playing the guitar, singing, and writing songs. I studied with an amazing teacher in my hometown, Grant Mazak, as well as taught myself. At 19, I really began to explore improvisation more; I had dabbled and done a little, but it was all guesswork and felt like grasping at straws; it was here when I began investing time and energy into what would lead me to a strong desire to learn Western Swing and Jazz.

Around the age of 21 or 22, I began the amazing journey of playing and studying Jazz and Western Swing on violin and guitar. I joyfully see no end in sight. I’ve had the great pleasure of studying and playing with some excellent musicians for guitar and violin. Including Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Carolyn Kendrick, Erik Hokkanen, Whit Smith, Billy Contreras, Paul Anastasio (an excellent violinist in his own right who studied with the great Joe Venuti!) JD Pendley, Alex Hargreaves, and many more.

Currently, I am furthering my Jazz studies with superb saxophonist Chad LB (check him out!). I am continuing my classical education with my original teacher, the esteemed Paula Bird. Paula is currently working with me on getting certified to teach in Suzuki book one; I envision working through the books I never finished as we move forward. I hope to study more works of classical music in general.

In teaching, I meet each student where they are. I do my best to listen and bring humility to each lesson. Teaching is a strange phenomenon; it would appear the teacher knows all; however, the more I teach, the more I learn. I am always and forever a student of music. As the french moralist and essayist Joseph Joubert once said, “to teach is to learn twice.”

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Languages

english

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Awards

Western Swing Group of 2019
Feb 2019

Ameripolitan Awards

Affiliations

Suzuki Association of the Americas
May 2021
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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