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Kirsten M.
Nashville, Tennessee
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I enjoy teaching all levels/ages! I have 20+ years professional performing and teaching experience.
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Whether you're a beginner or an advanced violinist preparing for an audition, whether your lesson takes place online or in my Nashville studio, I seek to help meet the goals of each student on their journey learning the violin. With 24 years experience as a member of a professional symphony orchestra, I know firsthand how important it is to learn how to play in a way that feels comfortable, without muscle tension. Developing good habits while having fun learning the essentials describes a typical lesson. If you have a favorite song you'd like to learn, feel free to bring it to the lesson!
About Kirsten M.

I'm a professional violinist in Nashville, TN. I graduated from DePaul university in Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. I was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where I received training from the world's top conductors to become a professional orchestral musician. After my second year in the orchestra, I was able to win one of my first professional orchestral auditions, and have been a member of the Nashville Symphony's first violin section since 1997. I've performed in recording sessions both as a soloist and in orchestral settings. In my 24 years with the Nashville Symphony, I've performed in over 40 albums released on the Naxos and Decca labels, 14 earning Grammy Awards. Touring with the orchestra has included two Carnegie Hall performances and three nationwide arena tours with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. I've taught all ages and levels of students at Austin Peay Community School of the Arts, my home studio and at Williams Fine Violins in Nashville. I recently completed a pedagogy course from Northwestern University which has further broadened my skills in teaching relaxation as a foundational technique. I always look forward to the opportunity of helping a student reach their goals while developing a love for music through learning the violin.

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Kirsten M.
Nashville, Tennessee
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I enjoy teaching all levels/ages! I have 20+ years professional performing and teaching experience.
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Whether you're a beginner or an advanced violinist preparing for an audition, whether your lesson takes place online or in my Nashville studio, I seek to help meet the goals of each student on their journey learning the violin. With 24 years experience as a member of a professional symphony orchestra, I know firsthand how important it is to learn how to play in a way that feels comfortable, without muscle tension. Developing good habits while having fun learning the essentials describes a typical lesson. If you have a favorite song you'd like to learn, feel free to bring it to the lesson!
About Kirsten M.

I'm a professional violinist in Nashville, TN. I graduated from DePaul university in Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. I was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where I received training from the world's top conductors to become a professional orchestral musician. After my second year in the orchestra, I was able to win one of my first professional orchestral auditions, and have been a member of the Nashville Symphony's first violin section since 1997. I've performed in recording sessions both as a soloist and in orchestral settings. In my 24 years with the Nashville Symphony, I've performed in over 40 albums released on the Naxos and Decca labels, 14 earning Grammy Awards. Touring with the orchestra has included two Carnegie Hall performances and three nationwide arena tours with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. I've taught all ages and levels of students at Austin Peay Community School of the Arts, my home studio and at Williams Fine Violins in Nashville. I recently completed a pedagogy course from Northwestern University which has further broadened my skills in teaching relaxation as a foundational technique. I always look forward to the opportunity of helping a student reach their goals while developing a love for music through learning the violin.

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Kirsten is a wonderful teacher! She’s very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend!

Posted Jan 20, 2022
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Me and my daughter had a great experience with Kirsten! She is very warm, flexible, and has a friendly, professional teaching style. An overall lovely person who is very talented at her craft. Would definitely recommend!

Posted Jan 7, 2022
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Kirsten Mitchell and I first met in a classroom at Austin Peay University where she was teaching a beginners violin class with individual instruction. Nearly all of her students turned out to be teenagers. Retired, I had already turned 65. Over time, and with patient, coaching, and encouragement from Kirsten, I have learned to play several Bach pieces, among others. Each new work requires that yet another skill or technique be learned. We have made our way from great simplicity to greater complexity, each step requiring more control and capacity. How did we do that? Examples! When my attempts at discovery came short, Kirsten could always provide examples so matter-of-fact that they seldom intimidated. Just try it; just do it! It’s like learning from a big sister or parent who only desires your success and would do what it takes to accomplish that. There have been times when my vote would have been for her to leave violin study to someone who had a brighter future. But, Kirsten seemed to sense that, and found understanding words and suggestions that turned my outlook towards optimism, and had me reaching deeper into myself to get through that dry spell. Play squeaky? “Listen to this, and play along with me; listen to my tone and see if you can match it. Your F’s are a little high; need to be flatter. Move your finger a little on the string. Let’s play it together. See the spacing between second and third fingers here? Hold your bow this way and keep your fingers flexible. Watch how my hand works, then you try it. “ And it goes on, and on. Kirsten never seems to tire of coaching and mentoring. What a contrast. An old guy with modest capabilities being taught by a thorough professional that makes her living with the NSO. A professional musician who can shrink the gulf between what she can do so well and what I struggle to learn, but always a friendly adult who can teach as though it is all that really mattered. We revere and recognize those who enrich our lives, especially our teachers. They help us reach our goals. Kirsten Mitchell is one of the most memorable people I’ve met.

Posted Jan 6, 2022
Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 1992 - Jun 1996
DePaul University
Fargo South High School Hall of Fame
Sep 2012
Fargo School District

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