Marial Williams

Marial W.

Boston, MA
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Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner
I have played violin for the past 18 years and received my Bachelor of Arts in Music at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I am currently a graduate student at Boston University. I think the most important part of violin playing is having fun and enjoying what you do, so I really emphasize this in my teaching. I also think it is important that we use our bodies well and avoid playing related pain, so my teaching focuses on getting players into a comfortable position with their violin. I have taught all ages, and am great teaching in the beginning stages when everything feels new and difficult!
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About

Marial delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2016

I have been teaching violin for the past three years and have experience with a variety of different students. My own background is in classical music, but I also have done clinics and performances in jazz, mariachi, and fiddle. I like to cater to my students and find what music drives them, so I view lessons as a collaborative process between me and you!

I encourage students to not only spend time with their violin practicing, but also finding times away from the instrument that will enhance their playing. My teaching incorporates a lot of mental practice and strategies that make practice time as efficient as possible. This is especially helpful for students who may not have much time for practice in their schedules! Additionally, I am very cognizant of the toll violin can take on our bodies, so I focus a lot on positioning and musculoskeletal health in my teaching. I have taken five years of Alexander Technique lessons (a movement based therapy), and incorporate aspects of it into my teaching. This ensures a longer and healthier musical career, particularly for those who have prior injuries or those who are susceptible to playing-related pain.

If you have any questions about lessons, please feel free to contact me!

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Experience

Violin teacher
Sep 2016 - Present
Self-employed

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Aug 2016 - Mar 2017
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Group Music Assistant
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Education

Occupational Therapy Doctorate
Sep 2018 - Present
Boston University
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2013 - May 2017
Drake University

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