Megan Healy
Kalamazoo, MI
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Megan Healy

Megan H.

Kalamazoo, MI
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
It is my goal as a teacher to "decode" each individual student's personal learning style. I strive to create a fun and safe learning environment and to instill the values of lifelong learning, curiosity, and self-improvement in my students. My primary goal as a teacher is to make playing the violin easy and fun.

My teaching begins with a strong technical foundation. Having strong basics allows the violinist to play their instrument with ease, having the freedom to play musically and creatively. I provide students with a balance of scales and arpeggios, etudes and technical exercises, and classic repertoire, and supplement with fiddle, pop, and jazz tunes, according to the student's interests.

I firmly believe that students can begin learning a musical instrument at any age. While I love working with children, I have developed a specialty in teaching adult beginners. The majority of my students are adult learners between ages 25-65 who are either learning an instrument for the very first time or have had previous experience playing other instruments as children, including the piano, trumpet, and saxophone. I have developed a specialized progression for training adults which develops good habits, solid technique, and beautiful sound on the violin.

About Megan H.

Hi there! I am Megan. I have been teaching violin and viola privately for over 12 years, both in-person and online. I have been a TakeLessons instructor for approximately the last 5 years. In addition to my private studio, I am also a violin, viola, and group class instructor for Kalamazoo Kids in Tune, an innovative free after-school youth development program serving students in grades 3-12.

To tell you a little bit about my training, I recently earned my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. My doctoral research focused on teaching adult beginners. While at CU, I served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Károly Schranz and Harumi Rhodes, the former and current second violinists in the world-renowned Takács quartet. In addition to assisting with administrative tasks, I met with undergraduate and graduate students for weekly private lessons to assist with their technical and musical development. We covered scales, arpeggios, doublestops, etudes, technical exercises, and repertoire. I also hold Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from Western Michigan University, where I served as the graduate teaching assistant to Professor Renata Artman Knific and studied viola with Professor Igor Fedotov. During my time at Western, I was the primary instructor for undergraduate Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Composition majors' private violin lessons. I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Iowa, where I studied violin with Dr. Scott Conklin and viola with Dr. Megan Gray.

I have performed with several symphony orchestras, including the Kalamazoo Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Cheyenne (WY) Symphony Orchestra, Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra, Holland (MI) Symphony, and the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Recently, I appeared as soloist with the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, my former youth orchestra. I also manage a wedding and event music business called the KalHaven Strings.

As a teacher, my goal is to give students the tools to make playing their instrument easy and fun. My teaching style is friendly, casual, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and full of positive reinforcement. I also believe in giving students the tools to make their daily practice sessions as rewarding and productive as their weekly lessons, and provide lesson notes, handouts, and videos to aid student practice.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, I am currently teaching all lessons online, and hope to return to in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions that you may have!

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Tom Reaghard
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One of the things Megan has besides the skill is a good attitude towards her students.

Posted Apr 5, 2021
Terry M.
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Posted Feb 10, 2021
Tom Reaghard
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Megan is smart, knowledgeable and pleasant. She makes the hard stuff seem easy. I just hope that I'm a good student, so I can keep working with her.

Posted Jan 5, 2021
Tom Reaghard
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Posted Dec 29, 2020
Mary T.
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My lesson went great, and I am really looking forward to working with Megan. She was very supportive in identifying what was going well while offering helpful suggestions on how to improve. I feel confident Megan will help me gain proficiency on the violin!

Posted Oct 5, 2020
Jordyn
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Megan is an awesome teacher. She is patient, kind, and knowledgeable. I also love the notes on the lesson she emails after each session. Very thoughtful!

Posted Jul 24, 2020
Heidi D.
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Megan is so pleasant and fun! She has strong focus on technique, and explains these practices in a way I can understand. Since I am a beginner, and adult learner, it's important that my music teacher is patient and cheers me along throughout the process - Megan definitely has that gift. I also appreciate that she writes down technique tips and exercises for me to practice at home (so I remember what she taught me in class.) I'm looking forward to continuing to learn from Megan, and play music beautifully on my Viola one day.

Posted Sep 4, 2019
Logan B.
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Megan is the perfect fit for my quirky son who loves music and playing instruments. Patient, kind and makes it fun!

Posted Jul 24, 2018
Melissa
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Very friendly and explains concepts very clearly. I had a great lesson and learned so much! When I went home to practice all that I had learned my violin playing was cleaner than it had ever been!

Posted Jun 14, 2018

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Experience

Violin and Viola Instructor
Oct 2020 - Present

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune, a partnership between the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Kalamazoo Public Schools, is an innovative after-school orchestra and youth development program. Students from early elementary through high school study instruments and chamber music, and participate in daily lessons and orchestra rehearsals. Selected middle and high school students return to the elementary program as KKIT Young Leaders twice per week to mentor younger children. After-school meals and busing make the program widely accessible. Our mission: children will achieve their full potential through sustained, intense engagement in orchestral music. Kids In Tune was inspired in part by the El Sistema movement. As part of the Kids in Tune team, I private weekly private violin and viola lessons to students in grades 3-12. I also teach string sectionals and group classes.

Private Instructor
Mar 2008 - Present

Megan H Music

I have been teaching violinists and violists of all ages and levels of experience for over 12 years, both in-person and online.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - May 2020

University of Colorado Boulder

I served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Professors Harumi Rhodes and Karoly Schranz. As part of my duties, I taught weekly violin lessons to 8 Masters and 4 Undergraduate Violin students, including scales, arpeggios, technical exercises, etudes, and repertoire.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2014 - May 2016

Western Michigan University

As a graduate teaching assistant at Western Michigan University, I provided weekly private violin lessons to undergraduate Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Composition, and Multimedia Arts Technology majors as the primary instructor, under the supervision of Professor Renata Artman Knific. I provided weekly violin instruction to Music Education majors, whose primary instruments were viola, cello, or bass, to fulfill secondary area requirements. I also provided elective instruction to non-major violin students as the primary instructor. I taught the full violin studio during Merling Trio tour dates.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts: Violin Performance
May 2017 - Dec 2020

University of Colorado-Boulder

Artist Diploma: Violin Performance
Sep 2016 - Apr 2017

Western Michigan University

Master of Music
Sep 2014 - Apr 2016

Western Michigan University

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2010 - May 2014

University of Iowa

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

American String Teachers Association
May 2016
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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