Megan Healy
Boulder, CO
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Megan Healy

Megan H.

Boulder, CO
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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 viola easy and fun.

My teaching begins with a strong technical foundation. Having strong basics allows the violist 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 viola.

About Megan H.

My primary goal as a teacher is make playing the violin/viola easy and fun. My teaching begins with a strong technical foundation. Having strong basics allows the violinist/violist 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, classic repertoire, and supplement with fiddle, pop, and jazz tunes, according to the student's interests. 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 improvement in my students.

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 or viola.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, I am currently teaching all lessons online, and hope to return to in-person instruction in Boulder, CO in Fall 2020. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions that you may have!

Bio:

Megan is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder studying violin performance and pedagogy. While at CU, she has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to Károly Schranz and Harumi Rhodes, the former and current second violinists in the world-renowned Takács quartet. As a teaching assistant, Megan provides weekly technique lessons to Masters and Undergraduate violin performance majors. Megan also holds Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from Western Michigan University, where she served as Graduate Teaching Assistant to Professor Renata Artman Knific, providing private instruction to undergraduate music therapy, music education, music composition, and music technology majors. Megan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Scott Conklin. She has studied viola performance with Professor Igor Fedotov and Dr. Megan Gray.

Megan enjoys a multifaceted career as a freelance performing artist and teacher. Current projects include lectures on teaching adult beginners and special needs populations for the American String Teachers Association, as well as an album of five new works for solo violin written by American female composers, inspired by and dedicated to Maud Powell. These works will be performed in a variety of contexts, including a recital tour, interdisciplinary performances, educational and outreach programs.

Megan currently performs with the Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra, and has held positions with the Kalamazoo, Southwest Michigan, Southeast Iowa, and Holland (MI) symphony orchestras. Recent special engagements have included a performance as guest soloist with the Elgin (IL) Youth Symphony, interdisciplinary collaborations with Life/Art Dance Ensemble, and the live premiere of Julián Brijaldo's Atravesa'o for violin and delay pedal.

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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

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 - Present

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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