- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
Thank you for visiting my profile! My name is Michael Nebeker, and I have been playing for nearly twenty years, with ten years private teaching experience. I love playing and teaching violin more than anything, and am so grateful to have the chance to share my passion with you.
The violin is a true exploration of the connection between heart, mind, and body. The heart feels something that it wants to express musically. The brain then gives complex instructions for the body to execute actions for the goal of satisfying the heart. With mindfulness, or awareness, we deepen this exploration of the heart, mind, body connection, and are able to feel the interdependence of each. We begin to see that each minute detail while playing the violin counts, and begin to train our minds to approach the violin slowly, critically, and with compassion. My lessons incorporate elements of mindfulness to help students feel where tension occurs while playing, and to teach them the compassion to invite that tension to relax.
Once we have cultivated this awareness, and have implemented it in our technique, we are free to explore the music that makes us come to life. I ensure that students are playing what THEY want to play. I offer suggestions, but do not require students to play music that doesn't inspire them.