Hello! I teach private violin lessons for beginners and intermediate students of all ages. I have been teaching violin for over 15 years. I love working with children of all ages and also specialize in working with adult beginning students. If you have always wanted to learn, now is the time! No previous experience is necessary-- just a passion for music!
NOTE: My availability is somewhat flexible. Please contact me to set up a time that works!
I am thorough and easy to work with. I use a combination of classical techniques and a hint of Suzuki method along with lots and lots of patience, creativity and encouragement.
About me: I am a classically trained violinist with over 20 years of experience and a diverse musical background. I've performed with the University Orchestra and the UT Opera Society at the University of Texas (where I went to school), several string quartets and many bands: folk, country, rock, experimental, pop and Mariachi to name a few. I periodically tour with bands nationally and internationally. I'm also a singer/songwriter. Additionally, I taught violin in the Mariachi program at Linder Elementary school for grades 2nd-5th for 3 years.
Equipment: I provide a stand and metronome at lessons and students just need to bring their violin and any books and accessories I assign for purchase.
For beginners, I generally start off with the Essential Elements book and/or Suzuki Method and then branch out from there. After the basics are established, students are welcome to bring their own music and ideas to the table as we continue to build a classical foundation. For middle/high school students who need extra help with their school orchestra, solo or UIL music we can make room for that too.
For those who live outside of Portland, I also offer video chat lessons via Skype/Google Hangouts/Facetime, which I've had a great success rate with and is really easy and convenient to use. In town students can also set up occasional video chat lessons anytime they feel like scheduling one (ig rainy days, limited transportation etc.)
I have been a self employed violin teacher for over 15 years. Over the years I have gotten to work with so many awesome students, from kids as young as 4 to adults in their 60's.
I taught the violin section for the Linder Elementary School Mariachi program. We are Austin's only elementary-aged Mariachi group. Our group has performed at events around Austin and has been featured on local news stations. We also did a summer camp.
I worked with Girls Rock Camp Austin for 3 years. Girls Rock Austin is a camp that empowers young females through music. Campers learn how to play an instrument, form a band and attend workshops on art, music history, self defense etc.