I have been playing violin and viola for over 25 years. I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music and teach assorted music courses at Pellissippi State Community College. I have taught children, teens, and adults; both beginners and continuing students. I learn where the student is skill-wise and we go from there. I also ask the student what his/her goals are, so that we have a set to-do list with which to work. Click the green button to get started!
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We will work at your pace--I will push you, but I am aware that everyone works at a different speed. I will learn that speed and work with you accordingly. I expect students to practice and do their best, but I also understand that life sometimes gets in the way. After a few weeks, you will know the basics of the instrument and be able to play recognizable tunes for your family and friends!
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Music room/office for instruction. Living room with seating for parents/guardians.
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I provide a music stand in my studio, but nothing else. Students should have an instrument with all accessories (bow, case, shoulder rest) and also a music stand at home for practicing.
I play violin and viola for Robyn James Ensembles, a group which performs for weddings, receptions, corporate parties, memorial services, and other events. I'm also the owner, meaning that I handle all of the business. Over the past 12 years we've provided services in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia.
I teach music appreciation, music fundamentals, and applied viola and violin.
I taught music appreciation and string techniques (a methods course).
I taught private lessons to grade school children.
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