I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and can speak some Taiwanese, and enjoy teaching students of all ages. With over 10 years of teaching experience, I am able to tailor the speed, curriculum and style of each lesson to the individual. By default, I will teach music in the Suzuki Violin series, but I am more than happy to arrange or find violin parts for songs you are interested in!
I like to make my classes fun, and I am constantly thinking of new ways to engage young musicians. I help my students fall in love with the music using the Suzuki method - emphasizing constant immersion in music, regular performances, music theory, posture and artistic expression. Learning music is like learning a language; you must immerse yourself in it by listening to it daily and practicing. With younger children, I am very nurturing and adept at incorporating learning games to make performance fun. Music theory can be boring, so I tie in music theory as it relates to the pieces we are currently learning, and make learning it a game. I have over 10 years of experience teaching kids Pre-K – 6th grade, so I am very patient, nurturing and kind, but strict when I need to be.
My family moved around a lot during my childhood, but music remained the one constant in my life. Playing the violin gives me a lot of joy and I hope to pass on the joy of music to my students!
*** Lesson Details ***
Curriculum - I will primarily be using the books in the. Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 - Vol. 4, A Tune A Day: String Method, and A Tune and Day: Beginning Scales. For theory, I use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory. It is the students responsibility to purchase and bring their music to class. After students have advanced past basic violin skills, I may bring in supplemental material - pieces from pop culture or Disney tunes that students are interested in. Theory will be taught in class as it relates to the piece we are working on, and I will supply additional worksheets when necessary.
After students have advanced past the Suzuki Violin School, Violin Part, Volume 10, I may introduce violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Mozart.
Because performance is an integral part to the Suzuki method, I encourage my students to perform once a year at our annual recital. Shy students, never fear! I will work with you extensively to make your piece beautiful. If any students are not comfortable with performing publicly, they can decide to opt out of the annual recital.
*** Studio Equipment ***
In studio lessons will be held at my home in the living room, with adequate seating for parents. I provide a music stand, and a keyboard and tuner for tuning.
I encourage parents to bring a video or audio recorder to record lessons, so that students may review them during the week. Of course, students should bring their violin, bow, rosin, and assigned pieces to class.
*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to your home, I will bring my own violin, bow, rosin, and books. I expect the student to provide music stands, their assigned pieces, and a well lit area for lessons.
I am willing to travel up to a five mile radius from my home studio for an additional fee.
*** Specialties ***
-Violin: Suzuki Method