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Marina J.

Marina J.

I love learning new instruments, and I hope to get you excited about it too! As a first-self-taught and then-formally-trained person, I understand both points of view when teaching and learning music. I believe theory and technique are important, but the joy of playing a lot of different pieces is essential too. What can you expect from lessons? We will start by learning the basics of music theory (this will depend on your music background and how familiar you are with the topic), how to properly hold your instrument, and playing your first pizzicato notes (without a bow). We will then learn how notes work in the violin, finger positions, bowing, and playing our first pieces. We will look at a new piece every class, so that we keep things interesting and move forward in our studies. I believe that the most important thing when playing any instrument is to communicate and have something to say. One can play notes perfectly without saying much, and I want to share with you how you can express yourself through music. This is a big part of performing, and I also think it adds meaning to our practice. In terms of books and resources, I like using the Suzuki Violin method, the Maia Bang method and the Essential Elements for Strings. One thing I really like about Suzuki pieces is that piano accompaniments are available for free online, so it is really fun to play along with those to practice.
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Richard is great! He's patient, understanding and cares about you learning. He works with you on achieving your goals.

Beatrice (Violin lessons with Richard H.)

Richard is a great music teacher. Very patient. My child started her first violin lessons and looking forward.

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I have worked with several music teachers over the years, and Richard has been the best by far. Kind and friendly, with clear explanations and thoughtful coaching to improve my technique and understan

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Richard is great! He's patient, understanding and cares about you learning. He works with you on achieving your goals.

Beatrice (Violin lessons with Richard H.)

Richard is a great music teacher. Very patient. My child started her first violin lessons and looking forward.

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