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Many say that the violin is the most beautiful instrument in the world. It's sound is pure and it's visual and structural aesthetic is as close to perfect as anything else in this world. I began studying the violin at age nine, almost 20 years ago, and I'm still learning new things all the time. I am classically trained and have played in orchestras and chamber ensembles all my life. In high school I started to expand my interests into improvisation and rock, jazz, and bluegrass. The violin can be learned at any age, but for young kids, the study of the instrument is an amazing experience that lets them be expressive and free while also learning how to be disciplined and confident. My teaching style is deeply rooted in the classical violin tradition that includes scale study, etudes, concertos and the Bach solo violin repertoire. I am, however, quite flexible with working with each individual student's needs. Come play the violin me!
Hi, I perform professionally with Cascade Chamber Orchestra (classical) and Mango Nights (World Music and Jazz). I've been teaching all the strings for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to get get big, beautiful tone by learning various bowing techniques that are easy to learn with a little daily practice.
Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. The album I use for this is a beginning book called VIP Strings composed by my mentor Dr. Lyons. The book comes with a play along piano accompaniment CD that makes practicing fun! Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training.
For more serious students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. ...
I believe that students can only learn properly in the right atmosphere, with an enthusiastic, motivated instructor. If the experience is not fun the student will not excel in what they do. I believe the students should periodically have a chance to show what they are learning by performing in recitals with others.
Before switching to primarily playing viola, I trained and performed as a violinist for ten years and graduated from the Suzuki Violin Method. I now play violin as my secondary instrument.
My teaching style is inspired by my initial training in the Suzuki method, and my studies with violist and pedagogue Karen Ritscher at Oberlin Conservatory. Please note, I have not yet received training as a Suzuki teacher and use the Suzuki method books and the teaching I received as a Suzuki student as a jumping off point for working on each student's individual needs.
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