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General Teaching Style
Learning to play the violin is challenging, but it can be done in a fun and lighthearted way. It has been often said that the violin sounds most similar to the human voice, so when you've learned to play it well, its sound can be a wonderful way to express emotion and bring beauty into the world.
I wants lessons to be fun and interesting for each student, regardless of age or ability. I'm classically trained, but I love to play folk, modern and experimental music as well.
Focus & Goals of the First Lesson
Children can expect to learn the names of the parts of their instrument, how to hold it safely and sit or stand with it safely, the names of the strings, how to pluck the strings and a brief try at the bow. By the end of the session they will also know a couple easy fun songs with the open strings.
Adults can expect to learn a lot about their instrument, how to hold it, the names of the strings and how to pluck and bow the instrument. Usually we even have time to learn how to put the left hand fingers down to be able to play a scale, and sometimes even a simple song!
Having formed my own private teaching studios, I have a wealth of experience helping students develop a love and feel the joy of making music.
Each week, I visit many of the Seattle schools to help music teachers and students in elementary, middle and high school levels. I've also helped bring the joy of music to children with ADHD, Autism and hearing loss.
Additional Experience & Instruments
I started playing the violin at the age of 5 with my mom and sister, then went on to study and receive my Bachelor of Music Arts from Pacific Lutheran University.
I'm a professional musician and avid performer of both classical and contemporary music. I presently play with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, I'm the Assistant Concertmaster for the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and I'm a member of two string quartets: Serendipity Strings and Quartet Evolution.