I have been teaching violin and viola for 50 years, and have published several books designed to help children master string techniques (see: Color by Note for Young Violinists, Rainbows Musical Colors for Beginning Violinists, Songs from India for Young Violinists, and Holiday Music for Two Violins, available from Amazon). I use a combination of Suzuki training for beginners, with note reading introduced as soon as possible. I work to make the learning process interesting and fun for students, by finding out their preferences and selecting music that they enjoy playing, and carefully curating their reportoire to help them grow as musicians.
I love helping my students grow as musicians, and seeing them gain confidence as they learn to enjoy performing.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
If a student has prior violin or viola training, we play together to determine at what level to start our work. If a student has never played before, we begin by learning how to hold the instrument and bow correctly, and play a simple tune on the open strings while I accompany on the piano. Then we progress to the Essential Elements method book and the Suzuki Violin books, along with individual repertoire that fits each stage of learning. We work on music reading from the beginning and progress gradually, so that the student will enjoy playing in a school orchestra when he or she is ready.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I hold a bachelor's degree in music education from Arizona State University and master's degree in music performance from Northern Arizona University. I have been teaching violin and viola and performing as a violinist and violist for 50 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $30 for a 30 minute lesson and $50 for a 60 minute lesson.
How did you get started teaching?
I began teaching while I was a music major at Arizona State University.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with beginners and advanced students. I have taught all ages, from 5 year-olds to retirees. I have taught public school orchestra and private lessons in a music academy. I can teach from the very beginning level through Mozart, Bach, and Mendelssohn concertos.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
In June of 2019 my students performed in the spring recital at the Veksler Academy of Music in Sunnyvale, California. Three of them played songs that they had composed themselves, and one played Massenet's Meditation from the opera Thais.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Check the teacher's credentials. University trained teachers are usually best. Find out if your prospective teacher is also a performer, because performing gives a musician a better perspective for teaching. Meet the teacher and see if you think your personalities would work well together.