In this flatscreen, touchscreen, preprogrammed world, I enjoy guiding my students to strive, struggle, and ultimately "play" at something that uses their whole brain.
Ms Modell is fantastic. She taught our daughter to play violin the correct way. Tiffany has lots of patience with kids and she is an excellent violinist herself! My daughter loves playing violin and she loves Ms Modell.
Step 1: Discuss and schedule an audition/musical assessment with Ms. Modell.
Step 2: New students receive 5 provisional "jump-start" lessons over the course of 2.5 weeks. During this time Ms. Modell assesses the student's appropriate grade level in the Royal Conservatory of Music. While following the RCM syllabus is not required for membership, it is a mainstay of the Modell Violin Studio. The jump-start period helps beginning and established violinists build a solid foundation for further growth with Ms. Modell's teachings.
Step 3: After the Jump-start lessons, students commit to completing a level of study in the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program (for a complete syllabus visit www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org) & enroll in the Modell Violin Studio for a minimum of 1 semester (at least 15 lessons).
$65/.75 hr (under 6 yrs)
During her college years Ms. Modell began teaching at private homes and elementary schools.
Beginning - Advanced players
4 years old through adults
During his violin lesson, a young student sat down at the piano and said to me, "I don't like violin."
My mind started reeling: "Wow! That came out of left field. How can I possibly get him to 'like' violin? I'm a teacher, not a manipulator! Maybe he'd rather study piano. I guess I'll have to tell his parents that his violin lessons are over, but first I'll ask him if he'd like to end his lesson right..."
"I LOVE it!"
You may have heard that the violin is the most difficult instrument to learn to "play". This means that beginning violinists have a lot to learn just to make a decent sound, so "play" is delayed gratification. Finding an experienced teacher who really knows how to play the violin well, is the most economical use of your time and money.
Also consider how musically comprehensive your lessons will be. One day you will want to be able to learn a piece of music on your own or with family/friends, without a teacher telling you how to make it work. In addition to having good technical violin skills, learning music on your own is facilitated by a complete understanding of musical structure, keys, rhythms, terms, etc. Hire a teacher who can broaden your understanding of music, not simply show you how to play a piece. "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime."
In my wildest dreams, what would I like to do with violin?
Do I have enough time to bring my dreams for the violin to life?
Where is violin study on my list of priorities?
With the minimum amount of effort, what can I accomplish during my violin practice?
The violin has the steapest learning curve of any instrument; do I have the patience, persistence and grit to succeed in the learning journey?