Madeleine Hogue is an avid educator, performer, and chamber musician in Seattle, Washington. Her love for diverse musical genres has led her to perform with orchestras, string quartets, jazz bands, vocal ensembles, and bluegrass groups throughout the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. As a teacher Madeleine strives to provide students and their families with the tools needed for a successful and enjoyable experience with music. Listening, repetition, games, step-by-step skill development, and home practice training are incorporated into every lesson as students learn to build communication and social skills, attention span, and compassion. Madeleine is a Suzuki-trained instructor and holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Arkansas, and an M.M. in Violin Performance from California State University, Northridge.
What parents and students say about Madeleine:
“Madeleine always made learning fun, mixing note reading with songs from the Suzuki books, as well as mainstream music. Madeleine always focused on the positive and gave my daughter confidence that she will succeed. My daughter is now playing in 6th grade in an intermediate concert orchestra class, and I can confidently say it was Madeleine who gave her the ability to achieve this. Madeleine will always be a mentor to my daughter and having Madeleine as my daughter’s violin teacher was one of the best decisions that I ever made.”
“Madeleine is such a kind and encouraging teacher! She is very patient and insightful and takes the time to ensure that her students learn and perform to the best of their abilities. She is always supportive and I’ve loved having her as my teacher!”
“...Lessons were so effective and really showcased Madeleine’s impeccable ability as a teacher. In addition to her teaching, Madeleine is such a skilled and accomplished musician. When she would play a song with my daughter, I would get tears in my eyes because that was how beautiful it was.”
Learning the violin has been a life-long goal and one that I put off for close to 40 years. Madeleine asked very poignant & important questions as to my reasons why I wanted to learn the violin. That spoke volumes, letting me know she cares. That kind of caring is an essential characteristic in an instructor. As well, she teaches in the Suzuki tradition, which as a non-traditional student who hasn't read music for decades, is a great way to learn. Her instruction has been a perfect combination of support, challenge, and encouragement! I highly, highly recommend her!
I like to have a trial lesson with all new students to assess their playing level, discuss goals, and see if we are a good fit for each other as teacher and student. I will then outline what music and supplies a student should acquire before their next lesson and aid their search for an instrument as needed.
I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Violin Performance in addition to being a Suzuki-trained violin and viola instructor. I have taught private lessons to beginners through advanced collegiate-level players, ages 3-25 for over 10 years.
I offer 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute lessons depending on a student's level and average time devoted to practicing.
I began teaching private lessons at age 16. Since then my love for working with student musicians has grown into a crucial part of my musical philosophy. I believe all people can enjoy and benefit from studying an instrument at any level.
I have taught private lessons to beginners through advanced collegiate-level players, ages 3-70 for over 10 years. My students frequently take part in school-based and/or independent youth orchestras. I have helped students prepare for auditions, college scholarship applications, and state-level merit programs.
My students recently gave a solo recital held via Zoom. Many students have used quarantine and stay-at-home advisories as an opportunity to devote more time to their music practice. I was so proud to see all the hard work my students have put in come to fruition in their recent performances. Recitals are a very special way to share in the achievements of music study with friends and family. I was grateful to still have this opportunity from the safety of our individual homes.
Try lessons with several different teachers before deciding who is right for you. Finding a helpful and supportive teacher is crucial to a positive musical experience!
What kind of music am I interested in learning? (classical, pop, fiddle/bluegrass, jazz)
How much time am I able to devote to practicing each week?
(At least 2 hours a week is recommended for older beginners, i.e. 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. At least 1 hour a week is recommended for younger beginners age 3-6, i.e. 10 minutes a day, 6 days a week)
What time/day am I able to consistently have lessons?
(all long-term students will commit to a consistent weekly schedule with allowed time off for major holidays and religious events)