Southern Strings Music School

Southern Strings Music School

1 employee
10 years in business

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I believe every student has the right not only to make music, but understand HOW it works, so they can experience music to the fullest! This is why I make music theory classes part of the curriculum for students over the age of 7, and add in historical stories about music, to help understand how it has shaped the music of today.

Introducing young minds to a brand new world. Music is a whole culture, language, art, and existance in itself. Bringing students into that world opens up so many new possibilities to them, and allows them to explore new ideas, thoughts, and sounds!

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Jacksonville, FL 32207
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In the first lesson, which is a free trial lesson, I assess the student's learning style and natural strengths. We work through a regular lesson book(s) to quickly get the student on the road to learning to read music and playing by ear. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I recieved my BA in Liberal Studies with my emphasis on Music Education in 2013. I have played piano for 20 years and cello for 13 years. I have played in 2 community orchestras, a cello choir, and currently own and run a wedding music string ensemble in which I am the main cellist. I have been teaching cello and piano since 2013.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

15 min. $10 (Ages 4-5)

30 min. $25 (Ages 5-6)

1 hr. $40 (Ages 7-18. Includes 30 min piano lesson and 30 min music theory lesson)

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching basic violin to 3 year olds during my junior year of college. 4 months after I received my BA degree I started the Southern Strings Music School at King of Kings Church. I taught at the church and in students' homes for 2 years before moving all lessons to my current home studio. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginning piano and cello students, ages 3-16.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Seeing a parent of one of my students post a video of her playing the piano, on Facebook. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher who is passionate and excited about what they teach, and who is dedicated to giving you a complete, well rounded education. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about what you would like to accomplish with a musical education. Are you looking to become profficient in an instrument for your own enjoyment? Are you wanting to enter the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, or an orchestra at school? Do you want to make music your career and study it in college? If you have any thoughts or questions, I would love to talk them over with you and help you set the right musical goals just for you!