I love teaching people how to enjoy music and to be able to express themselves. With my students I am sure that we are learning everything that they need to learn at a pace that is catered to them so they get the most out of the experience of learning how to play an instrument. I have been playing violin for about 9 years and I have been teaching for 3 years. I started playing violin when I was in middle school and I eventually went on to graduate from a fine arts high school.w I then went to college and joined the symphony orchestra at Hawai'i Pacific University.
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The first step that ideal for new students is to assess where they are musically. What that means is that I ask questions about what they have been taught before and I then pull out a beginners book and ask them to sight-read the music if they have playing experience. If they do not have any experience playing I will start off my teaching basic exercises to help learn the technique that they need.
I started teaching because in the orchestra family I always helped myfellow players out so that we can all be able to give people the joy of listening to the music that we made together. As I was in college did always get a lot of questions about me teaching my fellow classmates to play the violin I would say yes and I realized how happy it made people to be able to make their own music.
A recent event that I am very fond of was being able to play at the Georgia Aquarium. It was close to Halloween and we had a lot of groups coming in to play their instruments is part of the program so I brought my violin and I got requests to play my violin all day which was amazing.
The advice that I would give you student looking to hire a teacher in my area of expertise is to look for someone that suits your learning style.
The questions that students should think through before talking to teachers about their needs are as the following;
Am I ready to put in hard work ?
Do I have the things I need to be able to learn ?
What exactly do I need to do to be able to focus ?