I've been playing music for over twenty years and teaching in some form or another for ten years (as of 2017!) I specialize in Celtic fiddle and harp, and I also trained in classical violin for a number of years and love helping students learn classical music through the Suzuki method. I've played with numerous bands as both lead fiddle and backup fiddle/harp in the Sacramento and Boise areas, and have played at venues such as the Knitting Factory, the Egyptian Theater, the Nampa Civic Center, and the Sapphire Room. My current band is called Beyond the Burren, which features Celtic, Scandinavian, and Appalachian music played by myself and three other talented multi-instumentalists.
My lessons include everything from sight reading to learning by ear, theory, fundamental chords and improv, and performance opportunities as well.
I love taking on students ages 10 and up, at any level. You're never too old to start learning, and everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros are welcome!
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I love helping folks along their musical journey at whatever level they are. Building students' confidence and a love for the music they play is extremely rewarding to me!
Rachel is one of the most fun and knowledgeable music instructors that I have ever worked with. She is amazingly committed to music, and in my case to the fiddle in particular. She is very good at finding various ways to explain and teach concepts to her students. I felt like she played to my individual needs and strengths, and I felt supported in growing my musical abilities both in theory and practice.
Outstanding teacher! Passionate about what she does which overflows into her lessons. She was an excellent instructor who my kids called the "best ever," and they excelled with her. Highly recommend!
Rachel is a great instructor, I am a beginner at 56 and she is very patient and works on teaching me to read music as well as learning songs from the first lesson. I would recommend Rachel to anyone at any level for help. She is Awesome!!!!
Brand new students are started with a curriculum that covers all the basics of getting to know their instrument, reading music, and learning by ear. Students who have prior experience spend a few minutes playing what they know and love in their first lesson, then we use their past experience as a platform for new techniques, songs, or exercises.
I have over twenty years of musical lessons, education, and performance with piano, fiddle, and harp. I've had the fortune to learn from great Celtic fiddlers such as Hanneke Cassel, Randall Bays, Athena Tergis, Laura Risk, Dave Daley, and Calum MacKinnon; my oldtime and classical education came from Katie Glassman (National Oldtime Fiddler finalist), Danita Gardener (National Oldtime Fiddler champion), and Megan Wheeler Portsche (Classical Music major at BSU, studied under Professor Craig Purdy.)
I always enjoyed sharing my knowledge in classes, workshops, and summer camps while growing up. As far as music lessons go, I began when I was 17 by offering extra-curricular tutoring for young students who needed help with their practices in between lessons. I then moved to offering private lessons and have been happily tutoring ever since! I also taught the Celtic music workshops at Weiser during the National Oldtime Fiddlers Competition in 2016 and 2017 and led the Irish music history class at Irish Dance Idaho's 2015 dance camp.
I've worked with absolute beginners all the way up to advanced, classically-trained students who were looking for other genres to open up their tune repertoire.
Don't be afraid to ask questions of any kind! I love helping out, and am perfectly happy to answer all music-related questions. Also, don't feel like you need to know more than you all ready know or be anything more than who you all ready are. Everyone's on their own musical journey and where you are is exactly where you're supposed to be. No good teacher will judge you for where you currently are in your journey. Taking lessons is just one exciting step that moves you further along!