Jacqueline Fisher's Violin Lessons
I started taking violin lessons in 1972 at the age of 5 with Betty Haag at the Betty Haag Academy of Music in Arlington Heights. During that time I was fortunate to travel to Europe 5 times, including performing twice in Rome at the Vatican City for Pope John Paul II, performing for Princess Margaret of England, a performance to a sold out audience in Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonic, and also on German television, and another trip to Moscow of the Soviet Union as ambassadors of Peace for the USA.
I received my Bachelor and Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Illinois studying with Peter Schaffer. I won the Undergraduate Solo Competition to perform with the Illini Symphony, and also the coveted Smith Scholarship for Women which is only given to 2 or 3 students per year for full scholarship of tuition for my full time as an undergraduate student there. I came in 2nd place twice for the Paul Rolland scholarship, which is an annual competition run through the University of Illinois School of Music.
Upon graduating from U of I with Honors, I returned to the Betty Haag Academy of Music in 1990 to become a full time staff member and have remained there ever since. I am also a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and have been there since 1998 as a member of the 1st violin section. I also freelance for weddings and other corporate and private functions in the Chicagoland area, including performing with ELO, Vince Gill and Brian Wilson. I am also a chamber music coach with the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and was the Director of the Chamber Music Institute there for 3 years. I have been listed in the Who's Who of American Teachers twice in the past 10 years.
I moved with my family to Cary 10 years ago and started a private studio here in my home a few years ago, which has steadily been growing and is now up to 3 days a week. I am a certified Suzuki teacher through Book 10 and many of my students have won numerous local competitions, have also gone on to college to major in Music, and are now teaching and performing in communities around Chicago and the country.
I am very passionate both about performing and teaching the violin at very high levels of expertise. I teach students from ages 3 to 18 (some older students as well), taking them from the very start of their music lessons, teaching them not only the skills to play the violin to the best of their ability, but also how to take the ideas they are learning throught the process, such as discipline, humility, dedication, hard work, and responsibility and applying these attributes to the other areas of their lives as well. I teach the Suzuki method, but also add other methods and pieces as well, and note-reading along with theory is an integral part of the process. I talk to each student and their parents, learn the goals they would like to achieve, and formulate a specific plan that is different for each student, their abilities, and the time they can put into practice each week. We then revisit these goals yearly (sometimes sooner if needed) and readjust accordingly. I try to have 2 to 3 recitials and concerts for the students to participate in throughout the year, and also local competitions for those students interested in those as well.
I love teaching violin, this wonderful community we live in and hope to continue enriching the lives of children for many years to come.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I have a trial lesson with the student and if they have already been playing violin for a year or more, I have them play a piece or etude for me, then I go over what I notice about their technique and how I can help them improve their posture, tone, technique, reading level, and overall performance factors. If they have never had lessons, I go over the beginning steps of holding the violin and what they can expect from the first 6 months of lessons.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am Suzuki certified through Book 10.
I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Violin Performance.
I have been teaching for over 30 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
15 minutes- $15 per lesson
30 minutes- $30 per lesson
45 minutes- $45 per lesson
60 minutes- $60 per lesson
How did you get started teaching?
I was an apprentice in High School with my original violin teacher, Betty Haag, and had 20 students my Junior and Senior years in High School.
When I was in college, I also taught lessons in Champaign-Urbana at the Music Academy there.
I had a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Illinois for 2 years as I was getting my Masters Degree.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with all ages from age 3 through adult. I have worked with students that have learning disabilities, and also a hearing impaired student as well.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Last year with the Rockford Symphony, where I am a member of the 1st violin section, we performed Brahms Symphony No 4, which is one of my favorite symphonies, so this was a wonderful experience for me.
Last year I went to one of my former students Senior Violin Recital at DePauw University, and it was one of the proudest moments of my teaching career to see how far she has progressed from her starting at Twinkle with me at age 6.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask for a trial lesson to see how the teacher interacts with you, if he/she gives an accurate critique about how they can help you become a stronger musician, and make sure that they are also violinists themselves and continue to perform and learn more about teaching and playing violin themselves.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
How can you help my child improve with better position, technique, tone, note reading and theory skills?
How many young students have you worked with in the past (if your child is under 8 years old)?
Do you teach everyone the same repertoire or do you choose pieces specifically for the techniques my child will need?