Rather than tell you more about my teaching, how about I show you. I have a 10 minute video lesson on tone production on my website: https://www.ericbate.com/lessons
I've been playing professionally since 2007, and I still love every minute of it. Over the course of my career, I've played with ten different professional symphonies. I'm currently tenured with Orchestra Iowa, and I'm an alternate violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra. Playing the violin has been a pursuit of mastery for me since 1992. I would love to share that passion with you, and teach you what becoming a violinist is all about.
Eric gave an interesting perspective on playing that will surely improve my playing for year to come. Thank you!
Great lessons. Good pacing. Overall good experience.
For students with past experience, my main job in a first lesson is to find out how you play. What method books you have worked out of? What pieces have you studied? I will ask the student to play for me their most recently worked-on piece and a scale of their choosing. I also spend some time discussing your goals with studying the violin or viola. For complete beginners I begin by teaching the bow hold. Then I move on to holding the violin and dropping the fingers down in tune. Finally, we put them together and work on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Suzuki Book 1. All this happens over the course of about six lessons. I teach using the Suzuki method books, but I do not call myself a Suzuki teacher. I supplement the Suzuki books with other etudes and exercises. I really like Fiddle Magic by Sally O'Reilly and the Sevcik exercises.
Monthly tuition is due at the first lesson of each month.
30 minute lesson (ages 5-12 only): $35
45 minute lesson: $50
1 hour lesson: $65