Clete Davis

Clete Davis

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About this pro

I really enjoy passing on the pleasure of playing a string instrument. I have a Bachelor's in violin performance from the University of Arizona, studied locally at American Conservatory, Roosevelt University, and Northern IllinoisUniversity, and have been teaching for 45 years. I teach classical, folk, and ethnic music. Students are encouraged to perform in public. Come, join me, and let's begin your musical journey together!

I enjoy seeing a student progress from playing a simple scale to much more advanced pieces.  Their pleasure is my reward.

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Elmhurst, IL 60126
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  • Catherine M. J. Mary Evans

    During my Professional career as a first desk Violist and SA, I had the pleasure hearing Clete Davis play violin and recommend him.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It depends on the student, as I teach students from beginners to advanced.  With a beginner, I start them learning the proper way to hold the instrument and bow, and begin teaching them to read music.  If the student has some experience on the instrument, I ask them to play something of their choice so I can assess their abilities, and let me know where to begin with them.

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

I have a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  I have also studied locally at the American Conservatory, Roosevelt University, and Northern Illinois University.

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

I have a fixed fee for lessons.  The current price will be in my quote.

How did you get started teaching?

I began to teach about four years after leaving college.  I just wanted to help others learn the instrument I enjoy.

What types of students have you worked with?

Everyone from raw beginners to very advanced students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A ten year old student of mine just performed the J. S. Bach Concerto in A minor for violin, and did really well!

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

Pick a teach who is interested in your progress, and not just in collecting your money.  Pick a teacher that gives you a well rounded musical education in music theory, music history, and performance techniques as well as the basic enducation of playing the instrument well.

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

Well, first, are we talking about a child student, or an adult?  The parent, or the adult student, should try to decide:

1. What is my goal in music?

2. Where does my interest lie in music? Classical, pops, folk?

3. Am I willing to practice (or help my child to) in order to meet my goal?  Nothing in music comes free of work! The violin/viola/cello is a difficult instrument.

4. If you don't have an instrument, always rent for the first year. Never buy a small size instrument for a child, always rent.  They will quickly grow out of it and need the next size up.  Think "shoes"!

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