Julie Fischer Violin & Viola Instructor
Julie received her Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in 2005, her Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory in 2004, and her Bachelors of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2002.
Significant teachers and mentors:
A few of Ms. Fischer's significant teachers/mentors throughout the years were: Lucy Chapman, Donald Weilerstein, Almita and Roland Vamos, Thomas Wermuth, and Paula Fischer.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Ms. Fischer's philosophy is one that revolves arond loving and caring for her students. It can not be explained any better, than from herself:
"Nurture them with love. I love to see the joy in a student's eyes when they are excited about learning, or proud of their recent accomplishments. I teach every student differently, specific to their needs. I am comfortable teaching students of any age, level, and proficiency. I have experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders, low muscle tone, and developmental delays. I have a special interest in playing without pain, and work with the students to use their bodies more efficiently. I also love chamber music, and have many years of chamber music playing and coaching as well. I started teaching when I was 10 years old! My first student(I practiced with her) is now a professional musician!"
Awards and achievements:
Julie was previously a member of the Azmari Quartet, in Residence at Northern Kentucky University, where she was a Violin Professor from 2007-2009. Julie was a three time prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition,and a 2 time winner of the Walgreens National Competition. She has performed at the Perlman Chamber Music Program with Donald Weilerstein, and was also teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein at NEC.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Julie has been honored in being a part of Chamber Music America, the Suzuki Association of Americas, and the American String Teachers Association.
Interests outside of music:
When she isn't spending her day practicing music, Julie enjoys meditation, anything technology related, jewelry making, walking, turning pages, and vegetarianism.
"He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once." Robert Browning
Favorite practice tip:
Practice only on the days you eat!
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Favorite musical moment:
I was in Maine playing the Brahms piano quintet, last movement, and our coach, Lorin Hollander, was talking about the minor section, and how dark and depressing it was. He was incredibly dramatic, so much so, that it actually started to get very dark outside and rain when he talked about it! That was eerie. Then, we moved on to the major section, and he talked about that, and how happy, bright, and positive it was. Yes, you guessed it, the sun came out. We all got the chills, and none of us will ever forget that experience. Music is a bonding experience like nothing else!
I enjoy being a part of the learning process that each student experiences, and adjusting my approach based on the student.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
if someone has never played before, we start with the basics-how to hold the bow, how to hold the violin, etc. Depending on age, there might be some more reading involved, away from the instrument, until they are more comfortable playing.
If the student can already play, I would listen to them play, make comments about the things that I enjoyed, and what they could improve upon. I would also ask them what their goals are, and what they noted as positive aspects of their playing, and also things that they could work on.
Then we could pick one of the goals for the rest of the lesson.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Suzuki Training-books 1-10, and beyond
Mark O'Connor-training Books 1&2
graduate diploma, masters degree, undergraduate degree-all in violin performance
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How did you get started teaching?
I helped one of my mom's violin students practice, when I was 10, and really enjoyed it!
I had a full studio of students in high school!