My diverse background as educator, professional violist, and music director of Riverview Chamber Players enables me to provide you with a rich musical experience – one that moves beyond technical skills and into the joy of playing.
In your viola or violin lessons,
I promise to:
Create a comfortable and supportive environment in which mistakes are just part of the learning process.
Encourage you to laugh, ask questions, and explore.
Adapt my teaching approach to your learning style.
Use a combination of movement and clapping to teach you rhythm.
Teach you scales and arpeggios including how they apply to the music you are playing.
Emphasize pattern recognition in rhythms, notes, and phrases.
Explain the meaning of musical symbols and help you recognize them in new pieces of music.
Focus on correct movement and physical posture to avoid pain or injury.
Train you in excellent technique.
Play duets with you to enhance your ensemble playing and to highlight the joy of chamber music.
Practice sight-reading to enable you to learn new pieces of music quickly and independently.
Advise you on how to structure your practice sessions.
Introduce you to a variety of styles of music.
Prepare you for two recitals a year with the emphasis on fun!
Do you own a violin?
Able to read music
Instrument interested in
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
- Practice every day in short sessions rather than once a week in a “cram” session.
- Set a timer and practice until timer rings (set a time you will successfully be able to complete).
- Practice the same time every day.
- Play warm-ups such as scales, finger and/or bowing exercises.
- Review old pieces of music and exercises as warm up or as cool down after practice.
- Practice small sections of music or etudes and repeat many times.
- Focus on one element at a time (left hand position, correct bowing or intonation, etc.).
- Call or email me if you have questions during your practice session.
- Come up with your own ideas for making practicing easier.
- If it’s helpful, ask a family member or friend to listen to a piece you’re working on.
- Enjoy the movement of your fingers and arms as you play.
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