Tobiah Murphy Violin Lessons

Tobiah Murphy Violin Lessons

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6 years in business

About this pro

Having many years of experience in performance and having reached a very high level of playing for myself, I am confident in my ability to teach students a beginning to an advanced level. 
For younger students, I would insist that the parents are present and active in the learning process. This is paramount for realizing your child's potential. Playing instruments, stringed instruments in particular, is a very meticulous affair. 
If possible, I prefer to teach for an hour at a time. I will likely be spending a lot of time on technique. This is an area in which most are deficient, and will greatly limit the player's expressive capabilities. 
I am demanding and very thorough, but also seek to temper this with encouragement on whatever the student is doing well. There are always things we are improving on as well as lacking in. We must hold ourselves to a very high standard while also realizing that we have come a long way from where we started. 
If a student has the most basic aspects of playing down (e.g. bow hold, left hand position, can play a a very simple melody), I will require at least an hour of daily practice.

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Ypsilanti, MI 48198
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

For younger students, I would insist that the parents are present and active in the learning process. This is paramount for realizing your child's potential. Playing instruments, stringed instruments in particular, is a very meticulous affair. 

If possible, I prefer to teach for an hour at a time. I will likely be spending a lot of time on technique. This is an area in which most are deficient, and will greatly limit the player's expressive capabilities. 
I am demanding and very thorough, but also seek to temper this with encouragement on whatever the student is doing well. There are always things we are improving on as well as lacking in. We must hold ourselves to a very high standard while also realizing that we have come a long way from where we started. 


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

I have a BM in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a MM in Violin Performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. I'm Currently working on a Specialist's Degree from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater, and Dance. 


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

I start at $50 per hour lesson.  Students must travel to my house for lessons. 


How did you get started teaching?

I have been teaching since I was in my Master's program. Mostly, I taught with an inner city outreach in Kansas City. I had three students who were doing quite well. I gave supplementary lessons to a couple of other local high school students, both of whom were playing at a very advanced level. I guided them with their preparation and practicing process, as well as helped them when they were making audition recordings for music schools in university. One of them is at the Jacobs School at Indiana University, and the other is studying at my alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Music.
I also had a private student who I would teach for two hours a week who drove up from Arkansas. She was half-way through high school. I worked with her on Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 5, and she won second place in her youth orchestra's concerto competition.