My name is Marissa Frye and I am Minneapolis based private violin/viola instructor! I have been playing my instruments for over 15 years and have actively been invested in teaching as well. I graduated in the spring of 2019 from the University of Minnesota with my Masters in performance, and have a passion for teaching. I am beginning my certification through Suzuki, so I can incorporate this wonderful pedigocial approach to teaching as well. I have experience teaching with many music schools in the area, including students with diverse backgrounds, ages, and learning capabilities.
I love that I get to incorporate two of the things I love the most in life, music and people. It's a beatiful thing to teach a love for music, and there's no better way than through lessons. It is an absolute blessing to teach violin, something I have been doing the majority of my life.
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I begin by getting to know the person. I want us both to feel comfortable with one another, where we both feel as though we can speak openly. Lessons with me are student led, which means our lessons are based off the individuals goals and ambitions in lessons. I want to help you achieve those goals! This is why communication is key and where I always begin with a new student.
I have taught with a school partnership program through the Macphail center for music for 3 years, and have taught privately through both Musika lessons and Spark School of Music. All these experiences have taught me a great deal about teaching with a large number of people.
My rate is $50 an hour; so 30 minute lessons are $25, and 45 minute lessons are $38. Lessons can range from any of those intervals of time.
I began when I was in college. I got a couple students passed down to me, and I discovered how much I loved it! Since then, it's fueled my musical journey and inspired me to be a better person and player.
I have worked with students as young as 4, and as old as 67. I have also worked with students from high risk home situations, and students in the spectrum. I always focus on each individuals needs with a great deal of compassion and patience, which makes me a preferred teacher for students with learning difficulties.
Since COVID, I have had the pleasure of being vulnerable with my students. We all are experiencing a great deal of stress trying to adapt to this new norm. I was honored when a student felt comfortable to confide in me her struggles, and I shared my own. This was very special to me.
I would definitely tell them to pick a teacher they can see themselves growing with! Your teacher is on this journey with you, and if they make you nervous or you can't see growth happening with them, you should pursue other options!
A student should first lay out their goals for lessons, and think through how the teacher will help them achieve these goals. Will the teacher want them to fit into the same mold as every other student in their studio, or cater lessons to their individual needs.