Broadway Swider Studio

Broadway Swider Studio

5.0 (1)
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

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My two passions in life are music and people.  I love working with people on a personal basis (private lessons). I enjoy sharing my body of knowledge regarding violin/viola technique, repertoire, and musicality and discovering how to tailor my teaching to each individual. Perhaps my specialty is connecting with my students on both a personal and musical level so that I'm able to help them have break-throughs.

I've been teaching since 1994 and playing since 1988. My life has always revolved around making music in some way or another. I earned my undergrad - Bachelor of Music in Violin - at the University of Houston Moores School of Music in Houston, Texas.  I have had the honor of studying with some brilliant teachers in my career.  Probably the most influential was my teacher at University; Andrezej Grabiec. He was both a father figure to me and the best violin teacher a student could have. His personable approach inspired mine, and I seek to teach as he does every day.

I love working with all ages. The youngest students I work with are usually 3-5 years old.  My oldest student at the moment is 70. I get a kick out of the little ones... watching them discover the wonder that is music and guiding them toward making sounds that don’t resemble a dying cat! Adults are a blast because they bring an intellectual level to their playing that kids haven't necessarily developed. My high school students who are really dedicated and practice long and hard are SO rewarding to teach.

I also really love teaching my chamber groups.  I teach adult string quartets, and younger student quartets, trios and duos. It’s great to watch and encourage interactions between players.

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St Paul, MN 55116
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  • Michelle K

    Great instructor who has a passion for teaching. She is able to modify her lessons for young kids and all the way to adults. Highly recommend! Easy scheduling and evening lessons available.


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

This is entirely dependent upon the student's age.  For a very young beginner, (3-7), there would be a few weeks of mostly learning the parts of the violin and bow.  Then we could begin to pluck the strings (called pizzicato) and eventually start to use the bow.  I often use the Suzuki books and some Suzuki principals to help aid the learning process for young students.  I am NOT primarily a Suzuki teacher, however.  I use many methods and try to base my method choices on what works best for each student.

If the student is older or is not a beginner, lessons can progress very differently.  Feel free to contact me to help me understand you or your student's situation so that I can give you a good idea of what to expect.

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

I've been playing the violin for 30 years and I majored in Violin Performance at the University of Houston. I've played the viola for 17 years and I must admit that I love it every bit as much as the violin! 

I've been teaching for 24 years (as of 2018). I started teaching in my home in Austin, Texas when I was very young, and taught at Sagemont Centre for the Arts in Houston while in college.  I've coached camps at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and taught at K&S in Woodbury, Minnesota.  I taught in Burnsville at the Minnesota Valley Academy of Music and for many years, I was violin, viola, and chamber music faculty at St Joseph's School of Music in St Paul.

Many of my high school students have been selected to participate in All-State and my students are involved in both Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

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

Standard Rate: (for school year only lessons)

·         $55/hour (for 30-minute lessons) = $110/month

·         $55/hour (for 45-minute lessons) = $165/month

·         $55/hour (for 1-hour lessons) = $220/month

Discount Rate: (for year-round lessons)

·         $50/hour (for 30-minute lessons) = $89.59/month

·         $49/hour (for 45-minute lessons) = $131.69/month

·         $48/hour (for 1-hour lessons) = $178/month

How did you get started teaching?

I loved sharing music with others from the time I was very young.  I started teaching little ones to help them along in their school orchestras, and progressed to teaching older, more advanced students.  Since I got my degree, (14 years ago), I generally teach up to college level musicians but often have a student or two in college that want to continue their studies with me.

What types of students have you worked with?

I teach all ages!  I work with some very energetic kids, teenagers dealing with depression, adults struggling to stay sharp and avoid dementia, some kids with behavioral disorders, etc. The most challenging student I taught was partially blind and deaf and had some paralysis in her left-hand!  That was difficult.  But she could play!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was particularly happy to hear that the four students of mine who auditioned for higher level youth orchestras all rose a level in rank this Fall. They are all thrilled and their excitement is contagious!

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

While it is esesential to teach technique and musicality, a really good teacher will shape their teaching to you as a person and musician, rather than expecting you to fit into a "cookie-cutter" mold they have for all students.  Be certain they will nurture you and determine how best you learn so they can teach you in a way you can understand and absorb.

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

1) If you don't have an instrument, WAIT FOR A TEACHER'S ADVICE before going to a shop and buying one.  Simply do not order from the internet. Stringed instruments must be chosen by hearing them under your own ear.

2) What method books to you use for scales, pieces, etudes, bowings, double stops/chords... and can you incorporate books I have already bought, or will those not be helpful in the future?

3) Tell a potential teacher what you feel are your greatest challenges with your instrument and ask how the teacher would help you overcome those.

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