I personalize my teaching technigues to each students' needs. I have been a professional musician since 1985.
I have a undergraduate degree in violin performance, Masters and PhD in ethnomusicology.
Please see resume at www.stringsbyroy.com
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Frequently asked questions
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been involved with many aspects of music performance and education for 20 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $35 for 30 minute lessons and $50 for an hour.
How did you get started teaching?
Learning and teaching music has always been part of my life. I started teaching more formally in 1990.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I played violin in the following shows at the Orpheum Theatre (Memphis) from 1984 - 2006. Usually, we would do a 5 hour rehearsal in the lobby, an hour sound check in the pit, then a show that same night! Then 7 more shows that week...it paid around $1200 before deductions. This was a highly demanding professional job.
Hello, Dolly - 3x (Carol Channing, and others)
King And I - 3x (Richard Harris, others)
My Fair Lady - 3x
Camelot - 4x? (Robert Goulet)
South Pacific - 2x
Joseph - 2x
Jesus Christ Super Star (great, great, band)
The Sound of Music - 2x (Marie Osmond & oldest boy from Brady Bunch)
Singing in the Rain
Carousel (w/ the Guy from Dukes of Hazard and a real jerk of a conductor)
Peter Pan (Kathy Rigby)
Chicago - 2x (1 violin)
Ragtime (1 violin, conductor was a real jerk)
Annie - 2x (1 violin)
Jolson (1 violin)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Carlton Leaks, a friend from OHS wrote this. He forgot to bring all the orchestra music! - what a mess)
Secret Garden (1 violin?)
Sunset Blvd (Petula Clark?)
Beauty & the Beast - 2x
Titanic (really, really, bad show but traveling concert master Eva Rosenberg was great)
Brigadoon (easily the world's worst show)
Anything Goes (I have no memory of this show)
West Side Story - 2x (Bill Thurman was fired at the intermission of the first show for playing fiddle tunes during the breaks)
Spamalot (1 violin)
I played the following shows in other venues around the South:
Pippin – Germantown Community Theater
Music Man – GTT
West Side Story - GTT
A Little Night Music – Overton Park Shell (I conducted a small ork)
Camelot - Theater Memphis (30 shows!)
Wizard of Oz – Some High school in Bartlett?
South Pacific – West Memphis Community Theater
Scrooge – Overton HS
Mel Torme - Some hotel ballroom
Robert Goulet (Stage show, Orpheum)- 4x?
Burt Bacharach - (we almost got in a fist fight, Hilton)
Smokey Robinson - 7x (notorious jerk conductor)
Johnny Mathis - 4? 5X? (w/a great, great guitarist)
Natilie Cole - Hilton Hotel
John Denver - Mud Island (string quartet)
Henry Mancini - Mud Island
David Gest's All Star Extravaganza
Todd Snyder (Memphis, Eugene)
Cat Power Tour - (USA & Europe) 2006
Peter Pan - (St Mary's/Buckman Theater)
A Mid Summer Night's Dream (TN Shakespeare, 2009 - 21 shows!)
Mac Frampton Band (Helena, AR)
Various local shows
Later, with Jools Hollond - (BBC, London) (Cat Power)
Austin City Limits (Cat Power)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Cat Power) (We were booked to do David Letterman but it fell through the night before)