I am a violin/fiddle player of 20 years, with over 5 years of teaching experience. I have studied the Suzuki Violin Method and the O'Connor fiddle method and have been registered as a Suzuki Violin Teacher. I have graduated from Texas State University in International Relations and Music, where I taught violin in the String Project program for 2 years. I teach students of all ages and currently have a growing studio in South Austin.
What I enjoy most about teaching music is watching my students grow in not only their ability, but in their enjoyment of their instrument. Something truly magical happens when a student develops confidence in their playing and to be a part of that creation brings me so much joy.
Robyn has created a fun, encouraging environment for my beginning violinist, who started playing in Kindergarten. She teaches and provides correction in positive ways. She’s also been great to work with our large family. I have younger children that have to accompany us to lessons, and that’s never been a problem for Robyn. It has worked out great for our whole family.
Robyn has been an excellent violin teacher for 2 of my kids, and she is part of the reason we consider remaining in Austin. Her positive and patient manner of approaching even the wiggliest, goofiest child shows how gifted she is in working with children. She holds a relaxed learning space, gentle yet serious, with clear boundaries to respect lesson time, and is attentive to the finest details to ensure excellent violin technique, while encouraging improvement in every lesson. We are very happy with the progress our children have made under her direction!
I give all my new students a free 30 minute trial lesson, I do this because it is most important for the student, and the student's family that the teacher be a good fit for them. The inital lesson is typically filled with bow technique and maybe a little work with the violin, all skills on the violin are building blocks. At the end of each lesson I provide a practice sheet detailing what the student should work on throught the week.
I have been trained to teach the Suzuki Violin Method in books 1, 2, 3, and Every Child Can (for children 4 and younger). I have also had extensive training in my college career as a violin teacher in Texas State University's String Project Program.
All lessons are priced as follows:
30 minutes = $22
45 minutes = $33
60 minutes = $44
I have worked with students aged 3 to age 50 (and I would be delighted to teach students older than that too!)
For my adult students, I hold a once montly "music and dessert" were they can play music together!