When I was nine I decided to become a teacher. Got my Music Education, K-12 degree in 1983. Been teaching music in public schools (seven years) and privately ever since. I love working with students of all ages and levels! We work on playing student's favorite music on violin, viola, 'cello, or piano, music theory, and composition.
I love to see people bloom. Music opens up their hearts, makes their minds work, strengthens their abilities, determination, discipline, and confidence. It's also as fun as it is beautiful!
Pam had so much patience with my 6 year old granddaughter. Pam was able to work with her short attention span and make music fun. And I learned how to read music and play violin a little myself! We love “Miss Pam”!
Patience, excellent ear, cares about students. Can teach children and adults. Mixes fun into the hard work which makes one try harder.
Pam was great with our 6-year-old daughter. She taught violin in an age-appropriate and fun way!
Great teacher, fun to work with, passionate about music. Strong emphasis on fundamentals!
This is the exciting part! Holding your instrument for the first time, learning the parts, plucking or playing the keys, learning the language of music. We want to start improvising as soon as possible!
I decided to become a teacher at nine, found the violin at ten, started playing professionally at seventeen, got my Music Ed., K-12 Bachelor's Degree, and started teaching private lessons at a sweet Montessori school. I went on to teach for seven years in public elementary, middle, and high schools. I taught for another seven years at a lovely studio in NC, for twelve years at The Music Emporium in Charlottesville, VA, and at the same time at Stevens School of Music and Arts since 2014. I love teaching and playing!
We work on a quarterly basis. Students may pay by the month, quarter, or lesson. Each quarter has twelve weeks in it with eleven weeks of lessons and one make-up included. If students don't miss any lessons, the twelfth lesson is an extra lesson. We are very flexible with rescheduling lessons since we want to keep our momentum going!
I went to my favorite elementary school and asked for an instrument. Violin was available. I fell in love the first time I held it. I'll never forget how special the violin was and how magical it felt to simply hold it and gently pluck it. I decided to teach the year before when all my dolls needed to learn how to read.
I have had the honor of starting people on the violin from age 5 to 85. We've played Baroque, Classical, Fiddle, Jazz, Country, Worship, Disney, Pop, K-Pop, my student's compositions, and Improv. I love working with people on music.
Oh, I have fond memories that are formed daily by bright, talented, sweet students finding their musical way! In specific, the memory of a student's first eye-closed improvisation comes to mind. She just played and played. The music just flowed and her face was serene. It was beautiful.
Meet your teacher. Talk to them. Let them know what you want. You may not know what you want at first, so work together to find your musical path!
Do you want to work? Learning is hard work. Playing a musical instrument is hard work. Any skill worth learning is challenging And Rewarding. Music gives a lifetime of beauty, expression, and joy.