Carter Suzuki Violin And Fiddling

Carter Suzuki Violin And Fiddling

5.0 (10)
2 hires on
2 employees
37 years in business

About this pro

We are a fully authentic Suzuki Violin program providing weekly private lessons as well as twice monthly group classes for student's enrolled in our studio. We also provide expert tutelage in fiddling. We teach all ages highly successfully.  Qualified and highly experienced in both genres. We have been saturated in the fiddling world through directing State Fiddle Championships for 15 years and serving as National and state level judges. 

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Vancouver, WA 98682
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  • Sue Hansen

    Denice is a mastered, professional in the violin field. She is highly knowledgeable and trained with skills and drills to help you not only learn but accomplish and perfect your Suzuki songs. Look no further!

  • Eileen Walter

    I've been studying Texas-style fiddling with Denice for the past several years and find her to be experienced, knowlegeable, analytical, and caring.

  • Jamie Shoote

    We started with Denice Carter almost 4 years ago. I say we because it has become a wonderful family experience! My daughter is now 12 and has learned so much more than classical violin and fiddling but, she is getting pretty darn good at that too! We love it and what both Denice and her daughter Aarun have shared with us has been nothing short of amazing! Oh, did I mention the new musically family we have now....AWESOME!

  • Janet Gunter

    Working with Denice has really helped my daughter grow as a player. Denice pushes her to reach her potential and has gotten to know my daughter’s strengths and challenges. This enables her to fine tune her instruction to maximize the results. Suzuki method is the BEST and the twice monthly group classes are a wonderful bonus. My daughter didn’t know anything about fiddling when she started taking lessons from Denice, but quickly took to the style and has enjoyed the more relaxed, fun, rhythmic nature of the music. Fiddling contrasts and compliments Suzuki method/classical music to enhance my daughter’s overall musical knowledge and ability. In my opinion, if you are serious about learning violin or learning alongside your child while they learn violin, Suzuki method and Denice Carter are for you.

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

Our studio systematically covers all technical training. Our passion is teaching in a loving and nurturing manor while bringing students to their full potential. Students following our instruction find joy through mastery of thier instrument! Student's begin by learning by ear which is best when honing the skills needed to play in tune on the violin. Listening to the repitoir  being taught is an integral and essential element needed to develop our skills. With our many years of experience we have countless ways of helping the student enjoy the process!  We have two instructors - Denice Carter teaches in Vancouver Tues-thurs and champion fiddler and Suzuki trained Aarun Carter teaches in Portland Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wednesdays in Vancouver. Aarun also teaches fiddle students how to play back up guitar.  

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

Fully Suzuki trained and seasoned fiddlers. 35 and 10 years experience.

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

We charge flat rate monthly tuition. Half hour weekly lessons are $120 per month. 45 minute as well as hour slots are available. We ask that new students commit to a year and payment is set up through PayPal auto pay. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching as a young high school student. Since the age of nine I knew teaching would be what I would do! My journey began 48 years ago! Teaching is my passion!

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages from 18 months to 80!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I very much enjoy working with my students in group class! My daughter and I hold twice monthly Suzuki group classes for 18 and under, monthly adult group class as well as working with our high energy fiddle performance group FDDLOCITY! Group classes are provided to students of CSFV at no additional charge. 

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

Respect the teachers expertise. If you are confident in thier skills as a teacher, learning will progress smoothly and productively! Clearly communicate what you are looking for, your goals and struggles. Ours Is a parent involved program for students 12 and under. Older students may choose unaccompanied lessons. 

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

Do I have time to practice? Time must be set aside each day for practice. 

Am I able to commit, long term? Learning to play the violin is not a quick process. It takes years of study to achieve mastery.

Am I willing, as parent to help my child (with guidance from instructor), provide a nurturing musical environment and attend lessons with my child? 

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