“Practice makes permanent.” I learned this from one of my GTCYS orchestra directors! My main goal for teaching violin is to help each student learn the joy and freedom of being lifelong learners. I teach following a gentle, sequenced path of technical work that when practiced, allows students to create solid and permanent foundations to their technique. Once they have “paved the path” of solid technique and independent learning, so to speak, they are free to run ahead and play music in any genre that might spark their interest!
Playing music is fun and I also believe that incorporating fun into the hard work of mastery is important for everyone! For children of all ages I love making learning and practicing fun, using games, stories, or simply by laughing! Not only does this encourage students to enjoy what they do, but it actually helps them learn better.
I have been teaching violin to students of all ages and skill levels for over seven years and have had the joy of seeing musical and personal growth in all of them. I have a BA degree in music from the University of Northwestern and a violin teaching certification with Dr. Stephanie Allen of Violin Technique Coaching. I use the Violin Technique Coaching method that Doctor Stephanie Allen organized from Sally O'Reilly of the University of Minnesota. This method focuses on teaching note reading and violin technique with discipline, but in a very fun way.
I like to learn as much as I can about a new student to cater my teaching style to their learning strengths and individual needs. I have a holistic approach to teaching with a focus on encouraging students to develop a growth mindset and become independent learners.
I organize multiple performance opportunities for my students. Some of these opportunities are more casual and are a great way to practice performing!