Master’s Degree Violin Performance, DePaul University, Chicago
Bachelor’s Degree Violin Performance, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Suzuki Teacher Trained All Ten Books
I teach Suzuki Violin Lessons in multiple locations throughout the Twin Cities. If you are close to St. Paul, Falcon Heights, Roseville, Maplewood near 3M, Lake Elmo, Oakdale, East St. Paul, Stillwater, Cottage Grove, Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Golden Valley, Maple Grove and Crystal, please contact me for violin instruction near you. For my current music studio locations, please see my VIOLIN LESSONS page. It should be noted that I am not the typical Suzuki teacher because I like to introduce note reading as soon as the student is ready for it. For more information on how I promote musical growth in my students, please see Why My Studio?
Note: As my schedule can fill up fast, please inquire regarding available lesson time openings, lesson scheduling, etc.
When My Passion for The Violin Began
My interest in the violin began when my kindergarten class studied the letter v and my teacher’s son played the violin. My teacher asked if anybody wanted to learn to play the violin and I raised my hand. Lessons were begun shortly.
During my high school years, I studied with the legendary Mary West. The biggest impression Mary West made on me as a teacher was that no aspect of violin technique should be neglected.
My Teaching Method
The Suzuki method, the method I use to teach violin, does an excellent job developing a student’s ear. By learning to play by ear, a violinist can learn music that he/she hears online or on the radio. He or she can play other genres of music when they are able play by ear such as the fiddle piece shown here:
While being able to play by ear is important for being able to tell if a note is in tune, as soon as the student is ready, I like to introduce note reading as soon as the student is ready for it.
A chief component of the Suzuki method is parental involvement. I have observed that when students whose parents, both musical and non-musical, coach their child’s practices at home, musical progress is quicker than students whose parents do not help them practice. Many notable violinists began their musical education with the Suzuki method. In a typical lesson, I demonstrate to both students and parents how to practice and what technical aspect should be practiced at home.
My Teaching Philosophy
My interest in teaching the violin began during my first year of graduate school while pursuing my Masters Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University. I believe that studying music teaches work ethic, persistence and discipline so that students can be successful in their chosen career field later in life. It is rewarding to teach students at any level and see their transformation. I have taught using the Suzuki method since 2002. Since 2005, I have travelled to the Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to refine my teaching skills and get new ideas for teaching the violin. In particular, I look for how to teach the same thing in different ways. I enjoy learning how to teach different techniques in various ways since each student learns differently. Therefore, I like the challenge of figuring out what teaching tools work for each particular student.
I enjoy working with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. I have experience working with ADHD and students on the autism spectrum as well as the gifted and talented.