Whatever their musical goals are, students who are ready to commit to taking lessons and practicing (learning how to practice) can and will have musical growth. It is good for students to listen to music often, every day in fact, and to become inspired by other performers both for entertainment and to become more motivated to work on their own skills. I provide regular performance opportunities called “String Play Parties” or recitals every 6 months, and other public performances for in our community for members of my studio. Students are required to attend performances.
Students study technique from the Suzuki Method Books as well as other classical methodology books such as Nicholas Laoureux, Wohlfhardt, Kreutzer, Kayer and Mazas, etc.. Fiddle Students may work from the Mark O’Connor Method, and learn many other fiddle tunes such as Irish, Celtic, Scottish, American Bluegrass, too. Cello students work from the Suzuki Books, Francis Grant and others. I include Memorization, Sight Reading and Practice Methodology in lessons.
“IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW WELL YOU PLAY, IT’S HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT WHAT YOU PLAY. YOU CAN’T HELP PUTTING YOURSELF INTO MUSIC!” from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
“To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable!” – Ludwig Van Beethoven
Musicians don’t compete with each other, they compete with themselves. – Jascha Heifitz
I support students to learn in their own way and pace. Every day is treated as a new opportunity to learn. I want every student to discover the joy of learning to play and of reaching their own musical goals one lesson at a time! My students are asked to come to each lesson with a teachable attitude and a real desire to learn!