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Bachelor Degree: University of Washington
2009 - recording for History Channel program
2010- performed music of Matteo Messina @ Benaroya Hall
2012- performed w/ DJ Cut Chemist @ Benaroya Hall
2013-Present touring band
Hello! My name is Amanda. I have been playing violin for twenty-one years and teaching for the past ten. The enthusiasm and joy I bring to music, whether teaching or performing, is infectious to those around me. In 2013, I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. Some of my highlight moments have been performing at Benaroya Hall and touring the United States with Mary Lambert. I am currently in the process of writing and recording my own album. Stay tuned and let's play!
I started teaching music approximately ten years ago when I was in college. It has since expanded to opportunities such as being a music director with Mercer Island school's and violin coach with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. In every facet of my teaching, including my private studio, I emphasize ergonomics and tone; these are one of the greatest challenges encounter by violinist. I believe that when playing comings with ease and the bow hand mechanics are in place, that the left hand and intonation will quickly follow suit.
I believe that learning should be fun! I cater my teaching curriculum to individual students. I do encourage regular practice because noticeable advances and accomplishments serve to keep students eager and motivated. I use Essential Elements by Hal Leonard, various Wohlfhart etudes, fiddle tunes, jazz/swing standards, and work from chord charts for rock tunes. I encourage learning by ear, we will often go through popular melodies in this way. When ready, I introduce theory and the circle of fifths in to my curriculum and we will transpose short jingles to illuminate the finger board. Additionally, I encourage students to bring in music they are working on or are interested in.
I try and approach each hurdle of the instrument in a thoughtful and individually based manner. I understand that no two students learn in the same way. I have students write out in their own words each exercises as we go through them, empowering them to be their own teacher outside of lesson time. Each lesson we begin with warm ups before we delve into repertoire; my lessons are not a show and tell, but rather an exploration of sound. I pace material in such a way that concepts and technique build off one another in a steady progression until fluidity on the instrument is achieved.
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