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I am a sophomore in college studying pastoral music. I have had four violin teachers over my nine years of violin instruction and am currently being taught by Elizabeth Zempel who learned from Mimi Zweig at Indiana University.
I am an advanced violinist and pianist. I play violin in the chamber strings orchestra at my college. I also play violin in one of the church ensembles and regularly play violin in my church orchestra I have also played for numerous recitals and other occasions.
I am a 19 year-old student of Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Having grown up the second oldest of five siblings, I understand how to relate to other people and work with them even in difficult situations. As a Christian, I believe in good character principles and righteous living. I ultimately desire the best for others rather than myself. With a life of teaching ahead of me, I am constantly seeking better ways of instructing students, relating with their issues, and helping them find the best way to success. I am teaching summer lessons this year (present-Aug. 26).
I have been playing the violin for the past nine years and have had four excellent violin instructors, each with different backgrounds and approaches to violin instruction. Because of this, I have had well-rounded education in the violin which is a great benefit in my violin teaching. Up to this point, I have taught violin to six different students and have seen each of them make remarkable progress. Not only have my students enjoyed their time with me, but I have also looked forward to and planned for each of their lessons throughout the week.
Course Materials: I teach classical style music. I use the Suzuki books as repertoire for all students (I do not teach the Suzuki method though) and occasionally use other helpful materials such as Kreuitzer and Trott to teach intermediate students etudes, positions, and technique. Through these materials, I help every one of my students acquire the freedom that comes from a balanced position and relaxed motions. This approach to the violin opens up the student’s awareness of what they can do and gives them the ease in violin playing that is necessary in bringing them to the highest level. The only way of achieving true violin playing success is having an excellent foundation upon which to build. Whether you are a beginner or you have played for a few years, the instruction that I offer you in violin is invaluable because it is centered on establishing a strong foundation in the fundaments of violin technique. Well-organized program: Organization is another key to successful learning. Since the level of success of a child is greatly affected by the assistance they receive from their parents, it is important that parents can understand and monitor their student’s learning. This is made easy through my well laid-out organization of violin instruction and student practice. I have a series of charts by which the student, teacher, and parent (if applicable) can all easily understand, monitor, and assist the learning process. My goal/vision for my students: This summer, I have a definite vision for each of my students. I want each of them to acquire the foundational techniques that every violinist should have and that is lacking in most violin instruction today. That is, the freedom that comes from having a balanced stance and fluent, relaxed motions while playing the violin. I do not just teach to teach nor do I simply encourage students to learn the violin because they should. I want each of my students as they learn, to acquire a vision of how they can use the things that they learn to help others. Learning is ultimately only useful and fulfilling when it can be passed on to others. Therefore, with the firm foundation with which I equip each of my students, they have the tools they need to one day pass on to others their skills and knowledge. Therefore, I take the opportunity of teaching you or your child very seriously because, not only are you important, but the next generation of violinists is too. I also want my students to learn the valuable development skills and character qualities that can be acquired while learning the violin. These including time management, patience, fine motor skills, and relaxation while performing a complicated task.
Teacher interaction with hands-on at lessons: In order to help students understand the feeling of correct violin playing, I occasional assist them in such ways as guiding the bow, hands, and arms. Student interaction: I want every one of my students to be engaged and excited while learning the violin. My aim is to combine fun with learning. I want to make learning the violin enjoyable for them. More important to me than the material that is covered is if my student learns to love music, specifically the violin. Eventually, a student’s love for the violin will naturally lend itself to a desire for further violin instruction. Students who desire violin instruction progress the fastest. I give students the amount of instruction and new information that I believe they can handle but that will also help them progress as rapidly as possible without overloading them. Focus on technique: Over the past few years, I have been learning that there are key violin playing technique principles that many teachers and violinists do not understand. Too much violin playing and teaching today either leads to rigid, overly structured playing or to uncontrolled, unstructured playing. There needs to be a balance. I teach my students the key principles behind violin playing so that they will understand why we play the violin like we do, not just that we do. This will give them a solid foundation in violin instruction that they would not otherwise have.
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