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Betsy F In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Voice, Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Country, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

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Betsy F In Home In Studio
Instruments: Voice, Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Country, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

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Ages Taught: 3-80
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I have a bachelors in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music.  I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola.  I began singing professional gigs while still in high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17.  I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theatre, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music.  With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.   I currently play viola with the La Jolla Symphony andhave sung with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony.  I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups.  I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student.  With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and love teaching children.
Overview:
Lessons are fun!  My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come.  Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime. After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages.  After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs. I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons.    I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books.  A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization, and an ipad or tablet keyboard works great.  A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.   
EXPERIENCE
I have over 14 years of teaching experience, with students as young as 3, to retirees starting a musical instrument to keep their mind sharp.
METHODS USED
Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest.  With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, and I use other books to supplement scales/technique.  If a student already has musical literature I am very open to using that to build a specific curriculum for that student.
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I like to inspire my students with my own passion for music, and keep lessons fun.  Students should never feel like lessons are a chore, but rather should leave a lesson inspired.  I think of music as food for the soul.  
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