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Carol Beth L In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Carol Beth L In Studio
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 4-80
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Suzuki Association of the Americas - Suzuki Volume 1 Teacher Training Suzuki Association of the Americas - Suzuki Volume 2 Teacher Training Suzuki Association of the Americas - Suzuki Volume 3 Teacher Training Suzuki Association of the Americas - Suzuki Volume 4 Teacher Training
Overview:
I have been playing violin since I was 7, and viola since high school. My favorite part of music has always been the connection with others, and I still often play with others, either in chamber ensembles, sight-reading, or as part of an orchestra. I was a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony in high school, was part of my college orchestra in college, and have been a member of the San Francisco Civic Symphony since fall of 2013. I also accompany a local handbell group during their concerts. I have been working with music students since 2012, and have been attending trainings with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on an annual basis to improve my pedagogical skills.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching private violin and viola lessons in 2012, and I greatly enjoy working with my students. They range in age from 3 1/2 to adult, and each one has been unique. After beginning lessons with my first student, teaching a semester of music theory, and teaching a summer camp, I became interested in Suzuki methodology and pedagogy. I find that for younger students especially, this method allows for more parent involvement at an age when many parents want to be more involved, and many children equally appreciate this involvement. My focus is Suzuki and classical music, but each student is a little different, and I try to adapt to each student's needs. One of my newest students is interested in fiddle music, so I have my eye on several songs we can play relatively quickly. Another of my students brought in an extra song to play at her church for Easter, and we worked on it together.
METHODS USED
For beginning students, we always start with how to hold the instrument, parts of the instrument and string names, and then begin playing open strings. This may take a few lessons. Placing the left hand fingers is usually the last step before playing an A scale and then Twinkle. Setting a foundation is more important than going quickly, so many of my students spend a number of months on Twinkle before starting to move more quickly with Lightly Row. For more advanced students, I listen to what they are able to play, or open my Suzuki books to help pinpoint their level. If the student has already begun playing songs in another methodology with which they are already comfortable, we start with that. In either case, helping them to improve their violin skills is more important than learning a set repertoire.
LESSON STYLE
Each of my students is an individual with specific needs. I learn from all of them to help me be a better teacher, but keep in mind that they will have different strengths and proceed at different rates - and that's okay! I also believe that learning the violin is not a race to the end of book 10, but rather a journey, and that each student's place along that journey comes in many shades of grey. Students may be at the same level but have different strengths; likewise a student at a low technical level may understand things in some areas that a technically more advanced student doesn't understand. Students also have different interests, methods of learning, and sources of motivation to which I as a teacher must do my best to adapt.
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