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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Erin H In Home In Studio
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Bachelor Degree: University of Chicago, Professional Certificate: Columbia University

Awards:

University of Chicago Scholarship for Orchestral Excellence - 2016

National Symphony Orchestra Summer Fellow - 2016

Overview:

I'm a musician and writer based in Uptown with 16 years of experience playing Violin and Viola. I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 and have studied Viola with Ronald Houston, currently teaching at Southern Methodist University, and Doyle Armbrust of the Spektral Quartet. I am currently a member of the Chelsea Symphony, was formerly the principal Violist of the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and I'm a former fellow with the National Symphony Orchestra's summer festival in Washington, D.C. I enjoy working with young composers and playing at churches and gathering around NYC. I first began to teach violists as an instructor for the JDR Music summer academy in Plano, TX in 2014 and have since taken on violin students of all ages in early stages of their musical training.

EXPERIENCE

I began teaching lessons part time five years ago when I was an undergraduate. I have worked with all ages, from young students to teenagers to adult learners. I also have experience coaching small ensembles at summer string camps. I love to give my students opportunities to play music together and for each other. When I was taking lessons as a young student, I found that the community that my teacher fostered at his studio by holding recitals, weekly group classes and holiday events was just as important to my improvement as my one-on-one time with my teacher.

METHODS USED

I believe in the importance of holistic music pedagogy for students at every level. Musicianship requires technical proficiency, music theory training, music history study, and creativity. I prefer to craft unique courses of study for each of my students rather than using popular, one-size-fits-all approaches, such as the Suzuki Method. Though many of these methods have valuable pedagogical insights, I hope my students can have a deep engagement with music, art and creativity that goes beyond technical mastery, a goal that requires a greater flexibility than such methods provide. As a teacher, I hope to facilitate the creativity of all my students and cultivate a life-long love of the arts. I love working with young students and adult learners. It is never too early or too late to learn an instrument!

LESSON STYLE

Playing a string instrument is very difficult and for a student to really flourish as a musician requires that they develop confidence and discipline. I find that the relationship between a music student and teacher is one that develops skills for life, not just musical techniques. I feel very thankful to my own teachers for showing me how powerful my hard work and dedication was, how fun and exciting music can be, and most importantly that their criticisms of my playing always meant that they believed in me. A good teacher is always caring and understanding, but also knows when to push students to do something difficult. I always hope to maintain that balance, particularly when I'm teaching younger students.

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