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Studied Violin for 10 Years in Elementary School, Hamilton Country Day School.
2003 - Concert Master Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Prep Strings.
I started playing the violin when i was 5 years old, I went to Hamilton Country Day School in Attleboro MA as a child where violin was part of the curriculum. I was lucky enough to be the Concert master in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in the Prep Strings section when i was 10 years old. I don't have prior experience teaching students, but i have almost 20 years of experience playing, and look forward to sharing what knowledge, and passion for music i have with students of all ages.
I don't have prior teaching experience, but in the 10 years that i took lessons, I can tell you how important it is to have a teacher that understands the needs and skill level of the student. And i quote from a teacher that i had when i was a kid, "It takes 5 years to sound bad on the violin". Which is true cause it's a difficult instrument to learn, but it's extremely rewarding to make progress in as a result. I look forward to helping students achieve their musical dreams, and give them a solid understanding of the violin.
For young children, i would start by showing them Twinkle Twinkle, once the student is able to hold the violin and bow upright without my help, and they understand the basics of violin. For children and adults, i would start with the book A Tune A Day, cause it teaches the basics of playing the violin such as simple scales and arpeggios, and will allow the student to make progress with each song they learn. For students who are adults i would also ask them if there's any particular style they're interested in learning and instruct them in a way that makes it interesting.
I would approach teaching by making sure the student is comfortable with whatever i am showing them, and trying to adapt to whatever style makes them comfortable if necessary. Setting goals for the end of each lesson is important based on their skill level and how quickly they pick up the information. I will do whatever it takes to make sure the student is getting some sort of value from the lesson, and make every minute count. And i think this starts by getting to know the student better and making sure their learning style and abilities fit together with my teaching style.
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