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Competition Judge for the Scottish Fiddle Club of Colorado
Section Violin in the Southern Methodist University Conservatory Orchestra from 1987-1993
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher. I have a gentle approach that works to develop confidence and skill. I am a violinist with over 30 years of experience, and also a mental health counselor. I got started working with children during my graduate education at Regis University, where I specialized in Play Therapy. During that time, I fell in love with working with children. Musically, I specialize in Classical, Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle traditions. I have played with notable acts such as The Fray, and toured the U.S.
I have experience with a wide-range of children and can accommodate a variety of cognitive and emotional needs. However, I do teach all ages. My youngest student was 4, and my oldest was 72. I have been teaching violin since 2017. Every student's musical journey is unique and I work with their individual strengths to help them achieve their goals. I use a classical foundation to advance a student's skills, and I use other styles of music to keep students motivated. I will teach any genre based on a student's individual interests.
I collaborate with my students to determine their needs and goals. When starting out with beginners, I usually start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements for Strings. I then transition to Suzuki repertoire. I also include music individual to each student based on their interests. My methods are flexible and designed to draw out the strengths of each student. I like to have open communication with my students, and I like to get feedback from my students about where they are at so I can meet them there.
I love what I do and it makes me so happy to be able to share my passion with others. Since starting as a violin teacher, I’ve been privileged to see so many students discover their natural skills and abilities and reach results they never dreamed were possible. I tailor each lesson individually based on a student's interest and skill. The most important thing I can do in a lesson is provide the skills that build confidence. Improved confidence helps motivate a student to continue to excel, and this can be applied to all areas of their life.
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