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Melissa E In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Melissa E In Home In Studio
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Bachelor Degree: University of Houston

Awards:

2019 - Moores School of Music Scholarship

2019 - Full Ride Scholarship Eastern Music Festival

2018 - Played at Senator Orrin Hatch’s Farewell Address with Virtuosi of Houston in Washington D.C.

2018 - 2x All State Orchestra during high school

Overview:

I’m a passionate instructor that has enthusiastic energy and desire to make students improve. I believe that not only does the instructor must be talented good, but also know how to teach and build a strong trusting relationship to help achieve the student’s goals and see their progress. I am currently working on getting my bachelor’s degree in viola performance at the University of Houston on scholarship studying under Suzanne LeFevre, professional violist who plays at the Houston Grand Opera, and alongside with Wayne Brooks, principal chair violist from the Houston Symphony. After getting my bachelor degree, I’m hoping to audition at Rice University to get my master’s degree in music. I have performed at the Taller International Viola America in Mexico, J.F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts with Virtuosi of Houston at Washington, d.c., and recently won a full ride scholarship at Eastern Music Festival, and Sewanne Music Festival.

EXPERIENCE

I began teaching when I was a sophomore in high school (5 years ago). I started off by going to middle schools to teach violinists/violists how to polish their repertoire contest, or helped them clean their music excerpts and etudes for auditions mainly in classical music. Not only did I taught middle school kids but I also taught beginners as little as 6 years old how to play the violin or viola, with fun modern music. Moreover, now I have progressed into teaching high school students who plays viola in more advanced level such as trying to audition for texas all state orchestra, state solo and ensemble, assigned etudes, book exercises, and scales. I encourage students to be open with me if they have any problems in playing their violin/viola, feeling overwhelmed with music, and/or feeling uncomfortable/shy when playing their instrument. It is very important to address these situations in order to make sure the student feels comfortable playing the violin/viola, knows how to overcome their obstacles, and most of all, feeling confident and passionate.

METHODS USED

Those who are new in playing the violin/viola for the first time, I would start addressing how to care and properly hold their instrument and get them familiarize the suzuki book method which has simple exercises and fun modern music at the same time, so the student can learn and also have fun! Those who have a little bit more experience than a beginner in playing the violin or viola, I would ask them to play a solo piece and a scale so I can start analyzing and start working in technique such as bow usage, bow hold word, hand frame, intonation, etc. These techniques will help them apply in the future when they want to work on other pieces. I will also be assigning scales of course to help improve their ear training, etudes, exercises to build up even more technicality and for musicality, I will be assigning fun classical music pieces but if student wants modern music, that’s also fine too. A practice journal is mandatory in order to write down what students learn over in their the lesson, recording is optional.

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My goal is to help each student reach their full potential. I care about excellent music making and interested in the character developed by striving for musical excellence. I believe every human, child and adult, has an inherent love for music and a musical voice they need to express. This is why I find great fulfillment in helping students of all levels and ages realize their musical dreams through classical music lessons. Besides the need to practice daily, it is very important for the student to feel open, comfortable, finding it’s confident and able to trust the instructor throughout time in order to feel successful with their music.

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