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Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance- University of Texas at Austin
Training in Violin/Viola pedagogy with University of Texas String Project
Attended University of Texas music school on music scholarship.
Played in Austin Symphony first violin section for 10 years.
Principal second violinist - Austin Lyric Opera - 5 seasons.
I have a deep love for teaching and performing music. While in high school I taught students, played in several performing groups, and toured Europe with a youth orchestra composed of students from all over the United States. I earned my degree in violin performance from the University of Texas in 1981, having served several times as concertmaster of the University of Texas Symphony and taught students in the University of Texas String Project. I have performed with numerous orchestras around Texas and taught in both public and private school programs, as well as my private home studio. My wife, a very talented teacher and performer, teaches voice.
I began teaching students while still in high school. I continued teaching students in college with the University of Texas String Project. Upon graduation, I taught programs in both public and private schools, while developing a studio of private students at our home. I have taught private students for most of the past 35 years, teaching all ages from 6 yrs. and up, beginning to advanced. I encourage regular practice for steady improvement and also instruct my students in how to practice in order to make the best progress. I teach not only the technical aspects of playing the instrument, but also how to draw the greatest enjoyment from music by understanding the style and how to best express the feeling of the music in that style. I teach classical technique, but have seen that students enjoy including other styles such as fiddle tunes, popular, and ethnic music.
I start beginning students who are children with instruction in the basics of playing the instrument, helping them to play their first couple of pieces before reading music. I follow this as quickly as possible with Samuel Applebaum's String Builder. I find this particular method the simplest and quickest way to learn reading music on the instrument. I then transfer into other method books (including the Suzuki materials) to guide the student through the levels of playing. For adults, I use various approaches depending on their interests and ability levels.
I love to play the instrument and want my students to develop that love as well. I use a carefully explained, step by step approach that is tailored to each student's personality and ability. My goal is for the student to feel as quickly as possible that he or she is really playing! I am very encouraging about accomplishments, as well as explaining clearly the particular elements that the student needs to work on to improve. I set a positive and encouraging atmosphere at every lesson and never want my students to feel intimidated or fearful.
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