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Nathaniel D Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Electric Violin, Fiddle
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Reggae, Swing, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Nathaniel D Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Electric Violin, Fiddle
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Reggae, Swing, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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BA, University of Illinois, Viola Performance, with Minor in Violin

Overview:
I started violin at the age of three under Loraine Fink in the Los Angeles area. My family moved around frequently when I was young, and, as a result, I had had more than ten different teachers before I was thirteen. I played in many school and youth orchestras, and in high school I attended North Carolina School of the Arts (now University of North Carolina School of the Arts) under the tutelage of Kevin Lawrence, one of the foremost pedagogical students of Ivan Galamian, who taught many illustrious violinists such as Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. His strict methods have left a mark on me with a die-hard devotion to the methods of Galamian, and I consider him to be the strongest influence on my sense of discipline as a musician. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, and it was there that I met a lot of very amazing string teachers, and I sought to be as diverse with my education as possible. I studied violin and viola while playing with a country band (picked up mandolin along the way,) and, in the last year, sought out jazz studies under Lawrence Gray to get a feel for basic jazz improvisation. I value the original music of individuals I run into in the local music scene here just as much as the somewhat antiquated music of classical composers, and, with a combination of these, I play out roughly three or four times a week and strive to always give the best performance I possibly can. The violin is not a very common instrument in any music scene outside of Nashville, and so when it is played, I believe it should always serve to dazzle, to move, and to inspire the listener, for this is the job of any musician!
EXPERIENCE
I first began teaching while at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This was the first time I learned that a student can make remarkable progress at an instrument, given the right encouragement and direction. Since moving to Madison, I have begun teaching at Heid Music, and have been gradually growing a studio on the three instruments I teach. The problem with this studio, however, is that studio availability is somewhat limited, and so it has become more practical to turn online to find more students.
METHODS USED
For beginners, I recommend the first two Suzuki books as they are a useful way of learning basic technique with a simple, song-by-song approach. For intermediate to advanced students, I utilize scales and etudes from Schradiek and Jacob Dont, and strongly recommend that they look into the six sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach. It is absolutely important for a professional musician to have good technique, including intonation, extreme agility with the right hand, and good tone production overall, and these are the three things which my methods focus on primarily. Advanced students should have a solid grasp of all the basic intervals of double-stops, and, in fact, should be able to play any combination of any two notes spanning up to a tenth, or as far as their fingers can reach. Thorough study of Dont and basic scale studies can help to achieve this, but it reaches its real application when one is able to play Paganini or Ysaÿe, and especially the works of Hindemith.
LESSON STYLE
During my year at North Carolina School of the Arts, I studied under Kevin Lawrence, a prestigious student of Ivan Galamian. Under his guidance, I was first instructed in the Galamian method of violin playing, which is what I recommend first and foremost to students. In theory and playing across various string instruments, Galamian's methods developed violin playing in the twentieth century, which are what I continue forward, using new techniques and technology in the twenty-first. I recommend Galamian's Fundamentals of Violin Playing and Teaching to all students, as well as Carl Flesch's Problems in Tone Production in Violin Playing.
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Kris S.

5

Nate's a fantastic and gifted teacher. Our 9-year old was a beginner and has progressed quickly with Nate's help. He has a great attitude and encourages our daughter at every lesson. He's dependable and easy to work with. Our family highly recommends him!

Review posted on Dec 20, 2021

Jennifet Simpson

5

Nate has been a wonderful teacher and role model for my 12 year old son. He is an innovative teacher and has added a lot to my son's repertoire, helping him grow immensely with his violin skills. He is patient and kind and we feel very lucky to have him!

Review posted on Dec 17, 2021

Aimee Walsh

5

Nate is incredibly passionate about music, patient, and flexible. He has really helped my 11 year old son develop confidence on the violin.

Review posted on May 10, 2020

Benjamin W. Cameron

5

I spent hours trying to teach myself to play the violin. After much frustration while making a tortured screeching noise, I decided to contact Nate for a lesson. After 5-10 minutes of instruction on holding the bow and holding the instrument, I was playing smooth singing notes and grinning ear to ear. I was invigorated and inspired with the possibility of increasing my skills on such an expressive instrument! Nate is a pro, a good teacher, and passionate about music. He's also a nice guy and I will be taking more lessons from him. Five stars. Definitely worth it.

Review posted on Mar 25, 2020
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