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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical, Folk, Country

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Nikkia C In Studio
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical, Folk, Country

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Ages Taught: 3-30
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
MM, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Violin & Viola Pedagogy BM, University of Northwestern, Violin Performance
Awards:

2014 - Presenter Assistant at the John Hopkins Peabody Institute Violin Pedagogy Conference

2013 - Concertmaster of UWM Symphony Orchestra

2012 - Presenter Assistant at the String Academy of Wisconsin Violin Teacher Workshop

2012 - Carnegie Hall performance with the UWM Symphony Orchestra

2011 - UWM String Scholarship Winner

Overview:
Hello, I love both music, the violin, and working with children of all ages! I recently graduated with a Master's degree in violin pedagogy and moved to Pasadena, CA.  While I am trained as a classical violinist with an undergraduate degree in violin performance, I also was privileged to work with the bluegrass fiddler/songwriter Becky Buller for several years along with performing bluegrass music with my family (I am the oldest of 9 children and we all play the violin along with many other instruments and play and sing together). As a performer, I have played as concertmaster of serveral orchestras and enjoy playing chamber music, soloing and playing fiddle and singing folk songs. I have toured several European countries as an orchestral player, along with getting the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, a highlight of my career thus far!
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching for the past 11 years and have had a full studio of 20-25 students during that time. Over the past four summers I have also directed chamber music and fiddle music camps. I specialize in starting very young children on the violin, as young as age 2, although depending on the child starting between ages 3-6 is ideal. It is very important to me to tailer my teaching to each student and their developmental and musical level. I love introducing children to new musical concepts and coming alongside them on this often life-long musical journey. There is unique relationship that forms during private music lessons, one that can have a large impact on the student, and I take that responsibility very seriously. That said, I like to make learning to play the violin as fun and easy as possible without sacrificing fundamental technique. I have had great sucess with various practice stragegies and find my students are highly motivated by these. I encourage performing at a young age and often, along with participating in music festivals and, as they become older, youth orchestras and chamber groups. 
METHODS USED
For young students, I use a Suzuki Method hybrid, meaning I incorporate additional note-reading and music theory elements while using the Suzuki Violin books and Suzuki's core values of imitation and ear training. I also supplement with many pieces outside of the Suzuki Method, including folk, blues, fiddle, and other styles. As students progress I include traditional etudes, technique studies and scales. My ultimate goal is to give my students all the tools they need to play and learn pieces on their own, and to that end I ensure they fully comprehend and master each step of learning before introducing new concepts. 
LESSON STYLE
Creating a non-judgemental atmosphere, where students are free to experiment, make mistakes, and try again, is crucial for learning an instrument such as the violin. With this instrument, repeptition is key to learning. I also strive to set very clear, manageble goals, so students feel a sense of accomplishment at each stage. This sense of accomplishment is motivating to the student as well as the teacher! I often let students have a choice of which solo piece they get to play, as I have witnessed many past students rise to the ocassional to learn a piece they are passionate about! 
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