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Praxton S In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Violin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Soul

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Praxton S In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Soul

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BM, Berklee College of Music, Violin Performance BM, Berklee College of Music, Music Business Minor, Minor, Berklee College of Music, Writing for TV and New Media

Awards:

2013 - 2017 Berklee Presidential Scholarship

Overview:
I'm a violinist, singer-songwriter, and composer. I began playing violin at age 5 through the Suzuki method. I teach classical music, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk, roots, and more. In 2017, I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BM in Violin Performance, Music Business, and a minor in Writing for TV and New Media. I've performed with Solange Knowles, Bootsy Collins, Panic! At the Disco, Slash, Jefferson Starship, and more. I've also performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Boston Symphony Hall among other places. I encourage students to explore their musical curiosities. I enjoy providing resources that help students reach their full potential. I love cultivating the gift of sound in all aspects of life.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching violin in 2012 and provided lessons to colleagues throughout college. I've also counseled years of Suzuki camp. I teach classical violin, jazz, pop, rock, and more. In addition to classical repertoire, I incorporate jazz and modal study into lessons. I think of classical music as linear and jazz as everything in between. Utilizing this palette as a beginner will make crossing over to other genres and styles far easier. Since I'm a singer-songwriter, once a solid foundation is established, we can expand our training to electric violin, the utilization of FX pedals, and techniques for singing and playing, if desired. The key to improving is practice. Practicing isn't always fun, but the hardest part is getting started. I like to emphasize that the process isn't always easy, but the result is rewarding. Practicing is also enjoyable when you're clear on your goals and when you're inspired. CONSISTENT practice is the key to improving. When you practice consistently, your hard work will truly pay off.
METHODS USED
Proper technique is most important. A solid foundation is key. Without proper technique, you lack the ability to produce a pleasing sound. Advancing on the instrument will also be much more difficult. First, my students learn to hold the violin and bow properly, as well as resting and playing positions. If you'd like to follow a specified course of study, we begin the first steps of that method. Otherwise, we will follow the Suzuki method until the student reaches a level of expansion. A balanced violin diet consists of a scale, a technical study, a working piece, and active listening. I incorporate major, minor, and modal scale practice. In addition to listening to the working piece, I encourage students to utilize YouTube and listen to great violinists of various genres.
LESSON STYLE
I present a nurturing teaching environment where students are free to explore and express themselves, but they also know what's expected. I love fostering curiosity and creativity. I encourage students to bring in videos of great players and songs they've heard. It's my goal to help each student learn the instrument and feel comfortable with their movement so they can use the violin as an instrument of expression in all aspects of life. I also introduce and emphasize the importance of mindfulness and awareness. Utilizing mindfulness assures that each student is present and efficient in their practice.
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