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Rachel R In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Rachel R In Home In Studio
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 8-80
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BM, University of Redlands, Music Education
Overview:
I am very passionate about music. I've been playing music for most of my life and I don't think I will ever stop! I started playing violin when I was 8 years old, but when I discovered viola in middle school, I decided to make the switch. I've always wanted to keep music in my life, so I attended the University of Redlands and graduated with a bachelor of music in music education. I am currently a part of the Sonic Open Orchestra and I play in community groups as well. I want to be able to pass on my knowledge of music to someone else and see the light in their eyes when they play.
EXPERIENCE
I started teaching while I was in college. There is this program at my university that allows music majors to teach private lessons and after school programs. Since I was interested in pursuing a career in music education, this was the perfect learning opportunity for me. This is where I really found that I love teaching private lessons. I love seeing my students grow, especially when they were having a hard time grasping a certain concept. I had a student once that had absolutely no sense of rhythm, and I did everything in my power to teach her to understand it. One day she came in, and it was like a miracle. It was one of the best feelings I ever had, and she is one of the reasons why I teach.
METHODS USED
For beginning students, i like to start with the Essential Elements method book. The pieces in this method book are good for beginners because they are short and simple. For more advanced students, I like to delve into the Suzuki method books and then into more advanced solo repertoire from there. However, each student is different, so each student's lesson may look different. I also like to see what pieces or scales the student is interested in learning and incorporate that into the lesson plan.
LESSON STYLE
I think it is important to have a strong foundation when you're learning to play an instrument. And what is absolutely essential is scales. If you can play scales well, then you're off to a good start! You may very well be able to learn new music faster and play the pieces better! However, I do not believe that scales should dominate the lesson because that is not fun for the student or the teacher. I think that music lessons need to be an exciting learning experience. I try to find out what inspires the student to practice and come to their lesson eager to learn.
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