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Instruments: Violin
Styles: Pop

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Rebecca E In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin
Styles: Pop

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
AAS, Craven Community College, Computer Engineering Technology BA, Pacific Lutheran University, Education MS, University of Florida, Soil and Water Science
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2017 - Inducted into Golden Key International Honor Society 2016 - Nominated as Teacher of the Year 2014-2016 Performed in middle school orchestra concerts (with my science students) 1991 - Selected to perform with a Traveling Baroque Quartet 1990 - Performed with Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra

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Hi! Formally, I am a science teacher. I honestly don't know if I love teaching music or science more; I'm so captivated by both. I took off a year to finish a master's degree at UF, but now I'm back to what I love - teaching youth! I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. This degree has enabled me to become a much better instructor, as well as perceive student needs and adjust teaching for different learning styles. I grew up as a "military brat" and then served in the Marine Corps. Moving to many different states and overseas countries has made me more well-rounded and appreciative of cultures. I developed a greater appreciation for music, proving it as a universal language among people holding diverse traditions. Some things I enjoy doing: teaching kids of all ages at church, creating things with carpentry/woodworking, producing artwork, reading, and going to the beach. I use my living room as my studio, it is quite large. I live alone, so it is nice and quiet. I like having a copier/printer to copy music on-the-fly. I find that depending on the lesson and the direction students take, I need to adapt the curriculum right then and there.
EXPERIENCE
I have played violin since I was in 3rd grade. I got a cello and played that in middle school, as well as violin. In 8th grade, I auditioned for and joined the high school orchestra. I was also a member of the Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra. I have often attended various universities (I hold 3 degrees), and worked many different types of jobs, but through all of this I still enjoyed teaching violin on the side. Some of my instructional goals are keeping students motivated, cultivating an appreciation of music and instruments, guide students to find their own music style, improve confidence and self-esteem, and maintain a respectful and humorous environment. Every student is different. I try to understand what is important to them and incorporate that into the lessons. For example, to change things up a bit, we can learn to play a song they enjoy on the radio if we can find the sheet music. I would like to see students perform at competitions or recitals. I listen to suggestions from students, truly contemplating their feedback. Students should look forward to lessons!
METHODS USED
Practice makes perfect. I ask students to practice as often as possible, no matter the skill level. I prefer students to start practice with scales and warm-up drills, then move on to composed pieces. Along with practice, I hope that students will not only play, but listen to their music, such as the Suzuki method. The more familiar students are with the different pitches in a song, the better they will be able to adjust their performance to correctly match. For beginning players, there will be written work to teach aspects of music, including note identification. As students progress, incorporating technical aspects of a composition and different bowing techniques is necessary. We will gradually introduce more skills. Attempting too much at one time or too fast will reduce skills and cause frustration. I incorporate a mixture of All For Strings, Stringbuilder, and Suzuki for beginners. Then add Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies and progress through the Suzuki books. Adding to this foundation, I enjoy pulling music from pop culture and longer compositions when students are capable. I have music like Stand By Me or Viva La Vida (Coldplay). Students should always have a focal piece to practice more often than other pieces, to prepare for recitals.
LESSON STYLE
As a science and violin/cello teacher, I enjoy working with youth to get them excited about the beauty that surrounds them in this world. Music, arts, literature, and science are topics in which I am most passionate. Through violin and science instruction, I focus on assessing a student's knowledge and capabilities, and then build upon it. This increases understanding, and the process of learning becomes a positive experience that instills self-confidence. I want to see students have "Aha!" moments. When students feel happy and successful, I in turn feel the same way. My teaching philosophy is that learning is both fun and challenging. I want my students to enjoy learning. Students often comment that I'm funny, respectful, and patient. They think this is important because laughter relaxes instruction a bit, respect should go both ways between instructors/students, and a patient teacher reduces student frustration when they mess up. I am excellent at quickly modifying a lesson as student needs may dictate.
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