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Siarra R In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Violin, Electric Violin
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk

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Siarra R In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Electric Violin
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk

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Ages Taught: 7-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
2018: Associate's in Arts Degree, Mesa Community College
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Solo & Ensemble Competition 2011: Received perfect score on violin solo Regional Orchestra Member 2013 & 2014 Advanced Women’s Chorale 2015: Received leadership award Symphonic Strings/Orchestra 2015: Received outstanding orchestra member award

Overview:
I am passionate musician who loves to help other students achieve their own goals and dreams. I started violin at the age of 10, while picking up many other instruments along the way. I knew by the time I was 12 that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and I had an undeniable passion for music that has proven unshakable. I started out as a performing musician, both in orchestras and ensembles, as well as being a soloist. I attended Highland High School, was concert master my freshman year in the Sinfonia (second highest orchestra at the school) and was in the Symphonic Strings/Orchestra (the top orchestra) for my remaining three years, and was concert master by my senior year. I performed in solo competitions regularly, as well as forming my own quartets, duos, and trios of various styles (from bluegrass, to contemporary, to classical). By the time I was 17 I decided I wanted to try teaching, and realized swiftly that I loved it as much as performing. I attended the Horne School of Music on a music scholarship for one year (2015-2016), but was struck with severe health issues that forced me to come back to Arizona and take some time away from performing to take care of my body. However, after 2 years of this, I am now getting ready to attend ASU as a violin performance major with a minor in philosophy. On the side, I love to spend my time painting, taking photos, playing soccer, and studying dance (ballet, hip hop, etc).
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching privately at the age of 17, as a way to expand my knowledge and experience. Of the jobs I have and have had, teaching is by far my favorite. I feel that it not only helps my students to grow, but for me to grow as well. I love to teach students who are early on in their career, as it is easier to develop better habits and to fix any bad ones that may have formed prior to my teaching them. I especially love to teach those who are beginning because, throughout my teaching, I really emphasize having correct body alignment, posture, and just an overall solid physical foundation, as that really sets up the students for a better and healthier musical career in the long run. However, if a student is farther along in their musical career, there is no need to fear, because I love teaching all levels, and it is just as possible to teach that physical foundation in a student that is farther along as it is to teach someone who has a fresh start.
METHODS USED
The first lesson with every student is always some sort of variation of getting to know each other, finding out what level the student is at, why they are taking lessons, what they want out of the lessons, etc. For any new student coming to me, no matter how advanced, I always start with a fresh slate with posture. I have had serious health issues in the past due to improper posture that my teachers never knew to correct until the damage had already been done, which is why proper body alignment is so important to me in my lessons with my students. I always want them to be healthy in their playing and have as long of a musical career as they desire. As far as repertoire is concerned, no matter what style the student comes to me with wanting to learn, I always set a classical foundation (but we don't have to focus on it), as I believe that is where proper and healthy technique comes from for all other styles to be played the best they can be. But, we do not have to focus on it or even make it the majority of our work, just something to always be able to circle back to. A typical lesson starts off with 2-3 scales for warm-ups, partially to get a feel for where our minds and bodies are for the day (because every lesson is different). Then I usually like to go into some technical work that pertains to what our goals are for technique, and the rest of the lesson is more dependent on what the student would like to do, as it is their lesson, not mine. No matter what, I always try to end the lesson with something good, because I find the last few minutes of the lesson are what the student takes home with them. If they take home something negative, it is less likely that they will feel the desire to play or practice or look forward to the next lesson. Whereas if they leave with a feeling of accomplishment or improvement, I find more beneficial effects take place throughout the week and during the next lesson.
LESSON STYLE
These lessons are not mine- they are the student's. Which means that it is ultimately up to the student where these lessons can and will take us, I am merely a guide to help them get to where they want to go. However, no matter what, there are two things that are most important to me to come out of these lessons. The first is having healthy and proper posture/body alignment. I have had serious health issues in the past due to improper posture that my teachers never knew to correct until the damage had already been done, and because of my own struggles, it is important to me that I give my students the opportunity to be able to have a healthy musical career for as long as they desire. The second important thing in our lessons is a positive atmosphere. I give criticism, as it is necessary for improvement, but I do not neglect the success in each lesson. I especially strive for every lesson to end on a positive note. I find the last few minutes of the lesson are what the student takes home with them, and as a result foreshadow the following week. If they take home something negative, it is less likely that they will feel the desire to play or practice or even look forward to the next lesson. Whereas if they leave with a feeling of accomplishment, success, or improvement, I find more beneficial effects take place throughout the week and during the next lesson.
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