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Doctor of Music, Violin Performance - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre RS, Brazil) Master of Music, Violin Performance - Azusa Pacific University (Azusa CA) Bachelor of Music, Music Education - Wichita State University (Wichita KS) Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance - Wichita State University (Wichita KS)
Hello! My name is Timothy. I am 30 years old and have recently completed my doctoral degree in violin performance. I began my musical studies at age seven with private piano lessons, and began to study violin privately less than one year later. For more than ten years, I devoted extensive amounts of time to the study and practice of both instruments. In truth, from age 13 through 18 I also played the trumpet, taking private lessons and performing as the section leader of my middle and high school wind ensembles for many years. At age 17, I earned a permanent position in a professional orchestra in my hometown of Wichita Kansas. While playing in the Wichita Symphony, I earned Bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance. Subsequently I relocated to the Los Angeles area and earned a Master's degree in performance at Azusa Pacific University. While living in southern California, I became acquainted with people from all around the world, and a deep connection which I felt with many Brazilian musicians who I met inspired me to desire to live in Brazil for several years following my Master's degree. I set myself to the task of learning Portuguese and prepared for the exhausting process of applying for doctoral programs in music in a foreign country. I chose a University based on the renown of its graduate program in music and between December 2012 and April 2017 I lived in Porto Alegre, Brazil, while completing my doctorate at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. I have recently returned to the United States, and am currently residing in the Los Angeles area once more. In 2017-2018 I am performing as Principal Violin II of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and in addition to orchestral performance I intend to begin teaching violin at the university level as soon as possible.
From a young age, I recognized within myself an intense desire to become an educator. As time passed, I developed a love of classical music performance as deep as my passion for teaching. Naturally, the two areas came together easily, and I began teaching violin privately at age 16. While completing undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance between 2005 and 2010, my private studio grew to include more than 15 students, ranging from beginners to advanced players spanning from age 5 through adult. My students performed in regular studio recitals in professional performance settings and I accompanied even the most advanced students, having studied piano privately for some ten years. During that time and since, I have taught both private and group lessons continually, both in the United States and in Brazil, where I lived for more than four years while completing my doctoral degree in violin performance. Similarly, in both countries I was involved in social projects which brought music education and live performances to public school students in rural communities where contact with classical music did not previously exist. My happiness depends upon an active presence in the world of music as both teacher and performer, and as a teacher I enjoy working continually with students of all levels.
For beginning and intermediate students, I utilize the Suzuki series as the core solo repertoire to be studied, but I do not teach in the Suzuki method. I use the first two books of Harvey Whistler's 'Introducing the Positions' series for intermediate students who are learning to shift. Furthermore, I frequently bring other materials appropriate to the needs and level of each student. Most often, these include three types of music: 1) Etudes/method books such as by Kreutzer, Dont and Fiorillo 2) Duets (to be played together during the lesson) 3) Popular/holiday/film music While the focus of violin lessons remains always on the violin, I dedicate some time to music theory topics in many of my private lessons. I believe that learning the fundamentals of music theory is a stimulating and necessary part of the complex process of learning to play any instrument and of becoming a musical artist.
I integrate music theory into my private violin lessons as a natural part of learning to play the instrument. When possible, I utilize the piano frequently, both to accompany and guide students aurally and also as a visual aid for learning about interval relationships, key signatures and other fundamental aspects of music theory. I approach each student as a fellow human being and as an artist-in-progress. As my former teacher said, 'A great teacher sees the artist in each student, and the student in each artist.'
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