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Kimberly H

Kimberly H

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Cello is my main instrument, but I have also been teaching piano, guitar, and violin for years.  I love teaching and the variety of finding the approach that works best for each individual student.  On a personal note, I was married in 2010 and had my first child, a boy, a year later.  I live in Northfield but commute up to the Eden Prairie/Chanhassen area for lessons every Monday.  I am also open to giving lessons at people's homes who are close to Highway 35 on the way to or from the Cities.

Byron D

Byron D

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THE DOUNIS METHOD - The secret of being a truly great string player is to make the instrument an extension of the body not vice versa. This is accomplished by using your native instincts which are strongest when you are a child, but can be rediscovered later. When all technique is based on these instinctive movements then the expression is released. Your creative potential is unlocked. This kind of playing conveys a natural musical authority because it is completely based on your own musical impulses.   The secret to reawakening your native instincts is through what I call "remedies." These remedies reawaken your instincts. An example is touching a smooth surface and then imitating that when touching the string. These kind of remedies solve many problems without having to address them directly. 

Caitlin P

Caitlin P

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I work with a variety of method books, depending on age and skill level. With young string players I enjoy the Suzuki Method as well as Hal Leonard's Essential Elements and Sally O'Reilly's String Rhythms. For piano students I use Alfred's Basic Piano Library. For all students I assign a weekly musical reflection. Students are asked to listen to one piece of music per week and reflect on it with a 3-5 sentence paragraph. I feel that listening helps develop appreciation, which is essential for staying motivated with a practice schedule.

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