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Sarah G

Sarah G

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While in Augusta, I had the fortune to play the violin with a Beatles Tribute Band called Number 9. I return to Augusta every August to play with them for a combined audience of 1700 people per weekend. During my career in Augusta, I also regularly played on violin and viola in the pit orchestra for the Augusta Players, Augusta's premier professional theatre company. I taught for seven years in the Richmond County Public Schools, two as a choral director, and five of which were with the Orchestra Program. I've also taught privately and coached ensembles for the last decade. Since my move to Pittsburgh, I have performed with the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Savoyards, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, and the String Ensemble of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Tuesday Musical Club. I'll also be featured as a guest artist on viola on the 2012 Pittsburgh Singer-Songwriters CD. I am currently pursuing performances with a guitarist. We are Midnight Vinyl Duet and play everything from Classical to 60s/70s music. Check us out on YouTube! I Am the Walrus, arranged by Midnight Vinyl Duet for guitar, violin, and vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQXHnb1rFPA Samples of classical music (Wedding-specific): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqQ2lGIZz8s

Karen A

Karen A

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Upon graduating college in 2006, I began teaching private and group violin lessons from my home studio. Since 2009 I have continued my teaching career from a local studio, and began offering Skype lessons last year. My own former violin teacher, Stevens Point, provided me with the training and confidence needed to become an excellent violin teacher. Over the years I have provided my students with the opportunity to play in solo and group recitals, as well as for weddings and local events at a downtown Athletic Club and Botanical Gardens. From the toddler to the adult, beginner to advanced, I love every aspect of teaching.

Susanna S

Susanna S

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I started on violin in 4th grade and switched to viola in 6th grade.  I was involved in private lessons, youth orchestras, competitions, City, District, Regional and All State orchestras while I was growing up.  In 1991 I graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music.  From there I attended Carnegie Mellon University and received my Music Education Certification in 1995.  I received my Masters in Music in 2000 from the University of Denver.  I have taught in public schools and privately over the last 20 years and performed with local and regional orchestras, in chamber music groups for weddings and events and as a soloist in recitals.  

Aaron S

Aaron S

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Everyone comes at music from a different angle, therefore I approach teaching each student from a different angle. One of the most important things to me is to teach the student how to use their head before they try to produce a sound. Learning an instrument can be very fun and extremely satisfying, but it takes more work than most people expect. While this may be true, I understand everyone is busy and practicing a couple hours a day is often impossible. Teaching my students to accomplish a goal in as small amount of time as possible may sound backwards, but it works. This does not teach them to cut corners, but rather how to be extremely efficient. I find much more success in students who need to accomplish something on 20 mins of practicing a day, than I do with students have no plan and practice for hours. I will make learning the violin a joy, I will fill students heads with as much knowledge as they can hold, and I will teach you how to make music.

Erica C

Erica C

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As a teacher, my teaching is very heavily based off of the students needs. I find that many need example and learn small things off of imitation, therefore I am able to provide examples. I have also had students who recieve information better if explained verbally. Overall, I begin with a set warmup each lesson and we then get right to work on repertoire the student is working on or that I have given them to work on. I expect my students to be prepared, ready to learn, and always open to new ideas!

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