I am excited to teach any expression of music. I look forward to sharing my passion for the violin and helping you to gain confidence along the way.

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“My teaching objective is to guide students toward a path of playing violin with confidence and joy.”

Lesson Details

As we begin lessons, we break down the violin (of course not literally) to explore how integral each part is. We also look at positioning and holding the instrument discovering the motion and muscle that creates the best tone from the violin. 

With these foundations, I'll introduce scales, songs and progress into new concepts along the way. 

But with any musical instrument, the ear is the most important part of the instrument. How you listen directly impacts how you will play. I will help train your ears to be your best teacher. 

All in all, learning the violin can be fun - a time or two frustrating. Though with willingness and proper practice, we will learn from mistakes, grow with each lesson and make beautiful music

studio jams & Social Playing

I believe that making music is intrinsically a social activity.  In addition to the individual lessons where technique and theory are taught, I encourage students to come together and play with other musicians.  Playing music in a group not only teaches team skills as much as any team sport, it builds confidence and makes playing so much fun! I host regular Studio Jams (sessions) and performances around the community brining together my musical friends and students of all levels.

Introducing FiddleQuest

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I am proud to offer this exciting web-based learning platform that motivates students to practice and encourages social playing with other fiddlers and musicians making it fun for kids to keep playing between lessons and beyond the learning years! 

FiddleQuest offers a curriculum and teaching platform that helps students progress quickly through skills and tunes from the classical and fiddle traditions.

Practice becomes fun playing tunes with band tracks or family members who can accompany with simple chords.  And progress is celebrated and sharable with student videos.  

FiddleQuest promotes social playing by offering an ever-growing repertoire of tunes that are incorporated into our Studio Jams. Right from the start, students can fully participate in jams and have fun playing with other fiddlers and musicians!

Learn more about the exciting feature FiddleQuest offers!

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Not Quite Ready for Lessons?

Consider an upcoming Violin Discovery Workshop Series for families considering a musical instrument for their children.  Learn more


“My vision for this studio is to use the violin as a conduit toward building community while creating confident musicians who enjoy playing with others.”

 

Location

The studio is located in heart of Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood less than 2 blocks east of the Columbia City LINK light rail station; 2 blocks west of the Columbia City Historic Landmark District; and around the corner from PCC Community Market! Vibrant, diverse and family neighborhood, Columbia City has thriving culinary, musical arts scene and home to one of the city's most popular seasonal farmers market. Learn more about this wonderful community.