About my program:
I offer weekly lessons on both traditional and baroque violin; four Saturday
morning group classes covering note reading, music theory, rhythm development, and informal performance opportunities; public
performance opportunities at local nursing homes and assisted living homes. No extra costs are
charged for these extra classes and performance opportunities as they are covered by the lesson tuition.
Hints on practicing:
It is important that the student practice the material taught in the lesson every day and come in to the following
lesson with this new material fully learned. This requires daily practice and a determined attitude. I found it
helpful both as a student myself and as a parent of two daughters to have a place in the home set up with a music
stand and a shelf or table where all music books and a weekly notebook are kept. This place becomes the student's workplace
where he/she knows it is time to work. It is also helpful to structure into every day the times when practicing is to
take place. That way the student doesn't have to wonder when or if he/she will practice. It is a good idea for the
parent to work all of this out before the first lesson so that the student can go home from his/her first lesson excited about
his/her place and can get to work. Hopefully the student is self-motivated and inspired to put in this work and will be proud
of him/herself, but if not, this is where creativity from the parent can help. Games, positive feedback, rewards, perhaps
collaborating with another student in weekly prize musical playdates...whatever works for your child!