Q. Describe the most common types of students you have.
A. I take young violin students, starting at three years old. My violin studio population student ages range from 3 to 18 years. I also have some adult students.
Q. What important information should parents have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I take student families who are really serious about taking violin lessons as a long-term, life-enriching activity for their children. I offer a lot of fun while teaching young children the proper violin technique for excellence in their music studies. Some students decide to pursue music as a career, but most will enjoy playing music for a lifetime, just for fun.
Q. Why does your teaching stand out from other violin teachers?
A. I am a classically-trained professional violinist who dedicates most of my time to teaching young violin students. I rarely reschedule or cancel lessons, miss appointments, or such. You can expect professionalism of the highest caliber. I can refer you to any of my student families to corroborate this.
I am 100% dedicated to my students’ progress and their parents. I also play professionally, make recordings and coach music the rest of the time.
You can be confident that I try to do my best to help each and every one of my students and their parents to achieve the highest levels of music learning and accomplishment. Excellence is my standard.
Q. What do you wish other people knew about you or your profession?
A. OBSERVE a lesson with a prospect violin teacher before you sign up. Do not let their hourly rate be the first screening factor. Effective, quality-oriented music teachers with adequate training and experience are not cheap, but are well worth your money, translating in a great experience and proper technique, musicality and music theory learning.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am a Suzuki trained violin teacher and have taken courses every year several times. I am certified to teach Suzuki books levels 1-10 and constantly research better ways to help parents practice with their children. I have written many articles in music education journals and have collaborated with other teachers in educational endeavors.
Q. If you were a parent looking for a violin teacher for your child, what do you wish you knew about your profession? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Quality of instruction cannot be overemphasized. Many parents of children looking for violin or viola lessons ask how much lessons cost before they ask anything else. Cost is meaningless if we don’t consider quality, experience and reputation of the teacher first. Money can be easily wasted on teachers who do not have proper training and experience. I don’t care if they charge $1 per lesson. If the student doesn’t learn anything or she learns incorrect instrument technique from the start, then, it is wasted money. The early stages of learning are very important and parents should look for quality in a teacher first.
Q. How about purchasing an instrument? Can you give some pointers?
A. Do NOT purchase a violin before getting a violin teacher. That’s the #1 advise I can give to anyone looking for violin instruction. Your teacher will have a good sense of the size and quality of the required instrument, and maybe some suppliers that consistently provide quality instruments.
The worst thing for a beginning violin student that to play with an inadequate instrument. Having a quality violin will save you tons of aggravation and money (think how long it will take you to make progress when it’s difficult to play a bad instrument).
Quality instruments do cost more… and are well worth the extra money. I have a page about violins on Love Nurtured Music’s website.
Q. How can people contact you if they have more questions about studying violin?
A. I can be contacted via email through our Suzuki program’s website, www.LoveNurturedMusic.org. There is an email form in the contact link. They can also contact me by phone at 214-269-8545 during morning hours. I usually teach during the afternoons after kids are out of school and I devote my time to them. Email is the best way, but I will be glad to talk with anyone on the phone when I am not teaching or practicing violin for a performance.