There are a few type of students: those who are very talented and would learn from whomever is teaching them, those who have average potential but love to play and practice, those who have potential, lack a positive attitude, and play violin because it is their parents desire, and finally, those who nether have potential or positive attitude but the parents want them to play the instrument. I embrace all types of students because I believe playing an instrument and being part of an ensemble is one of the best experiences children can have, and most importantly, playing an instrument give the individual abilities that would be useful for the rest of their life.
I believe in being very direct about the level of playing in lessons. While being in the United States I have had teachers who after I played, either very good or very bad, they say “It’s great” followed by a “but”. I believe the word “Great” should not be along with “But”. I have learn that by criticizing the students work with a real positive comment, but maybe not a compliment, can help them improve immensely. A compliment in the right moment is very helpful, however, not necessarily have to be connected to the students playing, but it can be about the shirt they are wearing or their nice attitude. Students come to lesson to learn, and I hope they are expecting a teacher who wants to teach them and to care about them. I believe students understand and are appreciative of their teacher even when she is a little bit tough.
I also believe that my job is not just to teach new concepts, strokes, ideas, etc, but to teach the student the art of practicing. I take time in the lesson to practice with them. I like to be sure they understand and know how to embrace the assignments I gave them when practicing by themselves. I also find important to write detailed assignments, especially for beginners.
I believe that rhythm and musicality is related to movement and singing. Although all students can’t sing well and are shy when they are asked to move, I encourage them to try it, even if I have to look like a clown while doing a certain movement with them. Music is movement!
Finally, I believe that technique is the key for students to feel confident about their playing. When a student feels they are acquiring skills, they are most likely to realize they like to play. Whether playing violin is their idea or their parents, the feeling of being capable of playing their pieces is what will keep them moving forward.
Please reach me in the contact section if you cannot find an answer to your question.
30 minutes - $50
45 minutes - $65
60 minutes - $80
I prefer to take students age 4 and older.
Yes, I love working with adult beginners
At my studio. The address is 9050 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042
I teach violin. If you would like to play fiddle still you need to learn to play the violin.Then you can learn the fiddling style. It is much easier that way. But if you just want to play fiddling, contact me and I can recommend you a few teachers.
I invoice monthly for the lessons taken.
Zelle is the preferred payment method. However I accept cash, Apple Pay, and credit card through PayPal. Payments with credit cards have an added fee calculated at checkout.