A structured balance of technical exercises and solo pieces will build and reinforce the foundation of your playing. Another large component of the lessons is developing good practice habits that lead to better playing through increased confidence, better music reading skills, and the ability to overcome technical limitations.
Instruments taught are all the classical instruments of the string family and ability levels are as follows:
- Violin: beginner to advanced
- Viola: beginner to advanced
- Cello: beginner to intermediate
- Bass: beginner to intermediate
I am familiar with many different lesson books including: Essential Elements 2000, Essential Technique, All for Strings, String Builder, Strictly Strings, and others. I am also familiar with Suzuki solo books and various etude and technique building books.
A solid understanding of music theory helps students to understand what makes up the music they play. Theoretical instruction is an important component of good string teaching and focuses on: intervals and chords, scales and arpeggios, phrasing, dynamics, tempo, and time periods of music. Students will learn how these things are intertwined in the fabric of the music to make beautiful melodic lines and solo accompaniments. Students are also encouraged to explore the art of improvisation as it applies to string playing.