My study of the violin started in fourth grade. I have played in multiple orchestras, ensembles, quartets, trios, and bands. In addition to 8 years of private classical study in the Suzuki method, my genres now include folk, country, rock, and show tunes. I first began instructing younger students when I was living in Chicago shortly after graduating from college. I then moved to South Korea, where I taught kindergarten at an ESL school. I gained valuable experience working with children. I am currently a violinist with the Skagit Symphony.
I teach the Suzuki method for violin instruction, as it is the method I used when learning the instrument. From the official Suzuki website: "The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that all children possess ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing environment." The 'Mother of Tongue' method developed by Dr. Suzuki emphasizes the importance of listening and repetition when learning music, much like how we learn to speak our native language from a young age. This method extends beyond just teaching music; it is a complete system of talent education.
Times / Rates
Lessons are offered weekday evenings and flexible times on Saturdays and Sundays. The initial consultation and lesson are free, and additional lessons are $20 per half-hour lesson. I generally require that students schedule regular lessons on a weekly basis, but I am happy to accommodate a flexible schedule. More advanced students may need more than 30 minutes per lesson, and the rate will be adjusted accordingly. Students may cancel or reschedule their lessons free of charge with at least 24 hours notice.