Violin is an art form! We must begin our musical journey by first traveling back in time. When you begin the study of the violin, you are learning from the masters of the 16th and 17th centuries, through a tradition that has been passed down, from one teacher to the next. Violin and its composers, players, and makers have transcended time and place so that we could inherit what we are learning today.
Think of a time before television, the internet or even our state! Learning meant intensive study and apprenticeship. In this respect, violin hasn’t changed. It requires patience, focus, application, and a commitment to learn. It’s a wonderful instrument full of mysteries.
All beginners start with the basic concepts of how to learn to hold the violin and the bow, proper position and technique. Everything will feel so unfamiliar in the beginning, that’s normal! From there, we learn the parts of the instrument, tuning, and how to read notes. Each building block makes the pieces of a very large puzzle.
My most important teaching philosophy is encouragement. Nothing can be achieved without patience, kindness and believing in yourself! That’s why I want my students to feel encouraged to learn in their own unique way.