I teach a
combination of Suzuki Violin and Fiddle private lessons
in my studio. I find that the Suzuki method is amazingly
well thought out and successful for teaching good
technique and musicianship. Each piece leads to new
skills, building on previous pieces. The method is
modeled after learning language, and is based on
listening and imitation, initially. This approach brings
forth the development of good technique, good rhythm and
musical playing since students can concentrate on how
the music sounds rather than the notes on the page.
Students learn to be excellent at playing by ear.
Simultaneously, I work on music reading away from the
violin, and then bring together music reading and
playing once technique is established. Students get lots
of practice at music reading by learning fiddle tunes,
Christmas music, etc., from sheet music.
group lessons in addition to private lessons give
students the opportunity to play with others, a
completely different experience from playing at home
alone. Students learn music theory, to play with piano
accompaniment, to stay in rhythm, and to play solos for
others. With lots of experience reviewing learned
repertoire, students start to sound smooth and polished.
fiddle tunes is a fun addition to playing classical
music. My husband, Charlie Hall, often will accompany my
students on guitar, bouzouki or mandolin, and they love
I hold 2
studio recitals per year, generally held at churches,
plus some fiddle performances at various venues
including the Black Rose where they play with
microphones and stage lights in front of an enthusiastic
audience. My studio also participates in several Pikes
Peak Suzuki Music Association recitals.
children, especially ages 4 through 10, the active
participation of a parent is critical to the success of
the Suzuki method. The parent acts as the home teacher
and is equally as important as the teacher and the
student. I teach the parent the basics of playing the
violin so that they can be effective as the home coach.
The parent is responsible for the home listening, and
for establishing a daily practice routine for child and
children can begin to take on more responsibility for
practicing independently as they enter the middle school
tuition includes 3 private lessons and 1 group lesson
per month. Group lessons are held on Saturdays. Private
lessons start at ½ hour and advance to 45 minutes as
students get older. Please call me for pricing and
studio policy information.
my adult students take 45 minute private lessons with no
group lessons. I have some students who focus on fiddle
music, and others who enjoy a combination of classical
and fiddle styles. Some choose to participate in
recitals and occasional jam sessions.