Private Lessons: Violin • Viola • Fiddle Piano • Music Theory
I have been teaching the violin for over 30 years and have a B.A. and an M.M. from Rice University and University of North Texas (UNT-Denton), both in violin performance/conducting, and doctoral work at Texas Tech in composition. I took my Suzuki training at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and also did graduate work at UC-Irvine.
I use Suzuki/Montessori methods to discover how each student learns and how best to work with them. Every student gets a solid foundation in instrumental pedagogy and theory, but we focus on classical, country and/or mariachi, as lessons are tailored to student's interests. Most of my string students end up playing in the Lubbock Youth Orchestra.
I work with students starting around age five all the way up to a few I have in their mid-60's. Adult students are frequently very good students, and enjoy their lessons enormously, as we also look at music history and I have a large library of recordings and scores to borrow from. I've also worked successfully with a number of students with autism, who are now remarkably good musicians.
Lessons are at my studio located about 10 minutes from Texas Tech University. I do not travel to student's homes as I would have to lug around too many materials necessary for study, including recording equipment and instrument repair items. I provide and maintain good student violin and viola outfits--though students are not required to buy instruments from me--and trade-ins with respect to size or quality are available.
Feel free to email me, and I can send you links to my Studio Policies and Resume. I will also send you links to the books appropriate to your study, a list of my current openings, price of lessons, and answer any questions you may have. Please check with me for instruments, if you need them, as my prices are very competitive and the "outfits" are much superior to junk that you might buy on ebay or Target, which may be a waste of your money.
• Coursework, Texas Tech University: Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Ph.D., Composition
• Coursework, Texas Tech University: Ed.D., Educational Technology
• University of North Texas, May 1992: M.M., Violin Performance/Conducting
• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: 1987-88, Suzuki training
• Rice University, Shepherd School of Music May 1987: B.A., Violin Performance/Conducting
• Manhattan School of Music, NYC. Violin studies with Samuel Applebaum, 1968-70
Violin teachers: Joseph Pizinger, Beatrice Pease; Wichita, Kansas
Francis Jones (Auer student), Robert McNally; Tulsa, Oklahoma
Samuel Applebaum; Manhattan School of Music Daniel Mason (Heifetz master class student); Northern Arizona State University Raphael Fleigel; Rice University Ruth Johnson; Supervised Suzuki training UNC-CH Richard Luby (Galamian student); University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Harotune Bedelian (Galamian student); University of California, Irvine Robert Davidovici (Galamian student); University of North Texas
Master classes (audit):
Franco Autori (Toscanini student),
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