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Experienced teacher with B.A. and 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. Suzuki training at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and further graduate studies at UC-Irvine.

Students may start age four or five. Adult students also welcome.

Lessons are at the studio located about 10 minutes from Texas Tech University. Students are not required to buy instruments from me, but please check with me for instruments, if you need them, as my prices are very competitive.

Feel free to email, and I can send you links to my Studio Policies and Résumé. I will also send links to the books appropriate to your study, a list of my current openings, price of lessons, and answer any questions you may have.


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• 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):
Samuel Applebaum, Franco Autori (Toscanini student), Stuart Canin, Heidi Castleman, Ruben Gonzalez, Ani Kavafian, Sergiu Luca, Yo-Yo Ma, Uri Mayer, Erica Morini, Itzhak Perlman, Ruggerio Ricci, Benjamin Zander, Pinchas Zukerman.

Samuel Jones (Rice)
Tonu Kalam, Susan Klebanow (UNC-CH)

Ellsworth Milburn (Rice)
Paul Cooper (Rice)
Mary Jeanne van Appledorn (Texas Tech)

Teaching Assistantship, UC Irvine
Public School: Tulsa, Dallas, Austin, Memphis
Contest adjudication: Tulsa, Memphis
Rhodes College (instructor, chamber music coach)
Private Studio Teacher

Ensemble playing:
Student Orchestras: Midwestern Music and Art Camp, Friends University, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa University, Manhattan School of Music, NAU, Arizona State, Rice, UNC-CH, UC Irvine
Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet and Opera Orchestras, Flagstaff Symphony, Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Opera
Grand Tetons Orchestral Seminar
Baytown, Irving, Galveston, Lubbock Symphonies
Memphis Opera
Charleston Symphony
AFM Memberships: Austin, Houston, Memphis, Tulsa
Freelance string player, conductor

Guide to Teaching and Playing the Violin: Easy reference guide to violin and viola pedagogy and performance for teachers, students and parents. Paperback – September 9, 2011; Kindle Ebook

Connie's Violin Page: Internet resources for string players, teachers, parents and students. Paperback – August 14, 2009

Love Letters to Marie: A World War II Correspondence: Transcription of letters my father wrote to my mother during his experiences as a navigator and bombardier on the B-26 Marauders during World War II. Paperback – August 7, 2011; Kindle Ebook

Violin/Viola Stuff: Things to Help you Get Started, Studying, Teaching and Playing the Violin and Viola. Paperback – August 18, 2013

Editor: Reflexions, an online magazine for string players (6/14-8/15)

Objections: Suzuki, C.M. Sunday 08/11/15
Why We Play, C.M. Sunday 03/08/15
How to manage a private lesson studio, C.M. Sunday 03/05/15
Interview: Lionel Frederick Menuhin Rolfe, Lionel Menuhin Rolfe and C.M. Sunday 12/27/14
Developing Your Private Music Studio, C.M. Sunday 12/24/14
Portraits of Anomaly: Nannerl Mozart, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, C.M. Sunday 11/29/14 (archived)
Really Extraordinary, Beautiful Pieces for Children – Ensemble Playing Development by Heather Figi, Review by: C.M. Sunday 11/09/14 (archived)
Suzuki Controversy, C.M. Sunday 11/02/14 (archived)
John Holt - Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story, C.M. Sunday 10/21/14 (archived)
Nicolas Laoureux, A Practical Method for Violin, C.M. Sunday 10/5/14 (archived)
Non-Traditional String Sound Resources (from Penderecki's, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima) , C.M. Sunday 9/21/14 (archived)
Free Handouts and pdf Files for String Teachers & Students, C.M. Sunday 9/21/14 (archived)
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Puts the Violin in the Spotlight for the 2014-15 Year, Dr. Penny Thompson Kruse 9/10/14 (archived)
Am I Tone Deaf?, Emily Williams 9/9/14 (archived)
Blog post: Bach Works, C.M. Sunday 9/6/14 (archived)
Blog post: How long does it take to get good at the violin?, C.M. Sunday 8/4/14 (archived)
Michael Rabin, America's Virtuoso Violinist, C.M. Sunday 8/1/14 (archived)
Toby Appel's Guide to the Orchestra, Toby Appel 6/25/14 (archived)
Ivan Galamian (1903-1981), C.M. Sunday 6/24/14 (archived)
John Cage and Merce Cunningham (1942-1992), C.M. Sunday 6/22/14 (archived)
Book Review: Heifetz as I Knew Him, C.M. Sunday 6/18/14 (archived)
Common String Articulations, C.M. Sunday 6/16/14 (archived)
Violin/Viola, Piano: 3 octave fingerings, C.M. Sunday 6/15/14 (archived)
Early History of the Violin (1520-1650), C.M. Sunday 6/12/14 (archived)
Book Review: Education and Ecstasy: The Suppression of Genius and Sensibility in the Public Schools, C.M. Sunday 6/12/14 (archived)
Elitism versus Popularism in Music Education, C.M. Sunday 6/11/14 (archived)
Three Essays by Scott Slapin 6/7/14 (archived): The Paganini Caprices on Viola • Bach's Violin Sonatas and Partitas on the Viola • Shoulder Rests: To Use or Not To Use
Two Essays on the Development of Student Orchestras, C.M. Sunday 6/7/14 (archived): Orchestra Etiquette and Protocol • Orchestra Discipline
Beginning Strings: A Better Start, Emily Williams 6/5/14 (archived)
Cultural Conflict in Venezuela—Music for Youth Orchestra, Efraín Amaya 6/5/14 (archived)
The Uncommon Friendship between Willa Cather and Yalta Menuhin, Lionel Menuhin Rolfe 6/4/14 (archived)
Beyond the Dots: Teaching Visually Impaired Students, C.M. Sunday 6/3/14 (archived)
Discussion: Careers in Music, Steve Ledbetter & Steven Schaffner 6/2/14 (archived)

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