Lessons for 2017-2018

My violin and viola studio is filling up quickly, for lessons for the 2017-2018 school year. I have some availability left on weekday afternoons and Sunday afternoons, and I do offer a free trial lesson for prospective new students. Please contact me soon to reserve a lesson time for the new school year!

Continuing thoughts on adult students

As I previously posted, I’ve recently started teaching two adult beginning violin students. I’m so excited to be working with adults who are motivated to learn a new skill, not because they have to but because they want to! It takes courage to learn a new skill as an adult, because we have to start off realizing that we are beginners and accepting that we won’t be perfect right away. It takes practice and time, but learning to play an instrument is a really valuable and rewarding experience that can add so much meaning and beauty to our lives!

I’ve recently started taking Taekwondo classes, and this experience gives me a deeper appreciation for my own adult beginning students! It’s humbling to start off as a complete beginner, and to see children and teens who are more advanced than I am. It can be frustrating to think, “I’m too old; I’m not flexible enough; my body can’t do this!” But then, it can also be extremely satisfying and rewarding to realize how much progress I’ve made after a few weeks of consistent practice.

The school where I’m learning Taekwondo is celebrating its one-year anniversary next month, and in honor of their anniversary, I’ll be offering a special prize in their door prize/drawing–  one free lesson and one year of 50% off lesson prices.  If anyone is interested in either violin/viola lessons for the summer, or in Taekwondo classes, come on out to Elite Fire Taekwondo on June 24 for a chance to learn more, and for a chance to win violin/viola lessons at a reduced price!

Music is for everyone!

Recently I’ve received several inquiries from adults who are interested in taking violin lessons, and I’ve started teaching a few beginning adult students. I’m so excited to be meeting so many adults who are interested in learning a new skill!

I strongly believe that music is for everyone. Not just for children, and not just for professional musicians. Music is, obviously, essential in childhood. Singing and learning to play a musical instrument provides so many benefits to kids and teenagers beyond the music itself, such as increased focus, discipline, coordination, increased language and reasoning skills, creative thinking, and higher grades, to name a few!

However, even adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument! There is no age at which making music cannot benefit you and enrich your life. Learning an instrument can give you a sense of accomplishment, and playing in a musical ensemble can give you a sense of connection, teamwork, cooperation, and fulfillment. Music is a natural, fundamental part of human life, and there is something uniquely satisfying about actively making music rather than just listening to it. Making music uses both the left and right parts of our brains: we have to think analytically about the mechanics of technique and of physically playing the instrument, but we also have to think creatively to be able to make expressive music.

The adults I’ve taught in the past found that they were easily able to grasp concepts and apply knowledge from other areas of their life to their violin and viola playing. I’ve especially noticed that people who are naturally analytical (scientists, medical professionals) tend to gravitate towards music, and approach learning an instrument in a very methodical, persistent way. Adults who learn an instrument are usually very self-motivated, independent people who demonstrate great discipline, persistence, and enthusiasm. They value creativity and self-expression, and find that music is a great creative outlet for them. It’s exciting for me to be able to help adults learn to play an instrument, and I’m so inspired by the wonderful attitude of all the students (children and adults) that I’ve worked with in the past!

More reading about the benefits of learning an instrument:

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

Your Aging Brain Will be in Better Shape if You’ve Taken Music Lessons

10 Good Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument (It’s not too late!)

4 Powerful Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument After 50

6 Reasons Learning an Instrument as an Adult is Easier Than You Think

Is Playing a Musical Instrument Good For Your Health?

 

 

Now Accepting Students

I’m currently accepting new students on viola (beginners through advanced), and violin (beginners through upper intermediate level). I have weekday, evening, and weekend times available.

Please contact me for more information, or to schedule a trial lesson!

Welcome

Welcome to my new page! I’m a freelance violist in Raleigh, NC. I’m a frequent substitute/extra with the North Carolina Symphony, and play regularly with the North Carolina Opera Orchestra, Orchestra Pro Cantores at Duke Chapel, and other ensembles. I’m a founding member of the Triangle String Quartet, which is available to play for weddings and special events in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill areas. I’m also available for private instruction on viola.