Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Announcing an incentive program for attracting students!

Dear Parents and Students:

     I am announcing that if a present student and or a parent recommends a new person to my studio, the new candidate to the studio will be offered a free 30 minute lesson at no charge to "try me." The student and or parent who recommends me will receive a free 30 minute at no charge lesson added to their next month's regular schedule and fees.(Not a reduction in fees however.) Please take advantage of this "breaking the ice" offer and add your friends and neighbors!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Suggestions on communication and high tech issues

Dear Parents and Students:

     I am overall pleased with how the studio is functioning. I do have the following suggestions:

1) When I leave you a message regarding a schedule change and a suggested time, please return the phone call as quickly as possible. If there is a delay and I don't know your answer, I cannot offer the time you cannot use to another student who has a schedule issue. I would like to be able to give as many options to the students and parents as possible. Thank you! This is an issue with a large studio as mine. Please telephone and not e-mail or text a response.

2) If you have only given me a cell phone number as your only phone, please provide if possible, a landline number as a backup in case the cell phone malfunctions as my Android sometimes does. At least provide a second number and check it frequently.

3) If you text me for any other reason, please identify yourself in the text. I don't list students numbers in my phone contacts. I appreciate that!

4)There are not as many schedules as in the past because I am no longer in the Knoxville Symphony. Please make sure you write down the changes when they occur and hold on to them.(or place in your phone etc.)
It is hard for me to have to call back a student to remind the student or the parent of the change and my calendar is only at home on my desk. I avoid double booking by using only one calendar. I know this is not high tech!

5) Regarding high tech devises, I do realize that we will be using technology such as reading music off of a devise. I don't want distracting games being played in the room that distracts the student and teacher. I will leave my cell phone on of course. Please turn your phone off or on vibrate. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter! Of course you can go out in the hall to perform these functions!

    Thank you for being such a good set of parents and students. I consider this a blessing an honor!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What style of music would you would like to play?

When I get a new student, I always ask the student what kind of music they would like to play? Some don't answer me but many do! Some say fiddle, celtic, Irish, Scottish, Cajun, or of course classical. Some like hymns, others like contemporary Christian music, and many students like to play by ear. Young students often love the Suzuki books while many students like shorter pieces like the Applebaum series.

We teach scales and positions and etudes also. There is a rich history for the string instruments with these materials. We do it all!

Directions to Bearden United Methodist Church

Dear Parents and Students:

     Our rehearsals and recital are at Bearden United Methodist Church. Take I40 to Papermill Rd Northshore Dr exit. Go south to Kingston Pike, make a left and go to Westwood Dr.(There is a CVS Pharmacy on the corner.) Make a left on Westwood. Go to Sutherland Ave and make a right and go a couple of blocks and the church will be on the left.

My teaching is comprehensive and inclusive

I teach many students at Lunsford's Musical Instruments Inc, Walters State Community College on both the Morristown and Sevierville campuses, and as a substitute teacher in the Knox County Schools. I take pride in my expertise in the violin and viola, from a technical and musical basis. I am a teacher of violin and viola students from all different backgrounds and expectations. We work with where the students and parents are at any given point and work in a positive manner with their self esteem and confidence. We don't motivate in a fear base way but for a love of playing violin and viola in an artistic way. I teach and my lessons are structured to help students with issues of learning and holding on to concepts, understanding pitch, sound, rhythm, and vibrations of the instrument. We assist with the care of the instrument and bow, learning how to take gentle care of this precious equipment. We recommend reliable and first rate repair shops for maintaining the student's equipment.

I bring my three decades of experience as a full time performer with orchestras and chamber music groups into the lessons.I play for the students and with the students regularly.We aim to make playing fun and inspiring even if it is hard work! Enjoy!

I teach my students hopefully a good foundation mechanically where they have a relaxed but expressive bow arm that consists of a good follow through from the upbow to the downbow, good finger motion, and a relaxed shoulder. Their left hand works with the fingers setting good patterns and the proper whole and half step placement on the fingerboard. The student learns about the key signatures in the music and eventually translates that into these patterns or clusters of fingers. The student learns to identify these in the music itself. It is a process that takes time but its rewards are quite beneficial for the long term for the developing student.