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I just moved to California from Australia. I am professional Violin and Viola player. I also play Piano. I have an extraordinary ability visa, which states I am one of the best classically trained musicians from Australia. I started playing music at age two learning from the greatest teachers in Australia from around the world. I had my very first student at age 11, giving me 15 years of experience. I have taught in schools giving private lessons, and ran my own home teaching studio.
I am capable of teaching beginners all the way to professional players. I love helping musicians develop and hone their skills. It is very rewarding to see players achieve their potential and reach their goals. I am very flexible due to my many years of experience playing and teaching. This allows me to tailor the repertoire and technical work so that each individual student gets the maximum benefit, while at the same time creating a fun, creative and enjoyable environment.
I have been performing for many years now. In that time I have played all across Australia and in Europe, including such great venues as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and opening the Australian embassy in Berlin. Currently I am playing in movie orchestras and working with a DJ playing electric violin at night for something different.
I started playing on the piano at age two. My mom is a concert pianist from London studying at Royal College of Music. I learned from her all the way up to age 15. I have taught piano back home in Australia and now over here in the US I teach privately at home. I have a Steinway upright piano. When I taught piano back home in Australia I used the AMEB system. Australia Musical Examination Board. In America I have used the piano builder book and by using manuscript paper to show the names of the different clefs, note names, different types of notes and how to put both hands together. I like to focus on technique and building a good foundation so bad habits are not reinforced. Bad habits are hard to unlearn. I start by teaching the note names and teaching the student how to find them on the piano. From there we start learning simple melodies and the c major scales, teaching them how to correctly move their thumb underneath their fingers to run a scale progression. At college I did performance on violin but would play the piano in some classes.
I started playing music at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and most recently, the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatorium WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts) where I studied a bachelor of performance. I earned my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. Playing such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.
I have played in trios, quartets, as a soloist, and many orchestral ensembles playing major concertos, symphonies, and musicals.
Most recently through my many musical endeavors I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as a musician to enter the United States. This means I am one of the most talented musicians from Australia.
Currently I am working with a DJ playing electric violin in nightclubs out here. Recently we have played at Tru and Lure. I am also working on some of my own music composition and with movie orchestras.
Gifted instructor. — James is everything a student could want in a violin teacher! He is not just a talented violinist, but he knows HOW to teach (some are gifted but really can’t teach—James has a gift for playing AND teaching). As a 55-year-old beginner, and not exactly a natural, I struggle with bowing, with first position fingering, you name it, but James is both quite encouraging and at the same time full of co ...
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