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I'm Galen, a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music and am a permanent violin tutor at the annual Sierra Fiddle Camp in California. I have committed my life's study to learning the different voices of the violin in the many cultures that it is used, ranging from celtic and bluegrass to jazz and rock 'n' roll! I am an avid writer and I can teach students to find their own voice on their instrument through fun exercises and unrelenting enthusiasm. I love teaching students of all ages, and it's never too late to be a beginner. Feel free to contact if you're interested in:
- Learning by ear
- Melody writing
- Just picking up the violin
- Furthering your skills and expanding your repertoire
For Songwriting students:
I just graduated with a degree in Songwriting from Berklee and had the privilege of studying under esteemed songwriters such as Pat Pattison, Melissa Ferrick and Mark Simos. My songwriting curriculum will help to free the words and phrases locked in your mind by hesitance. It will insure that you never "Don't know what to write about" and that you always know how to get started. I am also interested in lyrical songwriting as therapy, and can discuss that on a case by case basis.
I spent two years in college as a Composition Major. I have been writing for orchestra and small ensembles for 8 years and have had many pieces performed around the country.
I majored in Songwriting at Berklee, and was winner in the 2013 Songs For Social Change contest.
I have just graduated from Berklee College of Music as a Violin Principle and have taught private lessons for beginners and intermediates for 7 years. I am currently at the annual Sierra Fiddle camp, where I teach workshops in various styles and private lessons. If necessary, I can provide student references.
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