Hi! I am Linnea, and I have been playing the violin and viola for 14 years. I began teaching private lessons over 7 years ago, and it has become my greatest passion in life. I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers with a degree in Viola Performance this past spring.
I am an energetic, highly creative, passionate, and extremely patient teacher. I love working with people of all ages, and I strive to make the learning process as interesting as possible! I am constantly changing exercises and pieces in order to keep my students alert and interested, and to keep their minds working the entire lesson. I am very good at pushing people to be their best, without being overly negative or harsh. As I get to know each student, I tailor my lessons specifically to them and how they learn, so they will learn as best as they possibly can, while still having fun.
Learning music can also help young children with reading skills, math skills, and study skills which will help them learn faster and better in school!
I have been teaching violin, and viola privately and in group settings for over 7 years:
-I taught first at a summer school camp for gifted children. I helped teach children aged 6 through 15 on instrumental basics, on playing effectively and cooperatively in a small orchestra, on music reading skills, and on intermediate technical skills. This was from 2007-2011
-I began teaching private violin and viola lessons at the age of 16. I have had students between the ages of 4 and 56. Most of my students are beginner to intermediate level, but I have also taught college level musicians, on advanced techniques and musicianship skills
When I was in high school, I decided that I wanted to be a professional violist when I grew up:
- In 2008, I was chosen as one of top two high-school aged Violists in the state of New Jersey, and was named a "Governors School Scholar". The state sent me, free-of-charge, to a 9-day intensive music workshop for young people.
- in 2009, I was accepted as the only violist in my year to attend Mason Gross School of the Arts Conservatory at Rutgers, and to study with the acclaimed Viola Professor, CJ Chang
- I have played in the Graduate Student Orchestra, "Rutgers Symphony Orchestra" from 2009-2013
- I was awarded with the position of First-Chair Viola in the Undergraduate Orchestra "Sinfonia"
- I have performed in several Masterclasses with VIolists and Violinists such as CJ Chang, and Honggang Li
- I have also won the Mason Gross Undergraduate Chamber Music Competition 3 times in a row
I look forward to working with you as we delve into the world of music! Music has changed my life, and I am excited to bring music to those who want to know more about it
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