Johns Hopkins (PhD)
Peabody conservatory Music (Graduate Coursework)
I start most students off with a series of 60 progressive melodic exercises that I have composed; these help the students learn proactively how to play in tune by focusing their attention on how they are using their fingers, wrists, and arms. I send students mp3 files of these pieces so that they can listen to the files for assistance with pitch and rhythm, and they can even play along with the files. As a result, the vast majority of my students make rapid progress. I also assign duets to students so that they can learn to listen to others when playing along with them.
I prefer working with children age 6 or older; I also have gotten excellent results with adolescents and adult students, including both beginners and those who studied as children and later quit. For the younger students (below 8), I now use the Sassmannshaus Tradition series, which calls for lots of repetition. The books from this series are well-received by the young students. My students are given an opportunity to perform at periodic recitals held at my home in Fallbrook. I offer lessons in both my home studio and students' homes.
I began taking private lessons on the violin at age 6 and now have 38 years experience in teaching violin and viola. I have studied chamber music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and many chamber music workshops in the U.S. and abroad, and I studied violin pedagogy at the String Academy of Wisconsin. I am also a seasoned and active performer, having played as a soloist, symphony orchestra member, opera and musical comedy pit orchestra member, chamber musician, and strolling restaurant violinist. I also play solo violin at retirement communities. I currently play the violin in a duo with a pianist, a duo with a guitarist, a string quartet, and a piano trio. I start most students off with a series of 60 progressive melodic exercises that I have composed; these help the students learn proactively how to play in tune by focusing their attention on how they are using their fingers, wrists, and arms. I send students mp3 files of these pieces so that they can listen to the files for assistance with pitch
For lessons in my home studio, the rate is $50 per hour. I generally prefer 30-40 minute lessons for beginning students and 45-60 minute lessons for more advanced students.
Richard taught my grandson important basics of posture, holding the violin and bow correctly, caring for the violin and bow. He also taught him some bowing exercises. My grandsons playing sounds better already!
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I have taught violin privately since 1977 and currently have 20 students. I studied violin pedagogy at the String Academy of Wisconsin in 2004. Also I compose exercises for my students to promote motor memory and playing in tune.