I hold a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance, with secondary piano, from the Eastman School of Music in NY, as well as both LTCL and LRSM diplomas in violin. I have had many years of orchestral experience as well, playing in the music conservatory as well as in professional orchestras like the Singapore Lyric Opera. I have 6 years’ experience in teaching music both privately and in music schools to a range of ages from as young as 3 years to over 60 years in age.
Nobody is too old or too young to learn music! As long as one has the interest and passion, they will be able to succeed in making beautiful music.
I have taught a variety of ages starting from 3 and up. First of all, I aim to get my students to be able to read music independently. While this may seem slow at first, the long-term benefits are tremendous and motivating. I find that generally students who can read music by themselves improve faster than those who cannot, and playing music is a lot more enjoyable and relaxing for them. It is just like learning a language – the ability to read is just as important as the ability to speak it.
I use a variety of method books, ranging from standard classical pieces to pop music, tailored according to each student’s personality type and learning pace. Some method books I use include the Oxford Fiddle Time Series, Eta Cohen’s Violin Method Books and Suzuki.
Taking exams are recommended although not enforced in my studio. Exams help in that they present a goal for students to strive towards. However, first and foremost, I believe it is important for students to enjoy playing the violin. If students wish to pursue exams, I can prepare students for either AMEB or ABRSM exams.
Basic music theory is integrated into violin lessons; however, I also do offer pure theory lessons (no instrument).
I prefer to teach at my house, however this is negotiable.
Trial lessons are $20 for half hour. Students who continue on receive the first 4 lessons at 20% off. Thereafter, regular rates at $70/h apply.