Trying to find violin teacher via FaceTime or Skype

Christopher Bengochea said: Jan 14, 2016
 11 posts

Hello, I am desperately try to find a violin teacher who would be willing to teach some students in Montana. Suzuki was a success for me in Montana, but because of the remote parts there is a lack of any teacher out there and the students are eager to start. I have 1 student who is in book 3 but can’t finish as she has no teacher, and 3 others that want to start their children.

Please help!

Christopher Bengochea

Paula Bird said: Jan 14, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I would be happy to help. I have been doing Skype lessons with a missionary family in Albania. I also have many articles and resources available from my blog to help families begin violin lessons. I am very comfortable doing this. Feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Paula Bird
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Teachsuzuki.blogspot.com

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Mark Davis said: Jan 14, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
1 posts

I would be happy to provide such a service per a mutual agreeable time and financial agreement.
Also, as with any teaching arrangement, I would encourage an agreeable trial period that both parties would commit too. I feel this would ensure the likelihood of long -term success for your students making progress.
I’ve have extensive credentials and experience as a violinist / teacher as well as a licensed educational psychologist.

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss the possibilities further.

Mark Davis
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Arlene said: Jan 14, 2016
Arlene Patterson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Longmont, CO
13 posts

I Skype every week with a student in Cambodia. Fortunately, the student’s mother plays ‘cello and has some basic violin playing experience.

I’d be glad to discuss possibilities.
Arlene

Arlene

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 14, 2016
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

I also would consider doing online lessons.

I wonder if there is a way that SAA can put “online” into the locations for teachers in the SAA teacher locator directory?

Anne Brennand said: Jan 15, 2016
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Boulder, CO
38 posts

Jennifer, that’s a great idea. I would also like to see online training/tech in the studio added to the core curriculum training.

It seems this way of the world is only increasing. The SAA has been so far fabulous about keeping up with the times (Parents as Partners such a good resource).

I hear of great conservatory teachers having wall size monitors to skype regularly with students trans-state. If that is effective, why not on the family level? Can anyone step up to offer this training, either on or offline? —Anne

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 16, 2016
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

For a while some years back, I collected ideas or tips on holding distance lessons from various places—blogs, teaching websites, facebook posts, etc.

If anyone’s interested, those thoughts are in a Google document, here.

Some of the tips may no longer be of concern, as faster internet speeds and easier access to good mics and large, HD screens make video conferencing software work better and better.

Paula Bird said: Jan 18, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Thank you, Jennifer! Wonderful job on this!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Edward said: Jan 18, 2016
Edward Obermueller
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Morris Plains, NJ
24 posts

I’m from Casper, Wyoming, so I have a soft spot for these students! Growing up out west is beautiful, but at times remote. My Suzuki teacher moved after only a year, but it had enough impact on me to come back to me years later as an adult!

I’d love to teach a few of these students.

I have a newsletter about practicing for beginners that might be helpful, they can sign up at the home page at EdwardsViolinStudio.com or reach me at the contact page, or at the email address below.

If there is interest in distance lessons, I would definitely recommend following the guidelines posted above by Jennifer Visick (they are still very relevant!) and work to connect across the distance and sound divides that come up with Skype. That being said, I could get started with beginners even if the students don’t have good audio or microphone.

Let me know if I can be of any help.

Happy practicing,
Edward

EDWARD’S VIOLIN STUDIO
11 Holloway Place
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
201-274-5782

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WEB: EdwardsViolinStudio.com

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 18, 2016
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

I’ve tagged this thread “Distance Lessons”—if you click on the tag at the top of the thread, you’ll be able to see other threads from the past that have also touched on this topic.

Christopher Bengochea said: Jan 19, 2016
 11 posts

Can I send you a couple of students via Skype?

Christopher Bengochea

Brendan Conroy said: Jan 22, 2016
Brendan Conroy
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Amsterdam 1055, Netherlands
2 posts

I’ve been teaching some Skype cello students as part of my studio for several years now and it’s going really well. I currently live and teach in the Netherlands and I also teach Skype students in Australia and the UK. I did some postgraduate research into Skype teaching. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are also looking for a cello teacher. My background and qualifications are listed here on my SAA page.

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