Laura R. McDermott
Violin, Viola Teacher
Teaching lessons as a private studio teacher is a joy for me. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to teach others to play the violin and viola and give others the chance to experience the personal growth and joy that comes from playing an instrument. Every day is always different and I am never bored.
The parents that work with me say I am very patient and laid back yet able to get quality work from their children. I am able to work well with students who are playing for enjoyment and have other priorities in their life as well as students who choose to pursue music as a career. Many of my students have received music scholarships to attend college.
At our spring recital a couple of years ago, I realized that I have reached one of my goals which was for my students to want to continue playing as adults and for them to have the skills to do so. At that recital I realized that all of the students who have been with me when they graduated high school have continued to play their instrument.
My studio has at least 5 recital/performance opportunities every year. Students may attend group classes through DTE.
I started on violin at age 4 1/2 doing Suzuki method. There was only one Suzuki teacher in Denver at that time and at age 8 my family switched teachers to someone closer to home so I was taught in a traditional fashion after that. Several years after graduating from University of Denver, I went back to DU and earned my Suzuki Pedagogy Certificate. I have been teaching Suzuki Violin and Viola ever since. I believe it is important to continue my education so I make an effort to attend any workshops and observe on a regular basis. I have served on the board for SAC as well as Rocky Mountain Viola Society.
“Laura is a very patient, professional teacher who makes every effort to incorporate high standards with the individual learning styles of my children. They have learned so much from her!” Mary Beth mother of Schuyler and Joe