Viola, Violin Teacher
As once a young violin student, an older viola student, and now a teacher of both instruments, I have been involved with music nearly my entire life and greatly value the importance of it. My musical education started with fiddle lessons when I was 7, leading to classical violin when I was 12, and eventually a degree in viola performance.
I had the opportunity to study viola very in depth with Christine Vlajk while at Wilfrid Laurier University. These experiences as a student, education in string pedagogy, and my own experience private teaching over the last 3 years to build a strong foundation as a professional violin and viola teacher.
After a few years living in Ottawa and maintaining my private studio I’ve relocated to the Niagara Falls/St. Catharines area to rebuild and to guide a new group of students through hopefully a lifetime journey of music!
First and foremost I want my students to have fun, feel accomplished, and feel more musically enlightened every week. No matter if it is a beginner level student, advanced, children, or adults, there is always an effective approach that allows the student to have enjoyable and educational music lessons. I base my teaching off Mimi Zweig’s Suzuki based method of teaching, which emphasizes a non-judgmental learning environment that also promotes physical freedom while minimizing tension. In my studio, mistakes are not viewed as being negative, but rather they are useful information to learn from in order to succeed.
Besides being involved in teaching and playing violin/viola I also write electronic music and DJ (I also teach—www.thethirdrecord.com). Although it’s very different than classical music, my background in violin has been invaluable in general musical understanding for this sort of thing. As for a some more stuff unrelated to music, my girlfriend Lisa (who teaches piano lessons—find her site at beyond-the-keys.com) and I also have two small dogs we love spending time with.