Violin Lesson Philosophy & Expectations
1. Private Lesson Expectations
A. Parental involvement with lessons.
B. Practice time at home.
C. Come to your lesson prepared.
2. Lesson Structure. I structure my lessons as a model for how I expect students to practice at home.
A. Warm-ups/Basics and Scales are an important part of practice time to build a solid foundation & improve technique (most listed on Daily Basics sheet as explained below).
B. Daily Basics sheet (Intermediate-Advanced students)
C. Review Songs that were previously learned with a daily routine.
D. Current/New songs require more attention. Specific instructions will be given as suggestions on how to practice & improve the new songs.
A. Email is the primary way I communicate with students/parents to inform you of lesson plans, current events, changes in schedule or reminders.
B. Mymusicstaff.com is an easy to use web-based software for managing my violin students. It allows me to centrally manage student contact information, schedule, lesson notes, and to communicate with students and parents. With your login information, you will also have access to your student’s information.
C. Phone/Text is used when needing a quick response.
4. Composers (excludes pre-school students). Each semester I introduce a composer to the students to study. Recently, I have included composers Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn. My goal is to expose the students to the composers and to an appreciation of music history.
A. Fact Cards will be given every 2 weeks with the opportunity to memorize facts about the composer. The fact cards will be compiled at the end of the semester into a booklet that the students can keep.
B. The Music Listening List gives a list of some of the famous pieces written by the composer. I present these pieces in class as a way of exposing the student to the music and encourage the student to listen to them at home as well.
C. Playing the Music.
5. Group Classes (SOPA ONLY)
A. Classes are offered 3-4 times per semester for all students at different ability levels. I encourage participation for student motivation & for the experience of playing with others.
B. Fee is $12 per class.
C. Advanced sign-up is required at the beginning of the semester. Any non-emergency cancellation made within 24 hours of the class will be charged.
A. North Shelby School of Performing Arts offers 3 recitals each year (December, March & May) as well as a Nursing Home trip in December.
B. Hilltop Montessori School offers 3 recitals each year (November, February & May).
C. I encourage participation in the recitals not only as a motivator to practice, but also for the experience of performing! It is also a rewarding experience for the student when they succeed in the performance.
D. I normally spend half of the semester preparing them for the recital so they have a good experience performing, but it also depends on the practice time spent at home preparing!
7. Pre-school Students (Age 4 – 6)
A. The Pascale Method begins with a solid foundation of basic technique during the first semester of lessons.
B. The Pascale method is immediately followed by the Suzuki method.
C. Communication between the parent(s) and teacher is essential to minimize the confusion of how to practice with the student at home. It is recommended that the parent attend as many lessons as possible to establish this.
D. Establish a daily practice routine from the beginning.
8. Intermediate – Advanced Student Opportunities
A. Honor Strings Festival is offered each fall to students age 6-18. A teacher recommendation for placement is required.
B. All-state Orchestra is a higher level opportunity for advanced students to play in an orchestral setting. Students will compete through an audition process with students from all over the state before being selected to attend.