17949 Riviera Pl SW, Normandy Park (Burien, Des Moines, Kent, West Seattle) WA, 98166
Instruments:Ear Training, Suzuki Method, Theory, Viola, Violin

Styles:Classical, Kids
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:28 years
Rate:$70 / hr

Personal Statement

Near Burien and Des Moines, WA.
The child comes first. (1/2 hour to 45 min lessons)

I have a playful approach to learning the violin. I really enjoy teaching children, especially beginners, and love to see that look when they “get it”! When done as an addition to the private lesson, group lessons become a wonderful motivator. The children look forward to making friends that also play; they get ensemble experience; opportunity to play for others in an informal setting; a chance for everyone to try out leadership roles; positive peer pressure–the list goes on! When they have a recital, they’ve already played for each other before, and it’s just trying things out in a different format. The parents sit in on the lessons and provide support at home — and enjoy watching and participating in the group lessons as much as the kids do! The parents can see other students working on the same issues as their child, even when there are age differences. Keeps things in perspective. All this and I’m picky too (I have a Masters degree, I have to be picky). I’ve been fortunate to be trained by some of the best.
[I charge $35 for a half hour lesson. Most of my students currently take 1/2 hour or 45 min. lessons.]

Education / Training

Children’s String Academy of Indianapolis
Taught private and group Suzuki violin and viola for 15 years under the supervision of Eleanor Briccetti. Taught Cello to start the cello program.

Indiana University–Bloomington
Master of Strings. Major: Viola Minor: Music History
Studied Viola with Mimi Zweig and took her intensive pedagogy class. Observed Private and Group Lessons, worked with her young students one on one and assisted in group and theory classes. Discussed in class questions that came up while working with students as well as lectures and working with teaching techniques with the other college students in class.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Bachelor of Music and Instrumental K-12 Teaching Certificate.
Major: Violin Minor: Viola

Violin: Larry Shapiro Butler University, Indianapolis; Albert Lazan Indiana University; Arnold Schatz University of Nebraska; Shirley Givens Aspen Music Festival who was the first to introduce me to teaching young children violin;Fredel Lack Aspen Music Festival; Rocky Ridge Music Center, Estes Park Colorado (summer);Aleta Collier of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Viola: Terry Langdon Assistant Principal Viola of the Indianapolis Symphony; Mimi Zweig Indiana University; Emanuel Wishnow University of Nebraska.
Cello: Marti Kanin of Indianapolis, Indiana; Helga Winold Indiana University; Carol Work of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Bass: Greg Dugan Indiana University

April Swansiger