Since the early ’90s I have taught both violin and viola and do so now in my home in Douglasville, GA (I will travel within 10 miles based on availability and schedule). I am a patient and fun instructor who enjoys making children smile while they are learning. I do have expectations, but I am not the yelling kind of teacher. I teach all ages from 5 (I prefer students to have at least some ability to read English before teaching them to read music) to, well, older than that. Students of mine will be provided with a well-rounded education including songs, etudes, scales, and music theory. I like my students to understand why the music sounds like it does. No playing-by-numbers for my people, thank you very much!
I generally teach a modified Suzuki method. I use the books for repertoire and for motivation, but I also stress learning to read music right away. I also have several pieces that I have written myself that encourage students to play in small groups which is very important in learning how to listen and play in an ensemble. I am involved with the Georgia Symphony and can aid more advanced students in applying, auditioning, and eventually playing in the GSYO.