I started teaching violin during my first year of university at Long & McQuad and Arbutus Music (Nanaimo). Since then, I have grown a passion for helping students achieve their goals in violin, music theory, ear training, and computer music. I have taught all ages and levels from the 6 year old prodigy to the 70 year old beginner; all are welcome! I am happy to provide one on one feedback for your pieces, or if you need ideas, to provide suggestions for new repertoire. I utilize materials from Suzuki, Essential Elements, Schradieck, Carl Flesch, the RCM syllabus etc.
My teaching philosophy is that there are multiple different ways to learn and I adapt my lessons according to the individual student’s needs. I also believe in "the 4 P's": Passion, Practice, Patience, and Perseverance. Making music should be fun, or else it wouldn't be called "playing" an instrument. As a teacher, I only see an individual student once a week and it is the student's responsibility to practice every day. A small amount of time engaging in thoughtful, constructive practice every day is more beneficial than long practice sessions every once in a while. Progress in learning any musical instrument is slow, so it is important for all students and teachers to have patience. And there will always be bumps in the journey to learn music, as well as in life in general. But when an individual sets their mind to persevere through the challenges, they can achieve great accomplishments.
I can teach lessons either in person at the student’s home (Victoria, BC), or through Zoom. I started teaching online in 2016 through Violin Tutor Pro/The Violin Shack. While I believe that online lessons are never as beneficial as meeting in person, I have adapted to the medium to its full potential. I have previously connected with online students from North America, India, and Britain. However, please note when booking lessons that I go by PST/PDT/UTC-07. If you need to check your time zone, I suggest this website: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/
Prices differ based on the length of the lessons and whether they are in person or online. For online lessons I accept payments through Interac etransfer for students who are in Canada. I also accept PayPal transfers from both Canadian and international students. I do not use other banking etransfer services. For in person lessons, I also accept cash or cheque. Please contact me for more details.
I ask all of my beginner violin students to purchase a copy of Suzuki Book 1, regardless of their age. This book can be purchased from any local store.
Also, please purchase your own music stand. If you live in a dry climate (like Calgary) I suggest dark rosin, and for humid climates (like the west coast), light rosin.
Every once in a while I post videos on my YouTube channel to help violin students. Here are some examples.
I had made this fingerchart application with Max MSP. You may use it yourself if you download it from my Patreon (a monthly subscription service). I have not figured out a way to setup a one time payment/online store-like system. So I don't mind if you want to sign up for one month, download the application then cancel the subscription after the first payment: www.patreon.com/highlandviolinist The version that I am selling does not include the webcam as seen in the scale videos. Please let me know if you are having any issues with the link or the application.
I have an advertisement for lessons on musicteachersdirectory.org. I am trying to get that ad to have a link to my website. According to their rules, my site must have the following three links posted on it in order to verify my website for the ad. So here they are: Violin Lessons British Columbia Victoria