“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.”
"I look forward to lessons and feel inspired after I leave. [Ms. Julia] is the most patient, thoughtful, inspiring violin teacher I have ever had."
— Violet, Student (12)
secure technical foundation
reading and rhythm from the beginning
I am a Suzuki-trained violin instructor teaching out of my Steele Creek home in Charlotte, NC. I adhere to Dr. Suzuki’s belief that anyone can learn to play the violin. As he said that “music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart,” I believe in nurturing the whole student alongside violin instruction. Music study is a way to cultivate a strong work ethic, a sense of self-worth, and creative thinking, as well as beautiful hearts and souls.
Alongside the core teachings of Dr. Suzuki, I emphasize tension-free playing and the development of a secure technical foundation. By combining techniques of Paul Rolland with the traditional Suzuki method, as well as the study of scales and etudes, students will quickly develop this foundation. All of this is done within the setting of a non-judgmental environment, allowing students to make and learn from mistakes along the way.
Parents play a very important role in the journey to technical development and musical expression, especially for younger students. Parents who attend lessons and follow through with daily practice alongside their children will see great improvements in a short amount of time, as well as helping to encourage and instill those practice habits in their children. As students mature and develop they will become more independent. Daily practice is based on what is taught in lessons, as well as a spiral approach to using review pieces for acquisition and development of new skills. Additionally, listening to their past, present, and future repertoire on a daily basis enables students to learn effortlessly.
I teach reading and rhythm skills from the very beginning, as this is equally important to develop alongside their aural skills. Students gradually couple their secure technical foundation with strong note-reading skills, allowing them to enter into the exciting world of collaborative playing through orchestral and chamber music.