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Young Strings - Violin and Viola lessons. Learn to Play Classical, Pop, and Jazz with an Experienced Teacher.

Young Strings is the violin and viola studio of Liam, BMus. Liam offers online private music lessons via Zoom from his studio in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada that are fun, engaging, and impart a real sense of musical understanding.

Beginning students will learn from the Suzuki violin/viola method books, supplemented by more creative songs and arrangements. For intermediate/advanced students, we study more advanced techniques such as shifting, vibrato, and advanced bow strokes. The student also has flexibility in terms of style they would like to focus on - classical/pop/improvisation/etc.

Extra information

A laptop computer (Windows or Mac) with Zoom is required, ideally with a good quality microphone.

Location

At teacher's location: St Patrick St, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
At student's location: Around St. Catharines, 08, Canada
Online via webcam

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General info

Skills:
Age:
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English

About Me

As once a young violin student, an older viola student, and now a teacher of both instruments, I have been involved with music nearly my entire life and greatly value its importance. My musical education started with fiddle lessons when I was 7, leading to classical violin when I was 12, and eventually a degree in viola performance, studying with Christine Vlajk at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Since 2012, I have had the opportunity to work with a large number of students ranging from complete beginners to advanced-level musicians wishing to further progress in their musical knowledge. I teach all ages of students, from children as young as 4 years old all the way up to older adults.

I encourage all my students to pursue learning music they are interested in, whether that is classical, fiddle/folk music, improvisation-based styles like pop/rock/hip hop/blues, or even exploring the possibilities of electronic music using the violin/viola. As a classically trained musician that deeply understands the technical side of physical movement and sound production involved in playing the violin and viola, I am able to impart a strong Suzuki-based technical foundation onto my students that effectively sets them up to be able to pursue whatever form of musical expression resonates with them the most.

First and foremost, I want my students to have fun, feel accomplished, and feel more musically enlightened every week. I base my teaching off Mimi Zweig's teaching philosophy, which emphasizes a non-judgmental learning environment that also promotes physical freedom while minimizing tension. In my studio, mistakes are not viewed as being negative, but rather they are useful information to learn from in order to succeed.

Besides maintaining a busy private teaching schedule, I teach group violin classes with Suzuki Niagara, hold a section viola position with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, play violin at weddings and other special events with pianist Zach Dekker as part of my company The Fox Duo, and pursue a number of creative projects mainly centred around producing and composing electronic music.

Education

Bachelor of Music, Honours Viola Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, 2013
National Youth Orchestra of Canada - Section Violist, 2010
Book 1 Suzuki Violin Teacher Training, 2018

Experience / Qualifications

-8 years experience teaching private lessons full-time
-22 years experience playing violin
-15 years experience playing viola
-Section Violist with Niagara Symphony Orchestra, 2018-Present

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from C$50At teacher's location
from C$50Online via webcam
from C$56At student's home

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If you are not satisfied after your first lesson, Apprentus will find you another instructor or will refund your first lesson.

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