I’ve always thought it would be cool to play in an orchestra pit. This week, I’ve been helping with the music for the play, Hello, Dolly! It has been a very interesting project. I’ve only done one other similar production before, and that was about 5 years ago! (That one was a lot easier, too.) I met our director about a month prior to the play … Continue reading Playing in the Orchestra Pit!
“What now?” I prayed silently as I set the tiny 1/8-size violin on my excited 5-year-old student’s shoulder, showing her the proper way to hold it. It was our first lesson together and although I had taught many lessons to students who already knew the basics of playing, I had no idea how to start someone – especially a 5-year-old – for the first time! … Continue reading How I Teach
I have perfect pitch, meaning that if someone plays a particular note, I can recognize it. I can also name the key of any piece just by listening to it. Many people believe that perfect pitch is an innate gift; that it can’t be learned. However, I would argue that it’s completely possible to learn. Why? I personally learned it. True, I was born with … Continue reading Thoughts on Perfect Pitch
In January of 2016, I was one of 2 winners selected in the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition. That meant that I got to perform the first movement of Mozart’s 5th violin concerto as a soloist in our spring concert. Although I have no aspirations of a career as a soloist, it was thrilling to perform with an orchestral accompaniment! Continue reading Playing Mozart as a Soloist