I grew up in Germany, and obtained my violin teaching diploma there.
In Canada, I continued my studies at University of Toronto, and Brandon University. I was a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for 12 years, and a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for almost 30 years. During all those many years, I always maintained a teaching studio: a small one in Winnipeg because of my heavy Symphony schedule, and a much larger one here in White Rock . Since retiring from performing, I have devoted more time to teaching, and am enjoying it even more than before.
I treat each student as an individual, and have more or less found my own personal way to teaching (just borrowing from the Suzuki Method a bit here and there, but sticking mostly to more traditional teaching methods).
I believe that ensemble playing and group classes are essential. The violin, after all, is a "social" instrument, to be played in chamber music or orchestra! When I grew up, I felt so sorry for my girlfriend who took piano lessons, and always played by herself, while I made lots of friends in orchestras, groups, and at music camps. I like my students to have more or less regular group activities besides their weekly individual instruction. At our annual Student Recital in June, all ensembles perform, and make up an important and fun part of the concert.
I teach Mondays through Thursdays these days. Weekends are used for group activities, sometimes once a months, and more often before performances.
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