Belen Hernandez

Music Theory, Violin

Lesson Fees
from $30.00 / 30 Minutes

About

Dr. Belén Hernández started her musical journey in her native Argentina. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. She then joined the Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta in 2007 as a full-time violinist.

In 2010 she received the Tarr Award (full tuition scholarship) at Carson-Newman University where she completed a BM in Music Theory, applied violin (2014). During her undergraduate studies, Dr. Hernández was granted the Presser Scholar Award, and became a member of multiple national honor societies, including Pi Kappa Lambda, Alpha Chi, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Dr. Hernández continued her higher education studies at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a MM in Violin Performance (2016) and Doctor of Arts in Violin Performance with a secondary emphasis in Orchestral Conducting (2020).  Her doctoral dissertation, “Life and Legacy of Luis Gianneo: A Comprehensive Study of His Compositions for Violin,” reflects her deep love for Argentine music.

She has performed in many orchestras in Argentina and the United States. In the United States, she has performed with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (CO), Colorado MahlerFest, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra (WY), El Paso Symphony Orchestra (TX), Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra (NM), Ohio Light Opera (OH), Symphony of the Mountains (TN), among others.

Dr. Hernández has been one of the violin teachers at Centro Andino para la Educación y la Cultura (CApEC) in Tilcara, Argentina (2008-2010), and Flourish Music Academy in Greeley, Colorado (2017-2019). She has coached orchestral sectionals at the Denver School of the Arts, Denver Young Artists Symphony, Cherry Creek Honor Orchestra, among others. Dr. Hernández was the orchestra director at Horizon Middle School in El Paso, Texas, from 2019 until 2022. Under her guidance, this brand-new orchestra program, was awarded Superior rating at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest.

Dr. Belén Hernández is currently teaching violin at the Kreismusikschule Kaiserslautern and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Kaiserslautern County. Additionally, she has established her home violin studio in Otterbach, Germany.

Each person comes to music with different expectations and goals. As a teacher who has worked with early beginners as well as adult students, I try to understand where the student is coming from and help them discover where they want to project themselves. I believe that sharing my genuine passion for music and my love for the violin is the best starting point.  I think of teaching as a discovery journey. The teacher’s role should be of assistance in discovering the traditions of the great violinists as well as finding their own voice and expression. I commit to help my students to explore a wide variety of violin playing traditions (violin schools and techniques) and styles (composers and genres). In addition to this, I encourage them to develop their own musical personality and to be aware of their bodies as they engage in sound production.

I incorporate body mapping concepts such as naturalness as a guiding principle (finding what is comfortable and efficient), interdependence of all elements involved in violin playing (proportions and balance), and the relationship of mind to muscles: mental control over physical movement.

In my training, I have discovered that understanding the language of music from an analytical point of view has helped me to better express myself. In order to improve memorization, coherence, and expression, I strongly encourage musical analysis.

I strongly believe that music should ultimately connect the community functioning as a social unifier while celebrating diversity. In my studio I intend to create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone to share who they are and explore music together.

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EDUCATION
2016 – 2020 Doctor of Arts in Violin Performance. Univ. of Northern Colorado. Teaching Assistant. Secondary Emphasis: Orchestral Conducting.
2014 – 2016 MM in Violin Performance. Univ. of Northern Colorado. Teaching Assistant.
2010 – 2014 BM in Music Theory. Carson-Newman University, TN. Summa Cum Laude.
1999 – 2007 Violin Performance. Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina.

HONORS AND AWARDS
2022 Nominated Teacher of the Year. Horizon Middle School. Clint ISD.
2014 – 2016 Graduate Dean’s Scholarship. University of Northern Colorado.
2014 W. D. Hudgins Leadership Award. Carson-Newman University.
2014 Outstanding Music Graduate. Carson-Newman University.
2014 Southard Competition Winner. University of Northern Colorado.
2013 Performer’s Contest Winner. Carson-Newman University.
2013 Presser Scholar Award. Presser Foundation.
2011 – 2012 Certificate of outstanding achievement. Pi Kappa Lambda.
2011 Certificate of outstanding achievement. Delta Omicron.
2010 – 2014 Tarr Award (Full Tuition Scholarship) Carson-Newman University.

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