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Book a Lesson with Laura Burgess
I currently perform as Lead violinist for the Artisan Chamber Ensemble, and have decades of orchestra experience in the Boston and Pittsburgh metro areas. My Bachelor's is from New England Conservatory and my Master's of Music Education is from The Boston Conservatory. I am also trained and registered in Suzuki Violin Method and have been teaching Suzuki since 1999. I have taught in community arts schools, public schools, and privately. I have often served as a clinician conducting for StringFest and as an Adjudicator for Senior District Orchestra. Falo portugues/hablo espanol.
I am extremely patient and take students from where they are and help work towards goals. I enjoy teach students of all abilities and experience. Following my training in Suzuki and Kodaly methods, I believe in teaching music from an auditory perspective, focusing on learning through sound and then adding kinesthetic and visual components. Lessons are paced at the student's speed and goals. I believe in gentle, respectful teaching that is systematic and developmentally right for the student. For young people, I enjoy engaging the family so they can be the home teacher. I use some brain gym in my teaching and am excited to learn more about how the brain works. Violin and viola study is work, but you can have great tone and fun right from the beginning.
My focus is getting the student a solid technique and a good sound. I use the Suzuki Method to develop the ear and classical technique systematically. Each piece in the book develops a specific technical skill. This involves daily home listening, often teaching right hand skills for pieces before the left hand. For those who are old enough to read, I use Martin's "I Can Read Music" to develop pitch and rhythm skills separately and in gradual progression of difficulty.