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Book a Lesson with Laura Burgess
I enjoy teaching strings to students of all ages and abilities. I take students where they are and work with them to meet their personal playing goals. 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 certified in Suzuki Violin Method through Book 4 and have been teaching Suzuki since 1999. I have taught in community arts schools, public schools, and privately. I have served as a clinician for StringFest and as an Adjudicator for Senior District Orchestra. My major instrument was viola, but I have been performing and teaching violin for 17years. Currently, I am first violinist with The Artisan Chamber Ensemble. When not working, I enjoy gardening, writing, and cooking South American dishes. Falo portugues/hablo espanol.
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.
Materials depend on student needs and interests but in general I tend to use Suzuki Violin Method and the ABCs of Violin by Tucker Rhoda. For young students and beginners, I find Shirley Givens' series useful, as well as Postcards from Egbert and Green Parrot Red Parrot. I like Briam Wiklund's Fiddle Books.