Suzuki Violin Lessons Victoria BC
The first time I traveled for a concert was to Quadra Island. While waiting for the ferry a friend and I started fiddling to pass the time. Before we knew it a crowd had gathered and a driver offered us his flat bed truck to play on. This spontaneity of music is one that reverberates through language barriers and tears down misconceptions of “traditional music” as boring and out of touch.
Learning to play the violin teaches us how to overcome hurdles. In this age of instant access to everything, practicing and exploring music is a thoughtful, but fun process where patience is a learned skill.Read more about Blue Octopus Studio’s teaching philosophy, methods and rates.
Heather Bowness Violin teacher Victoria BC
I am a professional musician and violin teacher in Victoria B.C.
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of playing the violin the thrill of my first concert, the first time I played my favourite concerto, and the frustrations of beginning to learn an instrument. Gradually through lessons and daily practice I began to control and master the subtle technicalities of the violin. Soon I was hooked. I remember lying on the floor of my bedroom, violin propped beside me, pumping classical music through the stereo, feeling the vibrations through the floor.
While I have obtained my Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Grade 10 violin certification and Grade 6 piano, as well as Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA) approved teacher training, it was music history classes that first sparked my intrigue of history. This soon became an obsession with the ancient history of the Greeks and Romans. So while my love of the violin never left, I chose to expand my horizons. I spent my degree in university delving into every manuscript and class I could take on Greece and Rome. From ancient ships to Greek myths, Latin and Greek language classes to tragedies and epic battles, I learned about the ancient civilizations of the world.
It was only after university, while I was immersed in the corporate world first as an online marketer and affiliate manager for AbeBooks.com and then as marketing manager for Pacific Opera Victoria that I felt the familiar hunger for the violin. Now, I have returned to my musical roots with a fresh perspective and enthusiasm.
Being a professional violin teacher means I am constantly learning new teaching techniques and how to explain technical aspects of the violin in different ways. Each year I take professional development courses through the Suzuki Association at different locations around the country, as well as learning with other experienced violin teachers (both fiddle and classical teachers) in Victoria B.C. I also love experimenting and learning different music styles, and often include fiddle pieces into my students repertoire. This keeps my love of teaching alive as I learn new ways to play and teach my students.