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Violin Lessons and Violin Teacher Victoria BC

Blue Octopus Studio is dedicated to providing professional and engaging violin lessons in Victoria B.C.

All ages and abilities are welcome. As an experienced violin teacher, I will provide a platform for developing each students' innate musical abilities. I strongly believe that anyone can learn to play the violin.

Some of my happiest memories are centred on the friends I made while playing in quartets and orchestras throughout the years. At 15 I was invited to attend the Bremen International Youth Orchestra in Germany – a two-week orchestra workshop of over 10 different nationalities. It was there, among 120 other young musicians, that I first noticed a difference in the European model of teaching music. Like math and languages, music was a central, critical and essential part of education and staunchly supported by government. This concept of music as a vital and fundamental part of the whole education process of children is an important aspect of how I teach violin and approach musical education.

Suzuki Violin Lessons for Children

At Blue Octopus Studio I teach beginners the foundations of violin technique, how to study and practice, as well as instilling a love for music.

For children as young as four, I teach the Suzuki method and have approved violin teacher training by the Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA). The Suzuki method recognizes that every child has an innate musical ability that should be encouraged. This method focuses on aural training that mimics how a child learns language and requires strong parental involvement. Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki method, also proposed that the primary purpose of learning the violin isn’t for everyone to become world-renowned musicians, but rather to learn how to be kind, thoughtful, and productive members of society. For more information on the Suzuki method visit the Suzuki Association website.

In a typical violin lesson various games targeting specific abilities such as ear training, rhythm, and memorization are incorporated to keep your child active and focused. As well, your child will learn to develop and control large and small muscle movements, which is key to the precision of the violin. Most importantly, your child will learn to appreciate and enjoy all kinds and styles of music. Learning the violin relies on building blocks of knowledge and skill that gradually become more complex over time. These skills will serve your child going forward in whatever else they take on in life.

The parent—child—teacher trio is crucial to the musical development of your child. At home practice is essential and young children will practice only a few minutes a day. Practice should be fun, yet challenging. Without practice it's easy for a child to become frustrated with a lack of progress. Developing the daily habit of practice your child will learn to overcome challenges and frustrations, which leads to greater confidence in overcoming other problems. While families are often busy, we can develop a daily practice schedule that will not be too onerous for your child or for your family, but is essential to your child’s musical development.

Violin Lesson Rates

Suzuki group lessons are also available in conjunction with individual lessons and are an invaluable learning experience.

Violin Lessons for Teens

Building on the foundations of violin technique, teens and young adults will continue to develop their skills and knowledge. Of course, beginners are welcome at any age, but for intermediate and advanced students, I mainly teach the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus. However, I supplement this with other styles and genres depending on the interest of the student. At a higher level, I encourage students to take an active role in choosing the music they wish to play and to explore a variety of styles and music. Each lesson will focus on different aspects of technique and study and is tailored to meet the specific level of the student.

Basic music history and theory will also be taught in lessons. However, if your teen is serious about taking their musical understanding to a deeper level, I encourage students to take the RCM examinable history and music theory courses. Many RCM examinations can be used towards high school credits.

I also encourage teens and adults to join small ensembles or youth orchestra to enhance their skills and musicianship.

Adult Violin Lessons

It is never too late to learn the violin! Whether you want to learn so you can jam with your family, friends, or play just for yourself, learning the violin is a rewarding experience. Depending on your goals, we can focus on solo performing, chamber music, or a combination of both.

Suzuki Group Lessons

Group lessons are an integral part of the Suzuki method, especially for young beginners. Suzuki group classes help children learn how to play in an ensemble setting, how to perform, and where parents and children can become part of a musical community. Games are used to present musical concepts and techniques while being fun and interactive. Children are often motivated by working with others and progress at a much faster rate when taking group lessons along with individual lessons. Group lessons also provide parents with the ability to swap practice ideas and gain a supportive community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in learning the violin with me and would like more information about the Suzuki method and group classes.

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Violin Lesson Studio Location Victoria B.C.

Blue Octopus Studio is conveniently located in Vic West near Banfield Park, just a few minutes from downtown Victoria B.C. and close to the Galloping Goose Trail and the No. 14 Victoria city bus line.

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