Along with Suzuki methodology, I use traditional approaches and material from pedagogues such as Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Rolland, Kato Havas, Simon Fischer, and Mimi Zweig. I teach note reading and relaxation techniques from the beginning in a supportive environment. I also teach orchestral excerpts as soon as a student is sufficiently proficient on the instrument.
My goal is to provide a supportive emotional environment that helps each student draw out what is in his or her soul and express it musically. From many years of teaching, I have learned a good deal about human psychology and how to challenge students but not demean them. Not one of my students has needed therapy because of my teaching style! Quite the contrary, I have seen the beleaguered student begin to smile after a few lessons with me. There is no substitute for having a teacher truly believe in you when you are learning an instrument.
The specific goals of parents and students are the number one factor in the structure of private lessons. In addition to private lessons, I offer group classes in chamber music, technique, theory, and improvisation. I prepare for classes whether private or group. My goal is not only to give the best possible technical instruction, but also to inspire students to become life-long lovers of music. I strongly encourage all my students to play in local orchestras and chamber groups, which I am happy to set up for them.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Larson Violin Studio Policies: 2019-2020
I follow the Cupertino School District calendar as closely as possible. See below for exact dates. I teach in person approximately 40 weeks/year. I regularly teach online, as necessary, for students’ progress. Before auditions, competitions, or recitals, I offer additional help at no charge.
I cannot accommodate you in my schedule if you cancel lessons frequently. You may cancel lessons for any reason, 24 hours ahead of your time, but if you cancel more than one lesson every 3 months, please schedule a make-up with me online, or pay for the lesson. This policy does not apply during the summer. And you may cancel at the last minute for illness. But frequent cancellations are not good for progress. Please give me 30 days notice if you wish to withdraw from lessons.
The students who make the fastest progress on a musical instrument have some parental help, especially when they are young. I highly recommend you sit in on lessons and monitor practice times. I realize this isn’t always possible and sometimes resisted by the student; nevertheless, it is well known that a child’s success or failure in learning just about anything is heavily dependent on parental involvement.
Tuition: Due the first lesson of the month. Please pay by check. Private lessons: 30 minutes: $60; 45 minutes: $80; 60 minutes: $100
Studio classes and recitals: Fees vary from $30 to $40 per session.
What you can expect from me:
My students’ needs and interests are my primary concern. I will not keep a student for any financial interest of my own. When I feel a student would benefit from another teacher’s instruction, I will recommend another teacher. I welcome any feedback you have for me, as you know your child better than I ever will. I think about my students’ musical development every week, and I continue to study violin pedagogy.
I feel privileged to pass along to students what I have learned from many years of playing the violin professionally and studying with some of the best teachers in the world. I have more than 25 years of experience in professional orchestras and various chamber groups, and I have played with a long roster of famous soloists.
I customize etudes and repertoire for each student, and I prepare for lessons. I’ve spent many years analyzing and studying the technical challenges of learning the violin. The benefit for students is less frustration and time saved learning the instrument. I strive to find music that engages students’ interests. I spend a considerable amount of time teaching students exactly HOW to practice.
Students receive emails frequently with additional resources to reinforce technical and musical concepts. I also send monthly emails to parents and students to help broaden musical horizons, including advising about music camps, competitions, and upcoming concerts in the Bay Area.
What I expect from students:
Progress! Precision practicing on a daily basis, progress is a given. The violin is not “hard” if you have perseverance, patience, and the right approach to practicing.
It is important your child plays in an orchestra and participates in group performances. I give regular opportunities to perform with and for each other, including recitals. I coach all students for auditions, and my students are often concertmasters and principal section leaders in the orchestras in which they play.