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  • Accompanying
  • Children's Music
  • Ear Training
  • Fiddle
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Improvisation
  • Mandolin
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Ukulele
  • Classical Violin
  • Jazz Violin
  • Rock Violin
  • Vocal Coaching
     
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    Barbara CollinsOffering private lessons in
    Olympia, Washington
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    Let's take up music as a welcome alternative to life's stress! Now accepting new mandolin, violin or fiddle students! All levels of ability welcome, ages 10 - Adult. Teaching in OLYMPIA REGION and CENTRALIA

    I can help if ANY of the following may apply to you or someone you know!

    * If you are seeking a good foundation and need help getting started with good technique;
    * If you need help with better tone production, pitch, rhythmic drive
    * If you are working on enhancing expressive nuance, vibrato, ornamentation, phrasing
    * If you are wanting to branch out in new directions;
    * If already studying via online lessons and need more 'hands on' assistance with the material presented;
    * Are trying to learn a song or an instrumental from YouTube or a CD and need help in any way with it;
    * If you are wanting your child to have extra help in school orchestra studies, sight-reading, concert prep;
    * If you are just wanting some "me" time for yourself and need a restorative musical pastime from stress;
    * If you want to become a stronger participant in local jam circles, music festivals or workshops;
    * If you need a tangible outlet for expression yet in a new medium for creative expression...

    When words fail music speaks!

    After a few adventures abroad over the past few years I have returned to Olympia and am now teaching again in the Olympia area and Centralia. I am offering to help you develop a good foundation in basic technique and am also promoting violin and mandolin music in its diversity. There are many paths for study.
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    My background:
    I was classically trained at Northwestern University under Eduardo Fiorelli and over the past 30 years have performed with many professional ensembles in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii, and have had enough practical experience to have become a versatile multi-instrumental musician, private teacher and group leader on staff at renowned music workshops and camps. From this experience I have cultivated a myriad of unique exercises, practical tools and methods to help you on your creative path. I can help make the learning process fun and tailored to your specific needs...

    I'm excited to get to know you and look forward to meeting students who really want to have a great time with this and are open to learning some awe inspiring new skills!

    My prime instructors or mentors have included: Eduardo Fiorelli and Maxine-Karen Johnson (classical violin); Byron Berline, Kenny Baker, Stuart Duncan, Laurie Lewis (Bluegrass); Paul Anastasio (jazz violin, blues, western-swing); Bruce Molsky (old-time fiddle); Martin Hayes (Irish); Alasdair Fraser (Scottish); Natalie MacMaster (Cape Breton) and Radim Zenkl (various mandolin styles)

    Now enrolling for Fall 2017. Please register soon as scheduling is limited. Let's get started!
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    November 18, 2009
     
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