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I offer lessons in:

  • Ear Training
  • Fiddle
  • Improvisation
  • Music History
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • String Orchestra
  • Classical Violin
  • Beginning Violin
     
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    Deb CollinsOffering private lessons in
    Olympia, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Introduction
    Fiddle or Violin?
    Well, it all boils down to the 'style' of music played on the 'same' instrument!

    Deb Collins is a Pacific Northwestern native with an infectious passion for bowed stringed instruments that began at a very young age and doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon. Her musical family background runs through her veins. While growing up, she was witness to many jam sessions in her home. Musicians would come and go, leaving behind their legacies that encouraged her to pursue her current career in the music industry.

    Teaching Background
    She has several years experience teaching fiddle, violin and hardingfele to students of all ages and abilities. She has a keen sense of knowing how to approach many different learning styles. She also gained some of her understanding about teaching from her experiences while attending the School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma.

    Teaching Philosophy
    Her uniquely designed teaching approach is specifically designed with each studentís specific learning style and goals in mind. Her network of musicians and friends is vast and her involvement in various music related activities has helped to broaden her experience, thereby enabling her to provide a wealth of useful information to enhance the learning environment. Her one of a kind instructional methods and fun approach guarantee successful results even if the student has never played before. She can work with students who wish to learn how to read music as well as with those who just want to learn tunes. For those students, she has created a unique system of fiddle tab. For all students, she encourages spending mindful practice time with the basics:

    * Ergonomics
    * Technique
    * Scales
    * Etudes
    * Position Work
    * Music

    Availability
    Please contact Deb for more information regarding any of the following:
    * Private lessons, in her home studio, in Olympia, Redmond or Kirkland.
    * Private video lessons.
    * Group lessons, at schools, camps, or workshops.
    * Volunteering.
    * Tune-a-Week. A group that meets in her home, weekly on Friday evenings, to learn fiddle tunes and dances.
    * OlyQua - A group that meets in her home, weekly on Tuesday evenings, to play Violin ensemble music.
    * Oly Kids Summer Fiddle Camp. Day time annual music camp for violin, viola, cello and guitar. Fiddle tunes, dances, songs, crafts,
    food, language, games and more!
    * For hire for your special event or gig.

    Rates
    Please contact Deb for current pricing options.