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    Deb CollinsOffering private lessons in
    Lacey, Washington
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    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 and performances in her home, via her father who is a professional musician. Musicians would come and go, leaving behind their legacies that encouraged her to pursue her current career in the music industry.

    She has several years’ experience teaching Violin, Fiddle, and Hardingfele, to students of all ages and abilities, in styles that come many various musical traditions, from all across the globe, including classical. She has a keen sense of knowing how to approach many different learning styles. She gained some of her understanding about teaching from her experiences while attending the School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Washington. She has much experience working with home schooling families as well.

    Her unique teaching approach and one of a kind instructional methods are designed to match the specific learning style and goals of each individual student, even if they've never played before. She helps students break through barriers and ‘diagnose’ issues that prevent them from moving forward with their experience.

    Her network of musicians and friends in the music world 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.

    She can work with students whether they do, or do not, want to read sheet music. She has created a unique Fiddle Tablature system as a resource for those who just want to learn tunes by ear.

    However, she does encourage students to spend quality, mindful practice time with the basics: Ergonomics, Technique, Scales, Etudes, Position Work and Ear Training.

    Please contact Deb for more information regarding any of the following:

    * Private or group lessons, in Lacey, Olympia, Yelm, Bellevue & Tenino, Washington.

    * Private video lessons. Do you live somewhere else other than near Deb but would still like to try lessons? If so, why not give Skype lessons a try.

    * For hire to teach at camps, or workshops.

    * HARDINGFELE - Learn to play the Norwegian Hardingfele! Check out these amazing instruments:

    * Volunteering to play at assisted living homes or other community events.

    * OLYQUA - A drop-in group that meets in her home, weekly on Tuesday evenings, to play Violin music, in parts, in an ensemble setting. Basic sheet music reading skills required.

    * TUNE-A-WEEK. A drop-in group that meets in her home, weekly on Friday evenings, to learn fiddle tunes by ear. Tunes. (Dances sometimes too.) No sheet music reading skills required. Sound files, sheet music and Fiddle Tablature are provided.

    * STRING FOLK MUSIC 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.

    * Cricket on the Hearth. Band to hire for Celtic Music.

    * Hi-Liners. Band to hire for old style Country Music.

    Please contact Deb for current pricing options for lessons or performances.

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    September 30, 2017
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