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  • Accompanying
  • Ear Training
  • Bluegrass Fiddle
  • Fiddle
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Classical Violin
  • Rock Violin
  • Klezmer Violin
     
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    Pamela MargonOffering private lessons in
    Olympia, Washington
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    Introduction
    I believe learning to play the violin can be a rewarding, intuitive and maintainable experience for a person of any age, and that no prior musical experience is necessary. I welcome beginning and intermediate students of all ages at my studio in downtown Olympia. I am also available as a coach for students of orchestra and string ensembles.

    In my lessons I offer personalized instruction according to the needs and desires of the student. My teaching philosophy centers around the idea that traditional violin-based folk music ("fiddle") can be used as a tool to learn and refine the techniques required to play the violin.
    Initially trained as a classical violinist, my current passions include Southern Old-Time, Irish, French-Canadian Fiddle music and Klezmer. In June 2011, I became the first teacher in Washington State to be certified in the Mark O'Connor Violin Method, a developmental curriculum of American folk music for students of all levels.
    I am also a working musician and performer. I love collaborating with singer/songwriters, both in studio-recording settings and live performances. Please visit the links below for current studio recordings and performance- event dates.

    My Teaching Methods/ Education
    My teaching methods include: The Mark O'Connor Violin Method , Playing by Ear, Reading Music, Suzuki Method, Improvisation Techniques. In additon, I co-direct the "Olympia Kid's Fiddle Camp," with Deb Collins-Hill, a week-long event in August for children of all ages and levels to experience fiddle music from around the world. I hold a degree in Music Pedagogy: Education and Teaching Methods from the Evergreen State College (2003).


    Private Lessons: Rates And Programing

    Individualized lesson programs are offered on the following schedule:

    30 minute lesson: $25 ( Weekly, for children ages 5 to 11 years old)
    45 minute lesson: $30 ( Weekly, for adults and children ages 12 and older)
    60 minute lesson: $40 (Weekly, for adults and children over age 12, or twice monthly for adults)

    All Lessons are taught at my studio, located 5 minutes from Downtown Olympia.

    Classes/Workshops/Presentations

    $100 per hour

    Live Music for Private Events
    I am available to play for weddings and other events, and would love to customize a musical program for you. Please contact me for a quote.


    My Music

    Here is a sample of some of my recent studio recordings- follow the links below for download or streaming
    Tattered Dress
    Eleanor Murray
    Kendl Winter
    LAKE (K Records)
    Letters
    Southern Skies

    Collaborations
    Bellow are a few of the projects I have performed and/or recorded with.
    Please follow the links below for more information about these talented artists and calendar information.
    The Pine Hearts
    Tattered Dress
    Eleanor Murray
    Kendl Winter (K Records)
    LAKE (K Records)
    Kate Graves
    The Northern Rail
    Sandman, The Rappin Cowboy
    Letters
    The Blackberry Bushes String Band
    The Erev Rav Klezmer Band
    The Olympia Chamber Orchestra
    The Garfield High school Orchestra (Seattle, WA)

    Certifications and Awards
    KlezKanada (Quebec) 2012-Scholarship Recipient
    Celtic Arts Foundation-Winter School-2012 Scholarship Recipient
    Williamson Foundation for Music-2011 Fellowship Recipient
    American Festival of Fiddle Tunes-Scholarship Recipient 2007-2009


    Training/Seminars

    Violon Trad Quebec (French-Canadian Fiddle Styles) Workshop- St. Come, Quebec- July, 2012
    Mastery of the Scottish Arts Workshop- January 2012, Seabeck, WA
    Mark O'Connor Violin Method - June 2011- Johnson City, TN
    Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School Santa Cruz, CA (2011)
    Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, WA (2007-2010)


    Press

    The Tacoma Tribune, March 2013 Pamela weighs in on the effectiveness of the Mark O'Connor Curriculum during a preview of his upcoming Tacoma concert

    The Olympian, December 2012 "Kid Musicians Jam in Style" A profile of our monthly Kid Jam!


    Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, I look forward to hearing from you!
    Pamela
    Blog
    2 postings total

    Welcome Back New and Returning Fiddle Students!
    September 9, 2012
     
    Summer and Beyond!
    June 10, 2011
     
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