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  • Chamber Music Coaching
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  • Basic Music Theory
  • Viola
  • Classical Violin
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    Jane PerkinsOffering private lessons in
    Bellingham, Washington
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    Teaching Philosophy

    I believe the study of music is an important part of a well-rounded education. But there are additional benefits beyond the joy of making music.

    Numerous studies have shown:

    Playing a musical instrument improves verbal memory

    Students who study music have fewer behavioral and substance abuse problems

    Music making exercises can help children grasp difficult math concepts

    Students who study music get higher marks on standardized tests,
    including the SAT, than those with no music involvement

    Participation in music builds self-esteem and team working skills

    I always take into account my students individual goals, whether that be the personal enrichment gained with the study of music, preparation for advanced study in pursuit of a career in music, or anything in between. My students range in age from 5 to 80+ - adult beginners are very welcome!

    About Me

    I began violin in 4th grade strings at public school in the San Francisco Bay Area and went on to study music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Notre Dame de Namur University. My teachers have included Isadore Tinkleman, Asbjorn Finess, and Avis Aasen-Hull.

    I have performed as a member of Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, West Bay Opera Orchestra, the Whatcom Symphony and Santa Cruz Symphony. I have served as principal violist in the Whatcom Symphony and been a member of the Cascade Ensemble. I have also performed in numerous solo recitals throughout Northwest Washington. I have taught violin and viola in Bellingham since 1993.

    Studio Information

    I teach afternoons and evenings at Quist Violins in downtown Bellingham, WA Monday through Friday, and mornings and afternoons on Saturdays. I also offer lessons in Sudden Valley on Sundays. In addition, I have morning lesson times available Monday through Friday during June, July and August.