Violin Lessons in Charlotte, NC
Violin lessons in Charlotte NC is a great choice for anyone 3 and up. Violin is known as one of the most challenging instruments to learn, but our knowledgeable staff is experienced and ready to make your learning the violin a joy! Currently, we offer studio lessons and in-home lessons near our studio on Carmel Rd.
Meet A Few Of Our Many Great Violin Teachers
Rocky has been studying violin and viola for 21 years and teaching privately for eight years. As a teenager and continuing into her adulthood, she has studied under such masters as Dora Mullins, Jorge Aguirre, and Sarah McGee. In her early twenties, she participated in the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dora Mullins, formerly of Juilliard. Outside of classical music, she has been in many groups which encompass myriad genres ranging from folk to avant-garde noise to rock n’ roll. Over the years, she has taught adults and children alike.
She adjusts her style of teaching on an individual basis, reviewing the strengths as well as the weaknesses of her students so that she may provide them with an effective learning strategy. Being passionate about music makes it easy for her to convey the fundamental skills and concepts of learning stringed instruments. As an active participant in modern and classical music, she is flexible with all styles and genres of music that her students wish to learn. She is honored and excited to be able to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of musicians in Charlotte, NC.
Music has always been a central part of Dawn’s life; it is very important to her to share her music with other people, and she deeply enjoys the process of working with other musicians to make beautiful music that will touch people’s lives. Throughout recent years, Dawn has participated in numerous community music programs and performances. She has frequently volunteered as a performer for the Charlotte Symphony Guild’s Designer House and for multiple benefit concerts for the Charlotte Area Foundation for Music and Handcrafted Art – including performances at the Biltmore Estate for their Candlelight Tour. She also performs weekly in church and often at local assisted living centers and nursing homes in her area.
In addition to her solo music, Dawn is highly involved in chamber music programs and performances. In the spring of 2015, she performed in a multinational fundraising concert series for the promotion of the Viva Sistema program in Montreal, Canada. During her visit, she also participated in a concert in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre for the promotion of the Violins of Hope international tour. In the summer of 2016, she traveled upon invitation to perform with a selected chamber ensemble for the International Society of Music Education biennial conference in Glasgow, Scotland. During her time in Scotland, she and her group worked with the children in the El Sistema program in Stirling. Dawn has attended many events promoting the growth of El Sistema, including the Reframing El Sistema Conference in Baltimore Maryland. Beginning in the fall of 2016, she has been the violin instructor for MusicalMinds, a program in Charlotte based on El Sistema’s basic fundamentals of student growth and enrichment. In the Spring of 2017, Dawn participated in a service residency at Givat Washington College, culminating in a performance for the International Festival of Jewish Music in Tel Aviv, Israel.
For the past 2 summers, Dawn has attended the Brevard Summer Music Festival’s piano performance program, where she felt she advanced and grew tremendously as both a pianist and musician.
Dawn holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and it is her hope to continue her pursuit in both performance and pedagogy in graduate school in the near future.
Music is something that affects each an every one of us, and even if we don’t all become professional musicians, their is a hightened level of appreciation for music in general after having played an instrument. I teach the suzuki method which emphasizes ear training (something many musicians lack) along with the normal theory that must be taught. Imagine being able to play by ear or by music! It’s simple yet effective in bringing years of musical enjoyment! You never know….you might become the next Itzhak Perlman! I also believe firmly in training my students how to practice effectively in order to progress as quickly as possible.
I graduated three years ago with BA’s in Music and Theology, and proceeded to get my Masters in Theology. While in undergraduate school, I took lessons from Robert Koff, a renowned violinist in his time and one of the founding members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
23 years experience playing the violin
10 years experience playing the piano
Have played in numerous Quartets, Orchestras, String Trios, Piano Trios, Churches since I was 8 including some of the best youth orchestras in the world
Have played in the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra
Have traveled with musical groups all over the world including Cuba, Mexico, France, and England
Currently I own and operate Musicians In Motion