Orchestra STring
lessons

"When people ask me how they should approach performance, I always tell them
the professional musician should aspire to the state of the beginner."

-Yo-Yo Ma


classical and contemporary methods

The violin, viola, cello, and harp are a very expressive and emotional instruments; when you play with the right combination of technique and musicality, the notes truly come alive. The violin specifically is an extraordinarily versatile instrument depending upon how you approach it. At Spicer’s Music, we specialize in both classical and contemporary teaching methods from violin to fiddle music.

Suzuki and traditional methods

Our classical students are taught using the Suzuki Method and/or the Traditional Method. Both classical teaching methods have their own strengths, and we tailor the teaching method to meet the needs of each students’ goal. Both classical Suzuki Method and Traditional Method teaching styles use a different approach to teach the orchestral instrument with focus placed on teaching the student music theory, technique, and reading music.

traditional to fiddle

Fiddle is a more relaxed style used often in bluegrass, folk, and country music. Fiddle teaching methods place more focus on ear training and song learning, as well as proper technique, music theory, and sight reading. Our trained instructors will work with each student and family to select the best teaching method to achieve the desired personalized goals of learning the instrument.

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Student playing the cello.

meet your instructor!

Joanna Hotten

Violin

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
Music has been a way for me to recharge and explore my creative side! It is such an incredible outlet and I want to help young musicians do the same!

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I want the student to feel comfortable and play the style that they feel confident in! I want the students to always have a say in what pieces they want to play.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?

Fun, energetic, supportive, and very flexible!6What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?I used to be a competitive gymnast and can hold a handstand for over a minute! And I took my violin with me to the Czech Republic and have played music over 5000 miles away!

What are your passions outside of teaching?

Nursing! I am currently in Auburn’s Nursing School and I am so passionate about nursing and helping my patients! Also I love exercising and staying healthy :)


Cathy Love

Cello/Harp/Concertina/Piano/Keyboard

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
Life-long learning! I’d like people to know that they’re NEVER too old to learn a musical instrument.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
An organized blend of music theory and instrument instruction. If you learn the theory, it can be applied to any instrument! Often your first instrument is not your favorite!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Focused and friendly.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I am rewarded personally by their success! Their success makes me happy!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
Backpacking, hiking, and travel.