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"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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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 :)


Erin Kendrick

Violin/Viola

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
I really enjoy teaching because I love to help students learn and instrument they have always wanted to learn or get better at. It’s always worth seeing students get excited when they finally realize their hard work their hard work has payed off. 

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I think one thing that makes me unique from other teachers is that I still strive to learn from other professionals or even my students because I think it is important for me to learn and grow as a player so I can become a better teacher. I also have a passion for learning new things myself and accomplishing goals which helps me relate to my students. I never took lessons and I learned my playing style from watching other people play or from group rehearsals. I understand every student will have a different way of learning just like I did growing up so I really like to get to know how each student learns before I dive into lessons!

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How would you describe the atmosphere in your teaching studio?
I would describe my energy in the teaching studio as encouraging and fun. I really want students to enjoy their instrument and enjoy what they are playing so I always try to find music students will recognize and enjoy playing. Simple exercises  are very useful for learning so I make sure to include those, but I don’t want my entire lesson to revolve around playing music the student may find boring. I think it really important to encourage students so they grow to love their instrument instead of not liking it because learning an instrument can be hard and stressful at times. 

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I play the violin, viola, and the guitar! I play viola in the AU Chamber orchestra. Violin is my main instrument I started playing when I was 10. I also live on a horse farm and we have 14 horses!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
My passions outside of teaching is playing my instruments. I enjoy being creative with it so playing really is my hobby. I still enjoy learning new violin music but guitar is really my go to at the moment!


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.


Bethany Simon

Violin

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
I love showing my students how beautiful and intricate the art of playing the violin is.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I am always trying to find new ways for my students to learn the techniques and become as comfortable as they can with their instrument. I also have a lot of Suzuki training background.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
I am strict with my students, but I try to keep the learning as enjoyable and positive as possible.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I have a flower garden and a pet rabbit.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
My family, my friends, and Jesus.


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