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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!

Erin Kendrick

Violin/Viola

about

Erin is from Atlanta, Georgia. She has played and performed violin and viola for over a decade and has performed in many community and honor orchestras throughout the years. One of her most significant accomplishments was becoming concertmaster at the Spivey Hall High School Honors Orchestra in ... 2017. Erin loves helping students reach their goals, whether to play in an orchestra one day or to have an instrument to play for their families.

Erin is a student at Auburn University studying Business Administration. She also participates in the Auburn University Chamber Orchestra as a violist.
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Kathy King

Violin/Cello

about

Kathy grew up in a non-musical family. In 2nd grade, she began taking private piano lessons because her parents noticed a genuine interest in music. After learning piano, Kathy began working as a church pianist at age fourteen and continued throughout high school. While in high school, Kathy was recruited ... to play with the jazz band as a pianist.

During her undergraduate degree, Kathy studied organ at Auburn University. After receiving a music education degree at Auburn, she spent one year in a school setting teaching K-12 Music. Afterward, while Kathy and her husband raised children, she ran a private piano studio from home and continued serving as an accompanist for churches, school choral groups, and instrumentalists. She also taught group piano through continuing education at Auburn University.

In 2001, King returned to Auburn University as a graduate student and worked as an accompanist for Auburn University music majors and choirs, where she also began studying the cello. During her Ph.D., King’s main work focused on developing and implementing a youth string orchestra for grades 2-12, called “Tiger Strings.” After finishing a Ph.D. in 2014, King began to teach full-time at Auburn University. In addition to her Auburn University teaching, Kathy teaches beginning violin and cello at Spicer’s Music.
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Jamie Newsome

Ukulele/Bass/Double Bass

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Jamie has been playing music for half of her life. As an eleven-year-old, she began studying classical string bass and quickly picked up the electric bass, playing in everything from orchestras to garage bands to jazz groups. Jamie also has experience playing brass instruments, as she played French horn in her high school ... marching band and with the Auburn University Marching Band.

She is currently working towards a degree in music from Auburn University, where she has studied jazz theory, classical string bass, musical composition, and piano.
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Beth Polston

Piano/Keyboard/Ukulele/Violin/Woodwind/Brass

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Beth recently moved to Auburn from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She taught elementary music in public schools for ten years, including four years teaching middle school band. Beth earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an instrumental emphasis from Oklahoma Baptist University. Beth is certified in the ... Kodály Methodology Levels 1, 2, and 3 and is certified in the Orff Methodology Level 1. She enjoys sharing her passion and appreciation for music with each student.

Beth has served in numerous roles in the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, including Region Chair and State Chair for Circle the State with Song and Assistant Chair for All-State Children's Choir. Her hobbies include cooking, indoor rock climbing, and listening to podcasts.
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Hannah Smith

Piano/Keyboard/Violin

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Hannah is a classically trained violinist from Auburn, AL, playing for nearly two decades. She regularly performs in many local ensembles, including Auburn Community Orchestra, Auburn University Chamber Orchestra, and other LaGrange and Columbus, GA groups. Hannah has been teaching since 2016, ... additionally teaching for the Auburn University Music Project.

She is currently pursuing a degree in Violin Performance and a degree in Software Engineering from Auburn University. She plans to study UX Design in grad school while also teaching and performing.
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