Have you always wanted to learn the violin? All you need to do is spend some time away from your phone and gain a skill for life!
Ever dreamed of being able to pick up the violin and play a tune for yourself or others. Perhaps there's a favourite movie theme or pop song, classical piece or Irish jig you really like? Maybe you would prefer to make up your own?
Contrary to what they say, learning the violin isn't hard. The secret is being consistent and understanding what you are learning. At Yvette's Violin Studio you can begin your musical journey at any age, at your own pace and in a relaxed environment.
Yvette's Violin Studio is located in the heart of Hamilton at 8 Donald St. The studio is inside her other business, James Custom Framing. This business has been framing all kinds of art for over 30 years.
Yvette is currently offering violin lessons in her boutique studio. The focus is to make learning the violin as easy and enjoyable as possible. So, if you have always wanted to play, now is your chance.
If you would like to learn your favourite pop or rock songs, movie themes, Irish tunes or classical music in a relaxed environment, then give Yvette a call.
AMEB graded exams are also available if you prefer. These include the traditional comprehensive exams which cover repertoire pieces, technical work, aural, sight-reading and general knowledge and repertoire exams which involve only learning the repertoire pieces. Yvette's students have achieved excellent results in their exams.
With an extensive background in music and education, Yvette's passion is catering for people's individual differences, boosting motivation and applying targeted strategies to enhance learning. She is fully qualified with a Master of Educational Studies degree, a Bachelor of Music Education (Hons.) degree and A. Mus. A.
Yvette initially studied with June James and then with prominent Australian violinist Errol Collins. Errol was a Foundation Teacher at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music for decades. He played for the Queen and recorded the album "Errol Collins and his Swinging Violin - Jazz to Gypsy".
Her wealth of experience as a music teacher in Secondary Schools and teaching Educational Psychology at Newcastle University means that she has an understanding of how students learn. She has published in several reputable Journals of Education in the field of approaches to learning music and expert/novice research. Her work has featured in the Education component of teaching degrees.
Yvette also has had her own private studio, teaching violin and theory for over 30 years, as well as playing in orchestras, church band and professionally at special events such as weddings. She can also play piano which means that students have access to an accompanist during lessons and at exams.
Creative aspects of music such as theory, composition, improvisation and modern violin techniques are encouraged, especially for beginners. Yvette has written books and worksheets for violin to bring out the composer in anyone. Her love of 20th Century techniques and composition began after being taught by eminent composer and musician Nigel Butterley at Newcastle Conservatorium.
Feel free to call for a trial lesson ($30) to see if learning the violin is something you would like to try. There are violins of all sizes in the studio to use on the day if you don?t own one of your own. Hiring of instruments is also available.
Yvette is also offering piano lessons to beginner students. A new Roland Digital piano is inside her studio for accompanying and teaching.
Piano teachers that Yvette studied under are Shirley Carter (sister of Errol Collins), Ann O?Hearn (Newcastle Conservatorium of Music) and Robert Constable (Professor and Dean of Newcastle Conservatorium).
If you want to be able to play the tunes you hear everyday on the piano, then lessons will help you achieve that goal.
Lesson times are from 2.30 - 6.30 pm, although other lesson times can be arranged. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Adults and students are welcome. Lessons are $30.00 for half an hour. Term length is 10 weeks (based on public school system) unless other arrangement made.
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