violin lessons

 



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Eun-Jin Chae Info
Fairfax County (Tysons Corner area, VA)

 


 

Teaching Philosophy

"Why do I teach music?
Not because I expect you to major in music.  Not because I expect you to play all your life.
But so you will be human.  So you will recognize beauty.  So you will be sensitive.  So you will have something to cling to.
So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good, 
in short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
That is why I teach music."
~ Anonymous
  

As a violin teacher, I learned that every individual can learn to play the violin.  Regardless of one's talent, anyone can develop his or her musical abilities.  Some may learn faster than others in the beginning stages because of the natural talent they are born with in music.  However, no one can excel without proper guidance and diligent practice because hard work pays off in the end.

Learning to play an instrument is difficult.  It takes a lot of patience and devotion.  Do not get discouraged because you do not see any progress.  Learning to play the violin and improving on your skills as a violinist is very much like training the muscles of the body.  You cannot run for a week and hope that you can win the marathon.  Likewise, learning to play the violin takes consistent practice and training.  It takes time.

Some of the things I focus on include using proper posture while keeping all of your muscles relaxed.   Having encountered many violinists who had to give up playing the instrument due to improper postures that have become  habits for many years, I stress the importance of keeping a healthy balance between challenging yourself and taking breaks when necessary.  

I teach primarily with the Suzuki method to ensure that my students can play by ear being able to hear and find the notes and sound on their instrument.  Students are assigned various technique books to ensure that the students have good knowledge of the rhythm, music theory, and sight-reading skills to have enjoyable time playing in ensembles.  I focus a lot on building solid foundations so the students are equipped to discover their own sound and excel as a violinist.

Teaching is my greatest privilege as I have the opportunity to see my students grow and excel as they gain confidence in their skills.