"Your body is the harp of your soul. And it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds."~Khalil Gibran
Teaching is an essential component of being a whole musician for me. I love helping students discover their unique voice through the violin. My students benefit from a sense of accomplishment having worked to set and reach desired goals that are truly authentic and help to define the role of music in their lives. Studying the violin is helpful in so many areas of life from learning time management and discipline skills, developing coordination and fine motor skills, and learning to listen deeply and constructively. My students have excelled in these pursuits while also getting into major music conservatories, summer festivals, soloing with orchestras and winning top honors. In addition, my interest in how the use of the body effects both technique and musical expression has led me to extensive study in Alexander Technique and Body Mapping which I integrate into my teaching. This awareness helps students to continue to play their instruments free of injury.
I offer private lessons for violinists as well as a masterclass for all instruments age 12 and up. I also offer a chamber music class for young students and a chamber music workshop for adults. If you think you could benefit from working with me, I am anxious to meet you! Contact me to schedule an initial consultation.
“Colleen is a wonderfully inspiring and supportive teacher, who has always been willing to respond to my interests in music and violin. She provides the perfect balance between challenge and encouragement, and has greatly helped to shape me into a confident and competent musician.”
~Galen Winsor, private student
One of the (many!) reasons I was excited to take violin lessons with Colleen was that I hoped her knowledge of body awareness work would help me reduce the physical pain of playing violin. After two years working with her, I’m seeing a real improvement—a huge relief. But I’ve also been delighted to realize that the work we’ve done with body awareness has also led me to a lovelier sound, an easier and more varied vibrato, and the freedom to explore more musical colors and expressivity in my playing. Colleen is always so supportive and encouraging and is so creative as a teacher and musician—lessons with her are truly such a pleasure.
~Amelia Perron, freelance musician and Summer Workshop Administrative Director at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
"Colleen is a talented musician and a committed, conscientious teacher. She skillfully shares her musicianship and broad experience with her students. She also anchors her instruction in a deep knowledge of the body: how it moves and how it works. This information helps her students develop the precise physical coordination necessary to improve technique, prevent injury, and develop self-expression."
~Missy Vineyard, Alexander Technique Teacher and founder of the Alexander Technique School New England
"As I have transitioned into college, my violin lessons have been a way for me to escape the stress and pressure of my academics. With Colleen as a teacher, going to lessons doesn't feel like just another obligation. She makes the learning process fun and engaging and, as someone who has had several other teachers over the years, I know that the patience and kindness she employs in her teaching are not easy to find. I have no doubt that Colleen is a big reason for my continued love of the violin. "
~Annabel Utz, student at Smith College
A practice to help you relieve tension and learn about your physical habits that impede playing
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