Dove Mountain Arts Violin & Viola Classes in Tucson, AZ
Mimi and Tom bring to the teaching experience a rich and diverse knowledge of traditional European violin training.
Mimi has extensive training and experience in the Suzuki approach which is specially tailored for beginning students, while Tom has a thorough understanding of the jazz idiom and improvisation.
Together, we tailor a course of study to meet the needs of the individual student.
We have an open door teaching policy which means all students are encouraged to listen (quietly) to other students lessons. In other words, come early or stay late, there is always something to be learned.
Highlights and Features
- Private & Group Classes
- Beginning Violin & Viola
- Advanced Violin & Viola
- Chamber Music Coaching
- Music Theory
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The program consists of one 30 minute private lesson per week and one 30 minute group lesson per week. Both parent and child will discover the joy and excitement of learning the violin utilizing basic Suzuki principles. The first four weeks of instruction are dedicated to the parent alone
Group lessons are a supplement to the private lesson and they prepare the child student both physically and musically to play the violin. At first students will use "pre-instruments" made from cardboard. This will help develop good posture and bow hold. Using traditional folk songs like Twinkle, Twinkle students will listen, clap, and march.
Mimi Papp began her violin studies at the age of 7 with Curtis graduate Ruth Helmer. As a teenager she continued her training at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where her principal teachers were Yumi Ninomiya-Scott (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Jascha Brodsky (Curtis String Quartet).
Tom began his studies at the age of 8 attending the Peabody Preparatory Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. His primary teacher was Gerald Eyth, formerly of the NBC Radio Symphony. At the age of 17 Tom attended the Tanglewood Institute studying with Gerald Gelbloom, violinist with the Boston Symphony.
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