Studio Recital June 2016

This year we had our studio recital at The Piano Gallery in Roy, and I have been so slow at documenting the event! I was so proud of everyone; all of my students worked very hard to have their songs learned and/or memorized. For many, this was the first time some students had performed with an accompanist in front of an audience. Alyssa 2016


Alyssa performed the Theme from “Witches Dance” by Paganini


Alex performed Giguetta by Bach

20160611_165216Goldie performed Musette by Bach


Mariska played Go Tell Aunt Rhody, a traditional folk song

20160611_164748Abe played Theme and Variations by Papini


Daviny and Mariska performed the Twinkle Variations by Suzuki


Daviny performed Long, Long Ago by Bayly

20160611_171238Emily performed the first movement from Rieding’s Concerto in G Major

20160611_170158Hannah performed all three movements from Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor

20160611_172141Group picture!


Upcoming Concerts

Chamber Orchestra Ogden has an upcoming concert! And, get this- it’s a pops concert! Ok, ok, the flyer says “Classically Pops,” but we are playing Pirates of the Caribbean! It should be a wonderful concert and I am so excited. I haven’t played a pops concert since 2008.

Children are invited, but no babies please!

May 2nd @ 7:30 pm
Union Station

Tickets are $5

Contact me for more information or check out

What Parents Should Know About Practicing

Ah, the big question- how much should my child be practicing? Here are 3 things you should consider as you help your child practice…

  1. 5 days a week. Kids do best when they practice consistently, and if violin practice is part of the daily routine they know what to expect. (Practicing the day or hour before your lesson is not good enough! We all have hectic weeks once in a while, and I understand that, but if you really want your child to get the most out of lessons, schedule a daily practice time.)
  2. 10 minutes per year of age, per week. For example, if your child is 10, you would expect them to practice 100 minutes a week. Divided by five days of practice a week, that would turn into 20 minutes of practice a day.
  3. 15 minutes a day. At least. Unless you are under 7 years old, it’s 15 minutes a day!

A few more suggestions:

  • Practice sessions should be structured like lessons. For example, if we start lessons with bow exercises and then move on to scales, your practice session should follow the same pattern.
  • I try to make notes for students that will help them practice. Please read through my notes and have your child read them. Even better, come to a lesson every once in a while and take notes yourself!
  • I believe that every child can learn to play the violin well. That being said, my most successful students are the ones who can focus not only during their lessons but during practice times as well. Is your child practicing with purpose?


I know, exciting post ahead- but flashcards really are useful when learning to read music. Knowing your note names is crucial, and being able to read them quickly will make you a better sight reader. The faster you can sight read, the faster you can learn your music. Who doesn’t want that? You can buy them at any music store, online, or you can use this handy link to print your own:

I printed and laminated my flashcards by using this website, because I’m all about saving a few dollars. (I could buy laminate paper for $8 and flashcards for $17.99!)

Performances and More

WSU Chamber Orchestra plays Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

A few years ago the WSU Chamber Orchestra went to China and performed several concerts in Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai. We played Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony (one of my absolute favorites) and the Beethoven Triple Concert0. Click on the above link to watch part of our performance at Weber State University after our trip.

Classical Music Festival Highlights 2011

I’ve already blogged about the CMF, but check out the above link to see just how awesome it really was.