Monday, November 21, 2011

Miss Rachel says Hello!

I LOVE music!

I have loved music all my life. I started asking to take violin lessons at the age of two, after watching a string quartet at my grandparent's anniversary party. My parents made me wait for a year to make sure I really wanted to play. When I turned three I started taking private violin lessons.
The teacher I had was amazing and knew just how to encourage me in my musical endeavors. My mom was a huge part of my musical education, especially when I was a beginner. I have graduated from all ten books of the Suzuki Method and have also done two years of post-graduate work. I am also taking piano and voice lessons.
I started teaching violin at the age of thirteen, after training with my teacher for a year. I teach the Suzuki Method, since I am a firm believer that anyone can learn to make music.
 My goal is to transfer my love of music to my students and teach them to use music as a way to express and explore their emotions and thoughts.  I would like to study Music Therapy and help children with special needs to use music as a way to learn and grow.

I hope the things I write on this blog will encourage you, your children, or your students in your musical journey!
Miss Rachel


  1. I am Courtney's mom. I know she doesn't take lessons from you (she takes your Mom's class), but I wanted to share something with you. Courtney was in music therapy before she was a year old and until she was about 3. It made such a difference in her development all around, but especially in speech. She has a love of music and learns so many things when we use some of the things we learned in music therapy. I don't think there are enough music therapists out there and I was so excited to read your little hello and hear that music therapy is something you would like to pursue...I hope that works out for you as it would make a great difference in many people's lives!

  2. Thanks for sharing with and encouraging me :)
    That is so awesome that music therapy helped Courtney with her develpment. I would love to hear about some of the activities/exercises the therapist did with her. Thanks again!