One of my favorite parts of teaching is seeing a child's face light up when they first make a *pretty sound* with the bow, or figure out their first song, or finally grasp a concept they've had a hard time with.
Learning an instrument like the violin is never an easy process for a child, but it can be extremely rewarding. It teaches patience, perseverance, discipline, and so much more.
My focus with students is always a basic technical foundation for success because without that, students find themselves limited and frustrated very quickly. However, with a degree in music and a background in classical, fiddle, improvisation, and more, I can give your child the opportunity to explore many styles of music to find the style(s) they love and will enjoy for the rest of their lives.
I believe my job as a music teacher is to understand and teach each student the way they learn best, and to help them understand and embrace the joy of making music.
Over the past 10 years I've worked with numerous adult students on many instruments. If there is one thing I've learned it's that adults do not learn the same way children do. My teaching style is based very heavily on the interests, personality, and background of each student. I strongly believe there is no one method or way to teach any instrument. I work with each student to find out their goals and help them not only achieve them, but understand every step along the way, equipping them with the tools to continue learning not only in lessons but at home too. Starting an instrument later in life doesn't have to be a struggle!
“I always wanted to play violin as a kid, but thought it was too expensive and too hard to learn. When I got the opportunity as an adult, Katie made the process accessible and fun. She accommodated my individual style of learning and is highly knowledgeable about many styles of music, and we always had a good time, especially while persisting through tough techniques and challenging sheet music. I recommend her to anyone who personally wants to learn violin, or wants their kids to learn.” -Grace
Performing as a ceremony musician takes more than just a talented violinist. Because each wedding is different (venues, structure of the ceremony, religious beliefs, etc) you want someone with extensive wedding experience and the skills to make any needed adjustments to ensure your special day is flawless. I have performed outdoors, indoors, and for many different religious ceremonies, playing classical music, pop music, and even a string arrangement of a song written by a groom when he proposed to his bride. I have collaborated with pianists, vocalists, guitar players, ukulele players, violinists, violists, cellists, bassists, and more. These experiences and my background in classical and fiddle music make me uniquely qualified to offer just about any type of music and/or ensemble to personalize your dream wedding music.
I play in the band, the Starhaven Rounders:
We've played all around Kansas City for the past two years sharing a stage with bands like the Eli Young Band, Blackjack Billy, and Jason Boland!