The first lesson is always a trial lesson.
If for any reason you are not happy we will fully refund any pending charges or help you find a new teacher. Your choice!
As a classically trained violinist, I work to encourage technical mastery of the instrument, and as a jazz improviser, I encourage applying creative use of jazz theory to understand violin technique.
BUT MOST of all I encourage creativity and exploration of the musical possibilities of the violin through wide ranging experimentation, towards full personal expression and enjoyment of playing.
M Ed - U Vic 1991
BC Teachers Certificate - UBC 1981
BFA - University of California at Davis 1969
I have been playing violin since I was 8 years old. I began studying classical violin, and was concert master of my Northern California High School Orchestra. I studied violin with some of North America's finest teachers including Detlev Ohlshausen, violist with the San Francisco Symphony, Myron Kartman at Antioch college, Gwen Thompson at the Vancouver Academy, and Vancouver violist Gerald Stannic. However I was always interested in jazz and made the switch in studying jazz improvisation with Elmer Gill and Bruce Clausen at VCC, where I was the "Hot Club Scholar of the Year in 1989.
Since then I have played with many of the finest jazz and rock musicians and in my own groups. Groups have included Michael Dunn's original Mystery Pacific, Roadside Attraction, Dan Hicks, my own DjangoSphere, Kit Eakle Trio, Hugh Fraser, Blaine Dunaway, Fraser McPherson, Miles Black, Lenny Soloman, Pat Collins, David Grisman, etc. And throughout my career I taught music and the violin in British Columba and California public schools, until met recent retirement.