fididdle2Thanks for visiting!  Below  is a little about my music experience and my approach to teaching the violin.

I started singing at 3, playing piano at 5 and was drawn to the violin at 9. I was classically trained in violin through high school, participating in Vermont Youth Orchestra, Vermont All-State Festival and All New England Music Festival.

During college at the University of Vermont, I played in the orchestra and, due to my enjoyment of improvisation, branched out into other genres: jazz, blues, folk, jam rock. Since college, I have performed with a countless local groups have been featured on VPR and the Radiator. I have been making up songs since I was 4 or so, and have recently begun writing out my own compositions and writing arrangements of some of my favorite songs.

All told, I’ve been playing violin for 30 years, as a student, a professional, and now as a teacher.

I have begun study of violin pedagogy at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute and completed the Suzuki Book 1 training in 2017. Book 1 focuses on teaching beginners with a particular emphasis on children as young as three!

Due to my investment in other genres, I believe that classical violin training is the most versatile genre to start from. A classical violinist will be able to play an old-time tune a lot quicker than a fiddler will be able to play a Mozart concerto. Although I draw heavily from traditional pedegogy, I am creative with my approach and teach everyone individually.

I am grateful for the opportunity to teach and encourage you to reach out if you are considering studying this amazing instrument!

You can call me at 802.373.7223 or email me at tbswanson@gmail.com