Code Studio Strings

Violin & Viola Lessons | Kalamazoo, Michigan

Private violin and viola lessons with teacher Karin Code. Openings in the string studio for second semester 23-24  school year. Suzuki instruction available. Located in the Kalamazoo/Portage area near Oakland Drive and Milham Ave. My studio presents two recitals each year plus 2-4 ensemble outreach performances.

"praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe," 

Psalms 150:4

violin and viola instructor Karin Code
Karin Code teaches violin

Teaching Background

I began studying string pedagogy while at the University of Illinois, after having already taught for a number of years. There I learned Paul Rolland's technique for teaching string students. I continued study of teaching with my mentor and renowned pedagogue Roland Vamos. It is his teaching techniques that I still adhere to:

  -a strict regimen of technical exercises, scales and etudes to free-up music making and build facility.

-three levels of solo pieces: a review piece to assure self-confidence, a moderate piece hone "polishing" skills, a challenging piece to keep the student reaching higher. 

-group pieces to reinforce sight-reading skills and listening. 

For beginners I use the Suzuki repertoire as a starting point for learning. I have completed Suzuki training through Book 4.  Games, song singing and motion plays are all a part of my method to infuse joy and a love of music. I also incorporate the pedagogy of Mimi Zweig whose summer workshops I have attended twice. Hers is a blend of Suzuki, Paul Rolland and her own ideas. It is an extremely successful method.

Teaching Philosophy

The goal of my teaching is to create a studio of competent young musicians who value the rewards of practicing; and to help foster a life-long love of and respect for music, musicians and art.

To study music is to develop a self-discipline and confidence in all areas of life; to engage the brain in synthesis-the highest level of thought; and to challenge the spirit to create and express the inexpressible. Musicians, in particular string musicians, make the best all-around academic students and citizens.

I teach the whole student, trying to find the best mode of learning for each individual (e.g., visual, auditory or kinesthetic). I encourage expanding skills they already possess and exploring new ones. I strongly believe in a positive and non-threatening environment in which to learn. And ultimately, I feel that my job is to teach them how to teach themselves by helping them learn how to analyze problems and situations and to find solutions.

Contact me! Email: [my first name] (at)  Text: (2*9) 716.7622

Lesson fees are set at the beginning of each year and charged by the month. For more specifics on the cost contact me directly.

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