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Call instructor Sue Lewis at 503-268-2404 Email
- Private and group lessons for violin, viola, cello, and piano
- Two recitals annually
- Classical, jazz, fiddle, rock, tango, sacred, Celtic, folk, Mid East
- Music theory lessons
- Traditional and modern methods customized for each student
- Performance opportunities throughout the year.
Thanks for visiting! My name is Sue Lewis, seen in the top video conducting my student ensemble. Ensemble playing is a great way to motivate students to practice and experience the joy of sharing their music.
I have 15 years experience teaching music in private lessons and in group settings. I use a variety of modern and traditional approaches which I customize for each student to fit their individual goals. My teaching style can be more relaxed and fun or more intense and rigorous depending on the student preference. I strive to provide performance opportunities throughout the year. Music books come complete with piano accompaniment on CD to make practicing fun.
Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass and Suzuki pieces. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.
Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career.
For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice.