Lessons at Davidson Violins
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Davidson Violins offers lessons in violin, viola, cello and bass. Students of all ages are invited into a rigorous, gracious atmosphere of collaborative music making that includes recitals and master classes in addition to one-to-one instruction.
Our instructors are professional musicians with college degrees in their specialty area. Our instructors manage their own schedules and represent in every lesson our core belief that each student can make music; some will be highly proficient, but all will learn the fundamentals and most importantly, gain a true appreciation for the art of playing a bowed instrument.
Students also experience the exciting and unique world of our active violin shop where they might hear a professional cellist trying instruments in the showroom or peek into the workshop to see how we fix basses.
Lessons are offered throughout the week including Saturdays. We accept students as young as 3 years old, subject to teacher approval, and as old as 99. Rates are as follows:
Beginner and intermediate players: $30 for 30 minute lessons each week
Intermediate and advanced players: $45 for 45 minute weekly lessons or $55 for 60 minute weekly lessons
We do not recommend cheap internet purchased instruments for lessons. Students need adequate learning tools. If needed, rental or purchase instruments are available through our shop.
Please note: bowed instruments require substantial time and home practice to master. Beginning players will need at least 3 months of weekly lessons and daily home practice to establish basic skills. Young students should have a parent or guardian present in the lesson (at the teacher's discretion) to see what will need reinforcement at home.
For more information and questions about scheduling please contact our studio manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
studio manager, violin and viola instructor
Rebecca Ray developed a love for music when she was introduced to the violin at age nine. She was raised on the Suzuki method and continues to promote this method in her teaching. Rebecca received her Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte where she studied with Anne R. Belk distinguished professor David Russell. She teaches students of all ages on violin and viola both privately and in group class settings. In addition to teaching, she is an active performer with various ensembles such as 7 String Theory and CPCC Opera Theater.
Taylor Byrd, violin and viola instructor
Taylor Byrd began her musical journey in her school orchestra as a violist. She received a Bachelor's of Music from East Carolina University with a special focus in strings education. She performed regularly with the East Carolina symphonic orchestra during her college career, as well as with many small chamber ensembles including 7 String Theory in the Charlotte region. Taylor is an elementary orchestra teacher at a local charter school and directs one of the few elementary orchestra programs in the Charlotte region. She loves inspiring young musicians and adults alike.
Eduardo Cedeno, violin instructor
Maestro Eduardo Cedeño holds a Master's of Music Theory from Butler University Jordan College of Music, Indianapolis with extensive music experience spanning the United States, Europe and South America. Cedeño studied violin and voice at Indiana University. Cedeño also studied conducting under the late Butler University Professor Emeritus Jackson Wiley and the Italian Maestro Ennio Nicotra. A founding member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Director and Conductor of the Mérida Symphony Orchestra and Founding Member of the Coral Filarmónica de Caracas, Cedeño worked directly with acclaimed José Antonio Abreu. As a founding Member of El Sistema, Cedeño continues to offer his time and talents to support its efforts in
his community. Cedeño has collaborated with organizations such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Opera, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, UNCC Opera, Carolina Voices and orchestras in Venezuela. Cedeño is Music Director and Conductor of the Lake Norman Orchestra and music faculty at Mitchell Community College, Orchestra Director and Strings Instructor at Gaston School of the Arts, and Band/Orchestra Conductor at Langtree Charter Academy Upper School.
Sharon Owenby, cello instructor
Ms. Sharon Owenby has been a long-time advocate for arts education as well as a music educator. She has been teaching music lessons in the Greater Charlotte and Lake Norman area since 2007 and strives to help her students achieve holistic excellence – in music and beyond. Ms. Sharon was raised in the Washington, DC area and studied cello with world-renowned musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as with recording artists with RCA records, among others. She has performed at numerous venues throughout the Washington, DC areas such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Performing Arts Center as well venues in Charlotte, NC areas including the PNC Arena among others. Ms. Sharon attended Shenandoah University and Conservatory in Winchester, VA and strives to work with students to become the best artists that they can become – whether as a long-time profession, a long-time passion, or as a hobby. Ms. Owenby’s previous students have gone on to be accepted to the UNC School of the Arts as well as the NC School of Science and Math. Ms. Sharon believes in the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life and that music is essential to every child’s holistic growth and development and hopes to be a part of their growth – at home, at school, and beyond. Ms. Owenby lives in the Lake Norman area with her two sons, Maddox and Aidan.
Adam Sullivan, cello instructor
Inspire. Create. Educate. Advocate.
"These are the four words that define my life's passion of music and what I instill into my students." Adam Sullivan started learning cello when he was eleven years old. His middle school orchestra teacher helped inspire his love of music. In Adam's high school years he was heavily involved in creating music; both constructing arrangements of the music he loved and building the basics of his music career. While attending Winthrop University, he learned the skills needed to teach students along with beginning his journey as an educator. Adam also learned how to advocate his love for music through volunteering with the local middle schools and high schools and the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra. Now he's looking to inspire his students to love music by teaching them not only cello, violin or viola but music theory, arranging their music, being able to express themselves by composing and understanding music beyond the ink on a piece of paper.
Eric Landsperger - bass instructor
Stephanie Sendlewski - violin, viola and piano instructor
Stephanie Sendlewski has always enjoyed music. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 and began playing viola in elementary school. By the time she graduated high school, Stephanie was actively participating in local music festivals on the violin, viola, piano and voice. At the Crane School of Music in New York, Stephanie received her Bachelor’s in Music Education. After graduating college in 2012, she moved to North Carolina and began teaching at South Iredell High School. There she currently teaches chorus, orchestra as well as music theory. Stephanie has also taught privately for the past 6 years in the Mooresville area. When she is not teaching, she is performing in the local community at churches and other venues.