I received a solid classical training during my school years, but I soon moved into more contemporary and improvisational styles through playing bushdance/folk music and in rock/pop/metal fusion bands. In 2012, I played in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and took up jazz improvisation at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
My passion is to grow well-rounded musicians, so for young violinists I emphasise aural skills for playing in tune, as well as solid reading, playing by ear and ensemble skills. It is not unusual to hear us singing in lessons, or for the students to conduct me while I play their piece.
Subsequently, I do not follow a formula that churns out mechanical sounding violinists who just do exams (though I do recommend exams for certain students). Music is much bigger than that and more exciting!
If you've been learning for a while, I can check your technique and, if you wish, help you learn improvisation, or "funkify" your sound!
Exams are optional, but recommended for students with ambition.