First Chair Fiddlers

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6 reviews
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  • Edee C.

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    The professionalism of the instructor in getting with both parent and child.

    Oct 4, 2015Verified
  • Justin K.

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    My teacher is Claire. She's awesome. My abilities have improved every lesson. She is energetic, accomodating, and easy to talk to. And, she is very flexible. I really enjoy my guitar lessons with Claire. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn to play guitar.

    Aug 1, 2013Verified
    Rachel G.'s reply

    *For clarification, Claire Adams is a teacher who worked with my studio in Kansas City in 2013. She is now on her own, and is a wonderful teacher and advocate for young people! Check out her music at http://claireandthecrowdedstage.bandcamp.com/. You can also see her with http://kgandthegirls.com/.

About this pro

If you are looking for a music teacher who is fun, effective, and encouraging, you are in the right place! My name is Rachel Vaughan, and I am the owner and Head Instructor for First Chair Fiddlers Music Studio. I offer many different types of music lessons at First Chair Fiddlers! For folks of all ages and abilities, I offer lessons in violin, viola, singing, and songwriting/theory, as well as beginner mandolin, guitar, and piano. I also offer lessons to students online via Skype or other video chat media--I have almost 15 students on Skype--adults and young people, about a third of my studio--and we love it! Tuition is paid quarterly or monthly for weekly 30- or 60-minute lessons, and the flat-rate monthly tuition includes 5th weeks at no extra cost to you! I've been playing violin since the age of 9, guitar since the age of 15, and have always found a home and a voice through music. On the heels of my violin performance degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (where I was also trained in piano and vocal pedagogy), I played and sang with numerous groups, from symphonies to country bands to Celtic folk and rock. I've played at Carnegie Hall and on street corners. The most rewarding thing I've found, though, is teaching students to be able to play, sing, and write things they never thought were possible before. My passion lies in connecting them to a level of expression they may not have known they had. I offer at least two recital performance opportunities each year, as well as hosting the occasional studio open mic, where students have an opportunity to perform with other professional musicians for the public in a local coffeeshop or other family-friendly venue. For my online students, we work together to create performance opportunities with friends, family, and even public audiences! I am trained in not only music and the instruments I teach, but I also have over 6 years of premiere training in life-coaching and training others. I have discovered a talent for seemingly endless patience with students, which makes it easy to work with students with learning disabilities or other challenges, including very successful experience with vets with PTSD. I've worked with students ages 4 to 65, and loved every one of them--half the joy of what I do is in discovering who my students are and what they want for themselves... The other half is watching them achieve it. For more information about lessons and available days/times, please feel free to give me a call, or visit our website! I look forward to making music with you! -Rachel Gaither Vaughan Owner, Head Instructor First Chair Fiddlers

Years in business

16

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    Q & A

    • What types of customers have you worked with?
      I mostly teach violin, as it is my first instrument (about 85% of my students are learning violin). I teach individual lessons of all skill levels, as well as fiddling! I also teach online via Skype and Google video. (About 40% of my current roster is through online video lessons.) My next most popular lesson is beginner guitar. I've been playing myself for over 17 years, and regularly write music through guitar. The third most popular instrument is piano, followed by voice. I trained for both in college while earning my degree in music.
    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      First, look for a teacher with training in their instrument, as well as one who regularly performs. A teacher who is regularly performing is likely one who is still working on their craft and can relate to the issues the student will face in their own performance. After that, you want to find someone you or your child enjoys as a teacher--or at least is motivated by: the interpersonal dynamics between teacher and student can make or break the student's personal motivation and joy in playing and working on the instrument.
    Coverage Area for First Chair Fiddlers is about 30+ miles of Hampton, VA.