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
*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/.
Hi, Tanya! I'm glad to hear that your experience working with our piano teacher Kimi was positive. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience or the experience of your girls!
Thank you, Bobbie! I'm so glad to know she is enjoying herself! Merry Christmas... :)