Course Duration12 Weeks
Ph.D. in Enthomusicology from University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in ethnomusicology from University of California, Berkeley
M.M. in violin from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M. in violin from University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory
B.A. in music and jewish Studies from Smith College
Violin teacher - Self-employed
Lecturer in music - University of California, Berkeley
Feelance violinist, including solo strolling violin - Self-employed
Tutor for Hebrew and Torah chanting - Self-employed
Translator and Copyeditor - Self-employed
Program Coordinator - Jewish Gateways
Academic Consultant - University Of California, Berkeley
Teacher for Bar and Bat Mitzvah class - Congregation Netivot Shalom
Founder and violinist - Meadowlark String Quartet
Founder And Violinist - Trio Fontana
This course will begin with an overview of instrument anatomy and care and will continue laying the foundation for proper violin placement, left-hand techniques, muscular dexterity, and posture. The course progresses to essential music theory lessons including reading sheet music, learning the scales, and understanding key signatures. Once the basic subjects are mastered, students will learn essential pitch and rhythm, as well as ear training to ensure students are able to naturally interpret and respond to instrumental feedback. Finally, instructor Singer will guide individuals through the process of exploring their unique sound and inherent musicality. Is there a song you've always wanted to play? Instructor Merav Singer can arrange it for you so that it's just at your level. Although you will start off with classical music to build a solid technique, by the end of the year you'll be playing your dream song.
An experienced educator, Instructor Singer has developed a lesson plan to accommodate children, as well as adult and senior learners. Merav Singer’s online violin course is open to hobbyists, as well as aspiring professional musicians. Upon successful completion of this course, students can expect to be ready to confidently play a beginner’s repertoire.
About the Instructor: Instructor Merav Singer began studying violin at the young age of six with Lydia Mordokovitch as well as a student at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. Singer attained a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Smith College and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory. Later, Singer continued to add to her education further by achieving a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California in Berkeley. During Singer’s professional career she has played with the Kansas City Symphony, toured Europe with the Camerata Lawrence, and performed with her own ensembles; the Meadowlark String Quartet, and Trio Fontana. Independently, Singer plays solo for public and private audiences while passing on her education as a lecturer in Music Theory and Ear Training at UC Berkeley.
In playing the violin you take time for yourself, develop your musicality, keep your mind and body supple, and create an island of peace in your day. As you stretch yourself to master new skills, you will learn about yourself and grow into who you can be. Merav Singer is here to guide you and encourage you on this journey.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
As a beginner's course, there are no required prerequisites before enrollment. Those seeking to enroll will need a violin and bow of their own along with pen and paper for notetaking. Before enrolling, students need to ensure they have the time to commit to weekly 30-minute sessions as well as an independent practice to ensure they get the most of their course.