Lauren Culver
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Teaching Philosophy & Lessons

Teaching Philosophy

Learning to play an instrument is a rewarding experience. It provides a healthy outlet to express emotions and can improve other areas of life including academics. It is my goal to provide lessons that provide the student with problem solving capabilities, technical facility, confidence, and creativity.

While at the University of Oregon, I studied Suzuki philosophy and repertoire with Lillian Manis. During this time, I also had the opportunity to teach individual Suzuki lessons to students between the ages of 3 and 35, Suzuki group classes, and coach chamber ensembles. If you are interested in learning more about Suzuki philosophy, please visit this page. In lessons, it is my goal to tailor my instruction to the students’ needs and abilities. For example, lessons for young beginners (ages 3-6) may be shorter and include fun activities that are developmentally appropriate. I have also had the opportunity to teach lessons to graduate students and other adults who were interested in more than just learning the violin or viola. For example, in my lessons with students studying composition, I have tailored their lessons to learn more about what type of music or sounds are possible on string instruments.


I am currently accepting violin and viola students in the Bellevue/Redmond/Seattle, Washington area. I have taught viola and violin lessons to students of all ages (3 years to adults) and ranges of abilities (beginners to advanced). Lessons may last between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the student’s age and goals. If you are interested in starting lessons, please fill out the form below or contact me via email.


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