I believe everyone - no matter how old, young, "tone deaf," or "rhythm deaf" - is capable of learning to make good music. My goal is to help each student become independent, creative, and well-rounded musicians and I strive to make lessons fun and challenging. Most of all, I want my students to leave with the skills to do whatever brings them most joy in music - whether that be playing tunes with friends, playing in a band, writing their own music, or joining a school or community orchestra.
Private Online Lessons
30 min - $35
45 min - $45
Min. package of 4 lessons
Ages 10+ (due to being online)
$60 - the fiddle part(s) for (1) song of your choosing (think your favorite solo from such-and-such album), delivered via 1 very slow video (or audio), 1 medium tempo video (or audio), and specialized practice strategies for challenging passages.
"Malia is simply amazing with the kids. She conveys enthusiasm and encouragement while at the same time providing correction and guidance, which is wonderful and very effective.”
Teaching Credentials & Experience:
In process of becoming Kodaly Certified (Level 1 + supplemental coursework in Alexander Technique completed)
Suzuki Teacher Trainings: Every Child Can, Book 1, Book 2
3 years teaching Adult Continued Education classes in fiddle & mandolin at Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA
8 years teaching private and group classes to children and adults
4 years curriculum development for large non-profit community music school (The Front Porch, Charlottesville, VA)
4 years - Director of Music Education (The Front Porch, Charlottesville, VA)
Developed classes: Songs of the Carter Family, Beginner Bluegrass Ensemble for Adults, Instrument Exploration (3-5), Fiddle for Wee Ones (ages 3-5), Beginner Guitar for Kids, Beginner Fiddle for Kids, Beginner - Intermediate Fiddle for adults, Favorite Fiddle Waltzes for Adults, Beginner Music Theory for Adults, Fiddle for Violinists (teens & adults), Improv for Advancing Fiddlers