Mike Hall recently joined us here at West Music to teach violin and viola! Welcome, Mike!
He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Violin and Suzuki Pedagogy where he was first in his graduating class. He has had opportunities to attend many summer music programs including the Meadowmount School and Encore School for Strings, a chamber music festival at Alfred University, and in Europe.
Mike is one of the instructors for the Fifth Grade Fiddles program offered in most of the Cedar Rapids public schools. Currently he is performing with Orchestra Iowa and has performed with Des Moines Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and has played for 2 seasons with the National Repertory Orchestra. He plays for weddings alone or with his wife who is also a violinist and has performed as a strolling violinist.
His favorite thing about teaching is that he is intrigued by the different aspects of the learning process. He also enjoys the excitement when something a student has been working on for a long time finally “clicks” for the first time.
One of his most memorable musical experiences included playing in the massive St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna (which played a role in many great composer’s lives) and attending several small teacher training classes with Shinichi Suzuki during some of his last visits to the US. Mike’s Suzuki teacher trainer was the translator for Mr. Shinichi Suzuki!
Mike enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and their cat. In his spare time Mike enjoys cooking and traveling. He says he,” can’t get enough of the Oregon coast.” You can find Mike Hall on the internet at www.mikehallviolin.com or www.youtube.com/user/mikehallviolin