Mike Hall teaches violin and viola here at West Music in Marion. He started teaching at the Orchestra Iowa School in 1992! Before that he taught in Des Moines and a Suzuki program in Toledo, Ohio. He first started teaching in the Pre-college department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Mike started playing violin in 4th grade in the public schools. He had sporadic piano lessons with his dad (a church organist and pianist) and a year of formal lessons, but have been playing piano since age three. He also took two years of guitar lessons before violin.
Mike received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa. He also received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in violin and Suzuki Pedagogy where he was first in his graduating class from that program. He is an SAA registered teacher in all 10 Suzuki books. He is one of the instructors for the Fifth Grade Fiddles program offered in most of the Cedar Rapids public schools.
He plays for Orchestra Iowa. He has played previously in the Des Moines Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and two seasons with the National Repertory Orchestra. He also plays for weddings both alone and with his wife who is also a violinist. He has been known to be a strolling violinist as well!
In his spare time Mike enjoys cooking, traveling (can’t get enough of the Oregon coast!), reading, and spending time with his wife, and their cat.
His favorite thing about teaching is that he is intrigued by the different aspects of the learning process and always enjoys the excitement when something a student has been working on really clicks for the first time. One of his favorite musical experiences has been playing at the massive St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna (which played a role in many great composers’ lives). He was also able to attend several small teacher training classes with Shinichi Suzuki during some of his last visits to the U.S. (his Suzuki instructor trainer was Dr. Suzuki’s translator!)