Rachael's ability to teach in a fun, engaging and organized way is based upon her many years of teaching kids and adults in private and group settings and her professional experience as a violinist and violist. She has had the privilege of learning basic and advanced teaching methods from: April Gibson and George Corneanu in Chilliwack.B.C, Edmond Agopian and Dean O'Brien at the University of Calgary, Erika Eckert and Geraldine Walther at the University of Colorado in Boulder and William Starr in Aurora, Colorado.
Weekly coached undergraduate violists and organizing group repertoire classes.
Taught group classes at an everyday, afterschool music program for grades 1-5.
While the fiddle is actually the exact same instrument as the violin, learning the fiddle is a very different process than learning classical violin. In history, folk music has been taught and passed down from fiddler to fiddler 'by ear' rather than reading the notes on the music. Nowadays, mostly all of the fiddling techniques and styles from many countries have been written down, making it easier to remember and find the tune you are looking for! While it is very useful for each student to keep a collection of written music , Rachael still teaches fiddle predominantly 'by ear' to maintain old traditions and also to allow for a freedom which comes with playing without music.
Playing fiddle music or 'fiddling' refers to a large array of ethnic and folk music which originates from many different countries. The styles which Mrs. Abramoff teaches are Appalachian fiddling, Bluegrass and Country style fiddling and Scottish and Irish fiddling (which she has an affinity with because of her Celtic heritage).
2. SECONDLY Teach how to Learn by Ear and gradually teach Music Reading
3. THIRDLY Progress in teaching Technique and Musicality
4. Providing Opportunities to Showcase Learning
Read more about my teaching approaches below along with the basis musical training you can expect to receive while learning to fiddle.