A Brief Musical History:
Casey began learning violin at age 8 in her hometown of Arcata, California. She began with learning the Suzuki Method and after two years of private lessons, she was able to join the small string orchestra at the K-8 school she attended. At the same time, she was also able to join the Youth Orchestra that was organized through Humboldt State University. Casey was involved in additional string groups during her elementary and high school years, playing wedding and holiday parties. Casey participated in the Arcata High Orchestra and Humboldt State Youth Symphony, conducted by Carol Jacobsen, a fantastic and dynamic cellist and director who took the orchestra on yearly orchestra trips. Casey participated in competitions with the orchestra up and down the west coast and in New York City. She also played in side groups such as a string jazz ensemble and fiddle group.
When she went on to college, she played with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony (Grand Forks, ND) before moving to Sacramento, California, where she began teaching violin. Casey continued teaching violin after moving to Ashland, Oregon, where she attended Southern Oregon University, studying music and participating in the Rogue Valley Symphony.
During her time in Sacramento, she began to delve into the world of improvisation, playing along with singers/songwriters. She continued to pursue the avenue of improvisation while in Ashland, and even joined a reggae/rock band that played weekly gigs and summer music festivals, which took them as far as New Hampshire.
Casey and her family moved to Eugene in 2008, and she has been busy being a mother to three beautiful children.
Philosophy of Teaching:
Casey believes that music is a positive and constructive outlet and feels that the student should follow their individual passion. She also believes that it is helpful to read music and know music theory, but realizes it is equally important to listen and to be able to play what is in the head or the heart. Her method of teaching encompasses the whole of music and the instrument, and caters to each individual student. She knows that growing as a musician involves progression and plateaus, and believes it is important to continually be challenged and inspired.
I ask that the students pay in full at the beginning of each month. The monthly rate will remain the same regardless of how many weeks are in the month. The monthly rate is based on one lesson per week. If known a week or more in advance, I can allow for rescheduling lessons within the same month, however if a lesson is missed without notice it will be at the expense of the student.