joyful, creative, energetic educator
violinist, violist, conductor
Amber Dolphin is wholeheartedly committed when it comes to teaching. And she has been doing it for 20 years! Amber enjoys teaching classical, fiddle, jazz and Latin styles, to name a few.
Currently she invests in her students at her private studio in Madison and at Beloit College. There she leads a pedagogy course that gets students volunteer teaching in their community. Amber also directs the Creative Strings Collective, a string ensemble that thinks outside the box when it comes to musical genres.
Past university appointments include the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Viterbo.
Past orchestral appointments include Madison, Green Bay, Dubuque and LaCrosse Symphonies.
Amber has connected with Madison's community for the past 14 years and enjoys adventures with her husband Steve, toddler Maya and baby Ivy.
*Performer's Certificate (violin)
Northern Illinois University - 2010
*Master of Music (violin)
University of WI - Madison - 2006
*Bachelor of Arts
Luther College - 2004
(Resumé and/or references available upon request.)
What I Believe
My mission as a private studio teacher is to instruct and assist students in their technical and musical growth in ways that are inspiring, challenging, rewarding and fun. Music lessons should be a vehicle for your journey; using music in joy, to reflect, to escape, to be a better human being and to share success and happiness in every community you are a part of.
*Teach the individual
*Ask questions; allow the student to journey at their natural learning pace
*Train student how to practice independently
*Set high but reachable expectations
*Allow musical choices/interpretations
*Explain reason(s) for method
*Have a kind but firm attitude
*Support overall well-being of individual
Finding a teacher that is a good fit is important. Past students with one or more of the following qualities have worked well with me.
*Hard worker (regardless of level or ability)
Age: 3rd grade-college
Level: Continuing (1-2 years of experience) to advanced
Music involvement: Being in a music ensemble (school, WYSO, church, MadFiddle, etc.) pairs well with private lessons
Other involvement: Balanced load (in a few activities but not overburdened by them)
$36/40 minute lesson
$51/1 hour lesson
Studio Location & Contact Info
626 Shearwater St.
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