Please read through information below then scroll down and submit the on-line form to enroll your child in private lessons.
Why Take Private Lessons?
In a group setting like your child's Orchestra class, your student will not be able to benefit from the maximum individual attention he/she needs. The private teacher is able to meet with your student one-on-one weekly and meet your student's individual needs, allowing each student to progress at his/her own rate of ability. Unlike tutoring, private lessons are not needed just for those students that may be struggling. Private lessons are for every student. Students that may be struggling can get the extra help to improve, while the average to advanced players can learn more about their instrument, play more repertoire/take advantage of more performance opportunities, and receive instruction to keep them challenged outside of class. Click here to read this great article about all of the advantages of private lessons.
Why Take Private Lessons at Shadow Ridge?
The SRMS Orchestra Private Lesson Staff are experienced teachers, performers, and specialists on their instruments. They have been selected by the Orchestra Director and they have completed LISD background checks. These teachers are highly qualified professionals that work closely with Ms. Riddle to ensure each student's success. Private lessons are offered at Shadow Ridge before, during, and after school making lessons convenient for parents without the hassle of traveling. LISD has implemented a standard pay scale for all private teachers in our district, which is often more reasonable than rates of private teachers outside LISD. The recommended length of lesson time for Beginner students is 22 minutes once a week ($17.00 per lesson.) Concert and Philharmonic Orchestra students will receive one 30-minute lesson once a week ($20.00 per lesson) with the option of upgrading to a 60-minute lesson (before/after school; $40.00) for serious students based upon the teacher's schedule.
Private lesson enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year has passed. Families interested in private lessons for the current school year must complete the on-line form below. Please make sure all contact information is current - you will receive a confirmation e-mail after school starts, followed by an introductory e-mail from your child's private teacher which will include his/her syllabus, procedures, and payment policies.
Please contact Ms. Riddle for any further questions or concerns. We look forward to having your student enrolled in private lessons at Shadow Ridge!
2017 - 2018 PRIVATE LESSON STAFF
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Miriam Oddie has been a musician for most of her life and completed her undergraduate degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. She then received her masters degree with respected violist and pedagogue, Susan Dubois, at the University of North Texas, where she was co principal violist of the Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating Miriam has discovered a passion for teaching and is in her fifth year teaching in the Lewisville School District. She is a contracted violist with both the Abilene Philharmonic and the Midland-Odessa Symphony.
Lejing Zhou, born and raised in Shanghai, China, started playing cello at the age of 12. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Prof. Chen, Jiu-he, and a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State Universtiy, where he studied with Dr. Alan Smith. Lejing obtained his Artist Certificate in 2013 and continued pursuing his Doctoral Degree under the guidance of Prof. Eugene Osadchy at UNT. Lejing has won “Honorable Mention” in the 6th National Professional Cello Competition for Young Cellists in China and placed 3rd at “Zhong Gu” International Competition. As a soloist and an active chamber musician, Lejing has performed in masterclasses for Li-Wei Qin, Elisabeth Adkins, Niklas Schmidt, Shanghai Quartet, Danish Quartet, Wyeth String Quartet, and Kelemen Quartet. He also performed series of chamber recitals and orchestral concerts in Europe such as Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, and the United States.