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May 2013 Teacher Spotlight

Brooke Williams
Violin Teacher, Heid Music Oshkosh

BrookeViolinist Brooke Williams received a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music where she was a scholarship student, a Master of Music degree from Penn State University where she was a graduate assistant for Professor James Lyon, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from James Madison University.  Her doctoral fellowship at James Madison included teaching responsibilities in studio violin, orchestra, and music education.  Most recently, Brooke performed with the Fairfax Symphony in Fairfax, Virginia.  She is currently concertmaster for the Green Bay Civic Symphony, section violin for Fox Valley Symphony and violin one for Green Bay Symphony.  In her spare time, Brooke enjoys photography and making jewelry.

little_brookeHow old were you when you realized you wanted to play violin?  What was it that inspired you to get started?
I started the violin at the age of 2 1/12.   My mom tells me that as soon as I could speak I told her that I wanted to make music.   They looked into the options that would allow me to start at that early age and settled on Suzuki violin.

What motivated you to continue your education in music?
I couldn't see myself doing anything other than music.   Everything about music and music performance excites me.  I wanted to continue my education so that I could keep learning more and more.

Is there one instrument you've always wanted to learn?  
It is a pretty close tie between oboe and cello.   I actually started learning just a bit of cello a few years ago to help me teach string techniques in college.

What do you like most about teaching music?
Seeing the excitement on a students face when they learn something new or complete a successful performance.

brooke1What was the best advice you were given as a musician?
Don't ever practice wrong.. practice correctly.   No matter how slowly you need to do it, don't practice mistakes.  

If you could offer one tip to a beginning musician, what would it be?
Have trust in your teacher. 

What do you love to do outside of music?
My biggest passion outside of music is photography.   My mom is a very talented and creative artist and photographer so that side of it rubbed off on me a bit.