Why choose to learn the violin?
- The violin is a versatile instrument which can be played alone, or with a piano. Violin players often like to play in groups, maybe with a chamber music group, a string orchestra or a full orchestra. Some violinists like to play in Aussie bush band style!
- Children learning the violin develop a very good musical ear, because they have to learn to play “in tune”, placing their fingers on the strings in the correct place.
- Violins come in different sizes – from tiny 1/16 size to a full size. Students taking lessons at AGAPE must have the correct size.
Bridie is AGAPE’s violin tutor. Music has always been a big part of her life and she loves having the chance to share that gift with others. She has studied violin for 15 years, and completed her Certificate of Performance AMEB ( Australian Music Examinations Board) in 2013. She has also took piano lessons as a child.
Bridie’s performance experiences include playing in Fishers Ghost orchestra, Penrith Symphony orchestra and Picton Strings. She has played in orchestras for many musical and operatic productions. One of her performance highlights was playing with Picton Strings alongside Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra at Sydney Town Hall.
Bridie is an experienced violin tutor. She has been teaching individual students for a few years, and is now teaching some beginner classes for Katie Spicer of Picton Strings.
Bridie enjoys a wide range of musical styles, from classical to country, musical theatre to contemporary. Her favourite composer is Chopin , even though he wrote piano music and not violin music!
Bridie has many interests apart from music – reading, travelling, baking, and spending time with family and friends to name just a few.