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© 2019 by NEIL FONG GILFILLAN and RACHEL SAMSON.

Special photo credit to Keli Cardoso de Melo who took so many of the photos we use on our website :)

We combine our University training (both of us studied Music Performance and Music Education in college) with Suzuki teacher training (studying across state lines with the best of the best teacher trainers), and continue to refine our pedagogy by attending conferences and seminars regularly with other established teachers. As students are learning, their teachers should continue to learn, too.

The two of us work closely with local orchestra programs and draw on our extensive music ed background to help students in school know how to put their best foot forward for contests and tests.

As professional musicians, we perform regularly, delivering the sounds that today's audiences want to hear, and helping students relate in their roles as 21st century artists.

We believe in a strong setup for beginners, and guide advanced players to keep their technical skills sharp to maximize the versatility of their instrument. Check out our blog for posts and videos of how we teach, and go here to learn more about us individually!

“Not only is Rachel experienced and knowledgeable in the Suzuki Violin Method, she is truly gifted with children.

 

The lessons are positive, encouraging and fun. Lead in this manner, my daughter enjoyed practicing and playing for others. She was proud of each step along the way. Even when there were moments of challenge or doubt, Rachel was open and there to help guide us.

 

Learning to play an instrument is such a valuable tool in life. We are so grateful to Rachel for being such a positive, strong musical role model  to our daughter.”

 

Lisa, mother of Josephine, age 6

"From day 1 to now, I've grown to understand to no longer have fear of my own expression on these four strings- even if it means to play loud and bold or delicate by the quiet yearning of the heart...Thank you for everything you've supported me through on this musical journey." 

 

Hailey, HS Student

"With Rachel's teaching, I have learned material from Suzuki Book One to advanced literature such as Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher. Additionally, under her instruction, I have earned three all-state titles so far. She has inspired me to explore more viola literature and to continue playing."

Samuel, HS Student

I so wanted my son to learn cello to complete our family's string quartet, but he was less than thrilled. What a joy to watch Neil win him over with genuine personal interest, contagious enthusiasm, creative and humerous teaching techniques, and stunning musical skill! 

If you are looking for that rare blend of musical excellence and masterful teaching skill, Neil is your man. 

 

Valerie, mother of Nathan, age 14

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