David Colwell, Assistant Professor
About the Area:
The violin studio at Fredonia consists of hour-long, weekly lessons (for both Performance
and Music Education majors), a weekly master class, chamber music, and orchestra.
The performance opportunities for both the Music Education and Performance degrees
are plentiful, culminating in a senior recital for Music Education students, and a
junior and senior recital for performance students.
The studio lesson is where you learn the craft of the violin, how to practice, and
ultimately how to teach yourself. The goal of the lesson is to learn to play your
instrument as effortlessly as possible, and to interpret the great masterworks.
The recital seminar (or master class) is where we learn to perform. Music is, and
always will be, a performing art. What we do on an instrument won't amount to much
if it is not shared. Everyone in the violin studio, regardless of the degree program,
is given equal attention and nurturing in the art of performing.
Chamber music is encouraged for all students. Playing in a quartet or a trio is the
best place to learn to listen (a musician's most important skill), and stretch out
beyond your own world. Weekly coachings are given culminating in a performance at
the end of term.
The violin studio is a collaborative environment that challenges students to meet
and exceed their personal goals and prepares violinists for the rigors of life as
a professional musician.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings