Lesson information Lessons are tailored to fit each individual student's ability and goals. We believe in challenging students while maintaining a supportive and encouraging environment. Lessons will cover music theory, technique, and solo pieces. The goal is to develop in each student the specific skills needed to play a string instrument as well as to nurture an understanding and love for music. In the Violamore Music Studio, students may choose one primary teacher or to alternate lessons with both teachers. We offer a free 30 minute consultation and trial lesson so that you can see if one of us will be a good fit for you!
Our studio is located in Southeast Denver near I-25 and Hampden Avenue. Students are expected to prepare for and participate in yearly studio recitals. In addition to lessons, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a music ensemble program such as Suzuki group classes, school orchestra, or youth or community orchestras.
Spring 2017 Violamore Studio Recital
Our Pedagogy Backgrounds
Leah and Koko are passionate about music education and think that music can be a vital part of a child's development and self-expression. They believe that every student, given the right tools and guidance, has the ability to excel at an instrument. With their diverse backgrounds and extensive musical training, they combine several different teaching philosophies and approaches.
Leah studied the Suzuki Method at Indiana University with Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner, who is currently president of the American String Teacher's Association. Under Dr. Brenner's guidance, Leah began teaching young violin students as part of an outreach program at a local low-income elementary school, where the goal was to assist in early childhood learning skills through group and individual violin lessons. This experience sparked a great love for teaching and interest in increasing music exposure to underserved communities. Leah continued this work through the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program in 2013-15, where she helped to develop innovative classroom and other youth presentations connecting music to student's curriculum. Leah enjoys teaching private lessons, group lessons, and coaching chamber music ensembles. Leah was the string coach for the 2013 Kinkaid School Orchestra China Tour, has given masterclasses in Cali, Colombia, and served as artist-faculty at the 2015 Musicagiovana festival in Majano, Italy.
Koko was raised in a musical family in his home country of Bulgaria, where he attended a highly competitive full-time performing arts school from age 6. He was trained in the Russian school of violin playing and has found this to be a very successful method for his younger students in the United States. Another important pedagogical mentor for Koko is his viola teacher at Rice University, Ivo-Jan Van der Werff, who has developed a systematic approach to building technique fundamentals in advanced violists. Koko believes that studying music is very valuable for instilling self-motivation, discipline, and dedication for students of all ages. He was involved in the Mercury Orchestra's outreach partnership with YES Prep schools, which serve underprivileged communities in Houston. He was also a string specialist at the Village School in Houston, and his students there and in other public schools in the area excelled in the All-Region and All-State competitions.