Kelly Carlson - Violin



Where and how did you get your start in music?

I started playing the violin when I was in 5th grade.  I was part of an orchestra until my senior year of high school.  I began teaching lessons through college and I began playing the violin at my church.  Today, I still play the violin at church and I have enjoyed teaching children to play for almost 20 years now.

What is your favorite style of music to play/ What is your primary instrument?

My favorite style of music is baroque/classical.  My primary instrument is the violin.

Who is your favorite composer/musician?

I enjoy the classical composers from the early classical or Baroque time periods.  Those composers include Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc. I appreciate the hard work they did to bring music to the world.  Their primary reason for writing music was for the church to glorify God.

What inspired you to teach/what do you enjoy about teaching?

I was inspired to teach children the violin through a teacher that I had.  I learned a lot from her and she was an inspiration to me to continue playing and not to give up.  I also have a heart for teaching. It is a gift that I have been given. I have taught violin for almost 20 years now.  I enjoy teaching children not only music, but other things as well. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and I have homeschooled my children for over 10 years.

How do you motivate students to practice?

I encourage my students to keep a time log of the minutes practiced, and they receive a prize from a basket once they practice a certain amount of minutes.  I also tell them that the lessons will be repeated over and over until they practice and master what is taught.

What are some unique things you do to make a positive impact on students’ musical growth?

I like to really focus on the basics of music theory and the foundational elements of violin playing.  I want my students to understand music in general and to be encouraged to make music a part of their lives forever, not just the violin.  I want my students to have a love for music and to glorify God with music. I encourage my students to play with others, like in an orchestra,  at church, or for other people to become a stronger player and to share the gift of music with others.

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

That is a tough question, because I love trees.  In fact, we live on 2.5 acre lot that is heavily wooded.  However, I would have to say that my favorite tree is probably an Oak Tree.  They have strong limbs and can grow very large. They provide shelter and shade and beauty.  I would like to think that I am a strong teacher, mother and wife who provides shelter, knowledge and beauty to others.