Lee Hadden, Suzuki Violin & Viola
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Lee Hadden

Suzuki Violin & viola

Lee Hadden, Suzuki Violin & Viola

Mr. Hadden received his musical training from Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee and Western Kentucky University, studying with Kathryn Plummer and Dwight Pounds. He has served as Music Director of the Children’s School in California and as Music Coordinator at Creative Arts in Massachusetts. With a strong belief in life-long learning, Mr. Hadden has played in master classes for Karen Tuttle, Kim Kashkashian, Michele LaCourse, Jeffrey Irvine, Karen Ritscher and Carol Rodland. He has studied the Suzuki Method and philosophy with Susan Kempter and Carol Smith as well as long-term Suzuki training with Michele George and Teri Einfeldt. He brings many years of life experience to his teaching and believes in teaching the whole child not just the instrument. He has been a clinician at Suzuki institutes and festivals from California to Massachusetts and for many years maintained a private studio in Boston and served on the faculty of the Powers Music School in Belmont, MA. He has served on the string faculty of The Hartt School Community Division since 2008. Mr. Hadden has been a member of many orchestras including the Owensboro Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, Cape Symphony, Grossmont Symphony, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, Hillyer Festival Orchestra and was also principal violist of the Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra and the violist of Trio Con Brio with performances at the festivals of the Golden Gate Chamber Music Society and Grand Pacific Chamber Music Society. He has done extensive freelancing in California and Mexico and continues to freelance throughout the New England area.

Teaching Philosophy

I truly believe that every child has the ability to learn. Using a step-by-step approach in a loving and caring environment will help each child become an accomplished learner and realize their potential. While it is true that every child has unlimited potential, some children will realize greater success musically than others. My wish for each child is that they develop into genuine human beings that are kind, caring, and thoughtful of others and have the ability to learn using the same principles introduced during their musical education. I feel that sometimes the instrument becomes the main focus, and the child and their personal development becomes secondary. I strive to teach the whole child. I feel there are two students in each lesson, the parent and the child. Part of my job is to help them deepen their relationship through music lessons. The parent’s involvement is so important to the development and success of each child, both in music and in life. Helping them to interact in a kind and caring way will build a relationship where their love will lift them to great accomplishments.