Hello -

IN 1983, I graduated in Violin Performance from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

From the beginning my object was to teach violin for a living and to play violin for pleasure.

This is 2015 - and I'm still at it!

In 1983, I began 15 years of travelling to 5 towns each week, teaching countless lessons. From the most-talented to the least-talented, many hundreds of students have contributed to my own growth as a teacher. A curious calculation: my travels took me 6 1/2 times around the earth!!! (Ah, the energy of youth!!)
By 1999, my travelling days were done - I have a beautiful attached studio (windows! and high ceilings!!), and now everyone comes to me! I am most fortunate to work at something I love to do.

Many of my students have become very good players indeed - a few have entered the professional field. Most are competent players - many continue to play in their home communities - and this has been a source of much pleasure to me.

They ALL play well in tune and their bowing produces a solid and expressive tone.

My ARRANGEMENTS are  a natural outgrowth of my teaching. Often, they were designed for a specific small-ensemble of students, and their technical requirements reflect their abilities at that time. I continue to use them at our concerts and community performances. (more)

My FINGERING and BOWING MANUALS are a summary of the many fingering and bowing activities and exercises that have grown out of this teaching experience. (fingering)  (bowing)

I know that you will find these books to be useful. They are not intended to replace your own methods - I expect that in some of the details, you may have a different technical opinion. Even so, the wide variety of activities in the Manuals will surely add something useful to the way that YOU teach.

Yours,

Peter Dunn and ViolinWorks

March, 2015