Meghan Van Cleave | Instructor Bio

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  • What is your teaching philosophy?
    Music should be fun as well as educational!

    How long have you been teaching music? At YMP?
    I have been a teacher for 10 years but I’m new to YMP.

    When did you first start playing music?
    As a young child.

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?
    I love it when students achieve goals, big or small.

    What do you expect of your students in classes/lessons?
    Respect and enthusiasm.

    What do you expect of student’s parents?
    Remind the students to practice practice practice!

    What is your educational background?  Did you study music in school and/or privately?
    I studied privately until I began college. I have a Bachelors Degree from Ball State University and a Masters Degree from the University of British Columbia, both in violin performance.

  • Do you play in any bands / perform in the Portland area?
    Portland Chamber Music

    What is the first song you learned how to play?
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

    How do you handle mistakes while practicing or during a performance?  
    If I make a mistake while practicing I always correct it, if I make a mistake during a performance I just keep playing and hope that nobody noticed!

    Describe a skill on your instrument that was a challenge and you’ve had to work very hard to achieve.
    Playing in tune is always a challenge with the violin and I practice lots of scales/arpeggios to maintain a good ear and nimble fingers.

    Who are your musical influences?
    I love classical music, especially symphonies and string quartets. I also love soul and jazz.

    What do you feel when you play music?
    It depends on the piece! But I love the feeling that I’m bringing the composers vision to life with performance.

    If you had the chance to study and/or perform with any musician, living or deceased, who would it be?
    I wish I could have studied with Jascha Heifetz.

    When did you know you wanted to be musician?
    When I was in high school and looking at career prospects.

    If you weren’t a musician/teacher what might you be?
    I think I would have been a librarian or a teacher.