Fiddleheads Violin Studio Owner & Instructor: Rhiannon Nachbaur
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She is featured on several albums, including harpist Caroline Mackay's "Tidings of Light," Bill Olsen's "Take Me There" and was featured in a CBC Christmas story piece by award-winning outdoor writer James Murray.
Rhiannon’s focus in business and teaching is “inspiration." She is known in the Shuswap and beyond to provide excellent guidance to her students in the traditional forms of theory, technique, reading and performance skills, the essentials in learning music.
What makes Rhiannon's lessons exceptional is her report with her students and the enthusiam and energy she puts into her teaching (see Student Testimonials). Knowing everyone is a unique individual, Rhiannon personalizes each lesson to suit the player's learning style and personal interests in music. She connects to her students by focusing on their strengths and gently encourages changes in places which need improvement and keeps an open mind to all forms of music, working with the student as they learn the music they love.
Respecting the ever-changing and growing music community, Rhiannon strives to improve the way she teaches and shares ideas, which results in much personal research and study of varying teaching methods and techniques. What has resulted is a method she hopes to publish when she feels satisfied it is complete.
Though she does not encourage competition, Rhiannon does encourage her students to participate in the local music festival for the experience. Incidentally, all of her students who entered the Shuswap Music Festival in 2002 and 2003 won first place in their respective categories. The Fiddleheads Ensemble won Gold distinction two years in a row and several of her students have won fiddle and talent contests. Most importantly, they are inspired to make music and share their love of it with others.
Motivation is the key to a student's success in practice, hence Rhiannon created a program in lessons where younger students are awarded with "Fiddlebucks" for their home practicing during the week to be used to purchase toys, treats and ultimately, dinner with the teacher! Older students are motivated by the promise of paying performances, which Rhiannon arranges with hopes they will pursue music careers.
Rhiannon has directed the Fiddleheads Violin Ensemble so her students and other players can have the wonderful experience of playing with a group in practice and concert.
In her first few years in the Shuswap Rhiannon created a tight-knit violin community where players and their families were involved in numerous concerts, educational events and family events. Her Strings Alive festivals from 2001 to 2003 attracted violinists and fiddlers from around BC and initiated increasing public interest in local violin music.
As Founding President of the Violin Society, among who’s members were Canada’s two finest fiddlers, April Verch and Natalie MacMaster, the group established an instrument bank, granted thousands of dollars in scholarships, hosted fiddle contests and workshops with big name musicians and organized several successful community coffeehouses. Under Rhiannon's leadership the group ran from 2003 to 2009 and had a great impact on the community.
Rhiannon's shop serves customers worldwide with student to collector's instruments, accessories and music book sales. Her personal customer service and expertise of the violin is extraordinary, earning her numourous testimonials and several business awards.
Rhiannon has written a music column for various magazines in Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia. She was the School District #83 String Orchestra volunteer music arranger for 10 years.
Rhiannon lives happlily with her life partner, Don, and has two sons, Ryan and Eli. She is a huge fan of Beethoven, all things orchestral and classic rock groups [Led Zeppelin, Queen, Beatles] as well as Lady Gaga and Muse.
In her spare time Rhiannon enjoys home decorating, gardening, hikes, movies, Facebook and all things unique/colourful/creative.