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Simone is a classically trained violinist with over 27 years of experience in music, and ten years of music instruction experience. She has taught a wide range of age groups (from the ages of 4 to 55 and above). Brought up in a classically musical household, she was encouraged to pursue her musical abilities (including piano, violin, singing/choir, and cello). In addition to attending thirteen years of private lessons, Simone played with her school strings program, All County Orchestra, All State Orchestra, and performed in the Prince William County Youth Orchestra for six years. When she entered high-school, she was accepted to the Woodbridge Senior High School Performing Arts Program, where she played in the Senior Orchestra as a freshman. She also began studying through private instruction with several members of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). She received scholarships to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and attended several summer programs there.
In 2009, she began branching out into other musical realms, and started touring and performing with local rock bands of various genres, including experimental indie rock, hip-hop, reggae, classic rock, blues punk rock, country, Irish folk, electronic, and contemporary classical music. She currently plays in three bands, and performs an average of once or twice per week. Some of the venues and event in which she has been a featured artist include the Ireland on the Wharf festival in Southwest DC, the Strathmore Mansion, The Luce Smithsonian Gallery, the Kennedy Center, the 9:30 Club, The Rock and Roll, The Black Cat, and many others.
As both a musician and a psychology major, Simone uses an eclectic approach of applying principles of Lifespan Human Development, the Suzuki method, and various theory and piano course books towards her teaching methods. She strongly believes in the therapeutic benefits of music, and strives to make lessons simultaneously fun and educational. Even as early as junior high school, she began teaching private lessons to her peers. She greatly enjoys finding new and exciting ways to motivate young people to explore the connections between classical approaches and the application of those techniques towards popular music, including the use of technology, social media, and amplification/effects on traditionally classical acoustic instruments.
For her more advanced strings students, Simone enjoys allowing the students a more eclectic approach for their choices of pieces and songs to work on, letting hem choose songs they enjoy, and demonstrates how the Suzuki method of listening (combined with a working knowledge of note reading and music theory) can help them learn songs without available sheet music, and even how to write their own harmonies.