Teaching

“Trev is an excellent violin teacher! He gave my kids a wonderful foundation for both music and violin. My kids are fantastic and very high energy kids. Which is wonderful, but can make teaching violin a bit challenging. I feel beyond fortunate to have had Trev teach them. Trev had unending patience with them. He empowered them to take on the challenge of a new piece and helped them to work hard, but to have fun too. :)” — Katie S

“I was recommended to Trev from the Electric Violin Shop in Durham. I wanted to get additional lessons on electric violin and I dare not tell my traditional Suzuki teacher. Trev was/is as awesome as one could imagine from hearing his own music.” — Mark O

“Trev Wignall presents information in a way that is engaging, energetic and relatable to students. Trev’s ability to explain concepts is clear and informative and we had a lot of fun learning under his instruction. I highly recommend Trev as a guest clinician for student groups!” — Corrie Franklin, Chapel Hill High School

I teach acoustic and electric violin, viola, mandolin, synthesizer, and music production software. My goal is for the student to play what they like on their instrument with joy and enthusiasm. Although this certainly can be Classical, it can also be Jazz, Fiddle, Rock, Electronic Dance Music, Metal, Hip Hop, Blues, Country, or the music of Star Wars. The student can be young or old. They can be a complete beginner, or they could be finally dusting off that fiddle that’s been sitting in the closet for 20 years. I also provide Skype lessons.

There are several things I keep in mind when I teach. I strive to teach with patience and compassion. I try to always make the learning process a fun and enjoyable one. I teach the music my students want to learn. Instead of teaching for perfection, I teach the student to be as self-sufficient as possible. I pepper my lessons with practice strategies to try with music the student will encounter in the future, perhaps without me. My favorite lessons are the ones where I can see new doors opening.

Most of all I want to be the teacher I never had. I have had wonderful violin teachers of course. Still, I had to teach myself a lot of what I had wanted to learn: how to improvise, how to play a synthesizer, and how to play electric violin with effects were a few of the big ones. It was sometimes slow, frustrating, and difficult work and it spurred me to go to Berklee College of Music. Looking back I wish I could tell myself I’d get to where I wanted to be. I’ll settle for letting someone else know that truth for them.

If you’d like to take lessons with me, please get in touch. My hourly rate is $55. I have a small flexible private studio, and I can accommodate a wide variety of schedules. Most students take weekly, some bi-weekly, and I have a few comets that come though once in a blue moon. I typically do hour or half-hour sessions, but I have also had synth lessons where the student and I sit on pillows and we play synthesizers all afternoon. It’s up to you.

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The following are what I ask of my students. Please bring a notebook of some sort to every lesson for me to write notes in. Have a decent quality instrument. You do not need anything terribly expensive, but you do get what you pay for. If you have one that’s been languishing I can take a look at it for you, and change the strings if you have new ones.

Some of my students have extremely busy student or professional schedules. For practice: if nothing else, practice five minutes just about about every day. This goes much farther than a half-hour session once a week. Also, listen to what you are learning. This will accelerate the process greatly.

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“Trev has been a wonderful teacher for our eleven-year-old daughter. She’s been seeing him once a week for the last year-and-a-half, and he’s been consistently kind, patient, and caring. She always looks forward to her lessons, even if she isn’t the best at keeping up with her practicing. Trev makes it easy for her to enjoy the experience of playing just for the love of it, rather than playing for mastery or perfection. He doesn’t pressure her and never shames her when she isn’t her best, and rather just encourages her to play and have fun and enjoy. In short, he’s exactly the kind of teacher we were looking for, and we feel lucky to have found him!” — Amy M

“Trev is a great violin teacher. He knows his stuff, and has a good feeling for what should be explained to the student at a given stage of learning. There are so many little tricks of violin technique that make a big difference, and he can explain them and demonstrate them well. Trev also has a wide range of violin styles that he can handle — from classical to electric. He is a friendly and personable guy. I recommend him highly.” — Warren R

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