For the professional, child, adult, or...Musical Newborn! Whether you are a pro who would like some
technical or musical feedback and suggestions, or an absolute beginner in need of guidance and a
foundation that will take you to the stars if you so desire...My aim is to provide for my students
the tools for realizing the swiftest musical growth and acquisition of technical skills that will
allow you fullest expression, whether improvised or written. As will be apparent in our consultation
and/or first lesson, my approach integrates a holistic and (non-sectarian) spiritual perspective.
I offer the option for everyone, regardless of where in the world you live, of having lessons live
via the internet using a webcam. It is economical, and may certainly be preferable depending on
one's situation and priorities. (I offer in-person students the option of going home with a video
recording of the lesson).
In addition to the standard strings and piano, I teach all the instruments of the New Violin
Family, the so called Octet, researched and invented by Carleen Hutchins, founder of the Catgut
Acoustical Society. Among these instruments, the Alto Violin, otherwise known as vertical viola,
is being played in a number of major orchestras as well as by soloists. It is an instrument with
the tuning of a viola and, unlike the standard viola, the exact proportions of a violin. The tone
is equal if not superior to that of the average viola, and it is held like a cello. Being
substantially smaller than the cello, musicians reap significant technical advantages in playing
viola solo repertoire and parts.
Write to Mr. Metcalf at peter.metcalf at musical-presence.com
For a conversation regarding your needs and aspirations, and for scheduling, phone 510-409-3939.