Based in Eugene, Oregon, Kimberlee maintains a private viola studio open to all ages. She also teaches on the string faculty of Willamette University in Salem.
Prior to moving to Oregon in 2015, Kimberlee served the viola studios of Millikin University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as visiting viola faculty, taught as viola faculty at Illinois Summer Youth Music, gave masterclasses and lectures, and led orchestral sectionals for viola sections throughout central Illinois.
For inquires about music at Willamette, Kim's private studio, or to set up a prospective student lesson, please e-mail her.
My goals as a private studio teacher are to foster a deep love of music and an appreciation of the diversity of musical styles; to help my students grow in musical understanding; and to improve technical proficiency and body awareness to feel comfortable with the viola.
I believe that teaching is a collaborative relationship. The students bring their interests, musical backgrounds, energy, and preparation through practicing to their lessons, while I bring my knowledge of the viola, my pedagogical background, my musical experience, and my knowledge of the repertoire. Lessons provide the opportunity to synthesize and apply all aspects of musical studies—theory and musicology help deepen our understanding of the composer and musical language while our skill on viola translates the instruction on the page to communication with our audience. Through applied viola study, students have the opportunity to dig into the music for themselves. As a teacher, I act as a guide to facilitate discoveries: both technically and musically in broad ideas and specific details—all of which are necessary for creating connection and meaning for our audience.