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Phone: (605) 380-1423
Email: cfaflak [at] hotmail [dot] com
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Since graduating from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin in 2009, Caroline has fully immersed herself in a professional music career in the Seattle area as a teacher and performer. With almost 50 students in her private violin, viola, and piano studio, ranging from ages 3 to 17, Caroline taught at the Kaleidoscope School of Music in Issaquah from 2012 to 2014, as well as in Snoqualmie, North Bend, and Fall City. She returned to Kaleidoscope in 2016. She was the director of the Snoqualmie Youth Orchestra Junior Division, which consists of first and second year string musicians of all ages. She has played with several orchestras in the Seattle area, including the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Pacifica Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016, Caroline completed her Master’s degree in violin performance at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of violinist Alessandro Moccia in Ghent, Belgium and played in the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also studied with Emanuel and Lenore Verde in North Bend and with Ron Patterson, violin professor at the University of Washington.
Caroline’s teaching philosophy combines her background in music, from her first piano lessons with her mother and my piano competition experiences, to her current studies, including Russian, French, Italian, and Belgian violin styles. For beginners, Caroline believes in setting a foundation with proper and comfortable posture, a solid basic technique, and a well-rounded music theory and ear training base. For more advanced students, it is crucial to develop a cultivated ear for beautiful sound, to allow the student to express themselves musically, and to fine tune technique and performance comfort. For all ages, Caroline’s goal is to explore interesting and varied repertoire, and to teach students how to practice and achieve musical goals, to develop a lifelong appreciation for the art of the instrument, and above all, to enjoy making music.
Caroline’s practical approach for piano includes the Piano Adventure series for beginners for theory and technique supplemented by music from the Celebration series, as well as scales, arpeggios, and her own collection of repertoire. For violin beginners, she uses repertoire from the Barbara Barber books, Suzuki series, George Perlman books, as well as scales and exercises tailored to the needs of each student.