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I teach violin and piano face to face. Online never got going. Let me teach you violin or piano face to face. Online is only a possibility if both are willing to give it a try.
Despite having run online training before in Web indexing and introduction to Linux and being capable and tested out the new video mode, no one will let me teach them online as of June 2021. If it had ever got going, online lessons would have been shorter based at 30 min rate as they are more intense and tiring. In them, student would have needed to have been prepared before lesson with tuning of violin and resining bow. If online lessons had taken off, teacher and student would have both had Webcams or smart phones so they can stream video to each other. This all did not succeed and face to face is still only method of teaching that actually works at present.
As of 21 July 2021, Dwight no longer teaches disabled students due to lack of resources.
I follow social distancing and hand hygiene with music lessons in student's home. See Queensland Government COVID-19 restrictions: Going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland as of 25/9/20.
As of 28 June 2021 before Greater Brisbane Lockdown of 29/6-13/7/21 WWWalker Web Development Pty Ltd's COVID Safe Plan follows the Queensland Department of Education guidelines below.
"These guidelines are intended to assist principals and instrumental music teachers/ instructors in schools when considering how they implement their Instrumental Music program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Queensland COVID planning framework (19/4/21) "Instrumental Music program guidelines for managing hazards associated with COVID-19 (16/4/2021)", Queensland Department of Education website, as of 28/6/21.
This is WWWalker Web Development Pty Ltd's COVID Safe Plan for music lessons (HD Walker, Director, 28/6/21):
Our director Dwight Walker teaches private child and adult violin students face to face or online via Skype, Zoom or Facebook Messenger and Webcam or smart phone.
Dwight will assist student with sourcing and fitting violins, strings, bows, shoulder rests and bridges. This also includes picking suitable sheet music for tuition.
To remain viable as a current music teacher, Dwight will keep up to date by researching and testing new instruments found via Google search or student suggestions e.g. new brand violins.
Dwight has a depth of music experience as seen in his music resume - orchestra, folk bands, church groups, solo over 40 years.
He teaches classical, folk and pop music on violin or piano.
He has had 3 adult violin students in Orange since 2009 and 1 adult violin student in Canberra briefly in 2010. There were rewarding signs of the students picking up technique and improving in their skills and expression over the 3 or months I have been teaching each of them.
Since December 2015 in Caboolture area, he has briefly had 3 child violin students. He has had 1 adult violin student for over 18 months to which music is a therapy for their mental disability.
In July 2016, with disabled student, Dwight played track from Essential Elements for Strings Violin Book 2 from publisher Website on his Android phone using Optus 3G in student's room so they could play along and improve the intonation. It is easier to view the online MIDI recordings via laptop or PC on normal internet connection.
In October-December 2017, we taught 2 violin students a child and an adult in Caboolture and Bellmere.
In July-August 2019, we taught 2 violin students a child and an adult all in Caboolture area.
Dwight has a great love for music and his enthusiasm helps him to match the difficulty of teaching the violin with good results despite students being older than school age and taking longer to pick up skills.
Contact him to arrange a face to face or online audition via Skype, Zoom or Facebook Messenger and Webcam or smart phone and for him to give advice on how best to learn the violin.
Currently he teaches children (Blue Card) and adults and where he is authorised to teach disabled people under authority of holder of Yellow Card.
Dwight is also an accomplished pianist and teaches piano to child and adult students face to face or online via Skype and Webcam. He will help pick music and instrument for student.
In December 2015 in Ningi QLD, he had 1 child piano student briefly.
In October-December 2017 in Bellmere QLD, we had 1 teenager piano student who finished Progressive Piano book.
In March 2018 in Caboolture, we had a child piano student start on Alfreds piano book.
In July-August 2019, we had a child piano student in Caboolture start on Alfreds piano book.
In March 2020, we had 2 child piano students in Caboolture start on John Thompson piano book as it was easier than Alfreds piano book.
In November 2020, we had 1 child piano student in Caboolture start on Alfreds piano book with COVID Safe Plan.
As a private teacher we give more care and individual attention than a school teacher who has many students to teach. This leads to a much better outcome re training. We are worth choosing over just using local schools to teach the child music. We can link to a school teacher's curriculum to enable the student to be accredited through their local school.
Dwight is a simple but effective violin and piano teacher.
Dwight Walker has done Grade 5 Violin, Grade 6 (HSC) Piano, Theory and Harmony and won the Eileen Stainkamph Award for Grade 5 Piano and Theory in 1976 in Bendigo Victoria. He has played for over 20 years in orchestras, bush bands, chamber groups and church groups giving him a wide diversity of talent and good listening skills and team effort in ensemble work.
In 1993, he did Basic Methods of Instruction at TAFE NSW as a part-time teacher, so he knows how to hold a class and assess progress of a student.
Dwight Walker's school is OK without his NSW teaching qualifications being given Queensland College of Teachers approval as the school (his home) is exempt as it is too small. NSW teachers must be reassessed in Queensland. Private teachers can get their curriculum checked with Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority so their students are qualified to government curriculum standards. Dwight's Victorian HSC music teacher was a private teacher and his music marks were submitted to HSC examiners and were added to his HSC score which got him into medicine (MB, BS) at Melbourne Medical School.
"On 6/10/16, Caboolture Herald rang me up re my tweet saying I had written to Morayfield and Pumicestone MPs asking to halve number of poker machines and citing music as a remedy for vacuum in mental health in area with my disabled violin student as prime example of how music is good medicine for the mind as her house was tidy, clothes were tidy and beautiful not shabby, garden was looked after, neighbours stopped having domestic violence, people ate healthy food and rubbish was picked up.
"God used me to minister to mental patient by giving her violin lessons and the violin music permeating through walls changed 50 other people's lives living nearby in a run down government housing estate.
"People need more than food and housing. They need something to feed their mind and soul such as music and love and care. I don't have much money but I can teach violin and care for someone's mind which has remarkable effects on the neighbourhood.
"This is one good thing to come out of Caboolture apart from crime, violence, theft, poker machines, gambling, drugs and other soul destroying rubbish. God can change even bad old Caboolture believe it or not."
Our business director Dwight Walker is a skilled violinist and performs in Orange, Dubbo, Moree, Cootamundra, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Castlemaine in churches, shopping centres and community group social functions.
Flying Pieman fiddle tune by Dwight Walker, 2018 - people say I am good
The following violin sizes based on measuring student and instrument are used to make sure violin and person size match. There is no point getting a 3/4 violin for an adult only a 10 year old child. A teenager or adult gets a 4/4 violin. A child will outgrow a 3/4 violin and will need to get a 4/4 violin when they become a teenager or adult. There are smaller violins (1/4 and 2/4) for younger children. The size has nothing to do with the price; it is not a fraction of the price.
Shoulder rest size must match size of violin or it won't fit.
If adult student or parent or guardian is buying the right violin on their own, below are correct measurements. We will check they get the right one. Sometimes people get the wrong one for their age or arm length (shoulder to wrist) and they have to be changed for the right one. Some people are smaller than normal so they need to use their arm length not their age to pick the right instrument size.
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