Violin | Salt Lake, Sandy

Shelby started playing violin in 2006, where she learned classical and fiddle styles under the guidance of various instructors within Baltimore City. Notably, she honed her skills under the instruction of Megan Beller, a distinguished fiddle instructor. During her middle school years, Shelby showcased her talents by participating in performances and contributing to contra dances. Her initiation into the intricacies of fiddling was grounded in the traditional method of learning by ear, fostering a deep appreciation for this musical style. Despite her fondness for fiddling, Shelby transitioned to a focus on classical music during her high school years. This shift did not diminish her passion for the violin; rather, it marked a new chapter in her musical development. In 2019, Shelby relocated to Utah to pursue her education at the University of Utah, where she sought further refinement through lessons with esteemed instructors at the university. Since 2021, Shelby has been imparting her extensive knowledge and expertise as a violin instructor. Central to her teaching philosophy is the belief that the essence of violin instruction lies in making the learning process enjoyable. With a remarkable proficiency in teaching by ear, Shelby is adept at instructing individuals keen on mastering the art of fiddling. Beyond imparting musical skills, she integrates valuable life lessons into her teaching, showcasing a nuanced approach to the transformative potential of the violin. Shelby's teaching prowess is underscored by her extensive experience, enabling her to guide her students toward achieving a level of proficiency that transcends technical excellence, fostering the development of truly beautiful players.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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