Susan D.

“Florie was recommended to me as someone who would be good in helping to develop technical skills on the violin. I am currently working through the Suzuki program with Florie as an adult student, and she is an incredibly gifted musician, instructor, and problem solver. I can’t say enough about her skill and support as a teacher, and how much I value the opportunity to work with her!”
— Susan D.

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Amy B.

“Sequoia (and I) have only the most glowing things to say about your teaching! In particular, your positivity and unending patience, along with your willingness and capacity to find multiple alternative ways to instruct musical concepts have made us devoted fans. We’re extremely grateful that she has the opportunity to study with you. :)”
— Amy B.

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Note: I  got this great email from the mother of a former student.  I love hearing positive things from my students and parents – it’s always a day-brightener!  I want to share these successes with you]

“My daughter began taking violin lessons with Florie at the age of 5. At that time, she was quite shy and Florie was great at creating a  comfortable atmosphere allowing her to have fun while she learned to play. Over the years, as my daughter’s interests changed, Florie accommodated her with different styles of teaching and music– including fiddling and shared lessons with her best friend. I am happy to say that at the age of 15, my daughter is still enjoying playing the violin (including playing in the California Honors orchestra)  and I attribute much of that to Florie’s engaging approach to teaching.” — J.R.

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[Note: The following is from a student (about 4 1/2 years old).  The spellings and accompanying artwork were priceless!]

“Dear Ms. Florie Brown,

Your voilon [violin] classes are the best.  Nowon  [no one] has better classes (for violin) ever.


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Bill and Kerry Edwards Fretted Strings Was a Blast!

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The appearance with Bill and Kerry Edwards at the Fretted String on Friday, October 12th, 2018 was a total blast! There was a huge turnout for such an intimate space.  I saw many current students as well as the mom of two students who started violin around age 6 or 7 and took lessons right on through their senior year at Davis High.

Bill is a singer/songwriter and guitarist.  Many of his songs have been recorded and performed by the Sacramento area group, Mumbo Gumbo.  One of his songs, The Waltz, was performed on a popular television show of the early ’90’s, Northern Exposure.  Daughter, Kerry,  accompanies on bass guitar.  It’s a joy to play music witi her.

This performance was part of the Davis ArtAbout that takes place the second Friday of every month.  It is self guided art-walk, exploring art installations and receptions at galleries, art co-ops, and businesses in Davis.  It’s free and offers art, activities, live music, complimentary wine and refreshments, and opportunities to converse with featured artists.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to get out and experience art and connect with the local community.

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Introduction to the Violin – For Children 4-6 Years Old

Is your child interested in learning an instrument? How young is too young? Is he or she ready?

“An Introduction to the Violin” is a class for young children interested in learning to play the violin.
This class is particularly geared towards 4-6 year olds.

No violin is needed for this class as we will using mock violins that approximate the size and weight of a violin and bow without the concerns of damaging an expensive instrument.

This is a 4 week class, 45 minutes once each week. The cost is $100. Classes take place mornings and early afternoons.

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