Beginner, intermediate, and advanced violin lessons are taught by Belinda Bunt (violin) and Christine Traywick (cello). These lessons are currently offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 – 6:00 PM. Space is limited. The suggested starting age for these lessons is 5 years old. Lessons are held on the 3rd floor of Building C, in Room 305.
Belinda Bunt is a 2005 graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Education. Belinda began violin studies in Shelbyville, TN at the age of five. Growing up, she studied with several instructors including Stephen Petrescu, member of the Nashville Symphony; Elizabeth Small, violin instructor from Belmont University; and Susan Mullen, director of the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra. Belinda was given the opportunity to perform as soloist with the Middle TN State University Orchestra at a young age and was concertmaster of the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra during high school. In addition, she participated in Mid-State and All-State for several years. At Samford, Belinda studied violin under Jeffrey Flaniken and participated in the Samford University Orchestra and the Samford String Ensemble.
Belinda has enjoyed teaching private violin lessons to all ages (four and above) for twenty years. She believes that music is a universal language that God has given everyone of all ages to enjoy! Preschool students (ages 4-5) begin with the Pascale Method. Ages six and above begin with the Suzuki method or Essential Elements method and supplement with music that is of individual interest to the student. Belinda has taught with the Dawson Music Academy and the North Shelby School of Performing Arts. She currently teaches privately in the Irondale area as well as with the Conservatory at First Baptist Church in Trussville. Belinda loves teaching because she enjoys seeing the look on a child’s face when they can finally play their first song! It is a rewarding experience for both her and the student! She also plays for weddings and other special events. Belinda resides in Birmingham, AL with her husband, Matthew, and their two daughters.
Christine Traywick (Soprano) is a graduate of the University of Mobile with a Bachelor degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice and Cello. During her time at the University of Mobile, she was in an all-female Celtic touring group called Welsh Revival, where she played cello and sang. Alongside this, she participated in many performances with the Center of Performing Arts as both a singer and a cellist. She also participated in the NATS competition at the University of Alabama and the University of South Alabama. In high school, Christine was a performing member of the Alabama All-State SSA Choir as well as Gardendale High School’s Chamber Choir. She auditioned for the Outstanding Choral Student (OCS) and placed second in her division.
Christine previously taught music at Erwin Intermediate School and Brook Hills Early Learning Center. She has previously taught private lessons in string bass and continues to teach private voice lessons. She is currently the Worship Assistant at NorthPark Baptist Church. Christine believes that technique is the basis for all styles of music, from Classical to Modern music. She has a passion for sharing her love of music with each student so all can embrace their God-given talent(s). Psalm 33:3 – Sing a new song to the Lord, play skillfully before Him, and shout for joy.
Mrs. Traywick currently teaches Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons in Cello and Voice. Her lessons are held in Room 312, Building C. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org