Violin and Viola

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced violin lessons   are taught by  Kathryn Lamb and Belinda Bunt. 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.

Ms. Lamb enjoys sharing the joy of music with people of all ages and looks forward to helping each of her students find their own unique connection with music.

In her own words:

Music has always been significant in my life. I began studying the violin and piano at a young age, and connected with my siblings, family, and friends in ensembles from the beginning of my musical training. I had opportunities to perform with youth, All-State, and Governor’s School orchestras through high school, and served as concertmaster and assistant concertmaster for the Milligan College and Samford University orchestras. While at Samford, I studied the violin with Mr. Jeffrey Flaniken and piano with Dr. Donald Sanders. In 2017, I completed a B.S. in Music at Samford University, having
received honors in the music department and university each year. Additionally, I have studied with Jaime Laredo and members of the Emerson, Brentano, and Takás string quartets in masterclasses, performed as concertmaster for operas and musical theater productions at Samford and Red Mountain Theater, and continue to actively perform in
the greater Birmingham area.

I have been blessed with opportunities to study under great teachers and conductors, teach violin and piano lessons for a number of years, and share music in churches and nursing homes. I have seen and experienced the effect music has on myself and other people, and believe that, as well as being enjoyable to listen to and a lot of fun to play, it is a powerful method of communication. Music is a gift from God, and we should give it our best effort and continually strive to be better musicians through improving  as well as artistic and expressive capabilities and understanding. I enjoy teaching violin and piano, and love to share an expressive as well as technical approach with my students. Having begun my violin training in the Suzuki method, I like to use a blended approach, often using the Suzuki violin books as a foundational lesson book with added repertoire, theory, and technique beyond that found in these books. For piano, I typically begin with the Piano Adventures books, with added theory and repertoire as needed to provide a rounded musical education. 

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.  

Mrs. Bunt 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.

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