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Zoe Fong2020-07-14T11:21:51-04:00

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Master of Music (Boston University)

Bachelor of Arts (Brandeis University)

Zoe Fong is a M.M. graduate of Boston University School of Music and B.A. graduate of Brandeis University, where she studied music education and music composition respectively. She is a viola, violin, and ukulele player and has performed (primarily as a violist) in Canada, the United States, Austria, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the Philippines. As a composition student at Brandeis, she focused on film scoring and minored in film studies, and additionally went abroad to Vienna, Austria for one semester to focus on viola performance. She loves musical theatre as well and has experience as a music director, conductor, performer, pit orchestra musician, and producer in various community and university productions.

While Zoe has found joy in many musical areas, she has found her true calling in music education. She has taught a range of ages and musical subjects including preschool music, elementary chorus, band, strings, and general music, middle school jazz band and strings, high school strings, chorus, and music theory, and private viola, violin, and composition lessons. There is nothing she loves more than sharing her passion for music and helping her students find their own passion and artistic voice.

Get to know Zoe…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Teaching myself new instruments, dancing, reading

Musical influences: Kim Kashkashian, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Danny Elfman

Favourite food: Dumplings

Least favourite food: Broccoli

Favorite music: A little of everything!

Favourite song: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Favourite movie: Ladybird

Favourite movie music: Edward Scissorhands – Danny Elfman

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Les Miserables, Hadestown, and Hamilton

Best quote from your teacher: “Don’t leave your baggage at the door. Bring it in and let’s make music with it.”

Favourite quote: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein

Favourite book: The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon…and also Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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Weekly Homework Post – January 13/14, 2021

Jaron – great work today despite having strings out of tune!
– Reminder: please try to get your strings tuned! Call a music store like Long & McQuade and see if you can drop off your violin for tuning. If that’s not possible because of the lockdown, we’ll try to figure something out.
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: A, D, and G Major scales (going up and going down, doing a posture and bow hold check each time before playing), Go Tell Aunt Rhody (prepare for final play-through soon, watch out for last 2 measures phrase – practice string crossing and play 3 C#s instead of 2!), and O Come Little Children (focus on last line and starting each phrase with an up bow).

Olivia – fantastic progress on the Mirror duet!
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: review 2-octave major and minor scales (especially those with shifting and an extra focus on reviewing A minor scales), Mirror duet (shifting phrases and second section bowings and rhythms), and Avatar State (try to add in dynamics and extra practice with counting in the ending eighth note section).

Amaia
– Reminder: your A string is still out of tune so please see if you can get it tuned! I recommend to call Long & McQuade and see if you can drop off the violin and get it tuned. If they are not doing that because of lockdown restrictions, we can try to sort something else out.
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: window washer bow hold exercise, open string bowings, 0-1-2-3-2-1-0 fingering patterns on all four strings, G Major scale, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (theme and variations A and C – pepperoni pizza and green pepper).

Hendry
– Recommended practice time: 20 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: C Major scale (2 octaves, doing a bow hold and posture check before playing – make sure to keep the thumb and pinky curved!), G and D Major scales (1 octave), Minuet No. 1 (with focus on the second section F# and F-natural, as well as stretching the 4th finger), Question (make rhythms more precise on the first page, go through new notes on second page, and listen to song on YouTube or Spotify), and Starting the Case (just the first few measures, although you can look ahead if you’d like. Look out for G#, which is a low first finger on G string instead of open G).

Thank you and happy playing! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

January 14th, 2021|
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Weekly Homework Post – April 19th, 2020

Olivia
– Reminder: Try to set up and locate the Zoom link a few minutes before class starts.
– Recommended practice time: 30-45 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: Our basics review – 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, open, and Spock hand positions; speaking the note letters before playing, and notation review on musictheory.net. For G, D, and A minor scales, think about the hand positions before playing the entire two octaves. Finally, for the Mirror Duet, once you decide which person plays upside down, feel free to sight read the first few lines and get a feel of the music! Look it up on YouTube as well and see which recording may be your favorite.

Thank you and happy playing! I hope everyone is staying healthy and well!

April 19th, 2020|
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Suzuki Violin School

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Suzuki Violin School

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Suzuki VIOLA School

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