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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 20/21, 2021

I hope everyone is continuing to stay well and safe!

Jaron – thank you for getting your violin tuned!
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and A Major scales (focus on keeping your second and third fingers squeezed together, but your transition between strings has improved so much!), O Come Little Children (focus on the notes in the last 2 lines in particular, and also starting each phrase with an up bow), and May Song (look ahead if you’d like!).

Olivia – I’m so glad you’ve been practicing more and making goals for your violin playing!
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: review 2-octave major and minor scales (try to memorise each finger pattern on each string), Mirror Duet (with focus on the second section bowings and take it one bar at a time, but it is much improved!), and Avatar State (clean rhythms for duet and practice transitions in between sections).

Amaia
– Reminder: your A string is very out of tune and we cannot tune it in class together, so please see if you can get your violin tuned! I recommend calling Long & McQuade or another music store to see if you can drop off the violin and get it tuned by a professional.
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: bow hold with curved fingers for the window washer exercise, G, D, and A Major scales (going up and going down the scale), an Twinkle (theme and variations A pepperoni pizza and C green pepper – make sure to play the middle section starting with E twice!).

Hendry – thank you for your patience today as we tuned your viola! The winter weather can really affect instruments and make them out of tune!
– Reminder: if you want to try tuning by yourself, remember that the pegs are for when your viola is very out of tune, and the fine tuners are for when it is a little out of tune
– Recommended practice time: 20 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G and D Major scales (1 octave), C Major scale (2 octaves and make sure to do a posture and bow hold check before playing all scales), Minuet 1 (practice bowing m. 3-4, and watch out for 1-2 and 2-3 finger patterns on D and A strings in second section), Question (congratulations on playing through the entire thing! Keep playing through the second section slowly and getting familiar with the notes), and Starting the Case (first 2 lines and watch out for G# low first finger, and look ahead if you want to!).

Grace – it was so nice to meet you today, welcome to ABC!
– Reminder: when tuning by yourself, remember that the pegs are for when your violin is very out of tune, and the fine tuners are for when it is just a little out of tune.
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: posture and bow hold (with curved fingers, and look out especially for the pinky and thumb on your right hand), window washer exercise with bow hold, play on each open string down-up-down-up, and practice your own version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (we’ll look at this more next week!).

Thank you and happy playing!

January 21st, 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

VOLUME 2
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Suzuki VIOLA School

VOLUME 1

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