Lessons

Wendy Goodwin is an intuitive teacher exceptional at inspiring and motivating young violinists to expand their technical abilities, theoretical and historical knowledge and love for playing.
Ms. Goodwin uses a student centered approach, zeroing in on technical and musical challenges specific to the individual and tailoring a course of study to evoke progress and confidence.  Sources include Suzuki, Carl Flesch, Mazas, Kreutzer, Dont, Laoureux and more.  In addition, Wendy draws from her extensive experience with nontraditional genres including jazz improvisation, Celtic, bluegrass and sacred music to supplement and keep students invested while continuously moving towards musical and technical prowess.

“If only more teachers were blessed with her natural aptitude and empathetic philosophical approach, I believe that the quality of music education would improve leaps and bounds! I speak from personal experience, having observed Wendy’s teaching and the impressive results she has achieved with her students. . . I hold her in the highest esteem as a colleague.” —Carol Sindell


Core curriculum:
Beginner– Suzuki Books 1-4 (performance pieces), Essential Elements for Strings (scales, music theory), Wolhfahrt (dexterity), Laoureux (basics, shifting, intonation)

Intermediate–Dancla, Huber, Seitz, Accolay, Kreisler, etc., Carl Flesch Scales,  Kreutzer, Mazas (dexterity, bow technique, etc.) Schradieck, Sevcik

Advanced– Bach, Corelli, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Lalo, and more.  Carl Flesch Scale System (scales, arpeggios, chromatics etc.), Dont, Schradieck (technique)

Wendy welcomes enthusiastic beginner, intermediate and advanced students from age 4-19.  For more information including references please e-mailwendyg@effesenden.com or call 503.860.7688.


Education: Ms. Goodwin began the study of violin at age three.  Childhood experiences included private instruction with Jay Gilbertson (Suzuki Method), Aida Baker and Julie Coleman as well as participation in youth orchestras including All State, Music in May & Portland Youth Philharmonic.  Wendy graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Fox University in 2000 with a BA in Music.  In 2002, Wendy completed her MM in music performance at Portland State University where she was a graduate assistant to Dr. Keith Clark and a private student of Carol Sindell.