Teaching

My aim as a teacher is to identify and focus on the crucial issues that each student needs to solve in order to free their playing. In the studio, I partner with students as we problem-solve, finding solutions in a collaborative process to foster critical thinking skills and musical artistry.

I love helping students discover their voices as players and polish the message they bring to their audiences.

With over 20 years of experience, I’ve taught students ages 3 to 78, including professional violinists who were recovering from injuries, preparing for auditions, or who just had a hunch that their “playing could be easier.”

I want my students to experience the joy of learning, and of having a beautiful skill set for communicating with others, both onstage and off. My students play a wide range of repertoire, from the standards to new works by female and underrepresented composers.

My approach to teaching is informed by new research in the acoustical physics of the violin, a treasure trove of information that has been largely unknown by performers.

Within this field were several key pieces of information unknown to mainstream violin technique, elements that increase the fundamental ease of playing and that are the underpinnings of ideal sound production, creative interpretation, and facile technique.

My continuing research centers on the links between acoustical physics, kinesiology, and performance , links that can elevate each student’s natural abilities and help them reach their potential.

Teaching

My aim as a teacher is to identify and focus on the crucial issues that each student needs to solve in order to free their playing. In the studio, I partner with students as we problem-solve, finding solutions in a collaborative process to foster critical thinking skills and musical artistry.

I love helping students discover their voices as players and polish the message they bring to their audiences.

With over 20 years of experience, I’ve taught students ages 3 to 78, including professional violinists who were recovering from injuries, preparing for auditions, or who just had a hunch that their “playing could be easier.”

I want my students to experience the joy of learning, and of having a beautiful skill set for communicating with others, both onstage and off. My students play a wide range of repertoire, from the standards to new works by female and underrepresented composers.

My approach to teaching is informed by new research in the acoustical physics of the violin, a treasure trove of information that has been largely unknown by performers.

Within this field were several key pieces of information unknown to mainstream violin technique, elements that increase the fundamental ease of playing and that are the underpinnings of ideal sound production, creative interpretation, and facile technique.

My continuing research centers on the links between acoustical physics, kinesiology, and performance , links that can elevate each student’s natural abilities and help them reach their potential.

 

YSU Violin Studio

The YSU violin studio is a warm, vibrant, diverse, and committed group of young professionals. If you’re looking for a personalized approach and top-notch training without the price tag of a conservatory, come visit and discover this hidden gem in the heart of the best gigging area of the U.S., with two world-class orchestras within an hours’ drive. Our students are performers, teachers, composers, and amazing humans! Make progress fast and become the best player you can be. Click the link below to arrange a lesson with Dr. Case and explore the program.

YSU String Project

The YSU String Project provides free and low-cost string instrument lessons for children from the Youngstown area. We are part of the National String Project Consortium and were the first String Project site in the state of Ohio. Our mission is to support local string playing. Now in our third year, we offer lessons, technique classes, beginner classes, chamber music, and orchestra. Click on the registration link below to sign-up your child for the program. If you would like to donate to the program, please contact Wendy directly through the contact page.

Professional Teacher Sessions

Are you a teacher who wants to make a difference in string education? Are you looking for fresh ideas? Come explore new research on teaching techniques that accelerate student progress. These sessions focus on trouble-shooting, finding solutions based in the interplay of physics and human movement. Perfect for successful educators who wish to deepen their understanding and provide their students with clear paths forward. Contact Wendy to chat about upcoming sessions and individual consultations.