Molly Germer – Violin Teacher

Violin, Viola, Ukulele
Eastman School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
Conservatory of Amsterdam
Classical

violin, classical, viola, ukulele, lessons, phillyI started playing the  violin at age 5 because I wanted to be like my big sister. I come from a musical family, and starting violin seemed like a natural thing to do. Violin and music have always been a part of my life, but in middle school I discovered chamber music and became hooked. I love playing music with others! Once I discovered that feeling, violin became my whole life, and I am grateful to share even a piece of that excitement through teaching and performing.

Now, I am a violinist in Quartet121 and member of Earspace, a Raleigh-based ensemble dedicated to contemporary music and interdisciplinary performances. I am a former member of the Erie Philharmonic, have recently performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble LPR, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Signal, and can be heard on Signal’s recordings of music by David Felder, Tristan Perich, and David Lang. I tour and record with the band (sandy) Alex G, and continue to work with living composers across genres, performing throughout the U.S. and Europe. I am a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) with additional studies at University of Rochester, and of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music (MM) with additional studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

As a teacher, I recognize that all students learn differently. I hope to give each student a strong technical foundation so they can continue to explore music in the way suited for them. I ask that each student try their best and come up with goals that we can meet together. I hope to foster a deep appreciation for music through discovering the joy and creativity found in practice and performance.

 

When did you begin playing Violin, and why?
I began playing violin when my older sister’s teacher put one in my hands after one of her lessons. I grew up around music and it seemed natural to pursue an instrument. It felt good to work hard and see improvement in myself.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I play some viola, piano, and guitar. It is fun to pick up these instruments and just experiment! I wish I could play them all better– I recently received a mandolin as a gift and I can’t wait to learn it.

What are your personal goals as a musician?
I want to be the best I can be and continue to grow. Music is amazing as an art form because there is always more to learn!

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
I remember David Kim from the Philadelphia Orchestra was working on vibrato with me during a masterclass. He told me to listen for the “ping” sound in the note. It sounds silly out loud- but I really felt it and heard it. It’s something that is hard to put into words but once get it, it makes total sense and you can’t play it any other way.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Trust yourself- I learned to be analytical and have my own point of view through music.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
I used to have trouble memorizing music and then I would get nervous during performances. Now, I understand how to internalize the music I’m learning and there is nothing to worry about!

What is your biggest musical achievement?
I have been performing music I’ve composed for myself and I’m excited about continuing to share my own work.

Favorite thing about teaching?
I love watching the progress of students. I love seeing students feel proud of themselves.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Be patient and figure out how to enjoy the process! Don’t give up if you feel frustrated!