Previous studies with prominent musicians of both Indian and Western music shaped her pedagogic approach to teaching. She learned bow technique from a student of the legendary violin pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay. Such influences are lasting. Beginning violin students can now learn to fully leverage the power of the bow from their very first day. The bow is the breath of the violin; the fingers are its song.
She taught violin to low-income children through a nonprofit, the Harmony Project of Los Angeles, while learning North Indian classical music from a disciple of the Maihar gharana in college. This was her first exposure to North Indian music; the trajectory of her musical life was instantly transformed. The classical Indian art of music pedagogy had made its indelible imprint.
Violin teaching is more than a joy; it’s an opus. Knowledge of how to leverage the violin’s astonishing range of expression empowers young violinists to become both fearless and content in life. Jaymi gently guides beginning violinists in how to connect with the violin’s less-appreciated asset: The bow. This method enables the next generation of violinists’ voices to rise, regardless of their chosen musical genre.
Jaymi looks forward to mentoring beginner violin students with the insights and practical experience they need to feel at home with the violin. Her innovative teaching methodology encourages students to learn how to have a beautiful relationship with their violin over a lifetime of music-making: Answers are found in the practice.