Breanna Hallett grew up in the little mountain town of Rye, Colorado. She began studying classical violin at the age of nine, driving 45 minutes one way every week to the “big city” to take lessons from expert player and instructor Karine Garibova. She did this for ten years and then left to pursue a degree in Violin Performance at Colorado Christian University.
Since she started playing violin, she has had the opportunity to explore many different styles. She was a part of a family bluegrass band for 10 years, has helped lead worship with her violin at her school and several different churches, played in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, and was a part of the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra under director Matt Switzer. She graduated from CCU in 2013 where she had a fulfilling four years of studying music, involving herself in many ensembles and school productions, and, of course, playing lots of violin!
Breanna is passionate about teaching her violin students to be well-rounded musicians. In a musical market that requires musicians to be increasingly versatile, she believes it is important for violinists to branch out from the traditional classical-only style of learning. Because of this philosophy, she teaches her traditional (school-age) students out of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method. This method focuses on American music while implementing all of the techniques needed to be a skilled violinist. Besides being just plain fun, upon completion of the method books, the student should be able to sight read as well as improvise, and will be able to play anything from Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor to the Devil Went Down to Georgia. She also implements basic elements of music theory, ear training, and music history throughout the course of the lessons using subtle and fun methods. She can’t wait to meet you and begin the exciting journey of learning to play the violin!