Maura Shawn Scanlin

Maura Shawn Scanlin

Maura Shawn Scanlin

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  • Violin
  • BMS Fiddle Group

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Teaching Philosophy

My goal in teaching is to help students learn to love music. I work with students on an individual basis, helping each student towards their unique goals. Learning music to me is not just about the mastery of a given instrument, but about furthering critical thinking skills, problem solving, embracing weaknesses and working to better them, and understanding the value of practice. I try above all to help others discover their own love of music, and their own love of practice.

Teaching Biography

Maura has been actively teaching both classical and folk music lessons privately since 2016. She has been on faculty at many music programs across the country including Up With Music’s Summer Strings in Lawrence, MA; Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in Valle Crucis, NC; the Heartbeat Project in Crownpoint, NM; and the Collaborative Arts Ensemble’s “Letters of the American South” project in Montgomery, AL. Maura has also given numerous workshops with focus on both classical violin fundamentals and folk fiddle music around the country.

Performance Biography

Having just completed her M.M. degree in Classical Violin Performance from the Yale School of Music in May 2019, Maura enjoys active performance schedules in both folk and classical genres. She is a member of several touring Boston-based bands including Pumpkin Bread, Rakish, and the Bywater Band. Maura has had the opportunity to compete in and has won the world’s premiere traditional Scottish fiddling competitions. She is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship. Maura’s classical collaborations with various ensembles have led her to the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and the Banff Chamber Music Residency. Through her collaborations and performances, Maura hopes to cultivate appreciation for live acoustic music of all styles.

Education

B.M. Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music; M.M. Violin Performance, Yale School of Music