Loudon, Claire

Viola, Violin
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Originally from Minneapolis, Claire Loudon, violin, has taught privately and in group settings since 1998. She has taught for several conservatories and schools of music in MN, OH and the United Kingdom, concurrently maintaining private studios. Claire undertook formal studies of string pedagogy and Dalcroze eurythmics at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), and a Postgraduate Diploma (Artist Diploma) from the RNCM with honors. Additional conservatoire training includes viola second study at the RNCM and piano at CIM.

Recently, Claire served as the head of strings at the Blue Coat School in Oldham, Manchester, UK. She was also the beginning strings instructor and orchestra-wide string sectional coach for the Warrington Youth Orchestra program, Greater Manchester, UK.

Claire is pleased to be back in the Twin Cities after over five years in the UK, recently winning a position as Substitute Violin with the Minnesota Orchestra. She has appeared in concerts across Europe, the United Kingdom, and North America as a member of prize-winning quartets and as soloist. An active professional orchestral musician, Claire has held several orchestral positions in the US and UK.

Teaching methods depend directly upon the learning style of the student, drawing upon a broad range of proven pedagogical techniques and musical style. Providing consistency and clarity for students coupled with the goals of continuous development, music appreciation, and pride in achievement comprise her primary teaching objective to get the best out of her students.

“Very in tuned to my son’s learning style and great with offering positive reinforcement in a way that encourages development while keeping things light and fun.” –MacPhail Parent