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VSU student gives the Gift of Music


Mariana Krewer was 14 when she first picked up a violin. Now, nearly a decade later, she teaches others how to play the instrument through Valdosta State University's South Georgia String Project. 

Born and raised in Brazil, Krewer began taking music lessons at the urging of her health care provider, who prescribed the flute as treatment for her asthma.     "I was an asthmatic kid, so one homeopathic therapist my mother took me to recommended my parents to put me in flute lessons to strengthen the lungs and control my breath," said Krewer, who will graduate on May 10 with a Master of Music.

"So, we met this teacher in my city, Professor Célio, who is still a friend nowadays, and he taught me flute when I was 7, classical guitar when I was 10, and finally violin when I was 14. He was a violinist himself, so he convinced me. And then I fell in love for the instrument. Soon came college and now master's degree, both in violin performance, and also work — and fun — with orchestras and ensembles. I can't picture myself without the violin now."    

Krewer's dream job is to teach violin at either a college, university, or conservatory. Since arriving at VSU at the start of the 2012 fall semester, she has been gaining a bit of experience in that area by working with the South Georgia String Project (SGSP).   

Krewer works with SGSP students on everything from scales, pitch, and intervals to rhythm, sight-reading, and improvisation exercises. Her focus is on encouraging the enjoyment of music and self-expression through the study of the violin, whether she is teaching students with no previous string-playing experience or students who are advanced and ready to join the string project's Valdosta Youth Symphony Orchestra.   

In addition to pursuing a doctoral degree in the near future, Krewer plans to join an orchestra or form a chamber music group and keep studying and perfecting her skills. She knows that she needs education and experience as a performer to be the best violin teacher.


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