“I have been teaching violin lessons in Honolulu for 30 years and I love to teach! I have learned that each child learns very differently, so I try to find a way to teach each child in a way that fits their own unique learning style and personality. This is what makes teaching so fun for me. I love finding new ways to present technique, note reading, musicality, etc. to each individual student and the resulting magic that happens as they begin to 'get it' and I see them get really excited about the violin and what they are learning. I try to inspire my students to want to learn and practice by giving them genuine, positive feedback, especially before making any corrections or introducing new techniques in the lesson. I encourage parents to do the same when practicing with their children at home and give them some ways to make the practice session at home more fun. In the end, I know that whether a student goes on to advanced levels of playing the violin or not, that what counts is the person they become along the way as they overcome challenges and frustration to find out that they really can do something they didn’t think they could do and learn that long-term practice toward a goal really does pay off.”
B.Mus. Hartt School of Music
M.Mus. Yale University School of Music
Hawaii Symphony Violinist, Hawaii Music Teacher Association, Suzuki Certified, Qualified Music For Young Children Teacher
A graduate of Yale School of Music (MM ‘89) where she studied with renowned teachers Paul Kantor and Ida Kavafian, violinist Nancy Shoop-Wu began her career when she successfully auditioned for a position in the Filarmonica de Caracas when she was just 20 years old. She went on to win positions in New Haven Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and Orchestra of New England before accepting a position in the Honolulu Symphony (now Hawaii Symphony) and moving to Hawaii in 1990.
From the moment she arrived in Honolulu Nancy began teaching violin lessons and what started as a sideline to her symphony job quickly became a passion to teach. As well as being a certified Suzuki Teacher Nancy has taught at Iolani School both private violin lessons and Summer Beginning and Intermediate String Orchestra classes. She is also a qualified Music For Young Children teacher and has taught general music at Central Union Preschool. She currently has her own private teaching studio SW Violin Studio. Her students play in all levels of Hawaii Youth Symphony, including concertmaster of Hawaii Youth Symphony's top orchestra (YSI) and have been prize winners in the HMTA competition.
Along with teaching and performing in the symphony, Nancy is also an accomplished song-writer. Her album Rainbow Road was a finalist for Hawaii's Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2016 and was also nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best New Artist in the ZMR Awards for radio.
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