Music Instructor: Gretchen Van Houten - Apple Mountain Music


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Gretchen Van Houten

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  My name is Gretchen Van Houten. I play and teach several instruments and styles. I’m most well known for playing fiddle and guitar. I also teach mandolin, bass, banjo and some piano.

I competed for fifteen years and was NM State Champion fiddler seven different years. I won the 1992 National Flatpicking Championships fiddle contest at Winfield, Kansas. I won the Western Music Association fiddle contest at Tuscon. I am a studio musician and occasionally play gigs with different groups. I started playing harmonica and guitar when I was four, teaching myself. I had nine years of classical piano training and five years of classical violin all between the ages of eight and seventeen. I started competing on the fiddle at age fourteen winning my first NM State Championship at seventeen.

In those years I also taught myself banjo, mandolin and bass. I learned my competition stuff by ear from recordings of championship and world class fiddlers. There were no “slow-down” devices then. I did it the hard way. I’m glad. It was part of what taught me to be a true musician, not just a well trained technician. I teach from my experience using tools that best help people become who they are as musicians.

I teach improvisation. I know how and it works. Leading students up to the beginnings of that skill I teach several styles including Western Swing, Cajun, Texas style, bluegrass, competition stuff, Irish, and am confident that I could help with whatever styles a student has already been playing.

If you’re interested in learning from me I am happy to discuss your situation and your needs and give you my ideas of what I think would work best for your instruction and musical growth.

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