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CELLO WITH VERITY MURRAY
Verity is a mother and the founder/director of Fiddlesticks. Verity’s teaching combines her own experiences as a classical cellist with her personal interest in folk music. Her work with children is inspired by the work ...
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Reviews of Fiddlesticks Studio of Fine Arts for Young Children
Verity started working with our oldest 2 children (through her integrated arts program) when they were two and three years old. That progressed to cello and fiddle lessons, more arts classes, a few adorable toddler recitals and the inclusion of our youngest as soon as she turned two. They all miss her fiercely. I have experienced many different children's programs in a few different cities and never have I encountered one as wonderful as Verity's. The art projects she did with our kids adorn every room of our house, and her tactile, low-tech approach to learning - to art and dance and music - is the most natural fit for young kids. If I could provide a sense of the environment at Verity's, I'd say it is Beatrix Potter, not Paw Patrol. It is Alice in Wonderland and the Wind in the Willows and The Sound of Music. It has a dusting of old time magic - pure and calm and whimsical. It is a world of books and paint and sewing. Of music on real instruments that the children can touch and be shown how to play. Needless to say, I was incredibly sad that she left Victoria, and simultaneously jealous of all the people who now get to have her in their lives. I wish her the very best and sincerely hope that the winds of change blow her back to the west coast sometime soon.
I honestly can not say enough GOOD things about Verity. In fact we, as a family, miss her dearly. The art work my daughter made with the guidance of Verity hangs above my bed; Verity's absence in our lives (since my daughter has moved on to Kindergarten) is felt daily. Verity is not only a PHENOMENAL teacher and care-giver, her space - peaceful, playful, joyful, inspiring-creativity... - became a refuge for my daughter (and for myself). My family was going through a particularly tough time in the two years that my daughter went to Verity, and her home - and her friendship to me - was a refuge. Verity went ABOVE and beyond to support us in our desire to have my daughter there, and I will always remember 'Verity' as THE single BEST thing I did for my daughter during that time!! She was in need of unconditional love, and care, and gentleness, and childhood "magic", and Verity was ALL of those things...and more! We love her, and anyone who is considering sending their child into the care of Verity will soon find out that it is indeed a privilege and an honour!!
When I first met Verity, I was immediately struck by the beauty and calm that she created around herself, and eventually the calm that surrounded the children in her care who I eventually I saw coming and going. She holds very firm and clear boundaries and has an incredible ability to engage children's attention in a way that respects the integrity of the child and is lovely and playful.
I will very much treasure those 5 years when I got to see Verity on an almost weekly basis, bringing my son for art lessons, and then for cello and also my daughter for music and art lessons. Verity has been a beacon of calm, wisdom and understanding (and an inspiration for my parenting) as my children have grown from toddlers to school age children. She has a keen insight into the inner world and motivation of the child. I have seen very small children who refused to leave their parents take their first steps to independence with Verity. I have seen children who refused to perform grow into confident musicians.
Verity has an unwavering commitment to quality in everything she does. This takes the form of a beautiful environment and materials, always professional and clear communication and the ability to draw out beauty in her art and in music with children. Needless to say, I highly recommend her to anyone!
I highly recommend Verity and her Fiddlesticks programs to any parent looking for an inspired approach to music and the arts for their child. Both of our boys - with very different personalities - have each developed their own sense of themselves in their relationship to music thanks to her sensitive and individualized teaching style. She goes above and beyond. Thank you Verity!
We feel so fortunate that our daughter had the opportunity to take classes at Fiddlesticks. She looked forward to it every time. Verity is amazing. She genuinely appreciated my daughter's oddball uniqueness and worked tirelessly to make each class fun and magical.
Verity is a genius at teaching these little ones to become intuitive musicians and artists and to truly love their connection with their instruments, music, and art. She creates such a warm, supportive and creative space for the children to express themselves. I feel unbelievably fortunate to have had her in our lives, her influence on our 6 year old, from age 3, has been profound and wonderful.
My 2 children were lucky enough to be exposed to music and art through Verity's amazing programs. Verity is a talented cellist, artist, and educator who has an amazing way of connecting with every child (and really every person) who comes into Fiddlesticks. In the magical environment that Verity creates, my children thrived and created the most amazing things. I am so grateful for the impact Verity has had (and continues to have through the inspiration she provided) on our lives,
Verity has made a lasting positive impact on our entire family. Her amazing skill and nurturing wholesome teaching style have been a wonderful start to my daughter's artistic and musical endeavors. She is an extraordinary teacher with a gift for fostering a deep sensebility and love for music and art.
My three children have learned and grew with Verity - in her Fiddlesticks program and private cello lessons. For 7 years, Verity was part of our weekly routine. She offered one of the few programs where each of my children felt safe, seen and loved, and I felt inspired in my parenting. Verity's way with children is to meet them where they are at, and gently offer ways into the program's rhythms and offerings. Verity beautifully designs her programs with the children's inner rhythms and unique spirits, at heart.
Verity is an amazing teacher, her creativity and ability to engage with children is the key to her success. The enchanted environment she creates fosters the love of music and art in the hearts of children.
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