Laura Goodwin: Cello
The daughter of a classically trained musician, Laura Goodwin has loved classical music from a very early age. As a young child, she visited many classical concerts, participated in musical groups, and studied piano and cello. As a mother, Laura has instilled the same love of music within her own family. Her husband, son, and daughter are all musical and together enjoy playing folk music. Both their son and daughter have studied at St. Paul’s Music Conservatory (guitar and piano, respectively). Her daughter (Christa) is majoring in music at UNO and has developed her own piano studio at St. Paul’s Music Conservatory.
For the past six years, Laura has played in “Orchestra Omaha,” learning many new and traditional classical selections. She has also participated in the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. As a teacher, Laura enjoys seeing her students’ progress as they work to meet their musical goals and as they improve their cello technique. Her students have participated in a wide range of musical experiences, including OAYO (Omaha Area Youth Orchestra), public and home school orchestras, and state honor orchestras at Iowa State University.
Besides serving as a wife, mother, and cello teacher, Laura works part-time in the food industry and is employed at HyVee and Levy Restaurants.
Laura writes, “My intention in teaching cello lessons is to help the student to develop many musical skills in order to become more involved in the community music programs and to develop self confidence in their playing. Many instruction books, exercises, solos, etc. are used to help the student develop the best of their musical potential. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs and skills of the student. Focused practicing and exposure to live music will assist in developing a mature music appreciation and ability to play various types of music by composers.
“Music lessons help to shape and develop the student's musical skills to express themselves as an individual, gain self-confidence and be able to participate in musical groups in the community. Several skills are developed in studying an instrument which are beneficial to other academic subjects in many areas.”