Violin Lessons (Private)

J. Marshall Bevil, Ph.D.

7918 Millbrook Drive  (Copperfield area)    Houston, Texas   77095
Telephone (281) 859-5965      Cellular (713) 419-6829      


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STRING INSTRUMENTS – violin (retired orchestral string specialist with Houston ISD, director of award-winning program, 1998-2009) and Welsh crwth (see right photo, above) – private and small-group instruction in studio or students’ homes. Instruction is literacy-based, with students learning to read music concurrently with learning to play the instrument.

INTERDISCIPLINARY INSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM DESIGN - presentation of music as an academic discipline fully integrated with other areas of study, particularly language, and also history, mathematics, and science

MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE - general survey and period history, with emphasis on stylistic evolution and performance practices; integration of basic history of musical style into teaching of performance

MUSIC THEORY - general survey and analytical procedures; integration of basic theory into teaching of performance

EARLY MUSIC PERFORMANCE- direction of vocal and/or instrumental ensembles

VOCAL/CHORAL MUSIC - emphasis on reading skills, historical and technical accuracy of performance, and historical backgrounds of items in repertory.

GENERAL MUSIC - interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of the literature and technical aspects of music, with emphasis on music reading and the relationship of music to language, mathematics, science, and social studies.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE DESIGN (MUSIC, GENERAL ACADEMIC) - remedial programs, drill and practice programs, game programs for gifted students, and programs for use in classroom instruction.




music educator with Houston and Spring Branch Independent School Districts since 1979 (general, vocal-choral, instrumental)

curriculum writer, Houston I.S.D., since 1997

author of computer software for education, research, and analysis (1980-present)

composer and arranger of vocal and instrumental works for children and adults

research scholar and writer (musicologist with two graduate degrees and publications)

forensic musicologist (consultant / expert witness in copyright infringement and intellectual property misappropriation cases)



See separate webpages (Educational Materials , Compositions / Arrangements,  Publications and Presentations).



music specialist, Houston Independent School District, 1980 - 2009 (see "Public School Teaching Record," below)

freelance writer / lecturer, performer, composer / arranger, and forensic musicologist, 1976 - present

private instructor in upper strings, Spring Branch Independent School District, 1979-1980, 1982-1983

lecturer and performer, Young Audiences of Houston, 1979-1980

substitute teacher, music and general academics, Houston Independent School District, 1977-1980

summer music history faculty, University of North Texas, 1976

research assistant in musicology, University of Texas at Dallas, 1974-1976

doctoral teaching fellow, music history and literature, University of North Texas, 1974-1976

tutor in music theory and ear-training, College of Fine Arts, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1967-1970



Ph.D., musicology, University of North Texas, 1984; dissertation: "Centonization and Concordance in the American Southern Uplands Folksong Melody." Related field: English, with concentration in linguistics and the history of the language.

T.E.A. certification in music (general, vocal-choral), all-level, University of Houston, 1983.

M.Mus., musicology, University of North Texas, 1973; thesis: "The Welsh Crwth, Its History, and Its Genealogy." Minor in theory, with concentration in analytical systems and procedures.

B.Mus., cum laude, vocal performance / sacred music, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1970. Minor in piano.



SUBSTITUTE TEACHER (regular elementary classroom and elementary music), Houston Independent School District, September of 1977 through November of 1980

ELEMENTARY MUSIC / FINE ARTS TEACHER,  Houston Independent School District, December, 1980 - May, 2009

1. 2000-2007 - Teacher at Summer Academy for Scholarship in the Arts, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston I.S.D.: provision of remedial instruction in musical literacy for elementary and secondary orchestral string students.

2. 1998-2009 - Edgar Odell Lovett Elementary School:
Director of String Music and String Orchestra Programs. Retired at end of 2008-2009 school year.

    Lovett Concert Orchestra, winner of Best-in-Class, Galveston Isle Orchestra Festival, seven out of nine years, 2001-2009
    Lovett Concert Orchestra, winner, Best-in-Class, Director’s Choice Festivals, every year, 2004-2009.

    Lovett Concert Orchestra high percentage of students earning first-division medals, solo competitions, 1999-2009.

    Director, winner of Houston Symnphony’s Bell Award, Houston-area Music Educator of the Year, 2006


3. 1997-2000 - H.I.S.D. Fine Arts Curriculum Writer: alignment of HISD curriculum with state and district objectives in an interdisciplinary framework; training of H.I.S.D. fine arts teachers.

4. 1990-1998 - Braeburn Elementary School (general music / vocal-choral / instrumental)

Teaching Duties: general music for entire school population of over twelve hundred, with in- and after-school enrichment programs in choir and
      instrumental music (keyboard, violin, recorder, rhythm band) for up to about ten percent of whole-school population.

Other Responsibilities: Teacher of the Year, 1994-1995; member of 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 H.I.S.D. Ad Hoc Teacher Advisory
     Committee to then HISD General Superintendent Dr. Rod Paige (later U.S. Secretary of Education); Chair, Braeburn Teacher Incentive

      Committee, 1995-1996. 


5. summer of 1991 - Oak Forest Elementary School (music enrichment, primary learning community).

6. 1986-1990 - Easter Elementary School (fine arts)

7. 1985-1986 - see SECONDARY, below

8. 1981-1985 - Katherine Smith and Brock Elementary Schools (general music / vocal-choral)

9. 1980-1981 - Frost, Gregg, and Katherine Smith Elementary Schools (general music / vocal-choral)


1985-1986 - Hogg Middle School (vocal/choral)



1979-1980, 1982-1983 - teacher of violin and viola (middle school and high school level)



2004 National Intellectual Property Directory (New York: American Lawyer Media, 2004).

2005 Directory of Expert Witnesses and Consultants / Southeastern (New York: American Lawyer Media, 2005).

Community Leaders of America, fourteenth edition (Raleigh, NC: American Biographical Institute, 1991).

Computing in Musicology: A Directory of Research (Menlo Park, CA: Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities, 1990).

Dictionary of International Biography, twenty-third edition (Cambridge: International Biographical Centre, 1994).

Directory of Computer Assisted Research in Musicology (Menlo Park, CA: Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities,

Five Thousand Personalities of the World, third edition (Raleigh, NC: American Biographical Institute, 1991).

The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, third edition (Raleigh, NC: American Biographical Institute, 1991).

The International Register of Profiles, tenth edition (Cambridge: International Biographical Centre, 1990).

The International Who's Who in Music, twelfth edition (Cambridge: International Biographical Centre, 1990).

The International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement, fourth edition (Raleigh, NC: American Biographical Institute, 1997).

Men of Achievement, fifteenth edition (Cambridge: International Biographical Centre, 1992).

Personalities of America, sixth edition (Raleigh, NC: American Biographical Institute, 1992).

Texas Hall of Fame, first edition (Englewood, NJ: Publishers Plus, 1996).

Texas Music Industry Directory, 2004 Edition (Austin: Texas Music Office, 2004).

Two Thousand Notable American Men, Second Illustrated Edition (Raleigh: American Biographical Society, 1994).

Who's Who in the South and Southwest, twenty-second edition (Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1990).

Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, fourth edition (Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1992).



J. Marshall Bevil

7918 Millbrook Drive

Houston, Texas 77095

(U.S.) 281-8595965 (home) / (U.S.) 713-4196829 (cell)