Phil Davidson is an active violin teacher and performer in Austin, TX. He received his B.A. in Music from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a Suzuki specialist, with teacher training registered through book 4. He maintains Suzuki violin and viola teaching studios at his home in South Austin and at the Armstrong Community Music School. Phil's teaching emphasizes development of functional instrumental abilities, including playing by ear, good practice habits, critical thinking, theory, history, observation and listening to a wide variety of music. Lately most of his new students have been beginners and intermediate transfer students.
Beyond his primary focus of being a professional music educator, Phil performs almost every week throughout central Texas and the gulf region. A former member of the Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, he also was concertmaster of the Drake Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Austin in 2002, Phil has decided to focus on chamber music of all sorts. Phil plays everything from Dowland to Piazzolla with classical guitarist Sean Behrens in the Chanterelle Duo, performs the rock-and-roll Nutcracker and more with the Invincible Czars, is in the rock band Mostly Dead and the bluegrass band The Old Holdouts. Phil's interests include supporting local businesses and musicians, vegetable gardening, and politics.