Lauren Battles serves as a Violin Instructor at Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music.
She was introduced to the violin at age eight and joined youth orchestra within her first three years of private lessons. Her teacher had high expectations and a positive attitude, which inspired her to love the violin even when it was difficult.
In Japan, she performed in the American School In Japan Strings Ensemble for five years and in the orchestra for two high school musical plays. Her Japanese violin teacher challenged her so well that upon moving back to the United States, she was accepted into Booker T. Washington Magnet High School’s Strings program, connecting her with other musicians to form a Strings quartet that performed at weddings and other events. She became the concertmaster of the Montgomery Youth Orchestra and played first violin in the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
Her teacher in Montgomery prepared her well for her college auditions, and she played in the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra. She felt God call her into children’s ministry, so she volunteered at church and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She wrote a beginning violin book and has used it for beginner violin students for seven years.
One of Mrs. Lauren‘s beginner students used her violin curriculum to teach his public school students to grow into a Strings program. At her church, Mrs. Lauren plays violin in the orchestra, solo performances, and duets.
She always has a smile and guides her students gently to build confidence and skill.