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Popular Music Teachers Near Albany

Kaitlin S.

Albany, NY
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Christopher C.

Altamont, NY
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Charles O.

Troy, NY
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Kaitlin S. Albany, NY

Subjects Taught

Cello, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

I have been teaching private string lessons in the Albany, NY area for the past 8 years. I attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY where I earned both my Bachelor's (2008) and Master's (2010) degrees in Music K-12 Education with a concentration in Violin. My teaching philosophy involves adjusting strategies and methods to meet the needs of students with varying abilities. I use a few different methods of string instruction based upon the age level and ability of each student. A couple of my strengths as a private lesson teacher are my high level of patience and ability to guide students towards success.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I tend to be understanding of the individual needs of my students. Beginning string students will learn the importance of proper posture and position, as well as learn some short songs. I use various method books with different students, including Essential Elements 2000, All for Strings, and Suzuki. Depending on the age of the beginning student, I may start them off by rote or by reading notes. As the student progresses we will cover more advanced material. After about 6 months of lessons, the student can typically expect to know a couple of scales, beginning songs, and be able to demonstrate proper posture and bow hold.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide their own instruments, music books and music stand. I will bring my own instruments for myself to demonstrate.

*** Specialties ***
I use a variety of methods with my students. With very young children, I find that the Suzuki method works well. I start many beginners with the rote approach in order to work on posture etc. Once this is established we move towards note reading. I use such methods as Essential Elements and All for Strings to teach note reading.

Christopher C. Altamont, NY

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Violin

About Me

Let me introduce myself! I have been playing the violin for about 20 years, and have always know that the violin is an extension of myself! I have an incredible passion for music, and would like to inspire all of my students to share that passion.

I've been teaching violin lesson since my high school graduation and throughout my conservatory career. I've taught students as young as 5 as well as adult students looking to learn something new. I was a volunteer at the Hamilton Hill Center for the Arts and helped create the only opportunity for students in the community to learn the violin.

I studied Violin Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA and graduated in June of 2012. My former teachers include Michael Emery and Mark Lakirovich.

*** Lesson Details ***
My first question to new students is "What do you want to learn, and what are your goals?". Every violin student is unique, and I plan my lessons around individual needs.

It is very important for students to develop a good foundation in music, so I incorporate ear-training, theory and basic fundamentals in lessons along with violin technique. A well rounded musician is the best musician.

Here are just some examples of the materials I use:

Beginning Students:
Suzuki Books
Essential Elements
Whistler: Introducing Positions

Beyond Beginner :
Sevcik Scale Systems
Kreutzer Etudes

Elementary Rudiments of Music
Danhausser Singing Exercises

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with seating for parents.

He has cats.

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Violin Technique

Charles O. Troy, NY

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing

About Me

As a private music instructor, Charles O.brings decades of experience in the field, along with a forty-five-year concert career as a conductor, organist and pianist, and collaborative keyboardist. Initially training as a pianist, by age thirteen Charles O. was teaching that instrument professionally, also beginning a lifelong career in vocal instruction and coaching. During college studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music Charles O. added organ and choral directing to his areas of specialization, and even forty years later remains an active church music professional, presently serving the Old First and First Baptist congregations of Bennington, Vermont.

The many students of Charles O. have ranged from beginners to working professionals, their ages running a gamut from elementary school-age through retired seniors, their personal goals ranging from more modest levels of personal fulfillment to the highest aspirations. Accordingly, Charles O. customizes programs of study to meet mutually-determined objectives, his methods derived primarily from identifying and seeking to capitalize upon the individual student's innate strengths.

While the majority of students of Charles O. pursue personal goals of maximizing satisfaction from avocational activities, he has also helped a number pursue more public agendas, guiding young pianists to top awards in adjudication and concerto competitions, and youthful organists to receiving college scholarships and rewarding church positions. Vocally, while directing English-style concert choirs in Michigan during the 1980's and 90's two of Charles O's boy soloists won first prizes in England''s prestigious Elgar Festival, with other young singers appearing in University of Michigan concert and opera productions (including the premiere of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience).

Charles O's credentials as a concert artist include international touring as a choral conductor during the 1980's and '˜90'™s, with his choirs attaining top-tier status in America and overseas, while winning five gold medals in national competitions. In the role of a collaborative pianist Charles O'sconcert career began at age twelve; in recent years, solo recitals have included both piano and organ works, as has music for church services. A recital series during the first decade of the present century, Bach and Beyond, yielded three CD recordings, one of which was hailed by the prominent professional journal The American Organist for"Charles O's "poetry and passion".

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