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Dear students and parents,
Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am a Baltimore born and bred classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!
I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encouraged by Shinichi Suzuki.
I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 8 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as well as at various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced students have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.
A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and eventually went on to receive my Bachelor's of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England and Northern Ireland. I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended several teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.
I currently divide my time teaching at local music stores/schools (and privately) as well as recording with various local artists and performing at concerts and for various types of gigs (weddings, fundraisers, cocktail hours, gala events) in the tri-state area.
*** Lesson Details ***
While I am primarily a Suzuki instructor, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.
Some quick facts! I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!
*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a music stand available and set up for lessons that take place in your home. After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.
Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.
*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin/Viola Method
Music Theory Tutor
Genres: Classical, fiddle, gypsy, jazz.
Experience teaching ages 4-60.
Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin
Inspired by Disney's Fantasia to play violin at age 4, violist Anna B. hasn't been able to stop performing ever since. She has gone from playing in Grandma's living room to pursuing her dream in Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Groups all across America. She has performed in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and in the Baltimore area, where she currently resides. Ms. B. has formerly served as principal of the Illinois Valley Symphony, The Kishwaukee Symphony, the NIU Philharmonic and the Peabody Concert Ochestra, and has served as a section violist in numerous other ensembles throughout her career.She has taught violin and viola privately since 2008 and is currently on the violin/viola faculty at the Caroll County String Project in Eldersburg. She is also a violin/viola instructor at The School of Music LLC in Rockville MD and at ARTI-ST Music in Reisterstown MD.Ms. B. received her Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University in 2011 and her Master's Degree from the Peabody Conservatory in 2013. Her primary teachers include Anthony Devroye, Li-Kuo Chang and Maria Lambros.
*** Lesson Details ***
Growing up, from ages 4-15, I was a student of the Suzuki Method on violin. When I was in High School, I fell in love with the deep, rich sound of the Viola and decided to make it my primary instrument. I have great love for both instruments still, and I enjoy sharing my passion with my students. I have experience teaching both the violin and viola to students from ages 3-65. As a teacher, I have multiple goals:
1. I want my students to love music and their instrument
2. I want my students to develop their own musical voice. My goal with teaching is to help students use their unique musical voice to form lasting and meaningful connections with their audiences and the people around them.
3. Making great musicians is awesome, but I'm also out to help make great people! As Pablo Casals said, "I am a human first, a musician second." I have worked hard to get where I am today, and I want to make sure my students have the best environment in which to learn.
Some benefits of studying with me are:
I am fun and supportive. I'm having just as much fun teaching as I want my students to have learning, and creating a patient, supportive environment is integral to my students' development.
I teach all ages and abilities. I am experienced in a variety of teaching levels, from beginning to advanced studies. Each student has lessons structured according to their individual goals, learning speeds, and musical levels.
I teach students of all levels positive playing habits and how to avoid bad habits, and I teach these using the standard classical repertoire for violin and viola.
I emphasize technique and the fundamentals of music theory, especially with beginning students, so students have the essential building blocks and tools they need to succeed.
I am professional. I have received some of the best education in my field, and with 20 years of experience in music I am confident in my ability to pass on the skills necessary to succeed as a musician.
*** Specialties ***
Having myself been taught on suzuki method, I frequently use their method books in my private instruction. I specialize in teaching music in the classical style with emphasis on technique and musicality.
I am a violin and viola teacher born and raised in the Baltimore area. I have been teaching private lessons and group classes for the last eight years and studied both performance and pedagogy at some of the best music schools in the country. I most recently completed a Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody Conservatory, where I also studied pedagogy under Rebecca Henry and Janet Melnicoff-Brown of the Peabody Preparatory. While the majority of my teacher training and professional work has been on the violin, I am a violist at heart. I teach students ages 3 to adult at my home studio in Mount Vernon, and I enjoy working with students who have all different levels of ability and commitment. Everyone is welcome.
Graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory and Longy School of Music.
Undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory and Tufts University.
Orchestral player with the Junge Sinfonie Berlin, Boston Philharmonic, and Annapolis Symphony, among others.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are always planned in a way that fits each student individually. I like to establish a routine that includes technique, music theory, and performing pieces. I believe that it is important to do a little of each in a lesson in order to give the students a solid foundation and foster independence.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a second floor music studio with stands and chairs and instrument maintenance equipment. The space has an additional seating area where parents can relax during the lesson.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will always bring whatever I need in order to teach fully. I would only ask the student to have a quiet space where we could work and a music stand.
*** Specialties ***
My training has included the Suzuki, Rolland, and Sassmanhaus methods, as well as the approach used by the Peabody Preparatory, and I tend to use a blend of all of them, tailored to fit the needs of each individual student.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."