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Popular Viola Teachers Near Boston

David J.

Arlington, MA
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Kathryn T.

Boston, MA
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Sonia D.

Allston, MA
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David J. Arlington, MA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

Has played viola and violin since 1996
Has played piano since 2006
Concord Carlisle High School
Middlesex Community College - Music Associate's
Umass Boston - Music Bachelor's
Umass Boston - Music Masters (in progress)
25 Year old music grad student. Started teaching in Los Angeles then moved business back home to Boston. Has been teaching piano, violin and viola since 2008.

*** Lesson Details ***
Growing up, my music education was strict and difficult. I try to do just the opposite to accomplish a love and appreciation for music within students. I'm very open to what the student wants to do. I include listening to classics, watching musicals, reading material, theory and whatever else interests the student to progress his knowledge.

*** Specialties ***
* Suzuki method for violin and viola
* Faber and Faber piano method

Kathryn T. Boston, MA

Subjects Taught

Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Kat is an enthusiastic and patient contemporary string player specializing in teaching violin and viola. Growing up she played violin and viola in school and community orchestras, as well as bass in jazz bands and small ensembles. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied viola/violin with Mimi Rabson, who is leader of the Really Electric String Quartet and has toured with Itzhak Perlman on his klezmer project, and Melissa Howe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At Berklee, Kat majored in Film Scoring (writing music for film and TV), so she is accomplished in composition as well as performance. She has performed onstage with music greats from all over the world including: Brazilian singer Rosa Passos, Cuban bassist Cachao, alternative rock singer Paul Cole, and Christopher Guest from "This is Spinal Tap."

As a teacher Kat utilizes her training in and experience playing a diverse range of styles in her lessons. She has taught private lessons and also taught music as a camp counselor and tutor. Whether you are looking to pick up a brand new instrument, learn a new style, or work on improving on what you already know, Kat can help you reach your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Kat has been teaching private lessons for the last 7 years. Kat is well versed in most styles of music including: jazz, classical, fiddle/folk, world music, latin, and rock. During lessons Kat covers a wide range of topics ranging from how to care for and hold the instruments, sight-reading, improvisation, theoretical knowledge, and composition. Kat likes to focus on what students want to learn, and pushing them to try challenging themselves. Kat is also a very patient and kind teacher with an understanding of how to make lessons fun for students of all ages and levels.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach a variety of styles of music in my lessons, focusing mostly on what a student wants to learn.
Styles/genres taught: Classical, Jazz, Improvisation, Fiddle, World Music, Rock, and Latin.
Music Theory: Harmony, Ear Training, Arranging, Composition

Sonia D. Allston, MA

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Sonia is a classically trained musician, who holds Masters degree from Boston University and Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. She has been teaching for 6+ years, her students include children and adults of all levels. Sonia is an enthusiastic and patient teacher who values the relationship between teacher and student. Music is her life! She wishes to grow together with her students and help the students get the most out of her knowledge.
*Sonia is also fluent in Chinese and therefore is able to give bilingual lessons for Chinese and Chinese American students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sonia tailors lesson plans according to each student's needs. Lessons usually include classic methods, modern exercises incorporating moderate music theory at the level, plus special tricks she has found through her teaching career. Her students will usually have a practice log that help to organize and keep track of the students' progress.

*** Specialties ***
Sonia uses a mix of method book for teaching, tailoring the student's level and goals.

Karen D.

Somerville, MA
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Laura S.

Medford, MA
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Nicole P.

Malden, MA
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Karen D. Somerville, MA

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Broadway Singing, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

It all started out in a small town called Chatham, NJ where I spent the first thirteen years of my life. I remember loving music as early as I could walk and talk. I started taking guitar lessons when I was seven years old. Along with the guitar, came a love for singing and writing my own songs. When we moved to Pennsylvania the guitar came with me. Throughout my high school years, I spent hours playing with teachers, fellow students and at parties.

When I was sixteen every week for three years I would drive an hour into Philadelphia, by myself, to study with world famous Artie Singer. HIs students include such names as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Al Martino, and Bobby Rydel. Artie co-wrote and produced two massive hit records “At the Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay,” both recorded by Danny and the Juniors. Artie was personal friends with Dick Clark and would bring him acts for his show.

While going to a Community College in Philadelphia the music teacher there took notice of me, pulled me aside, and told me about a great music school I should attend. He then sent away for the application and helped me fill it out. The next thing I knew I was in Boston attending Berklee School of Music! I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz and Rock Composition, Arranging, and Guitar.

I had originally gone to Berklee intending to major in voice, however I had no luck with the vocal department there and ended up with nodules on my vocal cords. The damage was so significant that I had to stop singing during my four years at Berklee and turned to studying Guitar and Composition.

I tried every vocal teacher in town wanting more than anything to be a singer. What I found was no teacher could help me and it seemed obvious that even though they had the “big name” they didn’t know what they wt. I was losing hope. The combination of this roadblock and my persistence led me to the greatest thing that ever happened in my life....... I met Dante Pavone!

I kept hearing about a singing teacher named Dante Pavone. Since I had already tried everyone else, I decided to give him a shot. On my first lesson with Dante I noticed a big difference. My throat didn't hurt at all and a real voice was coming out of me. I was cured!

Dante’s studies were extensive and he had doctorates in voice, music history, psychology and many other subjects. He was the most intelligent; insightful person I have ever met in my life and not only taught me about voice but taught me many things about life. He one time told me that he had a more profound knowledge of all the fine singing muscles than anyone else.

Dante was the first; a “pioneer” in popular singing, breaking from the traditional operatic style. He taught, or was contacted by, such singers as John Lennon and Paul McCartney (Beatles), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), Steve Tyler (Aerosmith), Peter Wolf (JGiles Band), James and Livingston Taylor, Faye Dunaway, Tom Jones, Donna Summers, Jonathan Richman, Julianna Hatfield, Andy Pratt, at their prime and the list goes on and on. Once John Lennon and Paul McCartney showed up unannounced at his door handing him a blank check! Singers from New York City Opera Company used to sneak away from their teachers and come to Boston to study with Dante who would cure their wrecked voices from their famous opera teachers they had in NY. Best Singing Teacher in the World!

I studied with Dante every day for the first couple of years and then two or three times a week after that for fifteen years until his demise in 1998. I never missed a lesson! He gave me over a four-octave range where I started with only a five-note one. Not only did he improve my pitch and tone, but I can now sing and scream all night, if I want to, and never have a single vocal problem. In fact the more I sing the better my voice feels!

One day at my lesson Dante asked if he could pass his method down to me. This has been a great honor to me and although many teachers try to emulate his method I am the only one with a certificate as seen above. Not only was Dante my mentor, but still to this day he is the most important person I ever encountered in my life and was my best friend. We were very close and he would spend hours talking to me at lessons not only about music but about many fascinating subjects and opened my eyes to many incredible things.

Thirteen of my songs were chosen to be in one movie called Getting Personal and other songs in the movies Fillbilly and Dykeotomies. My band has won world contests.

I have also studied piano, guitar, and drums extensively and teach all instruments. I studied for years with late great world renowned Charlie Banacos and John Horrigan. Besides teaching I am a songwriter, dancer, actress, film maker, audio engineer and producer as well. I can help you record your songs!

Since 1982 I have written hundreds of songs and have been performing and recording my own music in major New England and New York venues. I've also won awards for my band "Girl on Top."

My voice lessons studio is in Somerville, Massachusetts (MA), but I teach online singing worldwide via webcam internet video calls such as Skype, IChat, Tiny Chat, AOL AIM, Google Talk, Face Time Warner, Snapyap, Imo.im, MSN Yahoo,Tokbox, Palbee, Vyew, Many singing students come from Somerville, Cambridge, Charlestown, Everett, Malden, Medford, Boston, , etc. I teach children and adults of all ages and levels. If you can’t come to my studio I can teach you anywhere in the world via Skype! Voice and vocal therapy are my specialties but I also specialize in and all instruments along with songwriting and arranging. There is no end to how good you can get! I am a vocal therapist. This vocal therapy method can cure vocal nodes and polyps almost immediately. Internet-based video. Intercontinental internet service. Video chat Greatest Online Singing Lessons in the World! On-Line-Singing Study Voice OnLine the conveinece, saftely, Save time and money. Global Worldwide. All styles Rock, Jazz, Country and Western, Broadway, Folk, Heavy Metal, Screaming with no damage, Yelling, Talking, Speeh, Speaking, Angst, Classical, Opera, Reggae, Singing course trainging

*** Lesson Details ***
Anyone Can Learn With My Method
It is completely untrue that some people are "born to sing or play an instrument" while others are not. Using my method, the most "tone deaf" can learn to sing perfectly in tune, the most nasal or unappealing sound can be transformed into the most beautiful resonant tone, and someone with "no talent" can become better than anyone out there.  With this superb method when you finish singing your voice will feel better than when you started!  All it takes is desire, patience, perseverance, and above all, practice. I also have a unique and very patient teaching style that can make learning any instrument seem easy. Anyone can learn with my method of teaching.

Breathing
If a teacher tells you breathing is not important you should be concerned. Let me help you to develop solid breathing and correct singing posture. An instrument only sounds as good as it's built. As we build your instrument your range, strength, resonance and stamina all improve. There is no end to how good you can get.

All Styles
The greatest thing about this method is it does not give you a style. You develop your own style! The student brings in songs they want to work on. Pop, rock, hip-hop, alternative, country, progressive, blues, jazz, swing, broadway, folk, rap, r+b, gospel, hardcore, screaming at the top of your lungs (if you want to).

All Levels
I teach all ages and presently have students from three years old to students in their seventies.  Beginners to advanced, adults to elderly, children, kids, and pre-school.  Dante taught me that I can improve a person’s life by teaching them music. He’s certainly improved mine. I hope you will let me help to improve yours.

Vocal Therapist
My method is guaranteed to cure any and all vocal problems or damage you may have from singing or talking: nodules, pitch, range, tone, endurance, etc.

Sing with no break
Have a smooth, multi-octave range. Sing any note the way you like: high or low, hard or soft.

No end to how you can improve
As long as you practice using this method, there is no limit as to how you can improve your range, tone, strength, flexibility, vibrato, phrasing, etc. Let me help you transcend fear, anxiety, and stage fright and replace it with technical ability and self-confidence.

Coaching and Stage Presence
We work on songs that the student brings with them to lessons. Using acting techniques, I help them understand the true meaning of the song and how to convey it to an audience.

Guitar Lesson
Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords.  Start with the basics and move into learning to play songs that you love. Incorporate learning to sing and play guitar on your favorite tunes.  As the student becomes more confident the lessons move into learning advanced voicings, improvisational techniques and chord solos.  All styles, all levels, all ages.

Piano Lessons
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced professional, any age is welcomed. Learning to play the piano can be lots of fun and very rewarding with practice, persistence and the proper instruction. Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords.  In the first lesson you will be able to play with both hands.  As you continue lessons it will be fun and exciting to learn to play popular piano pieces.  The more advanced student will have fun learning to improvise and play chord solos.

Drum Lessons
Learning to play the drums is really easy and fun with my method!  Start by learning how to hold the sticks and position yourself at a full drum set.  At the end of the first lesson you will be able to play beats.  With each lesson new beats, styles and exercises will be added.  As you get more advanced the student can bring in songs they want to learn.  This method is perfect and easy for any beginner or more advanced student.

Bass Lessons
The bass is what holds the rhythm of the band together and provides the foundation and bottom for the chord structure.  The student is taken in a step by step method that is easy to understand starting with learning basic notes, rhythms and finger exercises.  As the student becomes more advanced they can bring in songs that they would like to learn.  All styles, ages and levels.

Ear Training
Developing your ear is essential for any serious musician.  We start by learning to sing simple melodies and rhythms and as the student progresses move to more challenging ones.  Also incorporated will be learning notation and chord and pitch recognition.
Song Writing
Learn to write songs like the pros.  Karen D. has written over two hundred and fifty song.  Let her expertise help you learn the secrets fast.  We will work on song structure, theory and lyric writing.

Theory and Arranging
Karen D. is an honorary graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston.  There she acquired a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging.  She will teach you about notes, intervals, scales, chord structures and how chords work together.  Also, you will learn how to arrange a song by adding drums, bass, guitar, horns, strings and whatever your heart desires.

Instruments-All Styles

Voice
Vocal Therapy
Nodules
Polyps
Breathing
Strength
Range
Coaching
Stage Presence

Extras
Theory/Arranging
Song Writing
Ear Training
Apple Computer Skills
Final Cut
Logic

Stringed Instruments
Acoustic Guitar
Autoharp
Banjo
Bass Guitar
Dobro
Dulcimer
Electric Guitar
Gottuvadhyam
Guitar
Harp
Lap Steel Guitar
Lute
Mandolin
Pedal Steel Guitar
Sitar
Ukulele
Veena
Zither

Keyboard Instruments
Acoustic Piano
Clavinet
Electric Keyboards
Harpsichord
Keyboards
Organ
Piano
Synthesizer

Percussion Instruments
Bongos
Castanets
Celesta
Chimes
Congas
Cymbals
Double Bass / Kick
Drums
Drum Set
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Snare Drum
Tambourine
Timpani
Tom Toms
Triangle
Vibraphone
Xylophone

Bowed Stringed
Cello
Double Bass (Acoustic, Upright, Standup)
Fiddle
Viola
Violin

Woodwinds
Accordion
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Clarinet
Contrabassoon
Double Reed
English Flute
English Horn
Flute
Flutes
Harmonica
Melodica
Oboe
Piccolo
Pitch Pipes
Recorder
Saxophone
Single Reed

Brasswinds
French Horn
Pan Flute
Piccolo
Recorder
Saxaphone
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba

Or Any other instrument you can think of.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can teach you how to use recording software Logic
I can teach you how to use film making software Final Cut

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teach all over the world via Skype!
Tell all your friends

*** Specialties ***
Certified by World Famous Teacher Dante Pavone.
Can cure all Vocal Damage quickly.
Can teach anyone to sing or play any instrument.
Want to be a Songwriter:)

Laura S. Medford, MA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Laura S. teaches bluegrass, oldtime, celtic and classical to all ages, with a focus on inspiring students to love making music and enabling them to be successful. She has a BA in Violin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee School of Music, has taught privately for eight years, and plays in several bands. Laura has taken firsts in her age division at several fiddle contests, including the California and Nevada Oldtime Fiddle State Champions, Western Open Championships and top 5 in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships. Laura is an exciting and inspirational teacher whose students are fired up and inspired to make use of their talent!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide sheet music for new tunes, stickers, and a basic fix-it kit for common instrument issues. I also try to keep backup books and a shoulder rest around at my studios so if someone forgets their equipment we can still make good use of the lesson.

I expect the student to provide their instrument, shoulder rest/end pin stopper, notebook, device for recording music, folder/binder for loose papers, and books. I don't require lots of books - just ones you'll really use.

*** Travel Equipment ***
See Studio Equipment, above.

*** Specialties ***
I've taught oldtime, bluegrass and celtic fiddle. I've also taught groups of beginning and intermediate fiddle, violin, viola and cello players. I've taught Suzuki method violin (I studied with a teacher who learned from Shinichi Suzuki, although I haven't pursued official certification.) What I love best is teaching any kind of fiddle or folk music! I can't wait to share it with you.

Nicole P. Malden, MA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Music Performance, Viola, Violin

About Me

I have a passion for music and people. Those two things together make lessons a fantastic outlet for both me and the student. I cater to each student's specific needs based on personality, age, ability, and mood.

I have been teaching for over 10 years, and have completed both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College and The Boston Conservatory. I am an active performer in the Boston area, and am always looking for new and interesting projects. I am a strong promoter of music being written by living composers, which is where a lot of my performing happens.

A typical lesson starts with some fundamental work, whether it's open strings, scales or whatever. There is always a way to warm up - playing violin is an athletic skill, in my opinion. After that, we work on whatever it is we need to work on for the day in a piece, theory, etc. I have all of my students create compositions of their own, as I feel it is an important way to feel comfortable with self expression and confidence. Nothing a student writes is bad or wrong, and I want everyone to enjoy what they are creating.

I want all students to enjoy themselves in lessons. It is of utmost importance that the experiences are positive for encouraging students to practice and continue. I can't wait to meet you and share my passion for music with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student has their own needs so lessons depend on the student. Things I like to include will be listed below:

-Scales
-Foundational Work
-Repertoire (pieces we both decide on)
-Games and Goals
-Theory (how music works)
-Composition (writing pieces)

That is not an exhaustive list, obviously. It will change based on what the student needs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have everything we need except the instrument. You will need to provide an instrument. We can discuss how to go about finding one that is the proper size together!

*** Specialties ***
Violin, viola, and cello lessons.

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