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Popular Violin Teachers Near Boston

David J.

Arlington, MA
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Kathryn T.

Brighton, MA
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Jenae S.

Ashland, 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. Brighton, MA

Subjects Taught

Adobe Photoshop, 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.

Jenae S. Ashland, MA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Piano, Violin

About Me

I have had a regular studio of violin and piano students in the Boston area since 2006. I began teaching in 2001 in Seattle, WA. I perform regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player at the Longy School of Music, in the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, the Dorchester Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra.

My primary focus in my teaching is to guide my students to becoming independent musicians, and to help them develop a thorough understanding of music. Lessons include learning about music theory, sight reading, performance skills and technique. I have a thorough understanding of pedagogy and a true passion for teaching students of all ages.

Education:

I've received both my Master's of Music degree with Emphasis in String Pedagogy and Undergraduate Diploma in Violin Performance from the Longy School of Music, studying with professors Janet Packer and Mark Lakirovich, and have received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Emerson College.

Originally from Seattle, WA, I began studying the piano at the age of seven. Soon after, I began studying the violin, and performed regularly in recitals and competitions. I have won scholarships to attend the Longy School of Music for both programs and the Max Aronoff Viola Institute.

My hobbies include dancing Argentine tango and playing tango music, riding horses, sailing and yoga.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are fun and creative, and we'll work on something new and exciting each week. Students bring their lesson books and notebooks to each lesson, and practice goals are written clearly in their notebooks at each lesson. I use a series of different books depending on the age and level of the student, with a combination of classical, popular, and folk melodies. In my lessons, I often play my violin with my students to demonstrate certain points, or play along for support so they can match the sound. I also accompany violin students on the piano, providing a strong musical support and an opportunity to learn how to play with a different instrument.

Usually, after a just a couple of weeks, students are already playing pieces they are familiar with. I encourage my students to practice every day, because consistency is very important when learning an instrument. Students will also learn how prepare for performances and have the opportunity to play in recitals each year.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate Music studio adjacent to house w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an excellent quality keyboard, if necessary. Students should have a keyboard or piano at home to practice on, or a violin if they are taking violin lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Popular

Sonia D.

Allston, MA
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Robert M.

Exeter, NH
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Sylvia S.

Somerville, MA
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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 8+ 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 (Suzuki, Wohlfahrt, Kreutzer etc.), modern exercises incorporating moderate music theory at each 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.

Robert M. Exeter, NH

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

Robert's exemplary and diverse career all began when he was a very small boy. His magical, musical journey began with his Grandfather, Donald Mcullick, a country singer/guitarist, who spent the 1950's touring and performing with blockbuster artists such as Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Grandpa would take his young protégé out to the swing under the apple tree in the backyard and show him songs on an old acoustic guitar. He would later give that guitar to Robert. That guitar was the key to the music box of Robert's life. A life long dedicated to the art and craft of music.

Robert's high school years were very non-traditional. While most students spent time at football games and pep rallies, Robert spent his time performing in pit orchestras and composing for local theater companies. His extensive theater credits include work with the Hampton Playhouse, the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, the Seacoast Reparatory Company and the Portland Stage Company. Robert was comfortable on both sides of the stage. He was an accomplished performer, composer and overall technical adviser even in his teens.

After graduating High School, Robert took on the daunting task of recording his first solo album "Obstacles Overhead". The album featured members of Capitol Records recording artists Thanks to Gravity and Pondering Judd. All of his hard work paid off and the album received airplay on many local radio stations.

The allure and glamor of the Rock and Roll life soon called, and Robert found himself fronting a heavy Metal power trio called Nine Shades of White. The group toured extensively throughout the east coast, and recorded two well received albums.

After taking time to record projects with Boston based singer Rick Skeehan and the world renowned Irish folk group the Makem Brothers, Robert joined a group called Two Much Trouble, and performed on their album "Frankenstein". The group earned a wild reputation with its heavily modified tour bus that spit flames and transformed into a mobile stage.

In the summer of 1997 Robert was enlisted as the lead guitarist for the premier seacoast rock group 202 The Band. For the next 5 years he rocked crowds every weekend all over the New England area. In 2002 the group released the album "En Route". Many of the songs featured on the album were either written or co-written by Robert.

Always anxious to take drastic "left turns" along his musical path, Robert accepted an invitation by the renown New York City based jazz guitarist Larry Simon to perform in two of his large scale new age, rock, jazz ensembles, Collective Consciousness and Infinite Soul. Each group sported, at times, over twenty members. This setting not only gave Robert the chance to tread on new musical ground, but it also gave him the chance to explore new instruments like mandolin and electric violin. Robert now plays an electric violin custom made for him by Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Rock and Roll of course was never far from his heart, so of course he did just that. Robert next found himself playing second guitar for his close friend and virtuoso guitarist Dan Miller in the Dan Miller Band. This heavy metal juggernaut created enough of a rumble to make it into the final round of the Boston based Beantown Meltdown battle of the bands in 2004.

In 2005 Robert finally found the time to release his second solo album, "Dust Covered Man". Produced by Grammy nominated producer Mac Ritchey, it was a somewhat dark and introspective, acoustic based, singer songwriter album that featured flutist Cynthia Chatis and blues harmonica guru "Hatrack" Gallagher. Robert's version of Pink Floyd's "Blue Sky" had the distinction of being voted the 2nd best cover of a Pink Floyd song on iTunes, during 2005. Richie Havens, the internationally known folk singer, has also given his stamp of approval on Robert's version of "Darkness Darkness".

In the spring of 2007 Robert was given the immense honor of performing as a member of the world famous Irish soul band "The Commitments" on their 2007 U.S. tour, filling in for the bands ailing original guitarist Kenneth McCluskey.

2007 also saw the release of a series of Hypnotherapy CD's by therapist Sharon O'Connor that featured music written and recorded by Robert. He has also written music for independent films and television throughout the years.

In 2007 Robert also found time to reunite with some of his old 202 band mates in a short lived group called Stone Circle. While the band had to be put on hold for the time being, Robert looks forward to working with his old friends again someday.

In early 2008 Robert began studies with British classical guitar master Edward Flower, expanding his already diverse background even more. Later that year he was recruited to do transcriptions for Guy Davis, a popular performer in the modern blues world.

Early 2009 saw the launch of Robert’s newest endeavor, his own professional recording studio, dubbed “The Dragon’s Den”, nestled in the woods in tranquil Stratham NH. A place where Robert himself and others can find peace and craft their creative vision.

And the journey continues……..

*** Lesson Details ***
Robert's teaching approach changes and conforms to the needs and goals of each individual student. He does his best to encourage good technique and the understanding of basic music theory as it applies to the style of music the students wishes to learn. Robert strives to find the perfect delicate balance between focused study and just having fun with music.

After a few months of lessons all students will learn the importance of proper technique and the core essentials of reading music. Younger students will be able to play well known melodies familiar to them, and older students will be playing pieces from popular songs. This of course is a general overview, as each students progresses at his or her own pace.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Can provide an instrument for the first lesson only (teacher must be advised beforehand) If students wish to continue they must have their own instrument. Students playing electric guitars or bass do not need to bring amplifiers to lessons, there is one provided. Students do not generally need to purchase books or other instructional materials, they will be provided.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, Folk, Heavy Metal

Sylvia S. Somerville, MA

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Violin

About Me

A musician with a big heart and a sweet tone, I am equally passionate about bringing music to life as a performer and nurturing creative expression and empowerment through teaching music. I use a combination of Suzuki approaches, improvisation, Dalcroze Eurythmics, and Alexander Technique-inspired movement awareness to simultaneously develop fluent musicality, joy in making music, a solid instrumental technique, and musicianship (including reading and theory).

A former sufferer of tendonitis, I have a particular interest in addressing and preventing performance injuries, in both beginning and experienced players.

I currently perform as a member of the New England Repertory Orchestra, the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and conservatory chamber ensembles, and the prog/alt rock band The Mood Swings. I am an alumna of the Olin Conductorless Orchestra, of which I was Concertmaster and Strings Section Leader; the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, with which I toured Estonia, Latvia, and northern Russia. I have also performed as a member of Chorus pro Musica and the Masterworks Chorale, and will tour with the Longy Chorale to Bard College in April for a joint performance of Verdi's Requiem. At the invitation of Longy faculty member Adriana Ausch, I have become a frequent Dalcroze dance performer in Winchester Community Music School's family concert series.

I began Suzuki violin studies at age 6 with Doris Goldman in Stow, MA, and have studied with Laura Bossert, Anna Korsunsky, and Karen Oosterbaan (a pioneer in combining Alexander Technique with violin technique). I have completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training in Books 1, 2, and 3 with Carol Sykes through the Suzuki School of Newton. I am currently pursuing an MM in Violin Performance with Ms. Bossert, and a Dalcroze Teaching Certificate, at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

I also hold a B.S. in Engineering from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA, and have been tutoring general math and science, chemistry, French, and geometry since 2004 at the junior high, high school, and college levels, including as a peer tutor paid through the Olin College Office of Student Life. I received the highest possible scores on SAT II subject tests in Chemistry, Writing, Biology, and Math IIC, and the SAT I Verbal section. I have edited medical research papers prior to submission for publication, helping non-native English speakers communicate their work more clearly.

LESSON DETAILS

My lessons follow the principle that theory follows practice: a new concept must first be discovered through direct experience by the student before it can be described and analyzed. My role as teacher is to create a safe space for and guide that discovery, customized to each student's needs and learning styles.

Teaching in this way nurtures intuitive musicality and ownership of the learning process, which I have found to create the strongest and most lasting learning experiences.

Young beginners will have the opportunity to build a solid foundation of musical skills while developing the body awareness, coordination, and strength to play the violin over the course of the first few months of study.

In addition to violin lessons, I teach practice techniques, audition and performance preparation, and musicianship to players of any age and experience level.

LESSONS IN THE HOME

Lessons are most successful in an area as free of distractions as possible, with space for teacher and student to move freely, and parent/observer (if applicable) to be present and participate as needed.

Depending on the student's experience level and goals, a music stand will be needed for lesson day and for daily practice. (This is not needed immediately for beginners.)

I will bring additional teaching tools and materials as needed.

SPECIALTIES

- Suzuki Method and philosophy
- Dalcroze-inspired movement and discovery activities applied within the context of the violin or musicianship lesson
- Audition and performance preparation, including strategies for performance anxiety for any age student
- Injury prevention and management coaching
- Improvisation

Teaching Violin in Boston, MA

By Rachel M. - Boston Violin Teacher

Although I’ve been fortunate enough to have taught violin lessons in many other cities throughout my career, my experience teaching violin lessons in Boston has been amazing for reasons incredibly unique to the city itself. There are many cities that offer a rich classical music scene, but Boston also happens to be a destination spot for budding professional musicians. We have four incredible music schools within the city, not to mention the many thriving music departments contained in local colleges and universities. All of these institutions house hundreds of talented musicians and dozens of affordable, professional-level performances each week. In addition to what’s happening within our conservatories, there are professional ensembles playing ...

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