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I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan.
I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluable as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students.
I have also been an innovator in musical education, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families.
I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment.
My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching.
I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me!
*** Lesson Details ***
While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice.
We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others!
Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students.
*** Specialties ***
I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age.
My specialties include:
music-based early childhood development
adult beginners and continuing learners
intermediate and advanced players
chamber music coaching.
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 violin and viola. 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 musicians 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 been teaching private lessons for 7 years 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.
Sonia is a classically trained musician, who holds Masters degree from Boston University and Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. Sonia has years of experience teaching students of all levels, making lessons an enriching experience for the students.
Sonia has an active performing and teaching career in Boston. As an orchestral musician, Sonia is actively involved with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Sonia further refined her orchestral playing skills through music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Castleton Music Festival, and Napa Valley Orchestral Institute. Through these opportunities, Sonia has collaborated with world-renowned musicians and celebrities such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eotvos, Lorin Maazel, Denyce Graves, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, etc.
As a chamber musician, Sonia collaborates with musicians in the Boston area on a regular basis, giving recitals, bringing diverse styles of music to the audience. Previous concert programs included composers such as Bach, Brahms, Piazzolla, Boulez, etc.
Sonia appears often with festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she worked closely with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as the Castleton Music Festival, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, performing for six weeks the classical orchestral repertoire and collaborating with well-known musicians on opera productions. Other festivals include the Napa Valley Orchestral Institute, Roundtop International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival.
As a teacher, Sonia has years of experience working with a studio of students ranging from children to adults, beginner to advanced levels. Sonia is excited to share her knowledge of violin playing with students, helping them to grow in their own ways. Sonia uses well-known classical training methods with handpicked exercises from various etudes tailored for each student, while incorporating music theory throughout their study. Sonia has helped many of her students reach their goals in various auditions and festivals. Sonia holds yearly studio recitals for students to showcase their accomplishments.
*** 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 techniques 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.
Pianist Leanna L., 24, is a native of Sydney, Australia where she began her piano studies at age six and violin studies at age eight. At age 11, Ms. L. performed the Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 26 with the East West Symphony in Sydney, under the baton of Henryk Pisarek. Ms. L. has also soloed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was invited to play at the City of Sydney Cultural Council Outstanding Performer's Concert in April 2008. She has placed in several Australian competitions and is a two-time winner of Sydney "Theme and Variations" Outstanding Pianist Award and a three-time finalist for the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer's Award. In 2006, Ms. L. was one of three students honored by the Cultural Council at the Sydney McDonalds Arts Challenge. She made an appearance at the Sydney Opera House as a result of being awarded third place in the 2007 national Australian Higher School Certificate Music Extension course. In 2008 Ms. L. won the Werner Baer Memorial Award and the audience prize in the Cochem International Piano Summer Festival in Germany. Most recently, Leanna participated at the Banff International Piano Master-Classes in Canada last year.
Ms. L. studied with Margaret Hair in Australia and has performed in master classes in Australia, Germany, Canada and the United States for Marc Durand, Gary Graffman, Jacques Rouvier, Richard Raymond and Sarkis Baltaian. Previously, Leanna attained a Bachelor of Music at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where she studied with John Perry. At The Colburn School, she was selected to be a Teaching Fellow through which she had several young private students. Currently, Leanna is pursuing her Master of Music Degree at Boston University with Professor Boaz Sharon.
Experienced teacher with degrees from Royal Northern College of Music (England) and Longy school of music (Cambridge, MA). Any level
I am an enthusiastic and energetic college student who is majoring in music education, loves working with children, and has had quite a bit of prior teaching experience. I have taught violin lessons for the past seven years, and also have taught piano, recorder, and group ensemble classes of multiple age and ability levels. In addition, I have been the volunteer music teacher assistant at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, VT, a job that included conducting and supervising the middle school orchestral and ensembles, and have initiated, organized, directed, and been the lead teacher at the Upper Valley Waldorf School summer music camp program for the past four years. I have primarily worked with the Suzuki and Essential Elements method book series', though I am comfortable working with most teaching methodologies, and often pull other music in to supplement what my students are learning. I tailor my lessons to meet my students' personal needs and interests. Along with instrumental technique, I incorporate basic theory concepts such as note reading, rhythm, and ear training into my lessons, so that all my students have a working knowledge of these concepts.
I am more than happy to expand on this description and answer any questions you may have, and I look forward to working with your children!
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