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Popular Online Viola Teachers

Erin C.

Poway, CA
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Alison S.

Louisville, KY
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Erica Q.

Brooklyn, NY
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Erin C. Poway, CA

I teach scales, technique, shifting, vibrato, tonal exercises, solo pieces, and theory. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, etc., in Classical, Religious, Fiddle, Pop. I help students with their school orchestral music and audition pieces also.

About Erin

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.

I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student ...

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Cara G. October 30, 2014
Violin · In studio
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I am an adult learner and wanted a teacher that did not treat me like a child. Erin is a great teacher and treats me like an adult. She helps me to attain my goals and works at my pace. She encourages me especially when I don't think I can do a particular piece or perform at a recital. I know she can take me through to any level I want to accomplish on the violin.
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Mercedes M. September 11, 2014
Cello · Online
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Erin is an awesome teacher. Jazmin, my daughter,has been playing cello for almost 2 years and was having a rough time,losing interest and motivation.Erin was of tremendous help.She immediately connected with my daughter,who needed a little push to keep going after we moved to a rural area and she left her friends behind,got her motivated again to start playing and now she is back at school where she will be part of the orchestra once again. Thank you very much for all your help,Erin!
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Kaylee E. June 14, 2014
Viola · Online
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She is a great teacher. She is very patient and clear. She is well-prepared and organized. She is very good at what she does.
Alison S. Louisville, KY

I've been playing viola most of my life - it's my passion! I've been teaching it for about 8 years. The first lessons usually are spent learning about the fundamentals - it's a lot to take in at first, but it will start making more and more sense as we start to apply those basic principals. I'm not a strict teacher; I'd rather my students enjoy the learning process and have fun with their instrument. I teach every student a little differently based on their age, previous knowledge, goals, learning style, and personality. I encourage my students to practice thoughtfully - I value quality practice time verses just lots of mindless playing. I have a very thoughtful approach to my teaching style - and I'm always learning and reevaluating how I teach based on research and experience.

About Alison

I'm passionate about music and love sharing that through performance and teaching. I received my degree in viola performance from the University of Louisville School of Music in May 2010. I studied under Chien-Ju Liao along with many other great violists in the Louisville community. I've also had the pleasure of playing with many quartets, chamber ensembles and orchestras including Louisville Youth Orchestra, All-State, the UofL Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra. Some of my greatest moments involve playing in Carnegie Hall and premiering a world-class ballet performance with the UofL Symphony Orchestra. Music has been a part of my life since I was little and I can't imagine life without it. Along with viola, I also study, play and teach piano and violin.

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Scott M. May 4, 2013
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Playing the piano is fun.

The first lessons Alison coached me on the fundamentals of piano playing, but also spent a good time listening to me play. The following lessons she added a songbook, delved deeper into the core course book, and added Beethoven (which I love). In short she had adapted our lessons to her evaluation of my ability and my feedback to build a course trajectory that would keep the lessons engaging, challenging, but fun.

Overall she is a great instructor and you feel no pressure playing in front of her.
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Ken D. September 11, 2012
Verified Student
Great teacher

My children love Alison. She is very patient with them and they enjoy going to lessons. I would recommend her to anyone that asks.
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AdrianP July 25, 2012
My daughter really enjoys her time with Alison. She's learning a lot and enjoys the warm learning environment that Alison provides.
Erica Q. Brooklyn, NY

I'm trained as a classical musician and write original compositions heard in film and television, most recently in Veronica Mars. I use the Suzuki Method and focus on playing by ear to allow you to develop great technique, intonation and enjoyment of playing music. We will later focus on music theory and sight reading after establishing a strong foundation.

About Erica

I produce and record my own and others' music which can be heard extensively in film and TV, has been toured internationally, and received international press recognition. I play and teach several instruments and genres of music and take your tastes and learning style into utmost consideration. I always begin with practical exercises to develop technique, then we can focus on playing the music you love.

To vocal students I will teach exercises that develop technique and allows you to explore your voice. I will help you learn to make sounds you love. Singing is created by breath and muscles which we have full access to. Anyone can learn with proper focus, care and practice. I can also help you with recording and microphone technique as this is my area of expertise!

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Renee M. November 5, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Erica rocks. My 8-year-old daughter looks forward to every lesson with her and we love her different approach on teaching geared to a person individually which is less rigorous and more appealing to my kid.
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Abby P. October 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
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Excellent, supportive and enthusiastic teacher! Already signed up for more lessons.
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Sarah H. September 26, 2014
Verified Student
So good! Yay Erica

Adam C.

Lilburn, GA
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Samuel N.

Manassas, VA
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Nicholas P.

Brooklyn, NY
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Adam C. Lilburn, GA

If your aspirations are to learn to play the viola from scratch, or you wish to progress to the point that you will in no way shape or form, adhere to the description of many viola jokes, then it's time to catapult your viola skills to new heights. Levels taught go from newbie to world-class concert artist training.

About Adam

Adam C. - artistic director of C. Classical Music Society was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has enjoyed a successful and varied musical career. He received his first exposure to the viola at age eleven, while attending a magnet school. Soon after, General Mills Foundation awarded him a scholarship that enabled him to attend the Mannes College of Music Pre-College Division in New York City.

Later, Adam went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree; as a double major in viola performance and music composition; a Master of Music degree in viola performance and a post-graduate Professional Studies Certificate, from the Mannes College of Music. His viola mentors include Paul Doktor, Sol Greitzer, John Graham, Yitzak Schotten, and Heidi Castleman. Mr. C. studied composition with ...

Samuel N. Manassas, VA

Teaching students about:
-scales and arpeggios
-proper bow technique
-left hand facility
-Etudes
-Intonation
-Repertoire
Improving these skills can greatly increase the enjoyment of playing in students.

About Samuel

Hello, I'm Sam, and I've been playing the viola for 13 years, and teaching for a total of 4-5 years. I'm a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but I'm a native born South Dakotan. I'll tell you a little bit about myself as a teacher.

I love sharing what I've learned with students, and I'm particularly interested in teaching students what they want to work on, but also giving them the tools that they need to succeed. I teach from either a traditional standpoint, or from Suzuki books in order to teach technical facility.

I don't provide instruments or the accessories that go along with it, so please be prepared to have those things. I'll also provide a list of music that you should order after our first lesson. ...

Nicholas P. Brooklyn, NY

I suggest viola to young students that already have violin experience, as well as to adults looking for a deeper sound at the early stages. Viola is my primary performance instrument.

About Nicholas

Welcome! I am a violin and viola teacher from New York and a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I am an active performer of contemporary and classical music, and my commitment is to instill my students with both a passion for playing music and an outstanding technical foundation.

My teaching method is tailored to each student's individual learning style and motivation for playing. The first question I will ask at every first lesson is: what music do you love? This can be one song - a nursery rhyme, classical melody, or popular song - or a genre of music. Regardless of age, I believe that the most effective path for learning violin or viola is to start with the music!

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Kendra D. November 22, 2014
Violin · In home
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A lovely teacher! Very patient, understanding, non-judgmental and thorough. Also very flexible with his timing. He's a keeper!
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carmela C. September 22, 2014
Violin · In home
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very reliable teacher. I'm so glad Nicholas took this job. He is an asset...Keep the good job. Thank you for everything.
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Nicole J. August 21, 2014
Viola · In home
I was really nervous about playing my viola again after 10 years off, and feeling awkward taking lessons as an adult. Nick immediately put me at ease. He made me feel really good about what I did remember, and gently pushed me to work on what I didn't. He was happy to work with the materials I still had from high school, brought along props to help with my form, and even helped me get a new bow. His flexibility and easy-going attitude truly made picking back up enjoyable. I never felt judged if I didn't have time to practice as much as I should have, and LOVED that he played along with me sometimes! Did I mention he's an incredibly talented and creative composer, too? I ended up hiring him to play at my wedding in July. At the last minute, my husband and I decided we wanted the Mario Brothers theme song for our recessional, and he composed a lovely version for viola and cello duet. Amazing!

About Viola

Now is your time to take viola lessons from a pro viola teacher in your city. The viola is the important mid-range of the string instruments, between the lower cello and contra bass and the higher violin. If you are neither a fan of the high-pitched tone of the violin or the deep bouncing voice of the cello, then the viola is the perfect string instrument for you. Although not as well known as the violin, the viola serves to provide the mellow, penetrating, and even melancholy sound found in everything from classical to indie rock. In fact, the viola is one of the most versatile and most beautiful of all stringed instruments. So if you want to learn how to play it properly, don’t think twice about signing up for our viola lessons today. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or ...

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