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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

About Me

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 recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.

I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.

My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.

A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.

I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.

I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand and Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.

Alison S. Louisville, KY

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm not a really strict teacher but I do encourage my students to push themselves and really make the most of their practice time, especially if they have busy schedules. I believe in customizing my teaching style to my student's needs and desires. I give positive feedback, while never sacrificing constructive feedback.

After 3 months with a beginning Viola, Violin, or Piano student, I expect you to be able to read the notes (without having to write them all in), understand basic rhythms, have learned how to play a scale (or more), and have completed a few of songs.

After 6 months, I expect that my students will have relative ease with reading their music, playing with hands together on piano, and starting to master basic bowing techniques and coordination on Violin and Viola.

Learning an instrument is difficult, but so rewarding, and with the right teacher, can be a wonderful experience. I want my students to have that wonderful experience, I am encouraging, enthusiastic and I make my teaching style as comprehensive and interesting as possible!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, grand piano, room for parents to wait on a couch or chair, music stand, metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
music, instrument, shoulder rest and rosin (violin and viola)

*** Specialties ***
I mainly focus on classical. As I teach, I incorporate music theory so that my students may have a better understanding of how the music is structured. I also teach popular music for my students that what to learn some music from their favorite bands!

Erica Q. Brooklyn, NY

About Me

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!

For violin, viola and cello students, I teach a combination the Suzuki Method (learning through ear training) and traditional theory and sight reading. We can also explore fiddling, blues and the foundations of jazz and rock improvisation if you're interested.

For guitar students, you can choose the songs you learn or let me recommend ones appropriate for your skill level. We can incorporate music theory, classical repertoire and sight reading into the process in degrees of your choosing. We can also explore singing while playing, songwriting and recording technique when you feel ready.

I also teach beginner piano, which I recommend for anyone who wants to better understand the mechanics of music. We learn basic classical compositions, exercises, theory, and any song you choose.

Who knows what creativity learning music will inspire? You may eventually write songs and want to explore recording them. Our lessons are held in a top of the line pro-tools recording studio where you can learn recording technique from me at any point.

I'm a classically trained violinist as well as a pop musician. I am currently playing in a chamber group, Hudson River Stings, and am in a critically acclaimed band that tours internationally. My musical training includes private lessons with some fantastic musicians such as Raz Kennedy, Jennifer Turner, Bob Corff and Matte Henderson, as well as Jazz and vocal studies at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, San Francisco City College, and Los Angeles City College.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid back teacher who will give you a push when you need it! Music is joyful above all else and sometimes it's incredibly satisfying to work hard. We can talk candidly about your musical goals to determine how rigorously or casually we want to approach your lessons and practice schedule.

*** Studio Equipment ***
P.A. and vocal microphones, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, violin, cello, midi piano and pro-tools studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my instrument and extra sheet music beyond the lesson books. I expect the student to have an instrument, metronome, and lesson book (Suzuki books and CD for violin, viola and cello, Hal Leonard for guitar and bass, James Bastien for piano. I provide sheet music and a practice CD for my voice students.)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in combination lessons such as guitar and voice lessons with a focus on songwriting. I can also help violinists who wants to transfer their knowledge of theory to guitar or piano and vice versa. We can incorporate recording techniques into any lesson.

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

About Me

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 Peter Pindar Stearns, and Roberta Shanker, and, in addition, he studied conducting with Sidney Harth.

Mr. C's principal viola positions include: Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Valley Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, River Cities Symphony, International Music Program Orchestra, Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra, Kingsborough Symphony, and the Huntington Chamber Orchestra.

Adam has also performed with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Macon Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee, Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Opera Orchestra, Tupelo Symphony, and has appeared as a soloist/guest artist with various ensembles.

Winner -- Shar Music's Kreutzer Etude Edition Contest
Entry -- "Niff T. Shift" Agility Training, Violin Shifting Method
In 2009, Shar Music presented a challenge to violinists of the world. The task was to create the most innovative fingerings for practically the most famous violin etudes ever. Kreutzer #2

Audition Mastery Guide -- Featured in "The International Musician"

The “Audition Mastery Guide” was originally developed for an “All-State” audition preparation workshop, where each of the 18 participants progressed to the final round and went on to gain acceptance into the orchestra. Musicians, school-age to professional are now gaining healthy perspective and success during the audition process.

As conductor and music director, Adam has served the following orchestras: the Southern Ohio Light Opera, the B'Nai Brith Repertory Theatre, the Third Street Music Settlement’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Strings of the Jackson Symphony.

He was a founding member of the Portsmouth Community Orchestra, which is now in its 20th season! Further, The NBC series "America IS", a multi-cultural celebration of American heritage, featured him as conductor of the Third Street Music Settlement Orchestra (NYC).

As a composer, Mr. C. has been commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony. His compositions include two symphonies and many chamber music compositions in which he highlights the viola as a beautiful and unique instrument, as a solo voice. He also has created various programs, developing music appreciation for young children and their parents. Among them -- 'Artsounds', 'Bach to Basics' and 'Me, Mom and Mozart' and 'Performances for Peace'.

Mr. C. has appeared on PBS, NPR and FOX interviews on both radio and television, and has recorded archival performances with Musical Heritage Society.

As a chamber musician, Mr. C. has performed as violist with the Roanoke String Quartet, the Zaslovsky String Trio; which performed at Gracie Mansion (NYC) for the Mayor; the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, the Rachmael Weinstock String Quartet, the Niles String Quartet, the Lyra String Quartet and the Sonoklect Contemporary Music Ensemble. With the International Music Program Quintet, he performed extensively throughout Europe, including in Leipzig's famed Gewandhaus.

Mr. C. was a founding member of the Boneyfiddle Chamber Players, in residence at the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Arts Center. While a member of the Roanoke String Quartet, he assisted with the development of a PBS documentary featuring music written by Thomas Jefferson as well as music contained in Mr. Jefferson's library in Monticello.

Mr. C. has taught in various capacities, seeing to the artistic development of music students of all ages. He has held violin and viola faculty positions with the following universities: Morehead State University, Washington and Lee University, Union University, Lambeth University, Agnes Scott College and Shawnee State University. Additionally, Rio Grande University invited him as a music education specialist/consultant in order to supervise the revision of the Ohio, K-12 music curriculum.

Adam has served as a clinician at hundreds of schools in many cities and presently holds an active private teaching studio with nearly 60 private students and additional violin training classes for adults who love to play for the joy of it. Mr. C. works as a professional audition coach, helping musicians prepare for successful audition outcomes. He has performed with orchestras and chamber music ensembles as a featured soloist. Various musical organizations seek out Mr. C. as a clinician and consultant.

Additionally, Adam has written a complete string teaching method which is in the pre-launch stage - "The Quest for String Playing Mastery"

* Students and their teachers are now 'Questers' in over 20 cities!
(Questers = a helpful network of focus groups test-driving the method)

* Preparing the Quest for 21st century global success!
In development: E-Learning Platform, Knowledge Games, Character Animation and Narration.

The Quest is a compendium of timeless knowledge updated for today's educator. The method is presented as an interactive knowledge game, providing challenging learning adventures for all!
The Quest integrates music with: Science, Math, History, Logic and Critical Thinking Skills.

More than a dozen scholarly and personable characters teach every element of music over 3 years of fun curriculum! Characters motivate you to try your best and wish to do so!
Simply put, The Quest is 'not' just for kids! Every detail to attain performance mastery is provided.

All ages and levels are meeting The Quest with high enthusiasm: K-12, University, Adults and Pros! Clever character banter adds fun to practice. Everyone is engaged in learning and is smiling too!

Color-coded worlds engrave concepts in unique ways, and they serve to deliver confidence and top-notch performance mastery. Numerous connections to academic subjects infuse all learning with power.

The Quest Teacher's Guide comprises 750 pages, and it includes beneficial resources that help to create and build a thriving program!

The method encourages communication, fosters cooperation, and nurtures positive social skills. The Quest provides enjoyable scholarly content for all musicians -- from newbie to pro! 

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed to guide players of all levels to reach their full potential and enjoy challenging themselves to get there!
Enjoyable structured instruction and guided practice plans, filled with professional pointers, provided by a seasoned musician who has lived a life as a performer, composer, teacher trainer, lecturer and music education consultant will help your quest for success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full access to computer equipment to record lessons, so that you continue to learn from all of the details. All of the essential equipment needed is at the ready.

*** Specialties ***
Audition Preparation for all musicians. Viola and Violin mastery training from Newbie to Pro!

Published Author -- Composer -- Soloist

Samuel N. Manassas, VA

About Me

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.

I always hope to open the eyes of my students and teach that confidence and hard work can not only progress them in learning music but with most skills in life. Most importantly I never want my students to feel that music is a burden! I want them to always enjoy themselves when they are practicing or performing.

My Performance Bio:

Sam N. is a native born South Dakotan who began his viola studies at the age of ten. He began taking private lessons at the age of fourteen with his teacher Carol Knowles. Eventually, he continued his studies in South Dakota with San Francisco Conservatory alumni Kate Weeks. Sam is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of music where he studied with Jodi Levitz. He has participated in master classes with Helen Callus, Jay Liu, Jonathan Vinocour, Jerzy Kosmala, Hank Dutt, William Goodwin, Jackie Schwandt, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Mr. N. was the principle violist of the South Dakota All State Orchestra from 2007-2009, principle violist of the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra from 2008-2010, and a member of the Black Hills Symphony from 2006-2010. In 2008, he was the 1st prize winner of the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition, and won South Dakota's ASTA viola division. Two years later, he received the Henry Charles Smith Award in the SDSO's Young Musician's Competition, and also claimed 2nd prize in the BHSO's Young Artist Competition. In 2011-2012, he was also invited in to the Orlando Chamber Soloists Apprentice Program. Sam is also the former principle violist of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra which toured Germany in the summer of 2012. Featured performances took place in the concert halls at the Gastieg in Munich and Berlin Philharmonic. In 2013-2014 Sam was the principle violist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.

Nicholas P. Brooklyn, NY

About Me

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!

For younger children, I suggest beginning with the Suzuki method in order to establish strong musical and technical fundamentals. The Suzuki curriculum is also popular across many music programs in New York, so it provides beginning violinists an opportunity to play music with their peers. For adolescents and adults, I place an earlier emphasis on designing a curriculum based on their musical interests, with equal focus devoted to technique. I also teach improvisation at the beginning stages to all students to encourage free musical expression.

Students with experience playing violin or viola are absolutely welcome. Students are encouraged to perform what they have worked on at the spring studio recital, which will include a piano accompanist. Feel free to contact TakeLessons with any questions!

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