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Adobe Photoshop, Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin
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.
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.
Fiddle, Songwriting, Violin
I began playing the fiddle at age 3 while growing up in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada. I have played at music and performing arts festivals around Duncan and Victoria ever since. I started taking lessons with Calvin Cairns at age 4. I then studied with Daniel Lapp, Carlisle Wilson, Steven DeVries, and Garth Wilson, who each individually influenced my fiddling differently. Both Carlisle Wilson and Steven DeVries trained me classically in the Cowichan Valley. Calvin Cairns and Daniel Lapp both perform and teach and have fiddle groups in Victoria BC. I I have played in various groups including Daniel LappâÂ€Â™s British Columbia Fiddle Orchestra, and Calvin Cairns Conservatory Fiddlers. I fiddled for the Cowichan Valleys Premier celtic band Jane's Way for four years. In 2008 the Victoria Fiddlers Association had an Exchange with the Cape Breton Fiddlers and we switched homes for a week to perform and learn each others music. I fell in love with Cape Breton music, it became my inspiration and its all I have played since. I spent a semester of my tenth grade year living in Cape Breton Nova Scotia immersed in Cape Breton fiddling, studying with Glenn Graham and Jennifer Roland. When I returned I began teaching. I had private students, a group of intermediates, and worked for Duncan Music teaching all ages from December 2010 to September 2011. I studied Performance and Music Business at Berklee College of Music in Boston and took private lessons with Jason Anick and Darol Angor until May 2012. I then spent time in Dublin, Ireland playing at pubs and busking. I am now living in Boston and looking for new students!
My students improve their site reading and especially learning by ear. They will improve their knowledge of music theory, while having fun and mostly focusing on Celtic and Irish fiddle tunes! They can also bring or suggest any songs or genres they would like to improve on. I am very flexible with scheduling and can accommodate all schedules and age groups.
*** Lesson Details ***
I live in a small apartment on Saint Botolph Street in Back Bay Boston. My apartment is available to teach lessons out of, even though it is a small space. I am also more than happy to come to the student's home provided it's accessible by public transportation.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Fiddle, Keyboard, Sheet music
*** Travel Equipment ***
Fiddle, sheet music
*** Specialties ***
Irish, Celtic, Cape Breton fiddling
Audition Prep, Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Violin
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.
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.
- 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
Audition Prep, Cello, ESL, Fiddle, Viola, Violin
Welcome! I promise to provide a positive, systematic approach to learning. My belief is that all students can learn, regardless of age or condition.
My teaching experience includes beginners through college level, ages 2-75. If you want to learn, I will give you the tools to do so and take things at your pace.
I have had experience teaching young people with learning challenges. Please be advised my home studio is not wheel-chair accessible.
My training in music includes a Bachelor's in Performance from New England Conservatory and a Master's in Performance and Music Education from The Boston Conservatory. I hold a Massachusetts Department of Education Music certification. I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Arrangement and Composition, Ear Training, Music Theory, Violin
Inventive and innovative, yet embracing the best of his classical upbringing, violinist Chris B. is rapidly becoming a prominent force in contemporary music circles around the globe. B.'s strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing the boundaries of the violin while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. The Berklee College of Music graduate’s growing list of credits include collaborations with The Dear Hunter, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Symmetry, Wheat, Art Decade, Guy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured Chris as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tour of China.
A fiercely original performer and instructor, he embodies a belief that the student of music must embrace every aspect of the music-making process in order to develop into a truly creative, well-rounded, and capable artist. His teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. Chris has been sharing his passion for the violin to musicians of all levels and ages for the past decade, whether their interests lie in classical, jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, or somewhere in between. He is currently in the studio working on recordings with Bent Knee and Ben Levin Group, both slated to be released later this year.
Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies* (2014)
Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine* (2014)
Art Decade - Art Decade (2014)
Video Game Orchestra - Live at Symphony Hall (2014)
The Dear Hunter - Migrant (2013)
Qwill & the Soul Review Project - Live at Dimension Sound Studios (2013)
Symmetry - Junky (2013)
Honey Circuit - Music for Roots (2013)
Bored with Four - We Are Friends (2013)
Ben Levin Group - Invisible Paradise (2012)
Jaggery - Private Violence (2012)
Honey Circuit - Dissolving I (2012)
The Devil’s Twins - Handsome Devils (2012)
Bent Knee - Bent Knee (2011)
Black Kettle - Narrative (2010)
Ben Levin Group - Pulse of a Nation (2010)
Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink (2009)
Dropkick Murphys - Meanest of Times (2007)
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."