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Popular Viola Teachers Near Garfield

Kira H.

Long Island City, NY
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Adrienne J.

Brooklyn, NY
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Rebekah S.

Montville, NJ
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Kira H. Long Island City, NY

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.

My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.

Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School.

In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.

With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.

I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.

Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed training in books 1 - 8. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, and have completed Music Mind Games Units 1 and 2 Teacher Training and use that to teach the subject in a fun and accessible way. I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.

Adrienne J. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

Having amassed a wealth of experience through numerous musical avenues, Adrienne J. is a truly versatile musician. Through her work with West African drumming, Sundanese Gamelan and various orchestras and chamber ensembles, Adrienne has played a wide variety of instruments with an equally wide variety of performers.

- Master Classes for Violin, Carnegie Mellon University
- Participant in University of Pittsburgh Gamelan Ensemble, Chamber Music & Orchestra, Pittsburgh
- Philip Glass – Metamorphosis, Erik Satie – Trois Gnossiennes, University of Pittsburgh
- Cellist, Thursday Noon Recital, University of Pittsburgh
- Cellist, Orchestral Ensemble, Chatham University

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are uniquely constructed to fit my student's interests, needs, and performance level. Student motivation and regular practice will blossom through realistic, yet challenging weekly goals. I teach out of various method books depending on the type of instrumental lesson, and encourage my students to select songs they would want to learn. Will not travel, lessons are based out of my apartment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha P-85 Digital Piano (weighted keys)
Rhodes Electric Piano '76
Full size Cello & Violin (incl. accessories)
Chair & Stand

*** Specialties ***
Alexander Technique
Avid Pro Tools
Double Bass
Ear Training
Early Childhood Education
Finale 2012
Music Theory & Composition
Orchestration & Arrangement
Sibelius 7.0

ESL Tutoring

Rebekah S. Montville, NJ

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Hello my name is Rebekah S., I am a violin and viola teacher.

Member Lakeland Youth Symphony 1991-2000
Participated in 4 Strings Summer Camp for 2 years
Taught at Path 23 home school group for 3 years.
Played in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Todd VanBeveren, Director and Conductor.
Music Librarian for Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra.
Played Lakeland Youth Symphonies 50th Anniversary concert.
Played with, assisted Todd VanBeveren, conductor of the New Jersey Inter-generational Orchestra.
Worked with Christopher Nam in the County College of Morris orchestra.
Coached a Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Quartet.
Coached in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Music Camp.
Played with Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet as a part of the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra
Currently a member of the Montclair Chamber Ensemble.
Played with P.D.Q. Bach as a part of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
Played with the Montclair State University Orchestra.
Private music teacher for 14 years (Violin).

Studied Modified Suzuki for 12 years.
Associates degree in Music from County College of Morris; graduated in May 2008.
Bachelor‚¬Ä¬ôs degree in Music Concentration of community music instrumental at Montclair State University Graduated may 2013
Received 21 years of music training.

I love music and it is my goal to give all kids and adults a chance to learn, no matter the age.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have a car,music stand, music

*** Specialties ***
celtic music, classical, rock ,pop

Tina C.

New York, NY
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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY
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Drew V.

New York, NY
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Tina C. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

Miss Tina is an active music educator and performer with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Her education background includes the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. She made her Carnegie Hall debut when she was just 17 years old. As an active performer based in New York City, she gives concerts regularly at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She is a member of the Grammy-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra, who collaborates and performs with such artists as Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, and Yo-Yo Ma. Ms. Tina was featured as the principal violist with the Albany Symphony when they performed in Carnegie Hall in 2013. Outside of classical music concerts, she has performed with artists like Gloria Estefan, John Legend, Patii LaBelle, Kenny G., and Carlos Santana for the 2008 Latin Grammy in Houston, TX.

A passionate advocate for her love of music, Ms. Tina actively participated in pedagogy courses and workshops in college, and taught violin classes for educational outreach program for under-privileged students at the Children‚¬Ä¬ôs Storefront in East Harlem, NY. She also coached students at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Orchestra in helping them to learn their assigned music. She was invited to the North Carolina Governor‚¬Ä¬ôs School in Winton-Salem, NC as a teaching artist in 2011. In 2013, she was invited to be an adjudicator for N.Y.S.S.M.A. to evaluate the elementary students‚¬Ä¬ô violin and viola performances. As a recent Master's of Music Degree graduate, Ms. Tina currently teaches violin, viola, and piano in both her private studio and in group lessons in NY, NJ, and CT.

~Performance Highlighs

2013: Principal Viola for Albany Symphony at Carneige Hall, NYC

2013: Violist with Yo-Yo Ma in Albany, NY

2012 - 2013: Principal Viola for Azlo Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, NYC

2011: Violist with Joshua Bell in Albany, NY

2008: Violist for Latin Grammy with Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, Kenny G in Houston, TX


2000: WQXR-FM 96.3 From the Top Radio Showcase


2011: Albany Symphony Vanguard Scholarship Award

2002 - 2010: Manhattan School of Music President's Award

*** Lesson Details ***
Methods and Materials Used:

Most of my beginner students are children from grade 3 to 8 who play violin or viola, and I usually begin by building their physical fundamentals (how to hold the instrument and the bow, how to stand, etc.). I find that having visual imagery can be helpful to the students, for example, asking the student's fingers to form a tunnel on the fingerboard to prevent their fingers from collapsing. After that, I teach a scale and write down a well-known tune (Twinkle Twinkle or Mary Had a Little Lamb) that corresponds the notes to that scale. My goal for these students is for them to be able to play any tune on the page comfortably by themselves. For my more advanced students, I concentrate on more technical aspects of playing, namely intonation, rhythm, and posture by using exercises from Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, Samuel Applebaum's String Builder, and the Suzuki books. I also begin to introduce musical aspects of playing, namely phrasing, dynamics, and articulation. For my advanced students, I introduce them to an early classical work or Baroque work, and supplement exercises that aid in the learning the piece. I also coach professional players who are looking to apply for music schools, competitions, and auditions.

Lesson Style:
I strongly believe having a fun and interactive lesson with a student is the key to learning music. I am a very patient and open-minded educator because I understand that it can be a daunting task to learn something if the student doesn't enjoy it. For example, some of my older beginner students feel silly when I ask them to learn Twinkle Twinkle, so I ask them for their favorite song, and I transcribe the tune for them to practice. For some students, motivation comes from having a perceivable goal, in which I encourage the students to apply for auditions, such as N.Y.S.S.M.A. Let me know what your needs are, and I am happy to accommodate my style of teaching depending on your personality and progress. I am here not just to teach, but also to inspire and have fun with music with you.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced students for violin / viola / piano from young children to adults.

Catherine W. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Basic Math, Cello, Classical Guitar, Elementary Math, English, Fiddle, Guitar, Music Performance, Piano, Reading, Viola, Violin

About Me

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given may community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

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Drew V. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Music is an extraordinary language and a gift that enables us to be more complete human beings. It enables us to tell a story that transmits our thoughts, experiences, and feelings - all through the manipulation of sound and a deeper understanding of discovery, sincerity, and clarity. It is a process, but yields endless artistic growth.
Mastering a musical instrument involves a balance of technique and expression: physical control and endurance versus individual creativity and fantasy. This process prepares one for performance, because as an art form, music centers on the interaction between the performer and the audience, but also prepares one for life. The skills learned in music lessons can be applied everyday. These skills include tenacity, improved work ethic, time-management, and organization skills.

As a teacher I am determined to help students understand technique, musicality, music theory, and historical context, and above all: fun. Making music should be fun, rewarding, and accessible to students of all ages!

I have been playing viola and violin for 16 years and studied with Dr. Veronica Salas at LIU Post, George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music, Peter Slowik of Oberlin, Heather Weeks-Wesnofske, and Michael Vannoni. I was the 2012 winner of the LIU Post Concerto Competition and a frequent fellowship artist at the LIU Post Summer Chamber Music Festival. Currently situated in the UWS, willing to travel to all of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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