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Popular Viola Teachers Near Garfield

Suzette R.

Monsey, NY
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Kira H.

Long Island City, NY
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Elizabeth A.

Brooklyn, NY
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Suzette R. Monsey, NY

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 and then learned the clarinet and played in the band in middle school. In high school I started playing the viola in the orchestra while still playing in the band. I had the best of all music worlds! In college I played in many school and community orchestras in places like Carnegie Recital Hall and even with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra! Orchestral and Chamber Music are my forte. I have been a string orchestra conductor for 10 years and love to put on a show to be remembered. My students have played at various day cares, nursing homes and shopping malls. We were even on the local Channel 12 News!

*** Lesson Details ***
A good foundation and a thorough knowledge of the basics will help you get the most out of your instrument. We work on this becoming 2nd nature and natural. Then we analyze whats going on in the music, a bit of music theory is covered. Then we concentrate on what we hear and what our audience will hear versus what we want them to hear and how do we make this always better. We go as fast or as slow as your individual learning needs to be. Of course the more you dedicate to preparing on your own with regular practicing, the greater progress you will achieve.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are expected to have their instrument, music, pencil, notebook as a practice log and for written coaching notes, and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
classical

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. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia School for the Performing Arts.

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. 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, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.

Elizabeth A. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Viola, Violin

About Me

I never asked for much as a child, so when I arrived home one day after school asking to play the violin, Mom just couldn't say no.

This led to lessons on violin, and a little later, viola. The next year, I decided to start flute and piano lessons on the same week! As a youngster, I wanted to experience all the music I could, and by high school was playing in the school€™'s marching and concert bands, orchestra, percussion ensemble, jazz band, and singing in the chorus. It was during this time I started teaching a few private music lessons, with my teacher'€™s support, and got hooked!

My senior year I was asked to perform a solo concerto with the Concert Band, and set a record during Ohio'€™s Adjudicated Event by receiving 4 Superior (I) ratings, all for Class A solos on different instruments.

My love of music and teaching led me to enroll in one of the top Music Education schools in the Midwest, Bowling Green State University, where I was awarded a Talent Award Scholarship all four years. I played with the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band. I had more opportunities to solo during this time, both with the BGSU Concert Band, and with the Findlay Civic Band.

Straight out of college I moved to the South and got a job teaching orchestra with the Berkeley County School District, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. There my responsibilities were to the 5th grade beginning string classes, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade string orchestras, and the high school orchestra. I continued to keep a private studio as well.

Then I moved back to Ohio to work on my Master'€™s degree at University of Akron, keeping busy with school, private teaching, and playing bass guitar (plus some piano, strings and flute) in a rock band. When my studies were complete, I started teaching general music to grades PreK-8th grade for the Cleveland Diocese Catholic Schools.

This experience served me well in the move to the Big Apple. Since moving to New York city, I have taught at KAPPA VII in Brooklyn, Birch Wathen Lenox School and Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, both in Manhattan. During my tenure with these schools I taught both elementary and middle school students. General music, including singing, playing Orff instruments and recorders, group violin class, group piano class, middle school Vocal Ensemble and Rock Band, were some of the classes I taught. During this time I had the opportunity to play with the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, and the bands Team Genius and Miwa Gemini.

After spending many years teaching in the classroom, I have come back to what I love most, teaching one-on-one and in small groups, working with people who want to learn music.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my eyes, the most important reason to play music is because you love it. This is why I strive to make all my lessons enjoyable and inspiring.

Young students, in addition to learning their instrument, play fun games to teach music fundamentals such as note reading and ear training. We also save time to improvise and compose short pieces of music, because I believe in nurturing creativity in each child.

Older students lessons are tailored to your unique strengths and interests. They can include music reading, composing and improvising, recording techniques, reading chord charts and more.

My favorite part of teaching is getting to know each student, your personality and interests, and how you learn the best. I can then customize your curriculum so you can get the most out of your lessons.

Whether you are the parent of a young child just beginning music lessons, an adult coming back to music after some time off, or anywhere in between, I invite you to contact me so we can discuss how I can help make your musical dreams come true.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I bring an instrument (except for piano), games and supplies to each lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instrument, music and accessories, and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Beginning Violin and Piano Lessons for All Ages.

laura s.

New York, NY
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Erica Q.

Brooklyn, NY
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Rebekah S.

Montville, NJ
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laura s. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Viola

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect my students to provide a violin or viola and bow.

*** Specialties ***
Chamber music/Orchestral music/Solo repertoire

Erica Q. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Cello, Fiddle, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

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.

Rebekah S. Montville, NJ

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

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

Experience-
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).

Education-
Studied Modified Suzuki for 12 years.
Associates degree in Music from County College of Morris; graduated in May 2008.
Bachelor€™s 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

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