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Popular Viola Teachers Near Jamison

Amber R.

Blue Bell, PA
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Frank G.

Claymont, DE
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Mike S.

Lehighton, PA
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Amber R. Blue Bell, PA

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2013
Masters of Music in Viola Performance in progress at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2015

I began my music studies on the violin around the age of 7, studied for 10 years and then fell in love with viola in high school. I've been around the world performing--most recently traveling to the Isle of Man for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition as a finalist to compete in the 2013 competition (this is one of the two international competitions in the world for viola!) Music has brought me to China four times--for study as well as performance. Last summer, music brought me to a festival in Italy and it was so beautiful! I frequently serve as principle violist in the various orchestras that I play with and before moving to Philadelphia this summer, I performed regularly in a string quartet. At 18, I performed William Walton's Viola Concerto with orchestra as a freshman in my my undergrad.

I have a lot of experience to draw on! I've been teaching privately since 2004 and I love to work with anyone who wants to learn. My lessons will revolve around you and what you want to achieve; they will be fun as well as challenging--but you can do it! With a little practice, you'll be playing beautifully and confidently in no time. If you are a beginner and have never played, or if you can play already and just want to be better, look no further! I am so excited to work with you and get you playing your best!

*** Lesson Details ***
When we first meet, I'll ask you to play me something so I can get a feel for where you are...whether its a scale or a piece you have been playing...or if you don't know anything that's fine too! We'll talk about correct set up a bit and then we will start focusing on creating a full sound. Depending on where you are will determine how we go about that.

This is how my lessons tend to go:
1. Warm up (scale, open strings, or finger exercises)
Here we will work on technical issues--tone production, posture and set up, various bow exercises etc.
2. Positions (if you are ready to begin learning positions)
3. Etude (these can be a short piece challenging you in a particular area)
4. End with the piece we are working on
5. Recap of what we learned in the lesson

It might sound like a lot--but don't worry I'll have a smile on my face the whole time and be working with you and encouraging you to do your best!

After 3-6 months:
Read notes (if you can't when you first come)
Count rhythms
Have a correct set up
Full tone
Developed ear
Greater finger facility

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stand, Metronome, Tuner, Music (but eventually you will have your own) You will need to provide your own instrument.

My preferred teaching methods are Suzuki and Sassmannshaus

*** Specialties ***

Frank G. Claymont, DE

Subjects Taught

Cello, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

After a 26-year hiatus in the radio business, I'm back in the field I trained for in college. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, and taught for 6 years before trying radio on for size, so to speak. I also taught for 2 years in the early 1990's while between radio jobs. These days, I'm "getting back to my roots" in music!!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is somewhat laid-back. I am firm in my insistence on good musicianship, but I don't consider myself a "taskmaster". After 3 to 6 months, my students will have learned some basic music theory and the basics of playing whichever instrument they've chosen.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide equipment. Students should provide instruments and books.

Mike S. Lehighton, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Cello, Classical Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

A professional musician and music instructor for over 30 years, Mike has established himself as not only a world class player but also an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels. He teaches for several area conservatories and hosts master classes on composition, performance, guitar and bass improvisation. Mike now offers lessons in his professional home studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Mike's approach is to use the student's own musical tastes to develop an appreciation for the instrument. If you like rock, you learn by playing rock. If you like jazz, you learn by playing jazz. Mike's approach makes it painless to learn to read, train your ear and develop monster chops quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Recording studio - 1200 square feet - all instruments and seating for parents

2) Private teaching room w/ all instruments and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For the last few years I've had good results teaching theory as part of a greater performance focus. I've taught Hal Leonard and Suzuki Method in the past, but find this more enjoyable and rewarding for the students.

Rachel M.

Philadelphia, PA
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Amanda B.

West Chester, PA
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Len D.

Glassboro, NJ
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Rachel M. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Fiddle, Music Performance, Viola, Violin

About Me

A student of Yumi Hwang-Williams, Sally O'Reilly, Joey Corpus, and Mark Lakirovich, Rachel holds a Diploma in violin from Denver School of the Arts and furthered her studies in violin and viola performance at the University of Denver and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has played under the direction of noted conductors David Zinman, Julius Rudel, and Michael Stern at the Aspen Music Festival, James DePriest at the Las Vegas Music Festival, and, most recently, Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic. She has performed by invitation at Music on the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aspen Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, and on tour with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Rachel is a member of the Boston Philharmonic and the classical and traditional duo Driftwood. Her repertoire also reaches beyond classical music, with recent projects including performances of jazz and traditional fiddle styles throughout the Boston area, and recordings with Ran Blake, the founding chair of New England Conservatory's Department of Contemporary Improvisation, on a CD released in 2012. In addition to her work as a performer, Rachel runs an active studio and specializes in teaching both conventional and Suzuki violin method as well as beginning and intermediate fiddle.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach students using a combination of Traditional method books as well as Suzuki. I believe that it's equally important for students to be able to play music by ear as it is to be able to sight-read off of a score. In a typical lesson, we will cover scales, exercises in technique, etudes, and a movement of a classical piece. I also like to play duets with students as I believe it helps improve the ear and acclimate a student for playing in group or orchestral settings.
I encourage all students to bring a notebook with them to every lesson and will write down what is being worked on and the areas of improvement. I've found that it's vastly helpful to be able to go back and look at what was covered in a lesson when you're at home practicing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in living room, neat, organized, with grand piano and plenty of instrument. She has a music stand, extra equipment, instruments, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student lives in a reasonably subway/bus accessible area then I have no problem traveling to them for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Fiddle

Amanda B. West Chester, PA

Subjects Taught

Oboe, Viola, Violin

About Me

I am currently studying at West Chester University of Pennsylvania majoring in Violin Performance, with oboe as my minor instrument. I perform with the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble, Opera Orchestra and many other small ensembles on campus. I am also an active performer in the local area. I have experience playing in classical, fiddle and rock genres, with my focus being classical. I have been teaching students of all ages and levels for the past five years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. Every student goes home with a list of points covered in their lesson so they know exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. This list helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I customize my teaching style for each student to ensure that they get the most out of lessons. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students.

*** Specialties ***

Len D. Glassboro, NJ

Subjects Taught

Bassoon, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Drum, Flute, Music Theory, Oboe, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin

About Me

I received an artist diploma from Berklee College of Music, a B.A. In Music Education from Rowan University, an Masters Degree from the College of New Jersey in performance and I have been accepted as a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University( Mason Gross School of Music) I have taught in the school from pre-Kindergarten through college. I have performed on all woodwind instruments and piano professionally for the last 40 years. I have a friendly and business like approach as a teacher. I am an encouraging teacher with high expectations for my students. Students should study with me because of my wide variety of experiences and because of what I have learned from the masters of these instruments.

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