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Popular Violin Teachers Near Long Island City

vera S.

New York, NY
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Adriana S.

New York, NY
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Hopengrace C.

Westbury, NY
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vera S. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Vera completed her undergraduate studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and her Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy at Northwestern University under the instruction of worldly acclaimed soloist and pedagogue, Gerardo Ribeiro. She has participated and performed in chamber music festivals, summer academies, master classes and professional solo performances in Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Austria, Serbia, South Africa, Brazil, and the US. Vera is a compassionate teacher as well as an ensemble instructor, conductor, chamber musician, and recording artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is individualized. Every student is unique and learns differently so naturally, I teach each student in a way that makes each lesson as beneficial and efficient as possible. Most importantly, I teach students how to teach themselves. One day, when they are independent, they should be confident with the knowledge and experience they have acquired to be their own teacher.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couch, chair, table, music stand, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instruments. Renting an instrument is simple, easy, and cost effective. I will be more than happy to come with the student and the parent to the instrument shop and help with deciding the right size.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method, European Traditional
classical genre

Adriana S. New York, NY

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About Me

Hello! =) I am an active violin teacher and performer in the New York City area, and graduate of the Juilliard School. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance, studying with the world-renowned violinist, Naoko Tanaka (Faculty, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music; Concertmaster, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Concertmaster, Orchestra of St. Luke's.)

In addition to my private teaching studio, I assistant teach for Ms. Tanaka, with a focus on preparing her younger students for entry into Juilliard Pre-College. I also teach group classes and private lessons for the Harmony Program, offered in select public schools throughout NYC.

In my lessons one thing is instantly noticeable - I LOVE to teach the violin. I think it's incredibly fun and I enjoy getting to know, challenge, and help my students. I value creativity and each person's unique perspective.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have experience teaching both adults and young children, levels beginning to advanced. My teaching philosophy values a fun and creative approach to learning music, focusing on musicality and improvisation, as well as a solid technical foundation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, uses a room divider to section off lesson space.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student will need a music stand, violin and bow, all necessary accessories, and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
I am experienced with the Suzuki Method. These principles greatly influence my teaching methods, merged with a more traditional classical teaching style. I am an expert in both Ivan Galamian and Russian-School violin techniques, having been trained in both. My focus has been classical violin, though I am experienced in Scottish fiddling as well as in show-tunes and pop/rock music. I am also experienced in the Alexander Technique, and incorporate this perspective into my teaching philosophy.

Hopengrace C. Westbury, NY

Subjects Taught

Piano, Violin

About Me

Born in Cebu City, Philippines in 1990, raised primarily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries, and pursuing further education in the United States of America, Hopengrace ("Penny") is a Global Nomad currently situated in the Greater New York City Area.

She started taking music lessons from her mother at the age of four and learned to read music at the same time she started to read storybooks. ‚ÄčFrom the age of ten, Hopengrace took violin lessons, during her parents' rare furloughs, from Mr. Frederico Regner, a World War II veteran returned from the United States. While in the Philippines for a combined year of junior and senior level high school, she took violin lessons from Mr. Marc Hamlet Mercado and Mr. Rodelio Flores. Hopengrace has also taken coaching from Ms. Princess Christine YbaŮez to prepare for competition in the Solo String (Bowed) category of the 14th National Student Convention in which she won 2nd Place.

In 2007, Hopengrace received a Presidential Scholarship from Tennessee Temple University (TTU). There she studied violin under Mrs. Laura Minor (B.Mus. Vanderbilt University, MA Music NYU). She also took piano from Mrs. Carolyn Kemp‚Äč (BS Mus.Ed. Baptist Bible College, MA Mu. Ed. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and voice from Dr. William Knowles and Mr. Michael Mays (BS Mus. Perf. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MA Church Music Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).

In 2008, as a member of TTU's Weigle Concert Choir, Hopengrace had the privilege to be chosen to sing with a combined choir in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dr. David Thye, Principal Conductor-in-Residence of MidAmerica Productions. She became a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra (CSOYO) ‚Äčin the fall of that year and continued performing with them for three seasons. She also participated in the special orchestra for the annual Chattanooga Boys' Choir "Singing Christmas Tree" concerts at the Tivoli Theatre. In 2010, world-renowned violinist Midori chose CSOYO as one of two youth orchestras for her annual Orchestra Residencies Program, and Hopengrace had the rare opportunity to perform with one of her inspirations in concert.

Hopengrace‚Äč became a registered Suzuki Method Violin Teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on July 2011. She has also trained in Orff-Schulwerk.

During her travels around the world, Hopengrace struggled to keep her art alive. However, she has often been complemented for her distinctive strong, full-bodied tone‚Äč and adaptability. Her range varies from Baroque to Modern. She plays on a John Cheng 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri model violin with both wood and carbon fiber bows.

‚ÄčHopengrace welcomes students and employment while she prepares for entrance in a Master of Music in Performance program. She hopes to start on that new chapter of her life in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the impact of Venezuela's El Sistema program and her own experiences during her travels, Hopengrace hopes to use her talents to enable or build similar programs both while she teaches and in the lands where she was raised. ‚Äč

*** Lesson Details ***
“Play with heart. Play with living soul.”
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
As a teacher, my goal is to instruct as well as inspire each student to reach for his or her highest potential. I hope to give each student the tools to progress so that one day they can be their own best teacher, and play with a sound and style that is uniquely their own. Most importantly, I hope to instill a desire to learn and a mindset that the art of violin playing is fun and that it is just as we call it--playing. My teaching abilities range from beginning through advanced levels. Students must have a desire to learn and commit to daily (mindful) practice.

I am a Suzuki Violin teacher. This means that I am trained to work with even the youngest of musicians in a nurturing , fun and challenging way. Dr. Suzuki believed that it was important to develop a noble character in all children through the mastery of a musical instrument. He also believed that all children were capable of this mastery if the environment is saturated with music and love. My students enjoy playing the violin because they are given the tools they need to play beautifully and to make progress on their instrument. Each lesson will focus on proper set up and posture, technical work and musical direction/ideas that will inspire them to carry on their work throughout the week. I demonstrate quite a bit in the lessons, as I find it is the most effective way to communicate in music. However, I am only with the student once a week, therefore much of the lesson is geared towards helping the parent and child understand what his/her home tasks are, and how to carry them out successfully. 10 minutes of mindful practice is worth an hour of careless work.
“There is no born genius. Education is the way to develop ability.”
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
‚ÄčParental support and involvement is key to any child’s progress, especially at the beginning stages. Parents of young beginners are encouraged to take a few lessons before starting their child on the instrument. Parents serve as a practice coach/partner during daily home practice sessions and are required to attend and participate in their child’s lessons. Listening to recordings and attending live concerts are strongly recommended to increase musical awareness and enthusiasm in the student.

In spite of my rigorous Suzuki training, my unorthodox learning experience has taught me the value of being flexible and using methods that work best for a specific individual. I am not averse to seeking and applying a new method (eg. traditional, Masterclass, O'Connor, etc.) if the situation calls for it.

What should be expected from a Teacher/Student relationship?

I think a student should expect their teacher to give them honest, thoughtful feedback. Just enough that they can manage the information at that time. The teacher should give detailed instruction on ways the student can improve, without destroying the students sense of self worth or spirit. On the contrary, the teacher must always find a way to see the student as having great potential. This way, no matter how limited the current level of ability may be, there is hope for growth. Even without saying it, the student will feel the teachers' attitude towards him and may become that person (for better or for worse). The student should expect to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by their teacher. The teacher should expect that the student and the parents commit to daily practice, and have a desire to improve. The student must apply his/her teacher's feedback while always searching within himself for ways to develop. Mutual respect is key.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room, baby grand piano, couch, two chairs, residential area, street parking

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own violin, music stand, and teaching books. I expect my students to provide their own instruments, music stand, and student books.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Orff-Schulwerk, classical, film, fiddle, world music, new age, popular, contemporary classical

Zhana G.

New York, NY
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Rosemary T.

Hopatcong, NJ
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Tina C.

New York, NY
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Zhana G. New York, NY

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About Me

I have been a freelance violinist and a professional violin teacher for the past 30 years. Playing in the orchestra and teaching students are two of my greatest passions in life. As a private violin instructor, I firmly believe that education is impossible without student motivation and passion. As much as I love teaching, my best experience is also learning from my students.

Education - received in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe)
- Tbilisi State Music Academy - 7 year degree in Violin/Piano performance.
- Tbilisi State College of Music and Arts - Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance.
- Tbilisi State Music Conservatory - Master's Degree in Violin Performance.

I am very fortunate to love teaching because it allows me to share my knowledge and incredible experiences that I have acquired in my 30 years of being a musician in Europe and the United States.

Professional work experience:
- Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra - NY,NY
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra - Florida
- Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Opera House Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Sympho-Jazz Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Pop - Jazz Ensemble - Georgia

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.

As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio set up in the living room.
Parents welcome.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel within 5 ml..

*** Specialties ***

Rosemary T. Hopatcong, NJ

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About Me

If you want to become an artist; if you want to sharpen your critical thinking skills, improve your multitasking, expand your mind's capacity for learning and be able to unleash the power of wordless self-expression... study the violin.

At the tender age of five, I started a life-long love affair with the violin. Growing up in Westfield, NJ, I began my studies at the NJ Workshop for the Arts, and have since come full circle, serving on the faculty there to this day. I have a rich tapestry of experiences that contribute to the teacher and performer I am today, and in my students, I hope to light the spark that leads to a lifetime of musical memories.

I graduated summa cum laude with a Music Performance degree from Montclair State University in 2006, and I've been teaching students of all ages how to play the violin since 2002. I have studied under some of the best in their field, including several members of the NJ Symphony Orchestra. I also have an extensive performance background, having played with many notable orchestras (NJ All-State Orchestra, NJ Youth Symphony, Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, Montclair State University Orchestra) at a variety of important venues (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, NJ Performing Arts Center, National Concert Hall of Ireland). My most current project is performing at venues around New York City with my band, the Militant Pacifists.

There is no greater gift for a musician than to share her love of music with others, and I look forward to sharing mine with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important part of learning an instrument is loving to play. It's your enthusiasm and passion that's going to carry you through the times when you struggle and help you shine when you're at your best. The next thing is to harness that passion and give it structure - this is where taking lessons comes in. Every week during our time together, we will study a variety of scales, exercises and pieces (songs), coming back to the same ones each week until you've mastered them, at which point we move on to more challenging material. Patience and persistence are key: you're not going to learn how to play your favorite piece overnight. My job is to show you how to do it correctly, answer your questions and hold you to a high standard of excellence; your job is to take the work home with you and hone your craft every day. The violin is a labor of love - like caring for a young sapling, you must tend to it every day, and though the growing process may seem slow, before you know it you will have a strong, healthy tree!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfy living room area with ample space & music stand; parking lot provided!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will help you find local places to rent and buy everything you will need to get started, from your instrument to books and accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Russian traditional method (Ivan Galamian) - also utilize Suzuki techniques.

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.

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