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Popular Violin Teachers Near Minneapolis

Maria R.

Minneapolis, MN
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Anna C.

Shakopee, MN
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Zachary J.

Saint Paul, MN
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Maria R. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Maria R. is an active professional violist in the Twin Cities area, who is passionate about music education. With an undergraduate degree as well as a masters degree in viola performance, she has the experience and skill necessary to teach students of any level. Her many teaching experiences include teaching at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, working with students in the Chicago Youth Symphony, working as viola clinician at the Golden Strings Summer Music Camp, and she most recently left her position as Viola Professor and Chamber Music Coordinator at Harper College in her move to Minneapolis.
Throughout this wide range of teaching experiences, Maria has always been very involved in musical outreach programs. Through her work in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago's MusiCorps program, she has learned how to develop successful interactive performances for community engagement, and has seen first hand the impact music can make in the lives of people of any age. He is excited to share the love of music, passion for overcoming challenges, and sense of community that music can bring with all of her students.

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"I believe that finding out the goals of my students is the most important thing I can do. Similar to a personal trainer, who would use different approaches for clients who want to train for a marathon, or work on bulging biceps, a successful teacher is one who is able to teach students what they want to learn. I evaluate each student on an individual basis, and am able to then help learn the beginning basics, prepare for an audition, fix technique problems that may have resulted in physical injury, or work towards any other goal that they might have.
I also believe that it is super important that the student be working on music that is exciting to them. While I do often use the Suzuki repertoire, I am also excited to work on more contemporary rep with my students. I am working with a 5th grader right now who was dying to play the Halleluja song from Shrek. So, I went home and whipped up a little version using the composition software on my computer. She is happy to practice, and learn lots of new things while working on a song that she enjoys. This is what learning should be!
In addition to working on songs, I have an extensive gamut of technical exercises that I often turn into games during our warm-ups. I like letting the student lead the warm-ups and "play teacher" once they have got a handle on the skills. Its a great way to check for understanding, and give them a sense of accomplishment. I love teaching, and want you to love your lessons!"

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teaching space is in the dining room area, music stand, chairs, just a big open space

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring any new sheet music needed for the lesson, and my notebook to keep tack of lesson assignments. I expect that the students have a music stand (I can provide this at first) and their own notebook to keep track of what to practice for the week.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained violist, so most of the repertoire I am most familiar with is of that genre. However, I have also had some experience in rock, blues, and experimental. I studied the Feldenkrais method for two years in college. This is a method in which the student is encouraged to experiment and explore different ways of moving This method is not only for musicians, but is very popular among them since the way that we move, or don't move can make such a huge difference in how we play.

Anna C. Shakopee, MN

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Hi, my name is Anna. As an orphan, I grew up in Hungary in a foster home. At a very young age I was already exposed to music. It kind of blew me away. I didn't know how something could be so beautiful, and it was like a miracle for me. Then and there, I knew that something special was waiting for me ahead. When I was 3, I didn't talk for a long time, but I did do one thing: sing. At that point my life has totally changed. I began my long journey. My foster parents got me in to a music school, called Janos Patzay Music School. I knew immediately what I wanted to be. I built my whole life on music. It always filled up a very special place in my heart,it still does, and it always will. I started to learn the violin when I was 5 years old. Being in a music environment always gave me strength, made me feel safe, and made me stronger as a person. I decided to learn more, and to grow, I must never give up on my dreams. After elementary school, in 1998, I went to Bela Bartok Music High School,and graduated in 2002. I continued studying music at the University of Miskolc Bela Bartok Institute of Music trough 2004-2008. Those four years were some of the best years of my life. In college, I changed my major to viola instead of violin. I am never going to forget the day of my diploma concert (April 27,2008, Sunday). It was wonderful. All the hard work and studying got me here to this point. I had no family being there for me all these years, nothing really, only God and music. Knowing the fact what I wanted kept me going in the hard times. In 2003, I met with a pastor from the United States who were on a mission trip in Hungary, in the orphanage I lived. Nothing can describe it, not even words what we had. I felt like I always knew her. I used to say I was born in a wrong place in a wrong time. After my diploma concert she and her husband adopted me. Today I am able to say that I have a family,a real family with true love. So, I came here to study English (ESL) at the University of Minnesota for a year and a half. Not having time for me to practice and not have music around me for a little over than a year,it made me really sad. I was depressed, and I thought I am going to get crazy. Music was totally cut out from my life. In 2009, I finally had my music back. I was enrolled in Crown College for 2 years. I attended the school's chamber orchestra and quartet, and I also attended other classes as well ( English, drawing, painting, and piano). I have been in different chamber groups through all of my schools (duet, trio, quartet, symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra). I also studied how to teach violin ( teaching techniques) for four years in college. I observed teaching methods at the Beni Egressy Music School once every week. In my fourth year of college, I was also teaching little ones, and after my diploma concert I also had to do a diploma teaching.

I live in Shakopee, and I've been married for over three years now. I made a little music studio in my home, that's where I teach most of my students. I have a couple of music stands, and I have my own instruments (violin, viola). I will be able to teach in Shakopee, and in Victoria. I would be teaching from published repertoire, and my own as well. I would be more than happy to answer any question as it appears. I'll be always available at my email.

It was a long and hard journey, but I never gave up. I became what I wanted to be, what I always dreamed of. With God's love and with music, everything is possible.

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I am a kind of teacher (person) who is more laid back, make sure everything and everybody is comfortable, yet challenging and expecting good work. I like to make a lesson be worth it: as for me and as for the child. I use a combination of fun and work together, because I think it's important for the student to feel relaxed and also have a good time.
I am really patient with my students, while helping them master new songs and techniques. I understand that every student learns in a different way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I do not ask for perfection, but I do drive them to do their best.This is my motto: "Do the best you can", and "Be the best you can be".
I am a classically trained musician, and I believe that it's really important to have a strong foundation of learning the basics: reading notes, rhythms, a little bit of music theory etc. Everything else builds on this, for example, like learning and playing different styles or genres in music. You have to know the basics in order to be able to play them.
In each lesson, I will have assignments for the students to work on throughout the week: 1-2 songs for 30 minute lesson, 2-3 songs for 45 minute lesson, 3-4 songs for an hour lesson, and I will always ask for a specific scale at the beginning of every lesson. How fast or slow we can move forward, and how much we can learn it's really depends on the students. These assignments will be showed first (I'll play it to the student), then we work on them together. I'll make sure they understand what I am showing and telling them before leaving. I will also have technique exercises, and music theory sheets for students.
I take practice very seriously. The amount of time I recommend is varies according to the student's age and skill level.
Students will have a recital twice a year. They will show what they have learned through the two semester. I also encourage students to share their talent in community and school talent shows, at church, at family gatherings, and for friends.
Note: I do have cats in my home. If you or your child has a problem with cat allergies, I can teach in Victoria, give lessons in our church.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a finished basement which has been converted into a studio. Music stands and seating available.

Fellowship Church: Lessons in sanctuary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide their own instrument, music and stand

*** Specialties ***
I primarily perform classical, so I would be most comfortable teaching the classical repertoire.

Zachary J. Saint Paul, MN

Subjects Taught

Acting, Banjo, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Fiddle, Film Acting, Guitar, Improv Acting, Mandolin, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Theater Acting, Violin

About Me

Zachary is a multi-talented teacher and performer. He teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, banjo and more. As a singer/ songwriter, he has released 3 cds, tours nationally with over 100 dates per year and has shared the stage with multiple multi-Grammy award winners. He is an inspirational and motivational based teacher; he will make you or your child LOVE making music rather than dreading their weekly lesson. He has a BA in music performance and has taught for 10 years. He is an exceptionally talented and in-demand teacher and performer.

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Zach is very motivating and inspiring. He will not yell or discourage you or your child. He will have reasonable and attainable weekly goals. He will seek the best from you but will maintain professionalism and makes learning enjoyable and fun. Works well with all ages, from beginners to advanced; from young children to adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, f/w keyboard, and all other instruments he teachers, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide instrument, stand. I will provide my own instrument (except piano).

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Suzuki for violin (I'm comfortable with other methods, too)

Madeline G.

Minneapolis, MN
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Josephine L.

Minneapolis, MN
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Carol F.

Minneapolis, MN
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Madeline G. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Violin

About Me

Hello! I'm Maddie and I'm a violin teacher here in Minneapolis. I have been playing for 18 years and have received my Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota. I have a wide range of experience playing violin from being concertmaster, winning a concerto competition and even traveling to China and playing Beethoven on the Great Wall! In addition, a few summers ago I had the opportunity to take part in a music festival where we worked directly with the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was such an incredibly valuable experience!
However, as much as I love playing, nothing can match the joy I get from teaching others how to play. Which is where you come in! Doesn't matter if you've never had any musical training or if you're mastering a Bach Solo Sonata, there is always something more to learn. Famous violinist, Jascha Heifetz, said it best:

"There is no top. There are always further heights to reach."

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As a teacher, I strive for my students to be both motivated and interested in the instrument they want to play. I strongly believe in letting the music speak and I encourage my students to play pieces they love! However, i also believe in forming the right technique and positions that allow the students to play what they like.
In lessons, I emphasize both technique and musical expression and guide the student in seeing how the two work together. We start with basic knowledge of the violin and correct positions, as well as getting starting in the Suzuki books. As the student develops their playing, they can branch out into a variety of other pieces. I also like to give the students fun exercises to do at home/school/work so they can practice anywhere at anytime!

I have found that it is crucial to be able to adapt to and understand each student’s particular needs. Because of this, I like to make practical goals with the student at every lesson. These are goals that their weekly practice schedules can accommodate, and are manageable yet challenging.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music stand, they provide instrument

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Mimi Zweig String Pedagogy.

Josephine L. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Violin

About Me

3 Years professional teaching experience

Loves to play and teach classical, bluegrass, and Celtic genres!

Lessons catered to meet your goals!

Beginners - Intermediate

Learn to read music, sight read, theory, history, and play with passion.

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Lessons catered to your needs and goals!

Learn Classical, bluegrass, or Irish fiddling.

I typical beginner classical lessons follows this structure:

-warm up and scales

-Theory (All for strings theory workbook)

-Etudes (Essential Elements for Strings)

-Songs and classical pieces (Suzuki or Essential Elements for Strings)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Bluegrass, or Irish fiddling lessons!

Carol F. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Classical Piano, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

I teach students from Beginner to Advanced, and have had excellent results working with autistic students as well.

Hot Strings in the Chilly Twin Cities

By Greg B. - Minneapolis Violin Teacher

As a recent transplant to the Twin Cities, I have been finding out just what a Midwest winter means. Although I’m from New York, spending the last 6 years living in Miami and Los Angeles didn’t help me prepare for the chill here. But there have been some performances this winter that have been so blazing, they warmed me right to the core. If you are a student aspiring to take violin lessons in Minneapolis, you have some excellent talent to emulate.

This city has hosted many stellar string players, true musicians that redefine the possibilities of the instrument. First on my list is Andrew Bird, violinist and songwriter. His performances in December at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral were remarkable. Bird combines his violin prowess ...

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