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Adobe Photoshop, Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin
Kat is an enthusiastic and patient contemporary string player specializing in teaching violin and viola. Growing up she played violin and viola in school and community orchestras, as well as bass in jazz bands and small ensembles. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied violin and viola. At Berklee, Kat majored in Film Scoring (writing music for film and TV), so she is accomplished in composition as well as performance. She has performed onstage with musicians from all over the world including: Brazilian singer Rosa Passos, Cuban bassist Cachao, alternative rock singer Paul Cole, and Christopher Guest from "This is Spinal Tap."
As a teacher, Kat utilizes her training in and experience playing a diverse range of styles in her lessons. She has been teaching private lessons for 7 years and also taught music as a camp counselor and tutor. Whether you are looking to pick up a brand new instrument, learn a new style, or work on improving on what you already know, Kat can help you reach your goals.
Music Performance, Piano, Violin
I have had a regular studio of violin and piano students in the Boston area since 2006. I began teaching in 2001 in Seattle, WA. I perform regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player at the Longy School of Music, in the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, the Dorchester Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra.
My primary focus in my teaching is to guide my students to becoming independent musicians, and to help them develop a thorough understanding of music. Lessons include learning about music theory, sight reading, performance skills and technique. I have a thorough understanding of pedagogy and a true passion for teaching students of all ages.
I've received both my Master's of Music degree with Emphasis in String Pedagogy and Undergraduate Diploma in Violin Performance from the Longy School of Music, studying with professors Janet Packer and Mark Lakirovich, and have received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Emerson College.
Originally from Seattle, WA, I began studying the piano at the age of seven. Soon after, I began studying the violin, and performed regularly in recitals and competitions. I have won scholarships to attend the Longy School of Music for both programs and the Max Aronoff Viola Institute.
My hobbies include dancing Argentine tango and playing tango music, riding horses, sailing and yoga.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are fun and creative, and we'll work on something new and exciting each week. Students bring their lesson books and notebooks to each lesson, and practice goals are written clearly in their notebooks at each lesson. I use a series of different books depending on the age and level of the student, with a combination of classical, popular, and folk melodies. In my lessons, I often play my violin with my students to demonstrate certain points, or play along for support so they can match the sound. I also accompany violin students on the piano, providing a strong musical support and an opportunity to learn how to play with a different instrument.
Usually, after a just a couple of weeks, students are already playing pieces they are familiar with. I encourage my students to practice every day, because consistency is very important when learning an instrument. Students will also learn how prepare for performances and have the opportunity to play in recitals each year.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate Music studio adjacent to house w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an excellent quality keyboard, if necessary. Students should have a keyboard or piano at home to practice on, or a violin if they are taking violin lessons.
*** Specialties ***
Sonia is a classically trained musician, who holds Masters degree from Boston University and Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. She has been teaching for 8+ years, her students include children and adults of all levels. Sonia is an enthusiastic and patient teacher who values the relationship between teacher and student. Music is her life! She wishes to grow together with her students and help the students get the most out of her knowledge.
*Sonia is also fluent in Chinese and therefore is able to give bilingual lessons for Chinese and Chinese American students.
*** Lesson Details ***
Sonia tailors lesson plans according to each student's needs. Lessons usually include classic methods (Suzuki, Wohlfahrt, Kreutzer etc.), modern exercises incorporating moderate music theory at each level, plus special tricks she has found through her teaching career. Her students will usually have a practice log that help to organize and keep track of the students' progress.
*** Specialties ***
Sonia uses a mix of method book for teaching, tailoring the student's level and goals.
Audition Prep, Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Violin
A musician with a big heart and a sweet tone, I am equally passionate about bringing music to life as a performer and nurturing creative expression and empowerment through teaching music. I use a combination of Suzuki approaches, improvisation, Dalcroze Eurythmics, and Alexander Technique-inspired movement awareness to simultaneously develop fluent musicality, joy in making music, a solid instrumental technique, and musicianship (including reading and theory).
A former sufferer of tendonitis, I have a particular interest in addressing and preventing performance injuries, in both beginning and experienced players.
I currently perform as a member of the New England Repertory Orchestra, the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and conservatory chamber ensembles, and the prog/alt rock band The Mood Swings. I am an alumna of the Olin Conductorless Orchestra, of which I was Concertmaster and Strings Section Leader; the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, with which I toured Estonia, Latvia, and northern Russia. I have also performed as a member of Chorus pro Musica and the Masterworks Chorale, and will tour with the Longy Chorale to Bard College in April for a joint performance of Verdi's Requiem. At the invitation of Longy faculty member Adriana Ausch, I have become a frequent Dalcroze dance performer in Winchester Community Music School's family concert series.
I began Suzuki violin studies at age 6 with Doris Goldman in Stow, MA, and have studied with Laura Bossert, Anna Korsunsky, and Karen Oosterbaan (a pioneer in combining Alexander Technique with violin technique). I have completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training in Books 1, 2, and 3 with Carol Sykes through the Suzuki School of Newton. I am currently pursuing an MM in Violin Performance with Ms. Bossert, and a Dalcroze Teaching Certificate, at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
I also hold a B.S. in Engineering from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA, and have been tutoring general math and science, chemistry, French, and geometry since 2004 at the junior high, high school, and college levels, including as a peer tutor paid through the Olin College Office of Student Life. I received the highest possible scores on SAT II subject tests in Chemistry, Writing, Biology, and Math IIC, and the SAT I Verbal section. I have edited medical research papers prior to submission for publication, helping non-native English speakers communicate their work more clearly.
My lessons follow the principle that theory follows practice: a new concept must first be discovered through direct experience by the student before it can be described and analyzed. My role as teacher is to create a safe space for and guide that discovery, customized to each student's needs and learning styles.
Teaching in this way nurtures intuitive musicality and ownership of the learning process, which I have found to create the strongest and most lasting learning experiences.
Young beginners will have the opportunity to build a solid foundation of musical skills while developing the body awareness, coordination, and strength to play the violin over the course of the first few months of study.
In addition to violin lessons, I teach practice techniques, audition and performance preparation, and musicianship to players of any age and experience level.
LESSONS IN THE HOME
Lessons are most successful in an area as free of distractions as possible, with space for teacher and student to move freely, and parent/observer (if applicable) to be present and participate as needed.
Depending on the student's experience level and goals, a music stand will be needed for lesson day and for daily practice. (This is not needed immediately for beginners.)
I will bring additional teaching tools and materials as needed.
- Suzuki Method and philosophy
- Dalcroze-inspired movement and discovery activities applied within the context of the violin or musicianship lesson
- Audition and performance preparation, including strategies for performance anxiety for any age student
- Injury prevention and management coaching
College Admissions, Violin, Writing
Hi! I'm a professional violinist in the Boston area and a Masters student at the Boston Conservatory. I am accepting new violin students of all levels as well as anyone looking for help with writing, English, and essay editing (including college admissions essays). Potential violin students--I am happy to provide a sample recording of my playing on request.
Recent engagements include:
Boston Opera Collaborative (Principal 2nd violin, Albert Herring)
Brandeis/Aston Magna Bach Workshop (June 2014)
Principal 2nd violin of Boston Conservatory Opera (2013-14 season)
Honorable Mention, Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition (Dec. 2013)
-Current Masters student in Violin Performance at Boston Conservatory (student of Irina Muresanu)
-Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University (graduated 2012)
-Experienced tutor and violin teacher since high school
I am an enthusiastic and energetic college student who is majoring in music education, loves working with children, and has had quite a bit of prior teaching experience. I have taught violin lessons for the past seven years, and also have taught piano, recorder, and group ensemble classes of multiple age and ability levels. In addition, I have been the volunteer music teacher assistant at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, VT, a job that included conducting and supervising the middle school orchestral and ensembles, and have initiated, organized, directed, and been the lead teacher at the Upper Valley Waldorf School summer music camp program for the past four years. I have primarily worked with the Suzuki and Essential Elements method book series', though I am comfortable working with most teaching methodologies, and often pull other music in to supplement what my students are learning. I tailor my lessons to meet my students' personal needs and interests. Along with instrumental technique, I incorporate basic theory concepts such as note reading, rhythm, and ear training into my lessons, so that all my students have a working knowledge of these concepts.
I am more than happy to expand on this description and answer any questions you may have, and I look forward to working with your children!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."