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Popular Viola Teachers Near North Waltham

Kathryn T.

Brighton, MA
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Rosalyn T.

North Chelmsford, MA
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Sonia D.

Allston, MA
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Kathryn T. Brighton, MA

Subjects Taught

Adobe Photoshop, Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

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 viola/violin with Mimi Rabson, who is leader of the Really Electric String Quartet and has toured with Itzhak Perlman on his klezmer project, and Melissa Howe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 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 music greats 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 taught private lessons 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.

Rosalyn T. North Chelmsford, MA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Since earning my Music Education Degree, I have been a Public School and Private String Teacher. I am also a free-lance musician in my area.

I enjoy teaching because of the 'ah- ha' moments: when after working on a new concept, the student is able to apply this concept to their music. It's a great feeling for both teacher and student! I love the relationships formed by myself and my students. I have students who still visit with me during and after their college years.

I always approach teaching in a fun, friendly and patient manner. Sometimes there is more laughing than playing, but in the end, we always accomplish the goals we set out to achieve. I know my students appreciate my approach as a teacher because of their enthusiasm towards their studies.

The results I am able to achieve with my students are remarkable. They enjoy playing, have a wonderful musicality about their playing and their ability to read music is superb. My students also obtain much knowledge of music theory. These combined items make for extraordinary musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a fun and interesting lesson with lots of learning built in. I don't use one specific curriculum for every student, as I don't feel any one type of method fits the needs of every student. For a beginning student I find a method that fits them best. Further, I will use what a student has worked with in the past for continuity. Other methods I use include Applebaum, Essential Elements, Suzuki and more. After 3 to 6 months, a student can expect to be very familiar with their instrument, reading music, and playing duets and other pieces with myself and others!!

A typical lesson is as follows:

We tune up, and begin with a warm up exercises customized especially for them. The student and I work on what was assigned to them. We then move onto a new concept, which is fully explained and played until my student totally understands this new idea. Towards the end of our lesson, my student and I 'read' duets, or play with a fun CD, and make great music. Interwoven within the lesson are subtle details of music theory and musicality, as these factors are important to the study of any instrument. Best of all, we have fun, laugh at our mistakes (as we correct them), and enjoy being together!! Add a large dose of positive re-enforcement, and there you have it!!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio; violin, viola. I also have a piano in my home studio, as it is an important tool in the study of music.

*** Specialties ***
My Teaching Philosophy is to create a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere for maximum exciting learning environment for the highest potential of creative learning. A combination of the use of positive re-enforcement and other tools to enable the student to have the desire to improve. Use of a combination of methodologies, as experience has proven the use of only one method is not effective for every student. Along with primary study of students' instrument, incorporation of theory, rhythm, 'reading' and musicality is a must.

Sonia D. Allston, MA

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

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.

Laura S.

Medford, MA
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Nicole P.

Malden, MA
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Ken A.

Cambridge, MA
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Laura S. Medford, MA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Laura S. teaches bluegrass, oldtime, celtic and classical to all ages, with a focus on inspiring students to love making music and enabling them to be successful. She has a BA in Violin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee School of Music, has taught privately for eight years, and plays in several bands. Laura has taken firsts in her age division at several fiddle contests, including the California and Nevada Oldtime Fiddle State Champions, Western Open Championships and top 5 in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships. Laura is an exciting and inspirational teacher whose students are fired up and inspired to make use of their talent!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide sheet music for new tunes, stickers, and a basic fix-it kit for common instrument issues. I also try to keep backup books and a shoulder rest around at my studios so if someone forgets their equipment we can still make good use of the lesson.

I expect the student to provide their instrument, shoulder rest/end pin stopper, notebook, device for recording music, folder/binder for loose papers, and books. I don't require lots of books - just ones you'll really use.

*** Travel Equipment ***
See Studio Equipment, above.

*** Specialties ***
I've taught oldtime, bluegrass and celtic fiddle. I've also taught groups of beginning and intermediate fiddle, violin, viola and cello players. I've taught Suzuki method violin (I studied with a teacher who learned from Shinichi Suzuki, although I haven't pursued official certification.) What I love best is teaching any kind of fiddle or folk music! I can't wait to share it with you.

Nicole P. Malden, MA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Music Performance, Viola, Violin

About Me

I have a passion for music and people. Those two things together make lessons a fantastic outlet for both me and the student. I cater to each student's specific needs based on personality, age, ability, and mood.

I have been teaching for over 10 years, and have completed both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College and The Boston Conservatory. I am an active performer in the Boston area, and am always looking for new and interesting projects. I am a strong promoter of music being written by living composers, which is where a lot of my performing happens.

A typical lesson starts with some fundamental work, whether it's open strings, scales or whatever. There is always a way to warm up - playing violin is an athletic skill, in my opinion. After that, we work on whatever it is we need to work on for the day in a piece, theory, etc. I have all of my students create compositions of their own, as I feel it is an important way to feel comfortable with self expression and confidence. Nothing a student writes is bad or wrong, and I want everyone to enjoy what they are creating.

I want all students to enjoy themselves in lessons. It is of utmost importance that the experiences are positive for encouraging students to practice and continue. I can't wait to meet you and share my passion for music with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student has their own needs so lessons depend on the student. Things I like to include will be listed below:

-Foundational Work
-Repertoire (pieces we both decide on)
-Games and Goals
-Theory (how music works)
-Composition (writing pieces)

That is not an exhaustive list, obviously. It will change based on what the student needs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have everything we need except the instrument. You will need to provide an instrument. We can discuss how to go about finding one that is the proper size together!

*** Specialties ***
Violin, viola, and cello lessons.

Ken A. Cambridge, MA

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About Me

Freelance violist Ken A. is a founding member of Trio Notturno, as well as a member of the American String Teachers Association, American Viola Society, Boston Musicians' Association, and Early Music America. Ken is an active chamber and orchestral musician and has performed with many ensembles in the Greater Boston area, including the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Boston New Music Initiative, Boston Opera Collaborative, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Symphony, Mercury Orchestra, MetroWest Opera, New England Philharmonic, New England Repertory Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic, and others. He is also a classically trained pianist and has played the piano for folk dances throughout New England.

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University, Ken earned his Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Lila Brown and Leonard Matczynski. At the Boston Conservatory Ken also studied string pedagogy with Rictor Noren, was coached in chamber ensembles by Lynn Chang and Ina Zdorovetchi, and performed in master classes for Helen Callus, Levon Chilingirian, John Harbison, the Jupiter String Quartet and Karl Paulnack.

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