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Popular Violin Teachers Near Perry Hall

Jessica H.

Parkville, MD
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Melissa L.

Bel Air, MD
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Kira L.

Baltimore, MD
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Jessica H. Parkville, MD

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

Dear students and parents,

Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am a Baltimore born and bred classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!

I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encouraged by Shinichi Suzuki.

I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 8 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as well as at various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced students have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.

A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and eventually went on to receive my Bachelor's of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England and Northern Ireland. I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended several teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.

I currently divide my time teaching at local music stores/schools (and privately) as well as recording with various local artists and performing at concerts and for various types of gigs (weddings, fundraisers, cocktail hours, gala events) in the tri-state area.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am primarily a Suzuki instructor, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.

Some quick facts! I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a music stand available and set up for lessons that take place in your home. After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.

Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin/Viola Method
Music Theory Tutor
Genres: Classical, fiddle, gypsy, jazz.
Experience teaching ages 4-60.

Melissa L. Bel Air, MD

Subjects Taught

Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

My name is Melissa L. and I am currently employed by the Cecil County Public Schools as a strings teacher. While traveling from Perryville High School, Northeast High School, Leeds Elementary School, and Kenmore Elementary School, I am also offering private lessons for strings and piano. I have acquired a degree in Music Education with a concentration in violin from the University of Delaware. I have been playing the violin for 17 years and also have been giving private violin lessons for the last 9 years. Although my main concentration is focused on the violin, I also provide private lessons for viola, cello, string bass, and piano.

As an educator, I strive to provide students with the knowledge to become highly skilled and competent musicians. Whether music becomes a hobby or profession, I want my students to appreciate and engage in their learning as aspiring musicians. Music has made such a positive impact on my life, and I hope to inspire my students to love the music that they play. The many years that I have played the violin along with my 9 years of private teaching has given me knowledge of effective techniques to incorporate in my teaching. I hope to be a positive and encouraging role model while engaging my students to their fullest potential as musicians!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am capable of teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced students for the violin. As for the viola, cello, string bass, and piano, I offer lessons for beginner and intermediate students.

For beginner string students, I start with focusing on the Suzuki Method, along with material from the Essential Elements series. Beginner piano students will focus on repertoire from Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Further repertoire will vary for intermediate and advanced musicians.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books. I also expect students to have a stand if the lesson is at their home, in the case that students travel to have lessons at my home, I will provide a stand.

For beginner students, I will provide a variety of suggestions when purchasing instruments. There will also be a list of repertoire provided for all levels.

Kira L. Baltimore, MD

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin

About Me

I am a Music Education graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park and I currently teach in Baltimore City Public Schools. I've had over four years experience as conductor of the Gamer Symphony Orchestra (a 130+ member orchestra with choir that performs video game music.) I currently run the Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra (www.facebook.com/baltimoregamersymphonyorchestra, BaltimoreGSO.org) that encourages amateur musicians to get back into the love of music through the use of music from video games.

I have also had previous experience teaching private flute and piano lessons out of my own home. I love helping students understand how music can greatly impact all aspects of their lives and I believe that helping students become engaged in the material by using music they like to listen to (such as video game music) is also important. I now teach in Baltimore City Public Schools as a Music teacher and am pursuing a graduate degree in Arts Management.

I have also worked as a music instructor for the Royal Arts Academy in Olney and as a music instructor for the Columbia School of Music in Columbia, MD.

Instruments I can teach:

ALL band intstuments

ALL Orchestra instruments

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to be evaluated to see what prior knowledge they may have concerning rhythm, pitch, and notation. From there, I will create an overall curriculum that is based on expanding this knowledge. I am a firm believer that students should experience the musical aspects either through auditory and/or kinaesthetic means before learning the notation of the material. Many teachers get stuck worrying that their students can't play a song until they know fully how to read music. In my opinion, this is the same as trying to teach a child how to read a book word by word rather than having the student experience different methods for understanding how to read.
We will then progress through the use of various method books and exercises and we will try to include music that the student is interested in learning when applicable. I use the students interests to engage them in the material but also expose students to music that they have never heard before which can help open up a new world of possibilities for them that they never knew existed!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a music studio room, 88 key-weighted keyboard, parent seating available in studio or in waiting area, free parking.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I am able to teach ALL band instruments as well as ALL orchestra instruments. I cannot teach the drum set or the guitar. I also have had experience teaching jazz as well as other popular forms of music.

Greta T.

Parkville, MD
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Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD
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Cyrgus B.

Dundalk, MD
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Greta T. Parkville, MD

Subjects Taught

Violin

About Me

For as long as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. I began dance and piano lessons by the age of three, and at 9 I began to study violin with Phyllis Freeman at Peabody Preparatory in Towson. In high school, I studied with Klara Berkovich, and in 1997 I began studies with Dr. Zoltan Szabo. I graduated from Towson University in 2002.
After college I played in Irish, Bluegrass, folk and rock bands. I have been performing locally in an old timey jazz duo for ten years.
I have been teaching for 6 years, and I absolutely love it. I try to develop a program individual to each student with challenging and fun material.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on the student's age, I use the Suzuki books and accompanying cd's. I encourage the child's family to listen to the songs that that their child is working on.
For young students, we focus on repetition and ear training. I like to incorporate rhythm clapping games and other fun tricks to teach proper bow and instrument hold.
For older students, we may start with Suzuki, depending on the student. I always supplement with other books that help the student focus on different technical aspects of their playing. I love to teach Irish and Bluegrass music too!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will happen on a studio which is downstairs. Seating available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method, as well as other supplemental material. Students (depending on age) are assigned weekly scales, etudes, shifting exercises, double stop exercises, etc. I also like to teach bluegrass, blues, Irish, and popular pieces if the student is interested.

Jonathan G. Baltimore, MD

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Violin

About Me

I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I am currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.

In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.

Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.

Cyrgus B. Dundalk, MD

Subjects Taught

Basic Math, Ear Training, Fiddle, Meditation, Music Performance, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Songwriting, Stage Performance, Viola, Violin

About Me

Whether you are 8 or 80, the most difficult part about learning is developing the discipline to practice.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make this fun by turning assignments into games and setting rewards for achieving goals. Connecting development exercises to music that we already enjoy and listen to everyday helps fan the flames that fuel the fire (rhythm, repetition, alliteration...there is certainly a positive correlation).

Students will learn to apply classical techniques to all genres of music, especially those of interest whether rock, hip-hop, or top 40. By simplifying sound to its essential elements, students will learn how identify, analyze and manipulate variables to create their own unique style on their instrument.

Although I have listed violin/fiddle and viola as specific instruments, these lessons can be catered to apply to any instrument.

Speaking of instruments, you may wonder why I also teach meditation or what that has to do with any of this. Simply put, one's primary instrument, the mind, must be fine-tuned and cared for in order to learn a secondary instrument successfully. I find that the combination of music and meditation as learned arts tend to compound the benefits of each.

Credits:
- 15 years playing violin (7 years on electric 5 string violin)
- Graduated with honors from Baltimore School for the Arts
- Former student of music and psychology at Towson University
- Contracted music for weddings, open houses, and other events
- Performance experience includes several local music venues/clubs (including the Hippodrome Theatre), festivals, churches (as part of the worship service), and recording studios.

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