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Popular Violin Teachers Near Pittsburgh

Kristin B.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Jessica M.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Sam K.

Oakdale, PA
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Kristin B. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

Bible Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Science, Violin

About Me

I began studying violin in 1991 when I was 7 years old. I have been under a teacher or orchestra director almost continuously since that time up until the last couple years. More recently, I joined a folk band in Mississippi and performed here and there, once even being requested in Panama City Beach! I began teaching students in 2001 and have taught since then. I have a passion for showing others my love for music and inspiring the same love within them.
I studied music under Mr. Matt Stott in Vero Beach, FL for 3 years and then moved to Miami for college. At FIU, I studied under Mr. Ivan Chan and Ms. Cathy Meng Robinson of the Miami String Quartet.

While at FIU, I studied Biology and Chemistry as a double major for 3 years until I discovered that, while I excelled at the program of study, I didn't want to be a doctor. Not seeing any other palatable jobs in those fields, I went on to get my Bachelors' degree in Psychology within 2 years. I immediately went to Graduate school in Mississippi to study Marriage and Family Therapy. I obtained my Masters' degree and returned to Miami to work part time as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. My husband was deployed with the Army National Guard to the Middle East during my time in Miami. When he returned, he took a job in Pittsburgh. Here in the 'Burgh, I primarily have tutored in the Sciences, but am looking forward to teaching music once again. I enjoy teaching students and bringing the light of music into their lives. I look forward to meeting you and to working with you as you take the journey into the beautiful realms of music.

*** Violin Lesson Details ***
I strongly believe that each student is different and therefore I tailor each students' lesson to their needs and strengths. I am a flexible teacher, willing to teach what you want to learn. I will give you a strong foundation of classical technique and then help you develop your skills so that you can succeed in any genre of music.
I do not have a very strict approach to teaching; I prefer to inspire by encouragement. However, if a parent prefers a more direct and structured approach, I can teach in that way also. Student motivation is very important, so I like to encourage my students by offering them reasons to be motivated. These differ for each student.
I mainly use the Suzuki method of teaching, but I can work in other pieces of music and other approaches that better suit the needs of my students. Within 3 months of studying with me, a committed beginner student can expect to have a functional, practical understanding of how the instrument works and have learned 2 pieces. I like teaching students to play songs right away so that they do not get discouraged or bogged down with theory and not get to experience the thrill of making music themselves.

*** Specialties ***
Foundational Suzuki, contemporary, folk, worship, classical

Jessica M. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, English, French, History, Language, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Reading, Singing, Violin

About Me

I have been an active performer in both the operatic and concert repertory. In the past few years, I have been a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Theater, in the Toledo Orchestra’s Christmas concert, and at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. I originated the role of Dari in Lookinglass Theater at Ravinia’s production of SitaRam. Recent opera credits include Dorabella in Cosě Fan Tutte and Mme Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites, as well as Beppe (L'Amico Fritz) in 2005 in Italy. She has also performed scenes from L’Elisir D’Amore (Adina), The Rape of Lucretia (Female Chorus), Der Freischütz (Agathe), Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde), Madama Butterfly (title role), Arabella (title role), Suor Angelica (title role), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira), and Medea (Glauce). I received her Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and my Masters from Indiana University.

I began training as a violinist, studying with teachers at the Cleveland Institute of Music, DePaul University, and the Oberlin conservatory for seventeen years. From violin, my interests expanded into vocal music, and became a member of the Chicago Children's Choir for ten years. From there, I decided to pursue a career in classical music, focusing on voice. As a teacher of singing, I'm passionate about my students making progress in a fun and healthy way. If a student is interested in getting a thorough technique in the fundamentals of singing, they can then go on to sing any type of music they choose in the healthiest and easiest manner possible. I have taught professionally at the Oberlin Conservatory's Secondary Lessons program, Avon Lake School of Music, and am a current teacher at UNCSA's Community Music School, as well as maintaining my own private studio. I have worked with all levels, from teenagers looking to do well at a talent show and adults wanting to learn to match pitch to budding professional singers.

*** Lesson Details ***
One of the most important fundamentals in any musical study is that of body awareness. A student has no idea if something is correct by merely how it sounds, which is why how it looks and how it feels are essential. I make sure to frequently check in with the student as to how they feel when they perform a specific task, tying everything together to what is happening in their body.

At a first lesson, as student will be asked what their musical experiences are, and what is their favorite kind of music to listen to and sing. Their goals in taking lessons will be assessed, whether they wish to pursue a career or merely want to have fun with music. From there, I will hear them vocalize for a brief period and we can see where they are musically. Some exercises will be introduced, and hopefully by the second lesson they can begin working on repertoire catered to their personal taste and level of ability. After a few months of hard work both at home and in the studio, they should notice a dramatic change in how they feel and how they sound when performing. Their abilities and range will have increased, and they will have a much greater understanding of how the vocal mechanism works.

For violin, I was trained in the Suzuki method and I believe that it is the best way to teach younger students. Starting with the basics of holding the violin to playing one open string at a time is essential and repetition is key for the body to adapt to playing the violin. For adults, I am more willing to skip around between Suzuki and traditional training, but for beginning students, I really find it to be quite the ideal progression of both music and exercises.

I teach voice at all levels, but can only teach violin and music theory at the beginning to early intermediate levels. I also have a cat that lives in my home, so if you or your child are allergic, please tell the TakeLessons team!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teachers home studio lessons includes an upright piano and the lessons are in the dining room. Seating is available. Recordings of lessons or of mock performances can be made easily and are encouraged.

*** Specialties ***
I subscribe to the American-Italian school of singing, as taught by Richard Miller. I specialize in classical voice, because I believe that it is the healthiest style of singing. I have a deep appreciation for church music and musical theater, and I try to bring classical techniques to these styles of singing for those who are not interested in opera or classical song literature.

Sam K. Oakdale, PA

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Violin

About Me

I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. Other teachers at my studio, teach guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, saxophone and flute. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owed my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. Our teachers are experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.

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