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*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in the Education Building of a Church that has individual classrooms, where lessons will be held, all of which are off a common area where parents can wait during the lesson.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my instrument and a music stand for myself, and I assume the student will have their own as well. There are specific collections of songs and exercises that the student should be ready to purchase based on their level of playing and will be determined after our initial lesson. Students will want to continue to invest in other collections as they progress and I will occasionally provide additional materials as appropriate.
*** Specialties ***
I have a Bachelor of Music Education and taught middle school strings in the Houston area public schools. I utilize methods of Kodaly (certified Level I) in creating a holistic approach to teaching music and use the songs and progression of the Suzuki School for beginners. I incorporate ear-training, music theory, and music history into learning about music in addition to the mechanics of playing a string instrument. My ultimate goal is to help each student become their own teacher!
I am more than happy to explore ways in which students with special needs can engage music through listening, reading, writing, singing and even playing an instrument...let's talk!!
I'd like to start off by stating that I am above all a passionate musician, who loves to share this passion with everyone and anyone. I do this by teaching and performing the Violin. My first goal in being a teacher is to make you enthusiastic and passionate about music to make learning the Violin more enjoyable and therefore you will learn quickly and become a virtuoso faster. My second goal is to teach you discipline, an important skill in not only Violin practice but also in life in general. Learning a musical instrument can really be beneficial in future work environments and in schooling. Below is my resume if interested. :)
Sarah is a classically trained violinist beginning her schooling at the age of seven where she showed great promise as a performer. She has since studied with Marla Feeney, a graduate from University of Indiana, and Helen Kim a Julliard graduate and a member of the Atlanta Opera and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her teacher family tree includes great teachers such as Nathan Milstein, Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, and Oliver Steiner.
Sarah has played with many groups such as Cobb County Honor Orchestra, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pope High School Mastery Orchestra where she played as Concert Master, and Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra where she is currently principle second violin. She has also premiered as a soloist with the Pope High School Mastery Orchestra playing the Bruch Violin Concerto. Sarah also enjoys playing in quartets where she has performed at multiple weddings.
Sarah now plays with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Michael Alexander where she enjoys experiencing great music, and continuously learning how to become a better musician.
Sarah not only is a prolific performer, but also has a long history of teaching. She has taught multiple children from local middle schools, motivating them to continue their musical education through high school. Most notably, Sarah has taught for two years at a Summer Violin Camp in Lake Charles, Louisiana organized by the Lake Charles Youth Symphony Orchestra and Mcnees University. At this camp she was a main violin instructor, teaching both group and private lessons to students ages 3 to 18. Her unique and enthusiastic teaching gained much praise when she was featured in the local magazine "Jambalaya". Her students at this camp are continuing their music education with passion and plan to join their local youth symphony.
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“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”--Shinichi Suzuki
I have unique and personalized lesson plan based on your unique talents and needs as well as what you would like to do with music. I want to make learning and playing the Violin fun for you, something that will bring happiness for years to come. I have three generalized lesson plans based on skill level that are organized in a fashion to not only be fun but efficient in teaching. My teaching methods are unique in that I use parts of many methods that I have found to work with students and with myself personally. I use technique methods such as Suzuki and Sevcik, scales studies from Carl Flesch and Julliard Scales Method, and etudes from Mazas. By using many methods I am able to set a strong foundation in all areas of Violin playing. Not only will I teach the Violin to you, I will also share my enthusiasm for Violin music. I will teach you the history of composers and the instrument itself, and make CDs of the music that has inspired me to be a Violinist.
My expectations are very high for my students, but I cannot emphasize the importance of patience and understanding in learning music enough, so when I teach you, I promise to never over stress you with work, to never be hurtful or harsh, and to always have faith in your abilities as a musician no matter the obstacles.
And in the words of the great Violinist Itzhak Perlman, "One of the most important elements in teaching is listening." and I plan on teaching by those words.
If interested, below is a general outline for what I will be teaching you, but of course these are subject to change based on what you would like to learn.
Generalized Beginner Lesson Plan: Ear training, reading treble cleft notes, understanding rhythmic notation, basic Violin "how to", violin care, all one octave Major scales in both Legato and Detache bowing styles (Legato meaning a slow beautiful sound and Detache meaning a harsher shorter sound), Suzuki books 1-3.
At this level for younger children I focus a lot on teaching through games and flashcards.
The biggest goal I have for beginner players is to have a good ear, intonation is extremely important to becoming a violinist!
Generalized Intermediate Lesson Plan: Sight reading, shifting into higher positions on the finger board, vibrato ( a term that means to vibrate the note using a rather difficult hand motion that can be difficult at times, vibrato adds to the overall tone and musicality of a note), all Major and natural minor (natural minor meaning a minor scale played exactly as it is stated in a musical key signature) two octave scales played in various rhythmic patterns as well as in various bowing techniques, Suzuki books 4-6, Mazas Etudes Speciales, Sevcik shifting studies
The biggest goal I have for intermediate players is to be able to play naturally, the instrument should become apart of you, it makes the music you create more enjoyable and personal.
Generalized Advanced Lesson Plan: Performing, music theory, all Major, natural minor and melodic minor (melodic minor is a different way of playing a minor scale that involves a more advanced understanding of scales and key signatures) three octave scales in the Julliard Method, Carl Flesch scales studies (focusing on playing scales in different techniques such as arpeggios (a way of playing scales that involves a lot of shifting), thirds (a common harmony that is used in all music, and is present in a lot of Violin music), sixths (another common harmony, that is another way of playing thirds), octaves, and false harmonics (a technique that is difficult, but very interesting that makes a very wispy airy sound and is used in a lot of Violin music), Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin, Sevcik, Mazas, the Concerto repertoi
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand, Piano
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide sheet music (to keep) and stand (not to keep)
I expect students to have and instrument, rosin, shoulder rest, notebook, and folder
*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Unique Teaching Methods Including Suzuki
Adam C. - artistic director of C. Classical Music Society was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has enjoyed a successful and varied musical career. He received his first exposure to the viola at age eleven, while attending a magnet school. Soon after, General Mills Foundation awarded him a scholarship that enabled him to attend the Mannes College of Music Pre-College Division in New York City.
Later, Adam went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree; as a double major in viola performance and music composition; a Master of Music degree in viola performance and a post-graduate Professional Studies Certificate, from the Mannes College of Music. His viola mentors include Paul Doktor, Sol Greitzer, John Graham, Yitzak Schotten, and Heidi Castleman. Mr. C. studied composition with Peter Pindar Stearns, and Roberta Shanker, and, in addition, he studied conducting with Sidney Harth.
Mr. C's principal viola positions include: Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Valley Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, River Cities Symphony, International Music Program Orchestra, Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra, Kingsborough Symphony, and the Huntington Chamber Orchestra.
Adam has also performed with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Macon Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee, Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Opera Orchestra, Tupelo Symphony, and has appeared as a soloist/guest artist with various ensembles.
Winner -- Shar Music's Kreutzer Etude Edition Contest
Entry -- "Niff T. Shift" Agility Training, Violin Shifting Method
In 2009, Shar Music presented a challenge to violinists of the world. The task was to create the most innovative fingerings for practically the most famous violin etudes ever. Kreutzer #2
Audition Mastery Guide -- Featured in "The International Musician"
The “Audition Mastery Guide” was originally developed for an “All-State” audition preparation workshop, where each of the 18 participants progressed to the final round and went on to gain acceptance into the orchestra. Musicians, school-age to professional are now gaining healthy perspective and success during the audition process.
As conductor and music director, Adam has served the following orchestras: the Southern Ohio Light Opera, the B'Nai Brith Repertory Theatre, the Third Street Music Settlement’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Strings of the Jackson Symphony.
He was a founding member of the Portsmouth Community Orchestra, which is now in its 20th season! Further, The NBC series "America IS", a multi-cultural celebration of American heritage, featured him as conductor of the Third Street Music Settlement Orchestra (NYC).
As a composer, Mr. C. has been commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony. His compositions include two symphonies and many chamber music compositions in which he highlights the viola as a beautiful and unique instrument, as a solo voice. He also has created various programs, developing music appreciation for young children and their parents. Among them -- 'Artsounds', 'Bach to Basics' and 'Me, Mom and Mozart' and 'Performances for Peace'.
Mr. C. has appeared on PBS, NPR and FOX interviews on both radio and television, and has recorded archival performances with Musical Heritage Society.
As a chamber musician, Mr. C. has performed as violist with the Roanoke String Quartet, the Zaslovsky String Trio; which performed at Gracie Mansion (NYC) for the Mayor; the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, the Rachmael Weinstock String Quartet, the Niles String Quartet, the Lyra String Quartet and the Sonoklect Contemporary Music Ensemble. With the International Music Program Quintet, he performed extensively throughout Europe, including in Leipzig's famed Gewandhaus.
Mr. C. was a founding member of the Boneyfiddle Chamber Players, in residence at the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Arts Center. While a member of the Roanoke String Quartet, he assisted with the development of a PBS documentary featuring music written by Thomas Jefferson as well as music contained in Mr. Jefferson's library in Monticello.
Mr. C. has taught in various capacities, seeing to the artistic development of music students of all ages. He has held violin and viola faculty positions with the following universities: Morehead State University, Washington and Lee University, Union University, Lambeth University, Agnes Scott College and Shawnee State University. Additionally, Rio Grande University invited him as a music education specialist/consultant in order to supervise the revision of the Ohio, K-12 music curriculum.
Adam has served as a clinician at hundreds of schools in many cities and presently holds an active private teaching studio with nearly 60 private students and additional violin training classes for adults who love to play for the joy of it. Mr. C. works as a professional audition coach, helping musicians prepare for successful audition outcomes. He has performed with orchestras and chamber music ensembles as a featured soloist. Various musical organizations seek out Mr. C. as a clinician and consultant.
Additionally, Adam has written a complete string teaching method which is in the pre-launch stage - "The Quest for String Playing Mastery"
* Students and their teachers are now 'Questers' in over 20 cities!
(Questers = a helpful network of focus groups test-driving the method)
* Preparing the Quest for 21st century global success!
In development: E-Learning Platform, Knowledge Games, Character Animation and Narration.
The Quest is a compendium of timeless knowledge updated for today's educator. The method is presented as an interactive knowledge game, providing challenging learning adventures for all!
The Quest integrates music with: Science, Math, History, Logic and Critical Thinking Skills.
More than a dozen scholarly and personable characters teach every element of music over 3 years of fun curriculum! Characters motivate you to try your best and wish to do so!
Simply put, The Quest is 'not' just for kids! Every detail to attain performance mastery is provided.
All ages and levels are meeting The Quest with high enthusiasm: K-12, University, Adults and Pros! Clever character banter adds fun to practice. Everyone is engaged in learning and is smiling too!
Color-coded worlds engrave concepts in unique ways, and they serve to deliver confidence and top-notch performance mastery. Numerous connections to academic subjects infuse all learning with power.
The Quest Teacher's Guide comprises 750 pages, and it includes beneficial resources that help to create and build a thriving program!
The method encourages communication, fosters cooperation, and nurtures positive social skills. The Quest provides enjoyable scholarly content for all musicians -- from newbie to pro!
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed to guide players of all levels to reach their full potential and enjoy challenging themselves to get there!
Enjoyable structured instruction and guided practice plans, filled with professional pointers, provided by a seasoned musician who has lived a life as a performer, composer, teacher trainer, lecturer and music education consultant will help your quest for success!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Full access to computer equipment to record lessons, so that you continue to learn from all of the details. All of the essential equipment needed is at the ready.
*** Specialties ***
Audition Preparation for all musicians. Viola and Violin mastery training from Newbie to Pro!
Published Author -- Composer -- Soloist
American virtuoso violinist began his studies at the age of 7. He is a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of renowned violinists Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Previous teachers include Vakhob K, Sergiu Schwartz and Patricio Cobos. He has been awarded scholarships from the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation, and is also the winner of the Woodruff Award for Excellence.
Mr. K has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Orchestra of Russia, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Czech Republic Orchestra, Monte-Carlo Orchestra, National Orchestra of Uzbekistan, United Nations Orchestra and the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Festivals that Nadir has attended include: Bowdoin Music Festival , Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz Institute, and the Verbier Academy. While at Verbier in 2012, he was awarded the Violin Prize of the festival.
Nadir has performed in masterclasses with Zakhar Bron, Vladimir Spivakov, Maxim Vengerov, Ida Kavafian, Anne Akiko Meyers, Joseph Silverstein, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Mauricio Fuks, Boris Kushnir, Daniel Phillips and Ferenz Rados. He has also collaborated with artists Pamela Frank, Roberto Diaz, Colin Carr, Jason Vieaux, Ralph Kirshbaum, Vasily Petrenko, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Vladimir Ziva, Kevin Griffiths, as well as members of the Guarneri, Emerson and Orion Quartets.
Mr. K has been a laureate in numerous competitions, including the Young Musicians Republican Competition, Uzbekistan - 1st Prize, Dvarionas International Violin Competition, Lithuania - 1st Prize and Special Prize, Kocian International Violin Competition, Czech Republic - 1st Prize, Enescu International Violin Competition, Romania - 1st Prize and Grand-Prix, Novosibirsk International Violin Competition, Russia - 3rd Prize and Audience Prize, Blount/Slawson National Competition, USA - 2nd Prize, Paganini Moscow International Violin Competition, Russia - 2nd Prize, Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, Spain - 2nd Prize and Audience Prize, Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, Russia - Grand-Prize, and Michael Hill International Violin Competition, New Zealand - 4th Prize.
Other notable accomplishments include debuts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
Mr. K plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1828.
Hello! My name is Michael W. I am a senior instrumental music education student at Georgia State University. My primary instrument is trumpet, in which I would teach beginner to advanced lessons in. I also have varied amounts of experience in the other areas listed under my profile and enjoy working with all ages.
Education Experience: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Viola Performance Certification), Berklee College of Music (undergraduate studies, scholarship student), University of Virginia (BA in Music, scholarship student), Belmont University (graduate studies, TA and scholarship student), Suzuki Training (Every Child Can, Violin Book 1)
Performance Experience: Ms. C. has performed extensively since turning pro at the age of 15. Her performance experience includes studio, orchestral, and chamber music; she’s performed and studied with artists such as Roy “Futureman” Wooten (drummer for Bela Fleck and The Flecktones), Tracy Silverman (Grammy-winner, Turtle Island String Quartet, Eclectica), Jean-Luc Ponty (Grammy nominee, Chick Corea), and Matt Glaser (Ken Burns’ The Civil War).
Education Experience: With well over a decade spent as a full time music teacher, performer, and music business entrepreneur in cities such as Boston, New York, and Nashville, Ms. C. has developed a teaching style that mixes classical, jazz, modern, and popular music to build a program tailored to each student. She specializes in beginners of all ages and believes that music studies should encompass all genres, with an emphasis on building classical music fundamentals and developing a unique personal style.
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