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Violin in Asheville, NC

By Stephanie Q. - Asheville Violin Teacher

My name is Stephanie Quinn and I moved to Asheville from Chicago one year ago. I auditioned and won seats in three professional orchestras. I split my time between teaching, orchestra work, composing and playing weddings. Asheville is a tourist hub, attracting nature lovers and musicians. Many people move here from Chicago and New York City, because of its eclectic artistic and sophisticated flavor. We have an opera, 3 orchestras within 40 miles, a ballet, several theaters, and countless live music venues.

There are many sources of inspiration for violin students, whether one is interested in classical or fiddling styles. Whether you're a half hour drive from Asheville or live within the city itself, one has a choice to see Hendersonville Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony almost every weekend. Each orchestra has several violinists who are also high-end instructors. If you are a student in Asheville area and participate in a student recital, you may expect a lovely turn out and supportive audience… and not just the parents of the participants! This area has a heavy retirement-age population, so music concerts are well attended and enthusiastically supported. The Asheville Amadeus Festival drew huge audiences for the workshops and master classes, and our GRAMMY award-winning guest piano soloist was Emanuel Ax. Another fabulous event each summer is the Brevard Music Center Festival which includes over 80 opera, chamber and orchestral performances over a seven week period. World class musicians come to perform, and about half the events are free of charge. It is very inspiring for students to be exposed to performances of such a high level!

If you are interested in fiddle music, there are many choices of restaurants or bars to listen and learn every night of the week! After I rehearse with Asheville Symphony I often hit one of the local spots to relax and listen to old town, blues, country, gypsy-jazz, and Irish fiddle music. I recommend a few of my favorites: Weinhaus on Patton Ave, 5 Walnut Wine Bar, The John Henry’s, and Hot Pint Trio. Weinhaus has the best oldies and bluegrass music I’ve ever heard. I’ve seen fiddle players possessing the technique of a classically trained virtuoso violinist. Beginning violin lessons in Asheville can tap you into a rich community of talented musicians. I work with the gypsy fiddler who performs at John Henry’s, 5 Walnut, and Hot Pint Trio, as well as a GRAMMY award-winner who plays with Paul Winter Band at many of these venues.

Beginning violin lessons in Asheville can seem a bit daunting for someone who is just starting out, but remember that practice and enthusiasm will pay off! Two of my students have already placed in prestigious competitions. I also coach the local premiere student string quartet. They’re in great demand and get to perform and make money all around this area.

What makes Asheville special is that people here live with intention and passion. Start violin lessons today and enjoy talented, brilliant people who make beautiful music in our wonderful city!

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Patrick L.

Arden, NC

About Patrick

Hi there, my name is Patrick, and I am now a new resident of the Asheville area. I am a music teacher of Trumpet, Piano, Voice and Sound Recording with more than 20 plus years of experience. Below, I relate some of my experiences and philosophies as a teacher of music since 2002.

*** Lesson Details ***
Trumpet Lessons
I have worked with adults and children, with beginners, and with more experienced players looking for a push or a new direction. I have developed many different teaching methods based on what each of my students wants to get out of lessons. The heart of most lessons I teac
h is learning to play or understand songs. Usually, I rely on my students to select the songs they wish to study, which I then transcribe to make personal arrangements fitted to their abilities. Of course, I will suggest or recommend songs at times. I also supply relevant exercises and music theory to accelerate the learning process.

Piano Lessons
I differentiate between concepts and skills, while stressing the importance of mastering both. As important as it is to understand the intervalic relationships in something like the major scale, this knowledge does little for the pianist if she or he cannot pick out the notes to the different scales in real time. In observing that each person demonstrates unique learning patterns and abilities, I have learned that some people will come to understand the conceptual through mastery of memorized tasks while some will succeed with technical mastery only after achieving some conceptual understanding.
Voice Lessons
Having first begun singing at 22 years old, I know first hand that it’s never to late to start singing. Having some experience in school but not fully as a professional till in my 20′s, I have learned from some of the top professionals in the South Florida area. My first vocal lessons was with Gloria Estefan’s back up singer Jon Secada. Jon has his first hit “Just Another Day” that stayed at #1 for several weeks. His one lesson really helped me use singing in my gigging around town. From that time on, I have used this technique for all my students. focusing on JUST BREATHING, has helped many of my students.

Teaching Sound Recording
Working in the early 1980s with recorded music and computers, I was introduced to the new wave of recording at its birth. At Miami Dade Community College, I taught and assisted students in Composition, Sound Development, and Sound Recording using Mac computers and PC’s. As of this day, I personally teach recording in Logic Pro, Bias Peak and Mastering using Waves plug ins and having finished products in Mp4 format and or CD’s.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mac with logic pro software instruments, piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
expect students to provide paper and pencil and put in practice time on their respected instruments at least 30 min a week

*** Specialties ***
Alfred,Hanon,Rubank Advanced Method for instruments.
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Christian M. February 4, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
He's very friendly, and knows his stuff. He's also super encouraging. Just an all around cool guy!
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Jaimy December 1, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Patrick is from Miami, Fl. the capital of music. He graduated from a very reputable Arts school and it shows in his work as a musician and teacher. I highly recommend Patrick not only as a teacher but also as an entertainer.
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Neal November 30, 2015
Music Performance
Patrick is an exceptional musician and teacher.I have known him for over 20 years and know him to be a person of superior talent and a dedicated musician and teacher.He is well schooled and a dedicated teacher.He has my highest recommendation.
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Patrick L.

Arden, NC 28704
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Laura S.

Asheville, NC

About Laura

Laura has taught throughout her musical career and loves nothing better than to introduce students of all ages to the magic of creating their own music! As a teacher, she focuses on balancing inspiration and explanation. Inspiration: because if you don’t love your music, what’s the point? And technique: because if it’s easy to play and sounds good, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Laura has a BA in Violin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee School of Music, has taught privately for nine years, and plays in several bands. Laura has taken firsts in her age division a
t several fiddle contests, including the California and Nevada Oldtime Fiddle State Champions, Western Open Championships and top 5 in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships.

*** 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 love oldtime, bluegrass, country and celtic fiddle - most of what I do as a performer fits in along those lines. I teach Suzuki method violin as well. My Suzuki teacher learned directly from Shinichi Suzuki!

I also enjoy introducing a variety of instruments and styles to beginners of all ages - patience and enthusiasm make even the most beginning of songs a wonderful, worthwhile accomplishment!
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Jillian F. February 1, 2016
Viola · Online
Verified Student
My daughter (15) had two classes with Laura so far and she loves learning from her. Laura is very cheerful and encouraging, and at the same time, she clearly points out areas that need to be improved and how to practice those techniques. We are very happy :)
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Sascha F. January 11, 2016
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Laura is a thorough teacher and teaches with a good sense of humor.
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Lee November 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Laura is kind and patient with my (beginner) child, which makes her enjoy learning the violin. Her flexibility in teaching styles and scheduling has helped us with our busy schedule. Clearly a talented violin player herself, we feel confident that Laura knows what she's doing in teaching our child.
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Laura S.

Laura S.

Asheville, NC 28801
(13)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Stephanie Q.

Asheville, NC

About Stephanie

I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin and piano instructor with over 25 years teaching experience, and a resume spanning many pages. I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact: One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!

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ome people have difficulty reaching a teachers' studio. For this reason, I have perfected my ability to teach via Skype or FaceTime. It is an advantage for my students to be instructed by a quality teacher. One of the advantages for me is that I can see what is going on bigger than in real life. It's worth a try, isn't it?

*** Lesson Details ***
All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 10-15 minutes a day.

Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.

You will benefit most by booking your lessons in advance by the semester, or at least by the month. Frequent cancellations will result in dismissal, as I wish only to teach committed, sincere and serious students...don't worry, my lessons are fun, and you will enjoy my sense of humor!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.

*** Specialties ***
I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.
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Annika January 15, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
The first lesson was a little stressful for my daughter but Stephanie made her feel comfortable and not overwhelmed.
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Stefnie B. January 8, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Stephanie was an INSTANT "hit" with our Granddaughter. She had a great time for her 1st lesson, and can't wait to practice this week, and grow in skills.
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Brittney G. December 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Worked on breathing techniques, and helping with sounds this session. Very professional
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Stephanie Q.

Stephanie Q.

Asheville, NC 28804
(11)
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$30 / 30-min
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Kendra R.

Hendersonville, NC

About Kendra

I have a love of music that never grows thin. My studies initiated with a purely classical approach leading to the scholarships I received to further my education. Performing with various orchestras, musical theater, opera, and small ensembles fulfilled my childhood desires. Later in my career, I expanded my studying and performing in other musical genres that have included jazz, rock, blues, folk, latin and many more. Working with various talented musicians encouraged a new line of study in improvisation I hadn't acquired during my classical studies and performance. Provided with the opp
ortunity to study, perform, and record in classical and alternative styles has only increased my love of music and ability to reach my students at a more personal level.
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Alisa February 4, 2016
Violin · Online
Not only is Kendra a gifted musician, she has the ability to teach, which is a rare talent. I'd highly recommend Kendra for beginning to advanced students!
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Charity August 25, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
My daughter loved it!
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Heidi S. July 3, 2015
Violin · Online
Kendra has been tutoring one of my daughters for about 2-1/2 years, and tutored my other daughter for about 6 months. We have been extremely pleased with the progress they both have made working with Kendra. She is very good at identifying where a student needs to make corrections and does it in a way that is positive and easy to understand. She is excellent at helping students find their own voice - interpreting the music and infusing creativity and meaning into each piece. We really appreciate how she has individualized her teaching approach to each of my girls' needs and goals, and how she is always positive and enthusiastic about their progress. When Kendra moved out of state, we opted to continue lessons with her online rather than find a new local teacher because she has been (and continues to be) such a great instructor. I highly recommend Kendra as a violin/viola teacher.
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Kendra R.

Kendra R.

Hendersonville, NC 28739
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Justin M.

Mars Hill, NC

About Justin

Hello, I'm currently an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Mars Hill University. I received my Masters of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and my Bachelor of Music Degree from Mars Hill University. I stay active as a freelance percussionist and have been a featured clinician at numerous college and high school workshops.

As a performer, I perform regularly with my percussion trio 10-Can Percussion as well as several orchestras, theaters, and as a solo artist. Having a love for the marching arts, I have participated in Drum Corps International as a member of t
he Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (2004) and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in (2005/2006) and in Winter Guard International as a member of Odyssey Percussion Theater (2008).

Most recently, I was the percussion caption head for Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2013) and ensemble director for Wake Forest Independent indoor percussion ensemble (2011-2014).
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Austin February 1, 2016
Music Performance · In studio
During our lessons, Mr. Mabry always provided clear and concise feedback. No matter what my level of preparation was, I could count on unique and insightful comments. Mr. Mabry consistently shed light on aspects of my performance that I had never thought of.
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Anthony January 31, 2016
Music Performance · In studio
Mr. Mabry is a fantastic instructor! He is incredibly well rounded and knowledgable in every major aspect of percussion. Mr. Mabry is patient and never fails to give the best feedback and instruction to help you progress as a musician.
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Jeannette McGlinsky January 31, 2016
Audition Prep · Online
My 13 year old took lessons with Justin and liked Justin a lot as well as his teaching style. My son really improved on the snare drum in just a few lessons. Justin corrected some of my son's technique and took him to a higher level that normally kids don't learn until high school. They had a few face to face lessons and one via Skype, which also worked very well!
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Justin M.

Justin M.

Mars Hill, NC 28754
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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