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Kira H.

Long Island City, NY

I can teach up to intermediate violists via the Suzuki method up to about book 7.

About Kira

I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.

My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps
, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.

Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts and now perform with ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra.

In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.

With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.

I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.

Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.
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Erin S. July 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!
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Jessica N. March 12, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Very caring and talented instructor.

My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.
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SadiaM May 30, 2012
Fantastic

Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.
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Kira H.

Kira H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Erica Q.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach the Suzuki Method and focus on playing by ear to allow you to develop great technique, intonation and enjoyment of playing music. We will later focus on music theory, sight reading and exploring any genre of music you're interested in after establishing a strong foundation.

About Erica

I'm a multi-intrumentalist, songwriter, and singer. I've toured internationally performing my original music as well as playing multiple instruments in bands. I produce and record music that can be heard in film and television. I teach several instruments and genres of music and take your tastes and learning style into utmost consideration. I always begin with practical exercises to develop technique, then we can focus on playing the music you love.

To vocal students I teach exercises that develop technique and allows you to explore your voice. I will help you learn to make sounds you love
. Singing is created by breath and muscles which we have full access to. Anyone can learn with proper focus, care and practice. I can also help you with recording and microphone technique as this is my area of expertise!

For violin, viola and cello students, I teach a combination the Suzuki Method (learning through ear training) and traditional theory and sight reading. We can also explore fiddling, blues and the foundations of jazz and rock improvisation if you're interested.

For guitar students, you can choose the songs you learn or let me recommend ones appropriate for your skill level. We can incorporate music theory, classical repertoire and sight reading into the process in degrees of your choosing. We can also explore singing while playing, songwriting and recording technique when you feel ready.

I also teach beginner piano, which I recommend for anyone who wants to better understand the mechanics of music. We learn basic classical compositions, exercises, theory, and any song you choose.

Who knows what creativity learning music will inspire? You may eventually write songs and want to explore recording them. Our lessons are held in a top of the line pro-tools recording studio where you can learn recording technique from me at any point.

I'm a classically trained violinist as well as a pop musician. I am currently playing in a chamber group, Hudson River Stings, and produce and perform electronic pop music. My musical training includes private lessons with some fantastic musicians such as Raz Kennedy, Jennifer Turner, Bob Corff and Matte Henderson, as well as Jazz and vocal studies at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, San Francisco City College, and Los Angeles City College.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid back teacher who will give you a push when you need it! Music is joyful above all else and sometimes it's incredibly satisfying to work hard. We can talk candidly about your musical goals to determine how rigorously or casually we want to approach your lessons and practice schedule.

*** Studio Equipment ***
P.A. and vocal microphones, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, violin, cello, midi piano and pro-tools studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my instrument and extra sheet music beyond the lesson books. I expect the student to have an instrument, metronome, and lesson book (Suzuki books and CD for violin, viola and cello, Hal Leonard for guitar and bass, James Bastien for piano. I provide sheet music and a practice CD for my voice students.)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in combination lessons such as guitar and voice lessons with a focus on songwriting. I can also help violinists who wants to transfer their knowledge of theory to guitar or piano and vice versa. We can incorporate recording techniques into any lesson.
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Minerva G. June 5, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
She was very friendly with a 10 years old student starting a second instrument.
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Kerri R. May 24, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
She is very friendly, kind and extremely patient with my daughter when she has trouble grasping a new concept. My daughter loves her and has the desire to practice hard to impress her. I honestly can say enough good things about her.
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Eileen C. April 19, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Ms. Erica is a talented and wonderful violinist. She has a wonderful way of teaching that is encouraging without being pushy. I am impressed with the results she has gotten out of my autistic son, who is very sensitive of critical instructors. 'she seems to know just what to say to correct and encourage him.
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Erica Q.

Erica Q.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
(17)
starting at
$36 / 30-min
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Erin E.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach Suzuki method and traditional viola. I absolutely love the viola and enjoy teaching beginners, people who have already studied, and violinist converts!

About Erin

I fell in love with the violin at age seven under the instruction of Natalie Colbert at E. Rivers Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. I studied violin through high school and college, and received a BA in Communications with a Minor in Music from Georgia State University.

After a lifelong study of the violin, I began to play the viola as a happy accident. As an undergraduate student in college, my chamber music group needed a violist to play the Schubert Trout Quintet. Never one to turn down a challenge, I jumped right in and never looked back, and have played viola in addition to violin eve
r since.

I'm eager and enthusiastic to share my knowledge of music. I am passionate about enabling students to express themselves through music. I teach students of all ages, but particularly love working with kids. My lessons are filled with fun and games!

I am an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American String Teachers Association, and The Chamber Music Network. I completed my first unit of Suzuki teacher training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Units 2 and 3 with Judy Bossuat-Gallic, and will continue with Unit 4 in 2015. I currently play violin in the Brooklyn Symphony, and play both violin and viola in chamber music groups.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Logic Pro

*** Specialties ***
Teaching young children
Suzuki Lessons
Traditional Lessons
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Heather M. December 12, 2014
Violin · In studio
Erin is the Best!! I have started taking lessons again as an adult and Erin is just as excited as I am as I become familiar once again with my instrument. In a nutshell- it is so much fun and a highlight after my long work week. I can't wait until my son is old enough to play. I have no doubt that she is awesome with kids.
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Erin E.

Erin E.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Concetta A.

New York, NY

Learn to play folk music or classical. Explore this deep and beautiful instrument!

About Concetta

Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education
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Lindsey G. November 9, 2014
Fiddle · In home
Concetta was such a treat to have in our home! She came out all the way from NY to NJ for my mothers birthday, and though she is a beginner, emerged from the 1 hour lesson so inspired to keep practicing, able to fully complete her first song! She even did a little performance at the end on the lesson! She is a great people person, fun to talk to, and she really knows her stuff. Excellent choice!
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Kay C. October 11, 2014
Verified Student
I have learned more in just three lessons with Concetta than I learned after three months of once a week lessons with an instructor from a music store.

Concetta has a natural gift to teach and an ability to allow even a musical novice, like me, understand basic music theory.

This talented young lady eat, sleeps and breathes music.
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Mark H. October 8, 2014
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
When I met Concetta online, I had never played the Mandolin before. Now after 4 going on 5 months I am in the beginning stages of learning Vivaldi's Concerto for Mandolin. This feat was accomplished by Concetta's knowledge, understanding and compassion for this student who was clumsy, awkward and with little self confidence. I now know where I want to go with the Mandolin and with Concetta's guidance and wisdom, I know I will be given a strong foundation to achieve it. This has been the best experience for me and I know it will also be for you as well....:)
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Concetta A.

Concetta A.

New York, NY 10031
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Maria B.

Brooklyn, NY

I've been playing violin and viola since I was 4 years old. I had a classical training at the Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine. And now I've been teaching viola for over 10 years, working with students of all levels of experience and all ages. Training my students in classical, jazz, pop and country music and manner of playing, dependently on a student's goal and taste. I can also accompany my students playing the piano, or playing viola or violin duets with them. And I guarantee: my lessons are always no pressure but fun with quick and serious results. My goal is for my students to feel real results even after the first lesson. I can also assist with preparation for any kind of performance/audition, recording process, touring, working on original repertoire. I'm looking forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your goals and dreams!:)

About Maria

Hi! I am a conservatory trained singer, violinist, pianist and composer, trained in classical, jazz and popular music at the Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine and at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. I have over 10 years of experience in music education and have worked with students of all levels of experience and all ages. Over these years I've been developing using my own personalized approach to every individual student, as well as a uniquely designed program that gives a student the best opportunity to reach their specific goals, while developing basic music skills and increasing overa
ll creativity and intelligence.
My goal is for my students to feel real results even after just the first lesson. With bigger gains being noticed by the end of the first month, including improvement of pitch accuracy, improved tone quality, an increase of their overall range, and even helping students find their own individual style and manner. I can assist with preparation for any kind of performance/audition, recording process, touring. I also use a special technique to reanimate a student's voice after oversinging (a tired voice) or any after-sickness effects (weak, dull voice, or even no voice at all). 
I try to incorporate basic piano and songwriting. Especially in cases where a student wants to also be able to accompany themselves or build their own original music repertoire - this can be one of the most important criteria for students whose goals include being signed by a label. I have worked with many successful recording and performing artists (including Diana Ross's daughter - Rhonda Ross), children of Hollywood celebrities - like Graham King, and students of the Manhattan School of Music.. I will be happy to assist you in achieving your dreams and goals in this exciting music journey! 

I also work at a major Brooklyn Recording Studio as a music producer, arranger and composer. I write and record live orchestral instrumentations, program extensive electronic accompaniment in both, Logic and Ableton Live… as well as work as a session musician, recording piano, violin and vocals for various artists.

I have performed internationally at venues all over Europe, North America and South America. I have also recently collaborated with the Grammy award winning composer/pianist Fernando Otero on the album “RITUAL”, on which I was the featured vocalist. 
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Jesslynn June 27, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Maria is an amazing teacher!!! She has some unique technique that makes you understand and memorize things a lot easier and faster. I started piano lessons with her then move on to vocal training.

She's super super friendly, patient, skillful and approachable. I highly recommend her to anyone who's looking into vocal or piano lessons. I can't describe how talented she is...she pretty knows most of the instruments.

Thanks so much Maris! :) xx
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Simon S. June 19, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Maria is an excellent, patient, and an absolutely meticulous instructor. Outstanding progress speaks for itself. Thank you Maria!
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Fen I. June 10, 2015
Violin · In studio
I've been coming to Maria for violin lessons for almost a year and a half and she is the best thing that could ever have happened to me! She is a true musician and a very good coach, with a perfect balance of patience, pushing me to do my best, and working with me to find technique solutions that work best for me specifically. She is also kind and cheerful and an absolute joy to be around, and has worked with me on voice and music theory when I needed that as well. I would never go to anyone else for violin lessons and I highly recommend her.
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Maria B.

Maria B.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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