A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Bridgette Y. has been playing the Violin for over twenty years. She was educated in The Atlanta Public Schools system and graduated from North Atlanta High School. During her high school years, she went on a European tour with The Atlanta Public Schools Youth Orchestra, played in the violin section with The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and received a full scholarship for Violin lessons from the Georgia Academy of Music. She went on to Loyola University New Orleans and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in 2002. She was honored to play violin in a full orche
stra along with Stevie Wonder in the 2003 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. She is featured as the solo violinist in award-winning rapper, T-Pain’s music video, Drowning again. She earned her masters degree in music education from The Florida State University in 2005. She has played with The Orchestra of St. Andrew Bay in Panama City, Florida; The Albany Symphony Orchestra of Georgia; The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra of Georgia; and The Macon Symphony Orchestra. She also plays Electric Violin with the Neighborhood Jazz Band and The Moonlight Jazz Trio.
As a music educator, Bridgette has taught music lessons since her sophomore year in high school. She has taught Orchestra, General music, and Chorus in New Orleans Public Schools and Fulton County Public Schools. Orchestra in Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County Public Schools, Leon County Schools of Tallahassee, Florida, The Florida State University, The Sakarra Youth Institute, and Stillwaters Youth Sinfonia Orchestra and Dance Company. She currently teaches Orchestra at Camp Creek middle school in College Park, Georgia. She also taught with the music matters after-school elementary orchestra program at Shakerag elementary, Esther Jackson elementary, State Bridge Crossing elementary, Findley Oaks elementary, Creekview elementary and Heards Ferry elementary school. Bridgette enjoys playing and singing Gospel & Inspirational Christian Music at Church and directs her Church orchestra, the instruments of praise at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta. She believes that all students are capable of learning and being successful and that the teacher must guide the student in the right direction. In all things, she is thankful for the gifts that God has blessed her with and it is a blessing to be able to share these gifts with others.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect to learn how to fluently read music from a beginning level through a professional level; how to properly produce a quality sound on their instrument; how to properly hold their instrument and care for it; and my students learn how to set goals for themselves for a lifetime of music learning and performance. You will learn how to play your instrument in a nurturing environment. I typically use the Suzuki method for bowed stringed instruments and the Hal Leonard and Mel Bay method for Guitar. The Essential elements method for Trumpet and the Albans conservatory method for Trumpet for more advanced players. The Bastien beginning music theory method and supplemental etudes and solos are taught based on the individual student's needs. After three to six months, a student of mine will know several solo pieces, musical scales and arpeggios and at least one or more etudes.
*** Studio Equipment *** church: piano teach lessons in choir room, spacious, tables and chairs, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** A music stand, method book and solo book, tuner, and metronome. I expect the student to provide the instrument, invest in the method book and solo books, a pencil, and a notebook. The student should eventually invest in a music stand.
Dr. Betul Soykan, trained in one of the best conservatories of Europe holds four degrees in violin and string pedagogy. Betul teaches conservatory and college level violin and viola courses. She has produced great players and have served as a judge in many competitions as well as clinician for master courses. Her students have won multiple awards, competitions and variety of auditions and her students admire her both as a scholar and perform. Betul holds a doctorate from University of Georgia.
About Dr. BETUL
Dr. Betul Soykan, trained in one of the best conservatories of Europe, Betul holds four degrees in violin and string pedagogy. Her students have won national and international awards, competitions and variety of auditions. Betul holds a doctorate from University of Georgia.
Costa D. June 4, 2015
She is amazing violinist and teacher. Best in Atlanta. She was trained by incredible violinists in Europe and I love her sense of humor. Don't settle for unqualified teachers, just listen to her recordings and read her qualifications. Four degrees... a doctorate etc.
I started studying music when I was 5 on violin. At age of 6 I added piano. At middle school I started learning clarinet and saxophone to enrich my background. A bit later I added guitar. I was taking the most comprehensive classes which included ensembles, chorus, orchestra, band, solfeggio and music theory. I continued my music education at Music College on violin for another 4 years. My family moved to Israel, and I continued my education at Jerusalem Music Academy on violin and guitar, and graduated with Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and Education. During my carrier I was always a
ctively playing. I worked in symphony and chamber orchestras, concerting with bands, jazz, rock and pop groups. I am advanced player in guitar, violin, bass, piano in many genres and styles. Having perfect pitch, I instantly integrate and play by ear, with fluent improvisation. I have experience in orchestration and composition. I have years of experience in professional music recording as well as live sound. I served as invitational studio player and recorded many music albums. I am teaching for more than 15 years, both children and adults. I am helping my students to discover the world of music in unique learning environment which we create together. I believe that time together with the teacher should be most comprehensive by growing his/her instrument skills as well as feeding the student with information to promote their intelligence.
I do my best keeping my students interested, encourage home practices and improve proficiency. Every student gets individual attention. I plan my lessons, methodology and repertoire based on background and skills, and, of cause, I truly enjoy my students progressing. I have many students staying with me for many years.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Classic Guitar, Recording Station, Studio
*** Travel Equipment *** Violin, Classic | Electric | Acustic Guitars, Computer & Recording Station
It is very important. I haven't met or had the first hour of instruction but Felix is my choice of many teachers presented in this website. Why? Because I played violin before I served in the Navy and I think there's a future get together that will bind us together for our mutual benefit. Это очень важно Kent
Jill T. October 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
I am an adult learner with no previous musical experience. I started taking in-home piano lessons with Felix in April and have found him to be a wonderful teacher, very kind and patient. I'm excited about learning to play piano and eager to work hard to improve -- having a great teacher like Felix has had a lot to do with my continuing enthusiasm and commitment.
Previous experience with Mathnasium, Tutorial website, online teaching. Tutored friends and family. Member of high school math team. Graduate of Georgia Tech 800 on SAT Math 750 on SAT Verbal 680 on SAT Writing 5 on AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, AP Spanish, and AP US History 4 on AP English Language
Kathy Y. June 23, 2014
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In home Verified Student
I teach my students the Russian Method of playing so they can play with confidence and I help my student develop their musical artistry.
In my lessons I emphasize both technical skill and musical creativity. I use the Russian Method to instill my students with good technique and tone and I make sure that my students are confident on their scales and etudes. I try to chose pieces for my students that encourage artistic expression and I aim to help my students develop their own musical creativity.
I teach and perform on the violin, viola, and cello. I was a principal in the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal in the Kendall Youth Symphony Orchestra, and an a
ssistant principal in the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. Currently I play violin in the Georgia State University Orchestra, perform composer's new works in the Atlanta area, play violin in contemporary worship bands, and I am also a sectional coach for Couch Middle School. I am completing my Bachelors degree in Music Education at Georgia State University and I hope to soon teach orchestra in the public school system.
Maya M. May 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My experience was more fun than I thought. It was funner to learn how to play the cello.So, that why I gave it 5 stars
Sharon J. April 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
We love Kristin. My 8 year old daughter is taking drawing lessons with Kristin. She is fabulous with kids. My daughter enjoys the class so much. I recommend her highly.
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Jennifer is patient, experienced, professional and has the gift of music. Each session, she has demonstrated her ability to mentor/tutor my child w
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rstand, did I say Patient!? I am a 28 year old man that is learning Viola as his "2nd" real instrument. I play piano well, and "campfire" guitar. Kristen is teaching me to read Alto clef and play the Viola. She is teaching at MY pace and not complaining when I come in without having the most practice time accomplished throughout the prior week. She has a flexible schedule and is available for communication (email and phone) between lessons (I've rescheduled many times because my work hours are not constant). She's Great! I hope you let her teach you! Thank you for reading."
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"Martina has been a great instructor. We really like her for our 12 year old daughter."
Chicago, IL teacher:
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Huntsville, AL teacher:
Review by Nicole
"I was really nervous about playing my viola again after 10 years off, and feeling awkward taking lessons as an adult. Nick immediately put me at ease. He
made me feel really good about what I did remember, and gently pushed me to work on what I didn't. He was happy to work with the materials I still had from high school, brought along props to help with my form, and even helped me get a new bow. His flexibility and easy-going attitude truly made picking back up enjoyable. I never felt judged if I didn't have time to practice as much as I should have, and LOVED that he played along with me sometimes! Did I mention he's an incredibly talented and creative composer, too? I ended up hiring him to play at my wedding in July. At the last minute, my husband and I decided we wanted the Mario Brothers theme song for our recessional, and he composed a lovely version for viola and cello duet. Amazing!"
New York, NY teacher:
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"Brian is a really good teacher. He is very good at helping to develop better playing techniques as a player. He is also good at helping to master pieces o