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David J. Arlington, MA

About David

Has played viola and violin since 1996 Has played piano since 2006 Concord Carlisle High School Middlesex Community College - Music Associate's Umass Boston - Music Bachelor's Umass Boston - Music Masters (in progress) 25 Year old music grad student. Started teaching in Los Angeles then moved business back home to Boston. Has been teaching piano, violin and viola since 2008. *** Lesson Details *** Growing up, my music education was strict and difficult. I try to do just the opposite to accomplish a love and appreciation for music within students. I'm very open to what the student wants to do. I include listening to classics, watching musicals, reading material, theory and whatever else interests the student to progress his knowledge. *** Specialties *** * Suzuki method for

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Tegan S. September 24, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
David is a phenomenal musician, and a great performance coach. He really dives into the expression of every phrase and describes how to play it in such a manner as to make it seem natural and easy. He also approaches every day with such good humor and energy that it is a pleasure to work with him.
Jill G. Jamaica Plain, MA

About Jill

I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan. I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluable as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students. I have also been an innovator in musical education, ...

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Julie M. March 19, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Jill is a wonderful and patient teacher. She taught both of my children (ages 12 & 9) beginner violin. If we weren't moving away, we'd continue taking lessons from her for as long as we could!
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Rose G. April 26, 2014
Music Performance
Wonderful All Around

Jill Good is an amazing music teacher for all ages and can connect with any student on both an intellectual and personal level. I work for Gradoux-Matt Rare Violins LLC and can absolutely assure that the first music teacher we recommend is Jill Good. I've seen her students' recitals and have been astonished at the progress each student shows from one performance to the next.
I started playing the violin at age 4 and while I have loved all my teachers, I still wish I had someone as brilliant as Jill instructing me. For any age, Jill Good is perfection.
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Carmen M. January 13, 2014
Violin
Jill is great!

My husband and I were both delighted at how much progress our daughters (at the time aged 6 and 4) made with the violin under Jill’s careful guidance. Jill is very good with children, and in each lesson she gently engaged her students’ attention on the music and on learning new techniques. The result was that both of our daughters were focused and made real progress every single week.

We found that the Suzuki method of learning has worked very well for our daughters. Both of them (now aged 10 and 8) have gone on to play several in junior violin ensembles and take real pleasure and pride in their playing. They love music, and much of that is down to the wonderful early grounding they received from Jill.
Kathryn T. Brighton, MA

Viola was my first instrument and I can help you with everything from traditional classical repertoire to modern world, folk and jazz. I like to focus on music theory and reading skills, in addition to developing musicality from the first lesson.

About Kathryn

Kat is an enthusiastic and patient contemporary string player specializing in teaching violin and viola. Growing up she played violin and viola in school and community orchestras, as well as bass in jazz bands and small ensembles. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied violin and viola. At Berklee, Kat majored in Film Scoring (writing music for film and TV), so she is accomplished in composition as well as performance. She has performed onstage with musicians from all over the world including: Brazilian singer Rosa Passos, Cuban bassist Cachao, alternative rock singer Paul Cole, and Christopher Guest from "This is Spinal Tap." As a teacher, Kat utilizes her training in and experience playing a diverse range of styles in her lessons. She has been teaching ...

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Deborah S. August 16, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Patient and encouraging
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AlisonZ June 17, 2011
Thanks so much, Kat! Cole responds so well to your gentle guidance, and he's motivated via your choice of slowly more challenging pieces. No complaints at all!
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JesseH January 30, 2011
Helpful, Patient

Kathryn is extremely helpful with beginners. She is patient, which is very important. She also gives very appropriate, easy to understand lessons which makes practicing on your own easy. Taking lessons with Kathryn is a great experience!
Sonia D. Allston, MA

About Sonia

Sonia is a classically trained musician, who holds Masters degree from Boston University and Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. Sonia has years of experience teaching students of all levels, making lessons an enriching experience for the students. Sonia has an active performing and teaching career in Boston. As an orchestral musician, Sonia is actively involved with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Sonia further refined her orchestral playing skills through music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Castleton Music Festival, and Napa Valley Orchestral Institute. Through these opportunities, Sonia has collaborated ...

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Lana H. January 24, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Amazing Violin teacher!

Sonia is an amazing violin teacher. She has taught our 6 year old son violin for a year. She is talented, very patient, encouraging, and really wonderful with kids. I have been really impressed by her teaching style. She teaches violin technique and reading music in a serious but fun and stress-free way. She strikes just the right balance. Thanks to her, our son has developed a true love of music and the violin, and has had a wonderful time in the process. We feel lucky that our son will continue his study of violin with Sonia.
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Izumi H. January 24, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Sonia is a very good instructor.

Thanks to Sonia, I enjoy playing the violin. She patiently teaches me how to play a nice tune. She is a very good instructor. My dream is playing a duet with her!
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RickP November 17, 2011
I really enjoyed my lessons with Sonia. She was able to get me to accomplish certain tasks that I have had long standing difficulty with. She is very pleasant and nurturing instructor and intend to take lessons with her in the future, as I really think she can bring my ability to the next level. Thanks Sonia
Nicole P. Malden, MA

I teach violists from beginner to college level performers.

About Nicole

I have a passion for music and people. Those two things together make lessons a fantastic outlet for both me and the student. I cater to each student's specific needs based on personality, age, ability, and mood. I have been teaching for over 10 years, and have completed both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College and The Boston Conservatory. I am an active performer in the Boston area, and am always looking for new and interesting projects. I am a strong promoter of music being written by living composers, which is where a lot of my performing happens. A typical lesson starts with some fundamental work, whether it's open strings, scales or whatever. There is always a way to warm up - playing violin is an athletic skill, in my opinion. After that,

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Madeline L. February 12, 2014
Violin
A wonderful and passionate teacher and mentor

Nicole is far more than a teacher, she is a role-model, a caring person, and a very well-trained musician. I've tried finding other places or teachers that I felt were at least adequate, but had no luck. After 4 years of private lessons, I have, without a doubt, improved far so much. She knows how to push a student to their full potential, even if they don't see it themselves.

If you're looking for someone who will be supportive and understanding but also productive, Nicole is your person. Her optimistic method of teaching really does impact and motivate you to practice, which is something that is sometimes hard for me to find.
Daniel U. Jamaica Plain, MA

Viola is my primary instrument. I have a very unique approach to teaching the viola which has arisen from years of trial and error. I work with students towards both long-term and short-term goals. It is important to remain sensitive to the students needs in order for me to work towards their full-potential. I come from a long line of prestigious teachers who have all revolutionized string playing in their own right.
-Martha Katz (Grammy award winner).
-Jeffrey Irvine (Professor at Cleveland Institute of Music and Itzhak Perlman Music Program).
-Marylene Gingras-Roy (Pittsburgh Symphony).

About Daniel

I began teaching at the age of fifteen from my parents living room. By my senior year I was teaching both violin and viola lessons. I have always had a strong eagerness to help others reach their full potential. When I watch my students play I see very quick solutions that work for the problems at hand. The music is what is most important which is why I strive to help students transcend their difficulties so that the music can speak for itself. While attending the Cleveland Institute of Music for my undergraduate studies I began teaching at different high schools in the area. I began coaching chamber music at Cleveland Heights High School, coaching sectionals at Mentor High School, and teaching privately at Cleveland School of the Arts. It was a great honor for me to teach in ...

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Karen H. May 14, 2014
Violin
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My husband and I were extremely pleased with the progress our son Thomas made with Dan. Thomas started playing last year and was progressing faster than the rest of his third grade class which is why we were looking for a private teacher to help him along. Before taking lessons with Dan I had a hard time getting Thomas to practice. Thomas has begun practicing all on his own because he has been genuinely inspired. Dan is a true professional who always on time and in a good mood to teach. He was so patient with Thomas and developed practice techniques unique to Thomas's situation. Dan is more than just a violin teacher, he is dedicated to inspiring each student to love music. Thanks Dan!!!

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