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By Rachel M. - Boston Violin Teacher
Although I’ve been fortunate enough to have taught violin lessons in many other cities throughout my career, my experience teaching violin lessons in Boston has been amazing for reasons incredibly unique to the city itself. There are many cities that offer a rich classical music scene, but Boston also happens to be a destination spot for budding professional musicians. We have four incredible music schools within the city, not to mention the many thriving music departments contained in local colleges and universities. All of these institutions house hundreds of talented musicians and dozens of affordable, professional-level performances each week. In addition to what’s happening within our conservatories, there are professional ensembles playing in the city year-round at venues such as Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall. In short, there’s always an opportunity to hear amazing classical music in Boston.
As a teacher, I can provide guidance on how to hold a violin and how to play a passage more in tune, but it’s up to a city and the artistic community within it to supply the student with the chance to hear great performances. One of the many things I love about teaching violin lessons in Boston is hearing a student’s excitement about playing the violin after an inspiring concert. It’s not unusual at all for a student to tell me during a lesson about a concert they heard at Symphony Hall or the New England Conservatory, nor do I have any trouble recommending a place to hear talented violinists. As long as I am teaching violin lessons in Boston, I know there will always be opportunities for that.
I can help you with everything from traditional classical repertoire to modern world, folk, jazz, and improvisation. I like to focus on music theory and reading skills, in addition to developing musicality from the first lesson. I also play electric violin and can help you to set up virtual or analogue rigs to get the best sound.
I have been studying the violin since age 3, starting at the Eastman School of Music's preparatory department with the Suzuki method. While earning my B.A. in music composition and performance at Boston College, I had the privilege of teaching violin to beginning elementary students through a department music outreach program. While I love teaching beginners, I am excited to take on intermediate students who are looking for advancement. I hope to instill a passion for music in my students!
I've been teaching violin for over 7 years and my students have gone on to win various music prizes in the NJ/NY tri-state area. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able learn how to hold and set up the violin, and as time goes on you'll be able to move on to play more complicated and fun pieces. I specialize in teaching with the Suzuki method and I love working with students of all ages and experience!
Lessons tailored specifically to the needs of the student. Guidance in technical training allows music to breathe and make the creative process an enjoyable task despite difficult repertoire. Choices of repertoire are made in collaboration with teacher and student to ensure the highest return in creative fulfillment and progress.
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