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Teaching Violin in Boston, MA

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.

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Laura Z.

Brighton, MA

I have taught beginning violin for 9 years. I have played violin for 19 years and have played in professional string quartets, the Philadelphia band Mechanical Minds, and for various recording projects, including Grammy award winning Arrested Development's latest album. I mainly use the Suzuki method in instruction but also incorporate note reading and musical skills. For novice violinists, I focus primarily on proper technique, as I believe it is imperative to have a great foundation.

About Laura

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should be able to provide a piano/keyboard

*** Specialties ***
I have performed in a large variety of vocal genres from rock to opera and am comfortable teaching all ages, levels, and styles. In my lessons I focus on proper breath support, and vocal placement within the mouth and nasal cavity. As a result of my classical training, my basic style of teaching is steeped in the bel canto aesthetic. However, I believe in and use kinesthetic techniques to help students more easily discover this proper approach.
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Rabecca V. May 17, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Laura is very good with our children and we are well pleased with her instruction.
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Tonja J. October 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Laura is a wonderful teacher, the techniques and knowledge that she has taught my daughter have made a world of difference in her singing. You rock Laura!
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Christine N. October 29, 2014
Violin · In home
Laura was a fantastic instructor who taught my children to love playing violin! They actively looked forward to their violin lessons and made good progress with her.
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Laura Z.

Laura Z.

Brighton, MA 02135
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 orchestr
al 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 with world-renowned musicians and celebrities such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eotvos, Lorin Maazel, Denyce Graves, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, etc.

As a chamber musician, Sonia collaborates with musicians in the Boston area on a regular basis, giving recitals, bringing diverse styles of music to the audience. Previous concert programs included composers such as Bach, Brahms, Piazzolla, Boulez, etc.

Sonia appears often with festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she worked closely with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as the Castleton Music Festival, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, performing for six weeks the classical orchestral repertoire and collaborating with well-known musicians on opera productions. Other festivals include the Napa Valley Orchestral Institute, Roundtop International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival.

As a teacher, Sonia has years of experience working with a studio of students ranging from children to adults, beginner to advanced levels. Sonia is excited to share her knowledge of violin playing with students, helping them to grow in their own ways. Sonia uses well-known classical training methods with handpicked exercises from various etudes tailored for each student, while incorporating music theory throughout their study. Sonia has helped many of her students reach their goals in various auditions and festivals. Sonia holds yearly studio recitals for students to showcase their accomplishments.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sonia tailors lesson plans according to each student's needs. Lessons usually include classic methods (Suzuki, Wohlfahrt, Kreutzer etc.), modern exercises incorporating moderate music theory at each level, plus special techniques she has found through her teaching career. Her students will usually have a practice log that help to organize and keep track of the students' progress.
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Mike C. May 8, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
Sonia was a great instructor. She's patient and very knowledgable.
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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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Sonia D.

Allston, MA 02134
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Leanna L.

Boston, MA

Private and Group Violin Lessons

About Leanna

Pianist Leanna L., 25, began her piano studies at age six and violin studies at age eight. At age 11, Ms. L. performed the Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 26 with the East West Symphony in Sydney, under the baton of Henryk Pisarek. Ms. L. has also soloed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was invited to play at the City of Sydney Cultural Council Outstanding Performer's Concert in April 2008. She has placed in several Australian competitions and is a two-time winner of Sydney "Theme and Variations" Outstanding Pianist Award and a three-time finalist for the ABC Symphony Australia Young Pe
rformer's Award. In 2006, Ms. L. was one of three students honored by the Cultural Council at the Sydney McDonalds Arts Challenge. She made an appearance at the Sydney Opera House as a result of being awarded third place in the 2007 national Australian Higher School Certificate Music Extension course. In 2008 Ms. L. won the Werner Baer Memorial Award and the audience prize in the Cochem International Piano Summer Festival in Germany. Most recently, Leanna participated at the Banff International Piano Master-Classes in Canada last year.

Ms. L. studied with Margaret Hair in Australia and has performed in master classes in Australia, Germany, Canada and the United States for Marc Durand, Gary Graffman, Jacques Rouvier, Richard Raymond and Sarkis Baltaian. Previously, Leanna attained a Bachelor of Music at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where she studied with John Perry. At The Colburn School, she was selected to be a Teaching Fellow through which she had several young private students. Currently, Leanna is pursuing her Master of Music Degree at Boston University with Professor Boaz Sharon. Along with her teaching interests, Leanna is also a teaching instructor at the Page Music Lessons in Boston.
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Tom B. January 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Leanna is an exceptional pianist and an even better teacher! She really helped me enhance my music reading skills and encouraged me to become the become the best pianist I could be. I would definitely recommend her to piano players of all ages!
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Alex S. August 14, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had never taken any types of musical lessons before and just simply search piano lessons and found Leanna and after skimming over her profile a bit I decided to give it a shot and I've got to say I'm glad I did. Not only is she a very good teacher in the aspect that she knows what shes talking about she also has a pleasant personality and is easy to work with. I'd like to add also that scheduling lessons with her is easy.

If your looking for a Piano teacher I'd highly recommend Leanna.
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Yakeisha G. June 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I started violin lessons with Leanna in May and I must say she is an awesome teacher. Lessons are great and I am actually learning how to play the violin! I can not think of a time when she was harsh or impatient, seeing that I complete beginner. She is pleasant and encouraging. I was late for one of she class and she was so understandable
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Leanna L.

Leanna L.

Boston, MA 02215
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nicole P.

Malden, MA

I teach violinists from beginner to undergraduate conservatory 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, we work on whatever it is we need to work on for the day in a piece, theory, etc. I have all of my students create compositions of their own, as I feel it is an important way to feel comfortable with self expression and confidence. Nothing a student writes is bad or wrong, and I want everyone to enjoy what they are creating.

I want all students to enjoy themselves in lessons. It is of utmost importance that the experiences are positive for encouraging students to practice and continue. I can't wait to meet you and share my passion for music with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student has their own needs so lessons depend on the student. Things I like to include will be listed below:

-Scales
-Foundational Work
-Repertoire (pieces we both decide on)
-Games and Goals
-Theory (how music works)
-Composition (writing pieces)

That is not an exhaustive list, obviously. It will change based on what the student needs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have everything we need except the instrument. You will need to provide an instrument. We can discuss how to go about finding one that is the proper size together!

*** Specialties ***
Violin, viola, and cello lessons.
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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.
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Nicole P.

Malden, MA 02148
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Chris B.

Rockport, MA

Violinist and composer Chris B. has been teaching classical and modern violin techniques for the past decade. Armed with a diverse musical background and degree in composition from Berklee College of Music, his lessons and teaching materials are custom-tailored to the individual, emphasizing ear training, music theory, and improvisation in addition to performance technique. Baum also incorporates the O'Connor and Suzuki string methods when appropriate, and is comfortable teaching students of all ages and experience levels, whether their interests lie in classical, rock, jazz, folk, or world music.

About Chris

Inventive and innovative, yet embracing the best of his classical upbringing, violinist Chris B. is rapidly becoming a prominent force in contemporary music circles around the globe. His strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing the boundaries of the violin while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. The Berklee College of Music graduate’s growing list of credits include collaborations with The Dear Hunter, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bent Knee, Symmetry, Sean Roldan, Wheat, Art Decade, Ben Levin, G
uy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured Chris as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China and Taiwan.

Chris' philosophy on music education is an embrace of every aspect of music-making in order to develop into a truly creative, well-rounded, and capable artist. His teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. Chris has been sharing his passion for the violin to musicians of all levels and ages for the past decade, whether their interests lie in classical, jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, or somewhere in between.

Selected Discography:
ElderFlux - ElderFlux* (2015)
Video Game Orchestra - Live in Taiwan* (2015)
The Dear Hunter - Live (2015)
Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine (2015)
Om Frequency - Penumbra (2015)
Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies (2014)
Art Decade - Art Decade (2014)
Pyre Dove - Shallow Stepper (2014)
Video Game Orchestra - Live at Symphony Hall (2014)
The Dear Hunter - Migrant (2013)
Qwill & the Soul Review Project - Live at Dimension Sound Studios (2013)
Symmetry - Junky (2013)
Bent Knee - Live and Nearly Unplugged (2013)
Honey Circuit - Music for Roots (2013)
Hillary Barleaux - Hillary Barleaux (2013)
Bored with Four - We Are Friends (2013)
Ben Levin Group - Invisible Paradise (2012)
Jaggery - Private Violence (2012)
Honey Circuit - Dissolving I (2012)
Perhaps - Volume 1 (2012)
The Devil’s Twins - Handsome Devils (2012)
Bent Knee - Bent Knee (2011)
Black Kettle - Narrative (2010)
Ben Levin Group - Pulse of a Nation (2010)
Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink (2009)
Dropkick Murphys - Meanest of Times (2007)
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Adam P. April 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I think the 5 star description sums it up nicely, 'Best instructor ever'. I've worked with Chris for a few months now and his knowledge, friendliness, and ability to to teach are astounding! He teaches in a very dynamic way, adjusting the lesson on the fly to make sure you are learning what you need to know, when you need to know it, and at a pace that works well. Definitely recommended!
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Chris B.

Chris B.

Allston, MA 02134
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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