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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 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.
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.
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.
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