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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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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 invaluabl
e 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, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families.

I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment.

My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching.

I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me!

*** Lesson Details ***
While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice.

We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others!

Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students.

*** Specialties ***
I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age.

My specialties include:
music-based early childhood development
adult beginners and continuing learners
intermediate and advanced players
chamber music coaching.
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Heather M. July 1, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Out of all of my teachers that I've had over the years, Jill has given me the most thorough lessons I've ever had. Most of my teachers have focused heavily on repertoire, and ignored the basics of scales and etudes. As a result, I always found them tedious, but Jill breaks everything down into smaller pieces so I don't get bored or overwhelmed. She always comes up with new ways of working on old techniques that help me overcome old, deep-seated habits and difficulties.
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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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Jill G.

Jill G.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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starting at
$29 / 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.

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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Serena L.

Boston, MA

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!

About Serena

While earning my dual degree at Boston College in Music and Biochemistry, I have had extensive experience working as a tutor and a teacher. I currently hold a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in music from Boston College, as well as an M.S. in biomedical sciences from Tufts University School of Medicine.

I currently work for the dermatology department at Brigham and Women's, but as my schedule is very flexible, I would love to return to tutoring and teaching. Previously, I have tutored physics, chemistry, biology, and given violin lessons to beginners.

As a violinist, I began playing at
the age of 3, studying at the Eastman School of Music's preparatory department, and have been heavily involved in orchestral and chamber music as well as studied privately ever since. While my experience is mostly with beginners and younger students, I would love to take on some intermediate students, especially those with an interest in chamber music.

Thank you!
Serena
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Emily W. March 9, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Serena is an excellent instructor. She is very patient, helpful and clear in her explanations and definitely wants to structure the lesson so that it best meets what you are looking for out of the experience.
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Serena L.

Serena L.

Boston, MA 02115
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ethan S.

Roxbury Crossing, MA

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!

About Ethan

If you are just starting the violin and would like some help buying/renting your first instrument, playing your first pieces, and figuring out how to make a sound that doesn't make your dog hide under the couch, I can help!

Or, if you've an intermediate/advanced student who wants a new teacher to help polish a piece before your big recital/concert, I'd also be happy to help.

I've been playing violin for over 17 years and have worked with hundreds of students of all levels. My previous students have been as young as 4 and as old as 40. It's never too late to start! My goal as a teacher i
s to specifically help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

I went to school at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and New England Conservatory where I majored in violin performance, with a concentration in string pedagogy. I've helped both young children and adult beginners start playing the violin, as well as adult beginners.
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Ethan S. February 5, 2015
Violin · Online
I've been working with Ethan for over a year and he has been fantastic! Very skilled, patient. Excellent teacher
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Ethan S.

Ethan S.

Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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