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Karen D.

34 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Teaches Beginner
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Karen D.

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Viola:
A stringed instrument that is bowed or played with varying techniques. It is slightly larger than a violin and has a lower and deeper sound. Since the 18th century it has been the middle or alto voice of the violin family, between the violin (which is tuned a perfect fifth above) and the cello (which is tuned an octave below. The strings from low to high are generally tuned to C3, G3, D4, and A4. My lessons always start out with the basics! We start out by learning notes by plucking the strings and then the bow is soon incorporated. The goal is to eventually learn all the notes on the fretboard and also learning how to read and play chords. As the student progresses advanced techniques are introduced, music theory and learning how to solo.

About Karen

Hi! My name is Karen D. I’ve had the pleasure of performing, singing, writing, and recording since I was seven years old. Besides being an Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music, I have been a lifelong student of the international world-renowned instructors Dante Pavone and Charlie Banacos.

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Troy W.
Extremely knowledgeable! Karen is a superb guitar instructor. Honestly, I was struggling. Discouraged! She helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, and moved me from beginner to intermediate in a matter of months. If you’re getting tired of learning from YouTube and smart phone apps, let Karen kick start your guitar playing. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks Karen!!
Aidan V.
Karen was great!
Carter
This teacher misrepresented her ability to teach the C system chromatic button accordion. I don't believe that she has ever played one. I asked her before purchasing a set of classes if she knew this instrument and was competent to teach it, and she said she was.

She didn't have one, so she could never demonstrate anything I asked about. She didn't know the key layout. She didn't know the conventions for numbering fingers. She didn't know the basic home key scale pattern.

I waited until I'd finished four classes with my new teacher before writing this so I'd have a good basis for comparison. He is immensely better at teaching this than she was. It further convinced me that she never should have represented herself as competent to teach this particular instrument.
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Lauren S.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks Spanish, English, German
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor of Music - Violin Performance from Boyer College of Music & Dance
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Lauren S.

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Whether you want to play classical viola, alto fiddle traditional tunes, or perform like your favorite pop artists, I can set you on the path to success! My private students range in age from 4 to 40 years old, and I have gone on to become music teachers, composers, and professional musicians. My most influential teachers have been members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and graduates of The Curtis Institute of Music.

About Lauren

Lauren is a dynamic violinist, violist, and music educator in the DMV. She has performed with ensembles including American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and the Maryland Lyric Opera, and she has worked with ar

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Rafaella L.
Lauren is clearly knowledgeable and dedicated to teaching music properly.
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Megan H.

9 Reviews
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Starting at $34
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Violin Performance from University of Colorado-Boulder
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Megan H.

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It is my goal as a teacher to "decode" each individual student's personal learning style. I strive to create a fun and safe learning environment and to instill the values of lifelong learning, curiosity, and self-improvement in my students. My primary goal as a teacher is to make playing the viola easy and fun.

My teaching begins with a strong technical foundation. Having strong basics allows the violist to play their instrument with ease, having the freedom to play musically and creatively. I provide students with a balance of scales and arpeggios, etudes and technical exercises, and classic repertoire, and supplement with fiddle, pop, and jazz tunes, according to the student's interests.

I firmly believe that students can begin learning a musical instrument at any age. While I love working with children, I have developed a specialty in teaching adult beginners. The majority of my students are adult learners between ages 25-65 who are either learning an instrument for the ...

About Megan

Hi there! I am Megan. I have been teaching violin and viola privately for over 12 years, both in-person and online. I have been a TakeLessons instructor for approximately the last 5 years. In addition to my private studio, I am also a violin, viola, and group class instructor for Kalamazoo Kids in T

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Tom Reaghard
One of the things Megan has besides the skill is a good attitude towards her students.
Terry M.
Tom Reaghard
Megan is smart, knowledgeable and pleasant. She makes the hard stuff seem easy. I just hope that I'm a good student, so I can keep working with her.
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Emily W.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2008
  • Doctor of Musical Arts - Music Performance from CUNY - Graduate Center
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Emily W.

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Whether young or old, raw beginner or experienced player, I am happy to teach you! I am keenly aware to the needs of my students and adjust my teaching based on each individual's musical interests and goals. I have experience preparing grade-school aged students for NYSSMA solo festivals.

About Emily

American violinist Emily W. is an active and versatile performer of chamber and orchestral music. As a chamber musician, Emily has appeared with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in the ensemble's Alice Tully Hall debut. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo i

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Michael Y.
Emily was patient with me as a beginner. Her instructions were very detailed, easily understood and very helpful. Her pace was just right - not too slow, not too fast. She took the time to observe my technique and make corrections gently as needed. I would highly recommend Emily for online violin instruction to students of all ages.
Yitao
I’ve been learning with Emily for 4 years now and have seen major improvements with my playing. She is such a dedicated, hardworking teacher. I have gotten so many amazing opportunities working with her, such as joining youth orchestras, playing in recitals, concerts, etc. No matter your level, she always motivates you to do better. I wish I could learn with her forever :((
Lara
So far so good. Emily was extremely patient and my daughter said she liked it a lot.
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Cieran M.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, French
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Cieran M.

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Viola is the undersung hero of the orchestra, and I love to help violists learn this beautiful instrument! Though much of the technique of the instrument is the same or very similar to the violin, violists enjoy a great repertoire of solo pieces and high demand in ensembles, which I can help you discover for yourself. (Please see my violin profile for more information on experience and lesson style)

About Cieran

I love music, and I love helping other people find and develop their love for music! I teach all styles of violin and piano to ages 4 and up, with a strong emphasis on finding what kind of music each student enjoys and building a life-long love of music with solid technical foundations. I hold a

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Henry W.
Cieran was amazing with my 3 year old! He explained everything and was very patient!
Kelsey F.
Cieran is absolutely fantastic. Regardless of what type of style you are trying to learn, he is the teacher for you. He has a great passion for music and is knowledgeable, kind, and patient. Every lesson is tailored to what you would like to learn. Not only that, but he is an extremely gifted player, so after hearing what I aspire to sound like, I am motivated to practice more than ever!
Bill S.
Patient & Encouraging

Cieran is knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and attentive - all the things one looks for in a teacher.
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Kendra R.

43 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kendra R.

43 Reviews
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Having taught and performed for over 30 years, I have had the pleasure of working with students of all levels and ages. For beginning students, you can expect to be playing and learning to read music within your first month of taking lessons. I am happy to say that my intermediate and advanced students have met goals of preparing for auditions with success, performance events, and simply studying new technique and repertoire for their own pleasure. I look forward to meeting and sharing your musical endeavors!

About Kendra

Hello and thanks for visiting my webpage on Take Lessons. My name is Kendra, and I have been performing and teaching professionally for over 30 years. I received my performance training at Colorado University in Boulder and Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. My career as a teacher, recording

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Kay H.
I wrote a review when my daughter was a beginner, as she started to learn viola at her middle school. 4 years later, after 1 all-state, 2 district honors, and 1 London performances - all thanks to Kendra - my daughter continues to learn under Kendra's encouraging, precise instructions. Thank you Kendra!!!!
Angelique M.
I studied viola from 4th grade through college and have had many different teachers. I took a very long break from studying because it was getting to be too much like work and no fun.
Returning as an adult student was a tough decision for me, but Kendra has made it fun again! We've worked through some of my old bad habits that none of my previous teachers addressed and I can play without left hand pain for the first time in my life. It's amazing!

Kendra is patient and encouraging and has really helped me rediscover my joy and love of playing the viola. I can't recommend her enough!
alycia
No matter how un well I play she always encourages and I feel like "ok I will try again and practice a little more and guess what I do improve . I have progressed 100%

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The average cost of 60-minute viola lessons in Altadena is $76. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $130 per hour.
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"I had a great first lesson with Kelvin! He's fast and efficient and knows how to maximize the online time slot! This is gonna be fun!!!"
Brian
Took Viola lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Very understanding teacher. My 13 year old thinks he is awesome. He said he's going to help my son learn to play Star Wars."
Ralia
Took Viola lessons from Peter B.
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"She made me feel comfortable and took me to the lesson plan step by step. As with the homework."
Yvette
Took Viola lessons from Elizabeth B.
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"My 13 year old granddaughter just finished her 1st year of viola at school in June 2014 and she wanted to take summer lessons to stay sharp. There were a lot of teachers available within a 10-15 minute drive, but after trying other teachers, we chose Mark (a 30 minute drive ) because, as others have commented, he is extremely patient and teaches by correcting, not criticizing. He simply has a gift for teaching. I have never regretted the extra drive. Once you've had a lesson with him, you won't want to go to anyone else."
Mike
Took Viola lessons from Mark L.
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"We've made such good progress. I'm thrilled."
Andre
Took Viola lessons from Amanda M.
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"Charismatic, academic, inspirational, and professional describe Michael. It as been a pleasure working with him for many years. Every lesson will bring energy and new insights into your playing!!"
Daniel Golleher
Took Viola lessons from Michael D.
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"Excellent teacher, she has a charisma that makes children pay attention easily, hence they learn faster."
Lawrence
Took Viola lessons from Estefania
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"Will's a great instructor. Very knowledgeable, passionate, and patient. Has a wide range of influences and inspirations. Can't go wrong with this man!"
Karl
Took Viola lessons from Will R.
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"Very enthusiastic and helpful. Encouraging and engaging."
Scott
Took Viola lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Emily is patient, motivating, encouraging, and knowledgeable - a terrific teacher in every way!"
Anne
Took Viola lessons from Emily B.
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