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Julian T.

Cleveland, OH

About Julian

Julian has always been a creative and diverse musician, breaking down the distinctive barriers among different genres of music. He received his training both at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and from the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he recently received his Masters in Music Performance. Though his training has been largely classical, he also has interests in jazz, fiddle, Latin, hip-hop, electronic and many other styles of music. In 2006, he became one of the core members of the eclectic hip-hop band, The Off Button, an elegant fusion of upright bass, banjo, violin, percu
ssion, vocals, and rap artists. Since then, he has also performed with a large number of ensembles and bands, including the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and numerous chamber music ensembles. Mr. T. has also performed with the The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was the lead violinist in the flamenco group, Nomad, and, most recently, is one of the founding members of the Eridanus Quartet. His current aspirations have been in composition and performance, writing many original pieces and arrangements which contain elements of both classical instrumentation and electronic audio elements.

In addition, he has also been an avid violin instructor and has maintained a private teaching studio for over 7 years. Over the summer of 2010, he was on faculty for the Chamber Music Festival through the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory department and was one of the main directors and instructors at the Coda Music Academy in West Virginia. His extensive knowledge of the instrument and stronger focus on teaching practicing techniques have enabled his students to do very well and even some have gone on to win awards in various competitions and festivals. His plans for the future include pursuing a music career in composition and performance, as well as maintaining an avid teaching studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Julian has been an active and successful violin teacher for over 7 years, with students from the ages of 4 to 56. He has taught not only private violin lessons to many students, but has also taught in masterclasses, been on the faculty of music festivals and camps, and has coached many various ensembles and chamber groups. All his students speak highly of him in maintaining a good attitude throughout lessons as well as his ability to explain and detail the finer details and techniques of the violin. In addition, it is important that every student learns the 'language' of music, to learn not only the technique, but to learn music as a medium to express what words cannot€” heroic stories, deep emotions of the heart, or pure joy and happiness.

Julian's technique is based mostly on Galamian-style technique, based on perhaps the greatest and most influential violin teacher of the twentieth century, Ivan Galamian (1903-1981). Galamian was well known for his incredible devotion to teaching and his students, as well as a solid technical approach to the violin, incorporating aspects of both Russian and French style violin playing. He had many extraordinary and successful pupils such as Michael Rabin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Jamie Laredo. Two of Julian's own violin teachers, Jan Mark Sloman and David Cerone, were also Galamian students, making Julian part of the third generation of the 'Galamian lineage.'

In addition to providing private one-on-one lessons every week with his students, Julian likes to give the opportunity for his students to perform, play for other students, and to learn some music theory and history. One cannot get everything out of music and the violin without learning how music works (theory), where it came from (history), and how to express yourself through music to others (performing). And while every beginning student begins their studies in the Suzuki method, Julian encourages his students to explore other kinds of music and is always open to requests from his students to learn different pieces.

Every student is important to Julian, and he devotes his time and knowledge in order to see every student progress and learn not just the violin, but important life skills such as dedication, attention to detail, time management, and the value of repetition, among others. For music is not just an exquisite art form and an enjoyable hobby, but a strong discipline, fun and useful for people of all ages and any talent. Whether a student is serious or not, learning a musical instrument can be fun, rewarding, and fulfilling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: bookshelves, coffee table, sofa chairs, plants, parents can sit in on lesson (encouraged)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide music and instrument. Also a cup of coffee - just kidding. I will provide the rest, teaching aids, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For beginners, I mostly focus on Suzuki Method. I also like to add in Etudes and scales, starting with Wohlfahrt and Schradieck. For more advanced students I work closely with them to come up with a personalized repertoire lesson plan. While I teach mainly classical music, I encourage students to try other types of music, such as improv or jazz, and am always open to taking repertoire suggestions from students. I teach classical music first to students to give them a strong technical background. Once that is accomplished, then any learning any other type or genre of music becomes a lot easier. It is mostly a matter of learning the small nuances of each style.
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Nicole L. November 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
As others have said previously, Julian is very patient and kind. Thank you!
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Lingz June 21, 2012
Very kind and patient. Works well with my son.
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CarolJ April 10, 2012
Thomas J.

Julian is very patient, kind, understanding and helpful -- communicates extremely well to our ten year old girl who has been diagnosed mild ADHD (not severe enough to merit special education services, but she receives accomodations at school to help her stay on task, complete work, etc. -- e.g., extra time on tests). Julian instructs her in such an excellent manner that she is able to focus well and comprehend directions clearly. We would like to know if Julian has any motivational strategies to help Arryanna who has difficulty staying on task for an appropriate length of time in practice times at home.
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Julian T.

Julian T.

Cleveland, OH 44118
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Sylvia W.

Cleveland, OH

An experienced and certified Suzuki teacher, my students learn to play the violin starting from a solid foundation with emphasis on posture and producing a beautiful tone. In addition to playing the instrument, students can expect to learn reading music, basic theory, music history, and ear training. Learning violin will teach patience, concentration, the value of hard work, coordination, as well as enhancing memory, aural skills, and fine motor control. It was Dr. Suzuki's belief and mine that learning an instrument not only fosters these skills but also helps to foster the hearts and minds of those learning the craft.

About Sylvia

Sylvia grew up in Auburn, AL where she began teaching violin and piano to students of all ages in 2012. Since then she has continued to train as a teacher, taking pedagogy courses in both instruments through the Schwob School of Music as well as teaching through their preparatory department. Now an established musician based in Cleveland, Ms, Sylvia is studying towards a MM in violin performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Clevelsnd Institute of Music. A certified teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she has taught violin, viola, and piano at Aurora School of Music, Strongsvi
lle Academy of Music, and Warren Henry Music School, as well as maintaining her own private studio with ages ranging from five year olds to adults. In addition, she works as a nanny and practice coach, building her understanding and communicative skills with children.
Ms. Sylvia performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Firelands Symphony, and by herself in a variety of settings, from concert halls to hospitals. During the summers she has participated in Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and this summer she looks forward to teaching and performing in South Africa and Zimbabwe as part of Musuc Inspire Africa.
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Michelle S. April 27, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sylvia is doing a great job with my 5 year old son. She is patient but no nonsense in her approach. She is very good at breaking the concepts down to a child's level. She has been coming to my home to give the lessons and is always on time. She has been flexible when I have needed to move the appointment time. We are quite pleased.
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Sylvia W.

Sylvia W.

Cleveland, OH 44106
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$25 / 30-min
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Barbara D.

Twinsburg, OH

I began playing the violin at the age of 7 and have played with the Cleveland Institute of Music Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Women's Orchestra, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and am currently the principal second violinist with the Stow Symphony Orchestra. I believe that students can and should read music, but also believe in the importance of being able to "play by ear." My methods combine the best of Suzuki and Sassmannshaus methods. I have also been active in alternative string styles as a performer and a teacher.

About Barbara

Learning to play a musical instrument is a skill that has been proven to improve brain activity. It is one of the only activities to engage both sides of the brain. Students who learn a musical instrument show improvement in their ability to pay attention and understand what is being taught in their academic classes. Most students retain this advantage even if they do not continue to play into adulthood.

Music is fun! It also can express your feelings in ways words cannot. I don't just teach you how to play your instrument, I will teach you to have a love for your music, and from that,
you will find that it is a lot of fun! After all, you do "play" your instrument!

In addition to the violin, viola and theory lessons described below, I am also available to coach ensembles. Any combination of string instruments you are working with, I will work with your group to improve your cohesiveness and your musical style.
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Alyssa S. April 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
First lesson went very well!
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Belinda March 7, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Nice to have the one on one teaching experience. If you have an issue she can stop you right on the spot that is giving you an issue and tell you what your are doing incorrectly. She also tells you what you are doing right.
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Belinda Adornetto February 9, 2016
Viola · In home
She was very patient with me (a brand new student). She showed me a lot of tips and gave me insight to the violin that I did not know. Definitely worth the lesson
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Barbara D.

Twinsburg, OH 44087
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Cheng G.

Cleveland, OH

I have been learning violin for 17 years. being a famous soloist is my life dream. I have learned a wide violin repertoire and have been to many music festivals and won several competitions. I'd love to share my experience with you and inspire you

About Cheng

Hello everyone, I originally come from China. My dream is to be a famous violinist or soloist. I have been playing the violin for 17 years since I was a little. I love music, I usually practice more than 10 hours during the break. I'd love to share the music with you, share my music experience with you and inspire you
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Cheng G.

Cleveland, OH 44115
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$25 / 30-min
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Christine S.

Lakewood, OH

Students can expect a very structured progression of lessons to ensure we're improving and moving forward. I am also there to help with any school music, and I enjoy making lessons fun for students by helping them learn their favorite songs.

About Christine

Bachelor of Arts in Viola Performance - Cleveland Institute of Music
Graduate Studies - University of Michigan

Christine S. was born in Florida and began playing the viola at the age of 8 through her school music program. At the age of 12 she began taking private lessons and soon found her passion for music making. She was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in viola performance in 2010. Christine has also studied with other renowned teachers such as Lynne Ramsey, Lisa Mattson, and Sarah Cote. She also did graduate studies with Caroline Co
ade at the University of Michigan.
Christine plays with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Circle, and Opera Per Tutti. She also has taught extensively in the Northern Virginia Area at the New School of Northern Virginia and now continues to teach in Cleveland. She finds great fulfilment and joy in guiding students to their musical goals.
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Christine S.

Christine S.

Lakewood, OH 44107
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$30 / 30-min

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