I have been teaching in a variety of settings for the past 12 years. I am an encouraging and structured teacher who wants to help students set and reach their goals! After years of extensive classical musical training, I have developed a refined teaching style that suits students of all ages and backgrounds!
At the age of four, I began studying violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. I was trained using the Suzuki Method until the age of nine. Throughout my adolescent years I competed in solo violin competitions, performed in numerous orchestras, attended prestigious music festivals, & began teaching! I received my Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and my Masters Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul in Chicago. After intensively studying with instructors and performers from all over the world, I developed a diverse teaching philosophy that allows me to customize lessons to each student's needs. I am a very positive, supportive, & energetic person who knows how challenging it is to learn an instrument so I try to make it as fun as possible! Whether
you or your child's goal is to become a professional or to become professionally awesome at "Twinkle", I look forward to helping you achieve it!
I have played the violin and the viola for 13 years, and have studied both extensively at a high level. You can expect a good mixture of technique and pieces in our lessons, along with many conversations about body awareness and tension release. The last two points are my passion projects, as I aim to help you develop pain free playing at all costs!
I am currently a freelance violist and strings teacher in the greater Hartford area. I completed a masters degree in viola performance at The Hartt School in December of 2018.
In the past year, I have collaborated with Teaching Artists International in traveling to Peru and Guatemala to observe and teach students immersed in the El Sistema philosophy. El Sistema began in Venezuela as a method of orchestral instruction that carries with it an essential component of social justice and inclusivity.
Teaching is a great opportunity to get to know a young artist. My primary goal as a teacher has always been to help my students develop technical and musical abilities through regular practice and problem solving approaches, while always encouraging a unique musical voice. In our lessons together, we will explore your personal mus
ical interests, and I will also introduce you to an applied technical approach to the viola and violin, which I will cater to your individual technical and musical needs!
I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions you have about my pedagogical approach, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Jake was great. Articulate, calm, encouraging. He understood my requests and was quick to asses what action to take. Thanks Jake.
February 12, 2019
Jake has a keen sense of how to pace lessons, and has a sharp eye & ear for technique. If I had just taught myself through YouTube I might be okay at violin, but the quality would be nowhere near where it is today without Jake's help. These lessons have been a good investment and I look forward to improving even more.
January 4, 2019
Jake Pietroniro is an excellent teacher and colleague. I’ve work with him for the last couple years and he has a great ability to tailor lessons to each students individual needs. I highly recommend Jake to any student interested in improving their musical abilities.
I have been teaching violin for six years. Though I am classically trained, my interest in music goes far beyond classical music. I am constantly listening to various genres of music and consider myself a forever learner, loving everything in music from Prokofiev to the Flaming Lips. It is my job to help guide my students through their musical journeys, whether that is helping them get into their regional orchestra or teaching them that one song they've always wanted to learn. I teach out of the Essential Elements or Suzuki Method books. Though my lessons are fun and relaxed I will always give my students that extra push when needed. My goal is to help each student reach their personal success and to instill a love for playing music.
Tools for lessons:
Music Stand Rosin Shoulder rest or sponge Previous method books (if you are not a first time learner) Metronome Pencil
Hello! I am a classically trained violinist and violist. I have been playing violin for 15 years and teaching for 7. I got my Bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut in 2017. Since then, I have performed at Woolsey Hall, Ivoryton Playhouse, Playhouse on Park, and the Bushnell Performing Arts Center.
Teaching has become one of my greatest passions. My goal for each student is to inspire their passion for music and to give them a greater appreciation for the arts. I am just as comfortable with teaching someone who has been playing for years as I am teaching a beginner. In our lessons I hope you feel comfortable asking questions and exploring your own voice as an artist. Feel free to reach out and ask me anything, I would love to hear from you!
Great instruction, she had me working with the bow on the very first lesson. Very responsive to students needs, A+ will continue studying viola with phoebe.
April 2, 2019
Miss Phoebe is an excellent, patient instructor for my two young violinists! She is prompt, and has lots of tools in her tool kit to bring about proper posture, tone, sound. She exhibits a very warm kind discipline that makes clear her expectations without being mean about it at all. I think my kids have made significant progress under her tutelage and I would definitely recommend her for any skill level!
August 26, 2018
I'm an adult learner who went through Suzuki book 2 and a few other pieces with Phoebe as my instructor. I spent a month prior with a "bad experience" and hadn't taken lessons in probably 10 years before that.
Working with Phoebe was GREAT. She was very easy to work with and really saw to improving my skills. She was encouraging and very positive. When I had troubles with parts (which was often), she would always have multiple suggestions as to how to practice them to work through the difficulties. She also gave me nudges along when I didn't think I could do certain things too. All in all, I had a great experience working with Phoebe and would have loved to continue to work with her if she was still in my local area.
If you're wondering why not 5 stars, that's more from my lack of experience than any issue with her. The guide says 5 stars is the "best teacher ever". She probably was the best teacher ever for me, but I'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate. Is she a good fit for an advanced student, I'm going to guess that, yes, she is, but I don't know that info personally so I went with 4.
Hello! I've been performing for 21 years and teaching for 15 years. Teaching has always been a passion for me! Whether you're an adult trying the violin or viola for the first time, or a dedicated student aiming to major in music, I can adapt my approach to suit your needs. I will help you build confidence in your playing through presenting attainable goals each week, while also providing appropriate challenges. I aim to help you feel comfortable and natural as you play by prioritizing proper posture and technique.
I have a Master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory in Violin Performance with an emphasis in pedagogy. I have performed in the U.S.A. and Europe, with well-known artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzahk Perlman, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. My teacher training includes the Suzuki method (registered for books 1-5) and the Mark O'Connor method (certified for books 1-2).
My hope is that the violin or viola becomes a constant source of inspiration and ...
Violinist, pianist, composer, and teacher Hollis received her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance/Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Herbert Greenberg. She studied at Converse College for her Bachelor of Music degree with Sarah Johnson where she graduated summa cum laude with honors in Violin Performance.
Hollis studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Institute’s Preparatory Division and completed the teacher training for Suzuki books 1-5 with Edmund Sprunger, Linda Stieg, Sharon Miller, and Martha Shackford. Hollis also completed teacher training for the Mark O'Connor method books 1-2. She taught at the Alia-Lawson Pre-College in South Carolina, the Peabody Preparatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland, and the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, FL.
as performed as a chamber musician and soloist in many locations across Europe and the U.S. She is an active performer in the Tampa Bay area having played with the Florida Orchestra, Opera Tampa, and the St. Petersburg Opera. She has also performed with well-known artists including Andrea Bocelli and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In addition, Hollis enjoys composing and performing music on traditional and electric violin and piano, and has collaborated with fellow artists in numerous recordings.
Mrs. Hollis is a very kind and patient instructor. She is great at teaching technique and important skills that have to be learned in order to play the violin at your best. My son Ben absolutely loves taking lessons with her and he has learned so much. She is so professional, talented and has so much experience! She is a perfect instructor for anyone who would like to learn to Play the violin!
March 19, 2019
Mrs. Hammonds is such a wonderful teacher! I came to her when I just started high school and was overwhelmed with joy when I found such a great teacher. Focusing on memorization, technique, and working on a solid foundation even after playing for 10 years prior, really reflected in my playing. I think she was the teacher who really showed me why I wanted to play violin and set my foundation up to improve more and more even today!
February 18, 2019
As an adult student that let my violin sit idle for too many years, Hollis was able to help me regain some basics skills and build upon them to re-learn different playing styles. Her approach was refreshing and focused on helping me re-learn some classical pieces that were familiar to my background. In addition, she introduced some jazz and fiddle pieces that I was interested in branching out with and worked with me to fine tune bowing techniques for each style.
I would highly recommend Hollis as an instructor for anyone starting out or looking to improve upon existing skills!
I'm a strings teacher of 20 years, and still going strong! Lessons in English or "Español". Technique-based, or any desired repertoire. Name your needs, we'll get it done together : )
David P. is a veteran strings teacher from Montgomery County. “Dah-veed”, as many of his friends call him, began his teaching career in 1999 in New York City. A native Puerto Rican, he holds music degrees from Penn State and Temple Universities. David has also had the honor to contribute locally, as strings teacher, in directing the P2 Select String Ensemble, the North Penn School District select curricular ensemble that features many of the area's most advanced students regularly at the regional PMEA and Music in the Parks festivals, as well as national-level NAFME and ASTA adjudicated festivals. David, wife Emily and children Lucas and Ella currently live in Lansdale, PA.
I am extremely experienced with over 30 years of teaching privately, both in Florida and in Boston/New York. I teach with fun while customizing my knowledge and experience to each individual student at their level and speed. I enjoy the creativity of learning each individual’s needs and personality. My main goals are to get the student playing what they want to play as quickly as possible. I teach what to practice and how to practice with the least amount of time necessary. I teach both violin and viola to all ages and all levels. Teaching is my passion!
With over 30 years experience as a professional classical musician -performer and teacher of violin and viola, I am very confident in my knowledge in how to teach all ages and levels! All my former students have achieved their goals and more! Just last year my graduating senior was accepted to both Curtis and Juilliard, and a former student was accepted into the Pittsburg Symphony. All my students have gone onto either prestigious conservatories or the university of their choice. Many are also in orchestra in the States, Europe and Tawain. As a teacher, I truly enjoy getting to know each individual student and customizing my knowledge to fit their needs, their choice of music, their goals and at their pace. I specialize in teaching what to practice and HOW to practice in the least amount of time necessary, and I do my utmost to inspire t
All ages are welcome, but especially the very youthful and very curious! Violin is my secondary instrument, which I play in various pit orchestras and bluegrass ensembles. If you're just starting out, I'd love to help inspire and energize in you the same passion for music that fuels me. Students can expect to master basic music theory, gain confidence in their technique, and, importantly, learn to hang with the youth orchestras and symphonies they're sure to encounter in the future. Wherever you're at right now, I've been there, and I know how to help you out of your practice rut and launch you into new adventures. Shoot me a message and let's talk!
I'm a student biologist, chemist, writer, violist, violinist, pianist, guitarist, and music arranger (not usually at the same time). I primarily play viola in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles; occasionally I'll jump to violin in pit orchestra productions for musicals. I'm currently pursuing a major in Molecular Biology and a minor in Music. I've had an effusive passion for learning and an ineffable desire to share it with others for as long as I can remember. I hope to go into science education after graduate school, while still maintaining my strong ties to the music programs I'm fortunate to be around.
Experience: - Youth Music Monterey Honors Orchestra, principal violist (2017-2019) - Carmel High School Orchestra, principal violist (
2016-2019) - Carmel High School Pit Orchestra, violinist (2018-2019) - Sandpiper String Quartet/Trio, violist (2018) - Youth Music Monterey Orchestras, volunteer violist (2018-present)
Honors and Awards: - Carmel High School Orchestra Most Inspirational, Outstanding Achievement (2019) - Youth Music Monterey Pam and Chuck McGowin Award for Outstanding Contributions (2019) - Central Coast Section Honors Orchestra (2018, 2019) - California Orchestra Directors' Association Honors Orchestra (2017, 2018)
Recently, I was named Most Inspirational and given an Outstanding Achievement award for my work in my school's music program. I was incredibly lucky to be able to arrange and orchestrate 'Ripple' for the string orchestra, in honor of a late teacher. For the same teacher, I later arranged five more campy 70s tunes--among which were Mr. Blue Sky and September--for a benefit concert that I helped lead.
I'm unfortunately unable to give advice to advanced students, since I'm always learning myself. However, if you're just starting out on the viola or violin, I'd love to teach you using what I've learned! The memories of my own journey are fresh for me, and I know it can sometimes be discouraging or aimless. My goal is to guide you towards the blinding light at the end of the tunnel and to help you out of whatever plateau you're in, whether you're in a transition period to a higher-level orchestra or if you don't know where to start putting your fingers.
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Subjects taught: biology (AP), chemistry (AP), language arts (AP), literature (AP), US history (AP), psychology (AP)
Scores: - AP Biology (5), AP Chemistry (5), AP English Literature (5), AP US History (5), AP Psychology (5), AP English Language (4), SAT Chemistry (770), SAT Literature (800)
Honors and Awards: - Carmel High Top Science Student (2019) - Rotary STEM Scholar (2019) - Carmel Valley Women's Club Scholar (2019) - National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction/Honor (2018, 2019)
Born with perfect pitch, I started playing the violin and piano at the age of four. I am a classically trained violinist. Music is my biggest passion and I am currently auditioning for graduate programs. I did my undergraduate training from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. I received scholarships from both institutions. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California San Diego (UCSD). My past teachers include violinists from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster from Indianapolis Symphony.
I wholeheartedly understand that studying and understanding an instrument and its complexities is challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding and fun! It is a great way to express oneself and connect with others. I believe in incorporating music theory and ear training into learning the instrument, especially at a young age. I care deeply about each student's need and desire in terms of musical growth and promise to make the lessons
Hello! I am a classically trained violinist. I did my undergraduate training at the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. All of my teachers during my time in Boston were violinists from Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in the world. By having them as my teachers, I learned that having a good teacher that focuses on the foundational violin techniques, of which allows advancements to build on top, is indispensable.
I have performed at Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Conrad Presby Hall, Harvard Theater, and much more with world renowned musicians and conductors.
While I am fundamentally a classically trained violinist, I love to play and listen to all genres of music from classical to EDM to 70s classics. Most importantly, playing music should be fun and the purest form of self expression. I love to he
lp my students find the joy and beauty of music.
Personally in my practice routine, I always start with fundamentals like scales, arpeggios, double stops, and some bowing exercises. This allows your mind and body to warm up and get used to making full, ringing sounds. I hope by taking lessons with me, you as a student learn not only the violin but also the delight of music in general! :)
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