Whether you're 3 or 103, if you're playing violin (or starting to play!) I hope you're EXCITED about it!! Over the years, my students have said that their lessons are/have been their favorite times of each week. I believe learning to play viola should be full of joy, learning, thinking, and feeling. Bring that joy alive for yourself by partnering with me as your musical guide. I bring over 30 years of experience and pure joy to my work, and I'd love to share that with you!
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 invaluable 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 gift
ed 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.
I love teaching violin students of all levels and ages! I focus on having fun playing as well as tone production, intonation, musicality and how to develop a regular practice routine.
Laura has taught throughout her musical career and loves nothing better than to introduce students of all ages to the magic of creating their own music! As a teacher, she focuses on balancing inspiration and explanation. Inspiration: because if you don’t love your music, what’s the point? And technique: because if it’s easy to play and sounds good, you’ll keep coming back for more!
Laura has a BA in Violin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee School of Music, has taught privately for ten years, and plays in the nationally touring Appalacian Celtic Rock band Tuatha Dea. Laura has taken firsts in her age division at several fiddle contests, including the California and Nevada Oldtime Fiddle State Champions, Western Open Championships and top 5 in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships.
*** Studio Equipment
*** I provide sheet music for new tunes, stickers, and I keep on hand a basic fix-it kit for common instrument issues. I also try to keep backup books and a shoulder rest around at my studios so if someone forgets their equipment we can still make good use of the lesson.
I expect the student to provide their instrument, shoulder rest, binder and sheet protectors for loose pages, blank notebook, and any supplementary books we may need. I don't require lots of books - just ones you'll use!
*** Online Supplies*** I keep downloadable pdfs and links on my personal website so they're handy whenever you need them.
*** Specialties *** I love teaching oldtime, bluegrass, country and celtic fiddle - most of what I do as a performer fits in along those lines. I teach Suzuki method violin as well. My Suzuki teacher learned directly from Shinichi Suzuki!
I encourage all my students to improvise, to try different musical styles, and to experiment with composition. My goals are to share my own love for music, and enable students to discover their unique musical voice.
Very professional and innovative techniques that guarantee success!
January 19, 2019
Laura has been a great teacher for my 6 year-old daughter (starting taking lessons when she was 5). She is endlessly patient and has a perfect balance of fun and instruction in all her lessons. She helped us every step of the way--picking out the right rental instrument, finding extra workbooks that would be fun, coming up with ways to make practicing at home enticing. Laura is made to be a fiddle teacher--she has a obvious passion both for the music and sharing it with her students. My daughter left every lesson with Laura beaming with pride. I'd recommend anyone searching for a teacher to go with Laura!
A violinist with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Music, Anna F. uses a classical approach to teaching violin since that gives a foundation of excellence. Anna has taught both privately at home as well as in a private school setting. Anna began teaching around 2007 for a few years privately and then after a teaching break worked in a private school teaching private lessons, an intermediate orchestra, and monitoring a beginning strings video class with all four string instruments.
Anna finished her masters in music in May 2014 and is ready to be a help to your violin learning!
Patient, good humored, and knows her stuff. This was a brilliant first lesson and I am thrilled with the outcome, already on to a full song challenging me to do transitions and tempo. She is great at working with the student to find out where they need help and when they can go fast.
May 29, 2019
Great first lesson
September 5, 2018
Anna has taught my daughter piano for several years and my son violin for one year. She is kind, engaging and challenging (in a good way) as an instructor. My daughter's proficiency has soared under her instruction.
My teachings will assist you in working on orchestral repertoire, solo pieces and any other musical interest you would like to learn about. Students of mine have gone on to advance to audition-only groups.
Hello there! I'm Rachel C., a bass player and singer on the stage who also enjoys playing and teaching all stringed instruments. I have a degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in Music Education. I've taught lessons for over 10 years and truly love working with eager students of all ages. It's never too early or too late to pick up an instrument and make music! I look forward to working with you!
I began playing violin as a young child, and progressed to several hours a day during my teenage years. I taught throughout college, both as a violin instructor and as a private instructor.
My teaching programs vary according to the level of the student, and the goal he or she has set for him/herself, be it as a support to a school educational program or a personal love for music and/or the violin that seeks to develop itself into a practice.
Bonjour a tous!
A native French speaker, I have been tutoring students of all levels since 2008. I was the main French and German Instructor at the San Jose Learning Center in the Silicon Valley before moving to New York.
The core of my lessons are drawn from language books, which allows everyone to work at his or her own pace during the week. This is supplemented by tailored PDFs that target your particular interests.
Lessons always begin with a dialogue, no matter your level. From how you are feeling, to what you did during the week, to the weather of your best friend's gossip, we warm up with a conversation I type out as we go.
The rest of the lesson is then spent reviewing previous work and introducing new material in a variety of ways, constantly setting a rule in practice. Poems, songs or texts, depen
ding on your interest, keep the content alive and interesting.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
I hope to hear from you, meet you, and work with you!
My violin instruction emphasizes both good basic technique and expression. If you are a beginner, I can teach you the basics of phrasing, bowing, good posture, how to hold the instrument, progressing from simple exercises to more complex pieces. If you are an intermediate student, I will reinforce good technique, while helping you to find your instrument's voice so that you can express yourself and the music you are playing. I can work with you on both music geared to lessons and what you are playing in ensembles.
“I was a violin student of Julie H. for about a year, during which time I was continually impressed by her preparation, her teaching skills, and her patience. She provided me with helpful written materials before my lessons began, coached me carefully about technique, and made learning an enjoyable experience. Besides being an excellent musician herself, Julie also has an extensive knowledge of many musical styles, from classical to jazz, Celtic to old-timey, so that ...
I am a professional musician, specializing in traditional American and Irish music and song; I can, however, also teach classical guitar and beginning-intermediate violin. My CD, "American Stranger," has received critical acclaim and I have authored two books on DADGAD guitar for Mel Bay Publications.
I taught myself guitar at the age of thirteen, but took three years of lessons at Washington University, where I also studied English and French. As an adult I became interested in fingerstyle guitar in open tunings, especially DADGAD. I am, however, happy to teach in standard tuning--including basic guitar proficiency, classical guitar, and "folk" guitar.
I have played violin since I was eleven, taking lessons until the age of sixteen and playing in both high school orchestra and the local youth symphony. I later learned to sus
pend much of my classical technique in order to play both old-time and traditional Irish fiddle as authentically as possible; but I still retain my initial training and apply good basic violin technique to my fiddle and (of course) her violin teaching, while tailoring it to the musical idioms of each of students.
I have also studied voice, which again, however, I have never allowed to interfere with my performance of traditional songs--largely because I had developed a traditional approach to the singing of both American southern mountain repertory and traditional Irish song many years before receiving any formal instruction. This training, however, has given me greater insight into how to get the most out of your voice for almost any style.
I also taught myself to play lap dulcimer, basing my approach on the Eastern Kentucky styles associated with Jean Ritchie, Barbara Edwards, and Anne MacFie—that is, primarily using a small dowel stick or noter to sound the melody, and playing counter-melodies for song accompaniments.
My clawhammer banjo-playing is influenced by various Appalachian instrumentalists and accompanists (including Dock Boggs, Clarence Ashley, Hobart Smith, and Lily May Ledford), but my style is also influenced by years of playing with midwestern and southern-style fiddlers.
I welcome students ages 10 or above, and have learned to adapt my teaching style to the individual student, helping each one to make the most of his or her talents and enthusiasms, while emphasizing sound technique and good practice habits.
I also teach academic subjects, especially English (in which I hold a Ph.D.) and French (in which I hold a B.A.). In English, I emphasize good grammar and solid composition skills and try to get my students as excited as I am about everything from sentence structure to Shakespeare.
We had some trouble with the audio on her end, but once we got going, it went well. I spoke and understood a lot of French in my first hour! Julie is going to help me with singing in French. I'm so excited.
August 5, 2019
Many people are talented as performers but not gifted as instructors - Julie is most definitely both. She uses her keen ear to let you know your strengths, and finds productive ways to help you improve weak points. She lives and breathes traditional music and it is always a true delight to learn from her.
July 30, 2019
I have been taking lessons in classical style guitar from Julie for about two years. She has patiently brought me through increasingly more difficult technique by choosing a wide variety of challenging but enjoyable pieces to practice. I am gradually working my way up the fret towards the 5th position. She has helped me with theory, including rhythm, the major and minor scales and chord building. Her empathy is a particular blessing for me because of my poor eyesight and the arthritis in my wrists, hands and fingers.”
Violin lessons give students self-confidence, independence and boost academic levels. They also have numerous other benefits in coordination of motor skills, reading and enhanced concentration. When you begin your lessons with me, you will learn proper left hand technique as well as bowing. Also included is violin music theory, sight reading, note reading and most importantly, the enjoyment of music! Since I have decades of experience teaching both Traditional and Suzuki methods, you will learn to play songs almost immediately. I teach at all levels-- beginning, intermediate and advanced violin students. I have many years of experience teaching in public schools as an orchestra director and small group instructor as well as private instructor of violin, viola, cello and string bass since 1973. I graduated from Ithaca College School of Music and the University of Bridgeport, CT, in Music Ed and Fine Arts and have brought scores of students to both solo and orchestral ...
Welcome to my Online Studio! I have taught for many years (since 1973) -- Violin, Viola, Cello and even String Bass. I have also directed String and Symphonic Orchestras, Strolling Strings, small group instruction, and have brought many students to all levels of district, regional, county , All State, All Eastern Orchestras. I have also adjudicated NY State Certified solo performances and competitions in Pennsylvania. When teaching at high school level, I was fortunate to be able to take my Strolling Strings students across the U.S. to Canada and even to Europe (1996) with my amazing Empire State State Strolling Strings group. I am looking forward to assisting new students in achieving their goals and kindling their love for music and their instrument. I have also maintained a private string studio for many years. I received my
training from Ithaca College, School of Music (1973) and the University of Bridgeport, Ct (1976) in Music and Fine Arts. I look forward to helping new students (and old students alike) in providing a solid music education background which is supportive and tailored to each student's needs. We learn basics such as note reading, proper bow and left hand technique, music theory, shifting, vibrato and much more. -- Hoping you will join me in providing your child (or yourself-adult) with a professional, pleasant and positive experience!
She was excellent. I learned so much from Chana in such a short time. Her years of experience really showed in her teaching. I highly recommend her.
August 26, 2018
I’ve been to a recital that Chana put on with 6 students and I had a very enjoyable time. The students were very entertaining and their parents were very proud. I recommend her very highly and I’ve seen very positive results of her work.
Let's journey into the violin matrix together! This partnership includes an exemplary method of developing classical technique and musicianship. I have always had a passion for music education; recognizing value in a connected musical process for all age ranges and skill levels. All individuals are welcomed and encouraged to bring an interest in foundational learning and trusting the process. The violin matrix produces confident violinists with an improved musical process and performance experience. These skills are often life changing to any student who comes through the door with curiosity and imagination. It's not just just a philosophy, but rather a pragmatic means towards musical and social development that altered the course of my life as well. I look forward to sharing it with many more motivated students.
Being a young professional violinist and teacher, relatability and authenticity are key factors within my lessons. We are now living in a deeply globalized and modern world, therefore relationships with active and and ambitious musicians are necessary. The moment that one thinks they have learned "what it takes" is exactly when others are able to surpass them. Stemming from this mindset, I also continue my studies with some of the best violinists and other musicians that I have encountered from around the world. This demonstrates a principal of not only informed teaching, but also living the lifestyle that I preach every day.
For many years, I have been working closely with one of the most talented violinists of our generation, Cory Lee ( graduated - The Juilliard School & Yale School of Music ). Mr. Lee has perform
ed as a violin soloist in Carnegie Hall on several occasions, is a member of the acclaimed New York City ensemble ETHEL, and founder of Liberated Performer; a game-changing teaching method on how to understand and overcome performance anxiety.
As a result, I have been invited to live and study in New York City and abroad over the past five years. While in NYC, I performed in many notable venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Le Poisson Rouge. Afterwards, my development led me to Reykjavik, Iceland for an intense training period in violin and vocal performance. During this time, I was able to experience first hand exactly what it takes to invoke a career as a musician within some of the most challenging and rewarding musical environments.
Education - 2013 to 2017
Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University in violin performance ( 4.00 / 4.00 music major GPA ) and received the distinguished achievements of Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra – 2016 Season
The NGSO is an all professional orchestra located in Ohio, performing several full concerts of classical as well as popular repertoire throughout the year.
Next Festival of Emerging Artists – 2015 and 2016 Seasons
Performs exciting new music written by living composers. As a string chamber orchestra of 20 members, we collaborate with some of the most in demand soloists of our generation. My two participating seasons have included multiple performances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City while respectively featuring Jeffrey Zeigler (2015) and Nadia Sirota (2016).
"Chenyo is such an amazing teacher. She spends time teaching me every little part of violin and she would not move on until the lesson is understood. Great
teacher, I recommend her to all who are seeking to learn music."
"She's really nice! She listened to me play and worked on my technique, and I know she's going to help me get better!"
"Ardalan is very positive and patient."
"Artem is a wonderful violin teacher! He makes it a pleasure to go to lessons and is always in a good mood."
"Great first lesson"
"LIsa is a wonderful violinist and teacher. She is very patient and supportive. She provides very clear instructions and is very helpful. I highly recom
mend Lisa to students of all ages."
"what an excellent way to learn!
For anyone, even adults like me, wanting to learn or improve on piano or violin I would highly recommend Pearl. She is fu
n, and tailors your lessons to really focus on areas you need help with. She will save you a lot of time and aggregation if you follow her tips and lessons. She is also flexible when I feel like switching lessons from violin to piano. She's easy going and the best!! Thanks a million Pearl, Barbara"
"My daughter was happy with the lesson!"
"My daughter enjoyed Laurel very much. Laurel was extremely encouraging and gave her major ego boosts. She gave her the right amount of homework and a writ
ing exercise :) my daughter asked for her again! Laurel is extremely warm and nurturing. Thank you Laurel!"
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