Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.
A double graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Devel
opment Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.
Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.
Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation.
Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.
*** Lesson Details *** Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !
Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.
A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.
*** Specialties *** Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.
*** CD's*** Classical Energy, Triton Sound, TS 8501 Salut D'Amour, Triton Sound, TS 9014 Epiphanies1, The Halford Company
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!
Violin is my primary instrument I can teach violin students from the very beginning to the college level. I will happily work on any style of violin music with you!
My name is Emily, and I am looking for students of all ages and abilities! I have been playing violin for 14 years and have a degree in violin performance from Temple University's Boyer College of Music. I have taught violin in various music programs in the Philadelphia area. I can also teach viola and piano from the beginner-intermediate level. I have a very encouraging and positive teaching style, and you will have fun as you learn and explore new things about music!
Very nice and professional. My daughter loves her.
June 26, 2018
I’m an adult viola student which is kind of different for me. I started playing again after a couple years and I’m trying to learn ways to play with other musicians. Emily has been really good with helping me focus on what I want to learn. She is patient with me and also plays with me and makes me feel comfortable in my lesson. afterwards I feel good and positive and I want to play more! I suggest her for anyone trying to be creative and wants to improve on tempo, rythm, tone etc. she’s good.
October 6, 2016
It is a year later and my daughter is playing well. Anje enjoys her classes and thinks Emily is a great instructor.
We've been teaching for 7 plus years and our students have gone on to attend conservatories and win competitions.
We specialize in classical, pop, and EDM, typically use Faber and Suzuki books, and play many music games with young students, to ensure everyone has fun learning.
We love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
Hi, there! My name is Rada, and I've been teaching private lessons since 2011, and have loved helping students start learning a new instrument.
I am highly qualified and hold a degree in music performance, education, and have enjoyed teaching for years.
I enjoy teaching students as young a 5 and up and strive to make lessons as fun and engaging as possible. My students love engaging in music theory games and short worksheets to give them a brain break from playing their instrument.
Rada is a kind and knowledgeable teacher! I learned a lot from her in a short period of time. She offers excellent professional advice, is flexible with her hours, and very easy to contact. Would definitely recommend her as an instructor!
May 30, 2017
Ms. Rada Culciar is a well educated and very professional instructor. Her teaching approach is organized and easy to follow. I have made wonderful progress under Ms. Culciar's instruction. I would encourage anyone who would like to study the violin (or any other subject of study) to take lessons with Ms. Rada Culciar.
May 28, 2017
Always well prepared and intuitive about my daughter's needs making for really great lessons.
My goal as a teacher is to provide consistent and positive learning opportunities for each student by: 1. Developing a well-balanced lesson plan that benefits the student. 2. Provide performance opportunities. 3. Encouraging regular practice. 4. Communicating progress with the parent and student.
Hi, there! My name is Brooke and I am excited to work with you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learn to read music, make progress by setting weekly goals, and working on performance skills to build confidence. I am currently available to teach lessons at my retail location and online. Below you can view my teaching policies as well as FAQ about lessons with me and learning violin. I look forward to helping you meet your goals!
***Teacher Responsibility*** My goal is to provide consistent and positive learning opportunities for each student by:
1. Developing a well-balanced lesson plan that benefits the student. 2. Provide performance opportunities. (This may vary for online lessons depending on location.) 3. Encouraging regular practice. 4. Communicating progress with the parent
***Student/Parent Responsibility*** While I will do everything I can to keep your child motivated, I will need consistent help and support from you. This might be the first serious commitment your child has made, and after four years of teaching I have learned that a child will only be as committed as their parent is when it comes to learning a new instrument. I expect that parents of young students (12 yrs. and under) will be supportive in the following ways:
1. Provide an instrument and any other required books or accessories needed for lessons. 2. Encourage a consistent practice time and acknowledge their efforts. 3. Be on time for your lesson. 4. Communicate any questions or concerns with me.
***Lesson Details and Preparation*** Please be prepared when logging on. Your lesson is time for instruction, not practice. For online lessons I suggest logging on in an environment that is quiet and free from distractions. To make the most out of your lesson time, I suggest logging on to your lesson with your assigned music, completed assignment(s), instrument tuned, a pencil, notebook, and trimmed fingernails. Please be on time when logging on for your lesson.
***Required Music*** To start out, I recommend students purchase Essential Elements Volume One for Violin before the first lesson. This book will cover basic note reading, rhythm, form, and more. Then, we will work in whatever you would like to learn as you become more comfortable and confident with the basic fundamentals. Learning the basics is critical to learning the violin, but I want to do everything I can in my power to make your lesson experience fun and memorable!
***FAQ about Lessons*** Q: Can anyone learn the violin? A: Yes! I have worked with students as young as four years old, and as old as eighty. You are never too young or too old to learn something new!
Q: Where should I purchase my violin from? A: If you can, I recommend going to a store location and trying a violin out for yourself so you can get a proper fitting. While purchasing a violin online is convenient, it is hard to know for sure what you are purchasing. Some things to make sure of when purchasing a violin are strings that properly fit the violin, a bridge that curves from the lowest to highest string (not the same height for every string) and pegs that stay put when playing. You also want to make sure your violin will be able to stay in tune for the length of a lesson, which is something a music specialist can help you determine at a retail location.
Q: How often should I tune my violin? A: You should check to make sure your violin is in tune every time you play it. You can purchase a tuner from most music stores or download a tuning app for free. To make the most out of your lesson time, I strongly recommend tuning your instrument before logging on for your lesson. (I go over how to tune the violin in the first lesson.)
Q: How often should I practice? A: One of the most common questions I am asked as a teacher is how much a student should practice during the week. I recommend that beginning students practice a minimum of 120 minutes (or two hours) a week. This can be divided into 30 minutes a day for four days a week. I have found that these numbers have provided excellent results for students during the first six months of playing.
I am an experienced classical violin teacher who has been teaching for 5 years from ages 5-16, beginner to advanced! I focus heavily on technique and foundations so the student has a well rounded music education and confidence in the violin that they can take with them forever. For beginners I use the Suzuki books, I Can Read Music series, String Builder series and Winning Rhythms. For more advanced violinists I use the Introduction to the Positions series and etude books such as Wohlfahrt and Kreuzer.
My name is Jocelyn and I have been playing the violin and viola for 13 years and teaching for 5 years. I am principal viola of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Orchestra and I also am part of a chamber music group. In high school, I was in the Maryland All-State Orchestra for four years and was in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO), one of the most prestigious orchestras in Maryland, for four years. During my summers, I attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts high school music program. I have been taught by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic. My students improve significantly since our first lessons. One of my first students whom I now give Skype lessons to successfully got into one of the best orchestras in the DC area and is now principal (1st chair) of the viola section of that orchestra. A
nother student, who I started teaching when they were six years old, is now a year later on Suzuki book 2, Wohlfahrt Etudes and is learning third position as a seven year old. I use a comprehensive set of books that teach theory, rhythm and pieces that I use to teach students how to prepare and perform "performance ready" pieces.
Jocelyn is punctual and courteous. She was flexible and responsive via email. She is a great fit for an outgoing child.
January 18, 2018
Jocelyn was very professional and patient with my daughter who is just a beginner. We are excited to see progress from week to week!
October 22, 2017
Jocelyn came to our home and worked with our son. She was very patient and kind with him and was able to find what to correct on the first lesson! She recommended some books for us to buy and I think that she will be a great teach for him.
Do you want to play violin, but feel like it’s too late to start? Do you play already and want some guidance?
Learn to... • Hold the violin comfortably • Develop good pitch and rhythm • Read music and understand theory • Make the most out of practice time • Have fun playing music!
We can work on whatever music you want. I will even make a special arrangement of that song you've always wished you could play so that it's just at your level. Whatever your musical abilities and knowledge, we can work together to get you where you want to be.
I have an M.M. in violin from Cincinnati Conservatory, and a PhD in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley. I have performed in symphonies, Early Music ensembles, chamber music groups, and international folk dance bands, and I especially enjoy strolling violin. But my true passion is helping students like you have a rich and rewarding experience learning violin.
I look forward to hearing from you!
I grew up in Israel listening to my parents' bluegrass band, and I enjoy playing everything from Old Time fiddle to klezmer. My training is classical, with an M.M. in violin from Cincinnati Conservatory. I believe that solid technique can give you a foundation for learning any kind of music. Although I have a particular course I recommend for beginners, I'm happy to help you learn whatever music inspires you.
I've always liked learning about music too, and I integrate music theory and history into lessons. Understanding the harmonic structure of a piece can help you learn it more easily, and knowing about the composer and the style can give you insight into how it might be performed. Together they create a richer learning experience.
My PhD in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley allowed me to think about music in a social context, an
d I'm especially interested in violin music around the world. I teach musicianship at UC Berkeley and can also help you with ear training and music theory.
Merav Singer was the teacher for my class Basic Musicianship at UC Berkeley in the summer semester 2019. Merav was helpful, patient and skillful. I came to this class with no music background and English as a foreign language. Merav taught us in an appropriate way and pace so that we were all able to follow. I learned how to conduct the beat and how to sing, and basic elements of music such as staff and musical notation. The atmosphere of Merav’s class was active as she sang with us and used different musical instruments to help us understand better. I enjoyed her class not only because she took good control of the class with her passion and charisma, but also because Merav was very patient. She spent a lot of time after class explaining the material to me over and over again to make sure I could understand the concepts taught in a foreign language. I learned a lot during this summer and I am sure that anyone would enjoy learning information and skills from Merav.
September 20, 2019
Merav is a gifted violin instructor for all ages and levels. Her insight into the mechanics of violin playing, and ability to create a series of steps to achieve even the more complex aspects of music making, continue to inform my own teaching and performance. Truly, the best teacher is one who gives you the tools to continue to learn on your own long past your studies, and Merav is just that!
September 18, 2019
I had Merav as my teacher the past summer. She is passionate about her work and super patient with students. She believes when you are willing to learn, you can learn music!!! Learning from her is a wonderful experience.
I've been teaching violin for 18 years to students who have achieved their goals for performance. I tailor the pace of learning for each student according to best methods of comprehension. I teach classical violin with an excellent method book and am able to assist in sizing and locating a violin. I teach students of all ages and skill levels for this wonderful opportunity of learning violin!
I have 18 years experience teaching violin. I provide violin lessons tailored to students achieving their goals. Our Bridgewater home studio is a fun learning environment. Private or group violin lessons are available to students of all ages. References are available upon request. I assist in violin sizing and locating quality local violins for rent or purchase.
"My 12 year old daughter had her first violin lesson today and this is her response on why she is giving Kendra a 5 star - she
was patient when I didn’t understand something -she was good at explaining “how to” do different things throughout the lesson that I could understand -she was overall really nice"
"Ben is extremely patient with my children, very professional and explains things in a way a children understand and encourages them to work and help one a
"Jaclyn is truely amazing, such a patient and wonderful musician and teacher. My 11 yr.old grandson has gained so much from Jaclyn's teachings. Thank you
Jaclyn for you amazing talent and patience with my grandson. 🎻♥️"
"Truly a privilege getting instruction from Nikita! His patience and knowledge are endless; he is a natural teacher; so blessed for my son who has difficu
lty focusing to receive lessons from Nikita!"
"One of the best teachers I have has honor of meet, has helped me to grow up as a musician and as a person. Great remembers of 10years and counting of clas
"Kendra has been a wonderful instructor for our daughter, Kate. She has a great way of "scaffolding" the learning, so that Kate is almost always at the edg
e of her abilities.... not too easy and not too hard. Kate enjoys Kendra's approach and is very comfortable with her. We have been very happy with Kate's motivation to practice and with her progress in learning. She especially enjoys the variety of music that Kendra encourages her to play."
"Very impressed with Susans online instruction
"Really great first lesson with my (somewhat experienced) son last night and looking forward to more."
"Angela is awesome. Really positive, funny, patient, and encouraging and knows how to teach a beginning youngster very well."
Let’s face it; not everyone can be a violin player. It takes a certain individual to master such a complex instrument that requires immense dedication and concentration.
From rough finger tips to grueling practice sessions, violin players are challenged both physically and mentally whenever they step onto the stage.
Whether you’ve just started taking violin lessons or you’re a seasoned violin player, chances are you can relate to more than one of the following things…
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