Learn how to play violin with the bow and pizzicato, with the fingers. Learn good posture, care of the instrument, tuning, up and down bowing along with playing musically. Listening skills are important for the beginner, so listening to the correct pitch is part of learning to play the violin. Unlike most other instruments, there is no button to push or hole to cover rather the fingers of the left hand must be able to match the correct pitch while fine tuning to the ear. Simple melodies are learned using the open strings, D scale, A scale, G scale and C scale are among the theory that will be taught in this class.
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music and Orff-Schulwerk. For many years Jill has taught private and group music lessons to all ages with many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves in
to ways to correct the weaknesses.
Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and music director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.
Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.
The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability. Several students learn music theory and many students have learned song-writing and creating arrangements.
Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and a considerable number of students have chosen music professions for their careers. Multiple students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill. One student has recently auditioned for American Idol and has made it through several auditions. Teaching a myriad of students from various places in the world who have come to the United States has been a great experience. The cultural differences makes the teaching of these students exciting since Jill learns about music in their own home countries. Some of the students are from China, Norway, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many who moved to Florida from some other state in the U.S.A. What a joy it has been to learn to communicate with these students and to verify that music is a universal language.
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!
*** Lesson Details *** Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument. Meeting goals are important in music and in life!
Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.
Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.
Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities and to have a list of repertoire for upcoming events in the student's life.
Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Conservatory Grand Yamaha keyboard 5 string bass guitar/amp 4 string acoustic bass guitar 5 string banjo small MACKIE mixer with mics digital recording audio recording computer Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp 6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp recorder (the instrument) clarinet violin dulcimer bongos gong cymbals tambourines and many percussion instruments music stands soprano and baritone ukuleles trumpet djembe many amplifiers and sound system accessories I-pad drum set (at the Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando location only) harmonica various rhythm instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.
*** Specialties *** My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I use many methods handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.
Here's to your success!!!
Nick H. August 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
The hour felt like a couple of minutes. That must be good, methinks. Great start to my guitar lesson series
Jenny R. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is great! Very patient and helpful - really enjoying our lessons and learning so much!
Arvin M. May 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Has patience with even fumble-fingered me.
"To play wrong notes is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." - Beethoven
I was five years old when I discovered my singing voice. My youthful curiosity soon blossomed into a passion for musical expression through voice, violin, piano, and guitar. My mission is to share the musical exploration that has enriched my life by fostering my students' desires to express themselves through music.
As a teacher, I focus equally on formal technique and artistic expression. Mastering correct form provides the foundation upon which a student’s capacity for the latter may grow. Tec
hniques used during lessons are designed to develop a holistic understanding of music through aural, visual, and tactile cues. These include ear training, sight-reading, improvisation and using visualization to navigate the instrument. Progress is evaluated by developing a set of goals specific to each student. I find that allowing students input in originating goals facilitates a cooperative learning environment and allows me to tailor lessons to a student's interests, strengths and learning preferences. Providing students with a plan to succeed inspires a drive to learn and sense of achievement. I encourage students to play their instruments daily. Through consistent practice, students will benefit from increased discipline, patience, creativity and self-esteem. Students are rewarded with the chance to share what they've learned at recitals held biannually. For the duration of our lesson, my students are in a private, nurturing zone of free expression. Join me in an exploration of personal talent and creativity!
Nicole has performed with the Rollins College Bach Festival Society Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She has also performed with the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic under the direction of Dr. Candler Schaffer. She is experienced as a session musician, recording vocals and violin at Wright Entertainment Group Studios (Justin Timberlake) with producer Will Baker (India Arie, Pink). She has performed as a soloist at the White House, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Amway Arena, and Hard Rock Live.
Nicole Omat holds Bachelor of Arts degrees (with honors) in Music and Anthropology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College. A member of the Honors Program (top 2%), and one of nine Cornell Scholars in her graduating class, she is very grateful to have been awarded a full academic scholarship. Nicole pursued concentrations in Violin and Vocal Performance, as well as Ethnomusicology. Nicole served as co-concertmaster of the Rollins College Orchestra and String Ensemble for three, consecutive years, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She was featured at Christmas Vesper services in a solo performance of Winter (The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi, at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Nicole has studied violin with Joni Roos and Alvaro Gomez, protege of David Oistrakh. She has performed as a soloist with the Rollins College Gospel and Concert Choirs and studied vocal pedagogy and performance with Dr. Edmund Leroy and Dr. Lori Lovell. At Rollins, Nicole studied piano with Dr. Gloria Cook and enjoys playing classical, jazz, and Latin styles. Nicole has studied classical guitar for seven years and especially enjoys playing Latin American folk music and flamenco. Nicole pursued her love of world music in publishing her senior honors thesis, “Cultural Fusion of Music Constructs: A Look at Hybrid World Styles,” analyzing the effects of globalization on traditional, ethnic musics. She has published research in the Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal, where she also served as Music and Anthropology Editor for three years.
Dawn P. August 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 6 year old daughter took piano lessons for the first time for about a year with Ms. Nicole. She is positive, energetic and did a great job! My daughter could be rather demanding and she handled it well and shifted gears to make it a positive experience. We are sad to leave these lessons and hope to come back to Ms. Nicole in the future. We are cancelling for personal reasons not related to Ms. Nicole and her teaching. I highly recommend her!
Michael M. August 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She was fantastic! Recommend!
Andrea July 17, 2015
Audition Prep ·
Nicole is an accomplished and talented musician with a wide range skills and knowledge. Her warmth, encouragement, and patience provide a wonderful environment for learning. Her love of music is infectious!:)
The violin techniques are important. This includes good posture and holding of the instrument. Good bow technique. Sight reading is very important to violin. I emphasize the fundamentals and encourage the personality to come out in one's playing. That is the mark of an artist. First, second, and third positions are taught at this level. Scale patterns start in the first position. Simple theory is explained as well.
Been playing the violin for over 40 yrs. Started in elementary school and held the coveted "Concert Master" designation all through high school. Been playing fiddle since 1985. Twenty years experience as a dance fiddler, and the last several years studying swing and traditional Irish. I play in three bands, all different genres. I consider myself so lucky to be blessed to be playing an instrument. It is one of the best kept secrets to life. This is a point I like to stress to my students. It enhances your mind, you can make wonderful friendships with like minded people, and constantly learn n
ew tunes and genres. It just keeps you young at heart. I love spreading the Gospel of music.I consider myself so lucky to be blessed to be playing an instrument. It is one of the best kept secrets to life. This is a point I like to stress to my students. It enhances your mind, you can make wonderful friendships with like minded people, and constantly learn new tunes and genres. It just keeps you young at heart. I love spreading the Gospel of music. I am very patient and will teach my students everything I've learned over the past 40 years.
*** Lesson Details *** I give 30 minute and 60 minute lessons. I recommend 30 minute lessons for beginners. I teach classical techniques for holding the instrument. Scales and intonation work are important, and can be integrated into simple songs so as not to be boring. Teach sight reading and auditory learning. Auditory is more important as Music is an auditory art. I am easy going and teach what the student wants to learn as everyone is on different levels and has different ways of learning. I also teach violin chords, and applied theory as to improvisation for playing. All skill levels welcome.
I use handouts from several different music books and will tailor them to your skill level. I do expect my students to find some time to practice what I give them. I really want my students to get all the bang they can for their buck
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room/open area setup for lessons with music stand. Parents can sit in on lessons. Parking in driveway and on street in cul de sac.
*** Travel Equipment *** Stand, and my instrument and books. Student must have their own instrument.
*** Specialties *** Methods: Sight reading, Auditory reading, some Suzuki, bowing techniques, genres; Old-Time, Irish, Bluegrass, some swing, cajun. Currently playing in three bands.
Xing O. April 28, 2013
Violin Verified Student
A great teaching environment.
A great teacher and very good teaching environment.
This instrument can be a challenge, but worth it..
I have been teaching for 41 years and opened 14 music schools. Ages 3-96. Taught and performed in Michigan, Arizona and Florida.
*** Lesson Details *** Everyone has the ability to learn. Do not let someone tell you different. It is either the wrong teacher or wrong method for you if you are having difficulty. It is never the student. I use many combined methods to fit the individual student accoring to their skill level, desires and overcoming any difficulties. I have two recitals a year and video tape them so the student can see and hear their progress.
In addition to piano
I also teach keyboard, organ, improve, stand up comedy, recording, and ballroom dance ( won grand nationals in tango ).
*** Studio Equipment *** professional studio seating for parents yamaha studio stage w/ piano seating for parents vidoe and audio recording
*** Travel Equipment *** They need to have an instrument at home.
*** Specialties *** Each students course is custom designed to ther needs and goals
Katharine August 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Katie loves taking lessons with Mr. Mike. She practices because she wants to show him what she learned at home. No pressure, just fun, and she is thriving.
I am so happy we found Mr. Mike!
Kristi C. June 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is incredible! Flexible and very knowledgeable! We have taken many piano instructors before and he is the best!
Joey and Katharine D. April 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
This was Joey's first lesson, ever...and he can't wait to come back. Both my boys went home and showed their father what they learned today...They were so excited.
Whether it's your first time picking up a violin, or you need a little help with orchestra/audition music, I can help you accomplish your musical goals! Lessons will focus on note-reading, intonation, rhythm, tone quality, and all other important aspects to improve your violin playing!
Yamilet realized her love for music at the early age of 7, after singing along with children's television shows and joining her elementary school chorus. She was also a member of the Orff ensemble and in the 4th grade began learning to play the violin. Using that background knowledge, she began to teach herself piano. In the 5th grade, she switched to cello. Although she has always had an insatiable curiosity with musical instruments (playing as many notes as she can figure out on harmonica, guitar, recorder, clarinet, double bass, viola and even water-filled glasses) she has stuck with the ce
llo for almost 15 years.
Yamilet is a Dr. Phillips High School alum, where she was accepted into their Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Music Performance in 2010, studying with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra members Barbara George and Laurel Stanton. She recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Music Performance. In that time, she performed with the UCF Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Laszlo Marosi, and was the principal cellist for over 5 years. She also played with the UCF Chamber Ensemble, String Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and sang in the Women's Chorus and Opera Workshop.
Locally, Yamilet has performed with the Space Coast Pops Orchestra under the direction of Richard Hayman, alongside guest artists including Carol Stein, Copeland Davis, and Valerie Pernice. She has also played alongside well-known artists/bands such as Jodi Benson, Mana', Kansas, and Classic Albums Live. Yamilet also enjoys performing and recording for local bands and artists such as Urbe Prima, The Drive to Uqbar, Ratham Stone, Stockholm, Hoyle, James Roquemore, and Edgar Junior.
*** Lesson Details *** My job as a teacher is to help you learn everything you need to know about playing your instrument, and really perfecting your technique. I like to use the Essential Elements for Strings book because it is straight-forward and lets you move at your own pace. Once you are proficient enough with the basics, we may move on to the Suzuki Solo books and take time to be able to get each piece to a performance-ready level.
*** Studio Equipment *** I provide music stands, appropriate seating, and supplemental music. I expect the students to have their own instrument and necessary accessories (rock stop, rosin, shoulder rest).
*** Specialties *** Classical, Folk, Classic Rock, and Pop
Jennifer K. August 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and patient. Absolutely recommend!
Casey Gates July 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Patient and instructive. Let's you grow at your own pace.
Graysen B. July 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Students are raving about their Violin instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Devon Rice and Jeff Garcia
"Maureen keeps our child motivated
Our eleven-year-old child "J" has been taking violin lessons from Maureen for one year. J expected to pick up the violi
n and play right off the bat, but the most fundamental part of the process is learning to read the music. This was somewhat frustrating and disappointing to J at the time, but Maureen encouraged and reinforced the basics so that a solid foundation is established. She encourages regular practice time rather than demanding it, communicating to J that the reward to consistent practice is improvement. J feels great about the accomplishment. Self-discipline has been instilled through this process. We enjoy hearing the progression of skill level at practice time over the past year. The sound is lovely. J is allowed to choose music that J is interested in. While Maureen is pleasant and responds immediately to any scheduling communication with us - the parents - she is first and foremost J's teacher and communicates all homework to J (not us). J is becoming more independent and responsible through this journey, enjoying the instrument and appreciating the skill of accomplished musicians. Maureen has also helped J with vocal exercises for school performances, so she is a versatile instructor. J looks forward to going to the lessons with Maureen and is sad when there is an off week."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Erica is an amazing instructor. I always look forward to lessons with her, and always leave feeling like I've made improvements. I highly recommend taking
lessons with Erica."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Manny
Elicia is a wonderful teacher, I had recognized her kindness, professionalism, reliability and patient with my daughter. She is excelle
nt and knowledgeable teacher that she can see all the angles of the studentâs need and very well focus to produce an excellent student. My daughter is very happy with her and I highly recommend her to anybody interested of learning to play violin."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by GREG A PURYEAR
"4.5 Stars! - Nicole is very patient, and willing to work with a beginner, to get through all of the little hurdles that come with starting any new instrum
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Candi
"Efficient and effective teaching
He is able to assess problems and is able to come up with solutions in a clear and practical way. He teaches in a comfor
table music studio that enhances the whole experience."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Miguel
"A highly recommended professional colleague, performer and teacher
Martina is an incredibly talented professional violist and teacher. As a violinist and
former TakeLessons instructor, I know that Martina would be an excellent teacher for anyone seeking to learn the violin or viola. Having performed with her on many occasions in both chamber and orchestral settings, I know from personal experience that her technical ability is impressive. Furthermore, she is an incredibly warm person who can easily make a new student feel at home. I would be happy to give a more detailed recommendation for Martina upon request. She is a wonderful teacher and player and I cannot recommend her enough!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Claire
"What a wonderful, encouraging, patient teacher! This is our first experience with violin and the Suzuki method. My almost 6 year old came home today fro
m her lesson smiling from ear to ear and said, "I had so much fun!" I am amazed at the sound that I'm hearing from her violin already. Charlene is one of those special teachers that all parents hope to find."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Kemal
"I am 43 and started my first musical instrument experience with Concetta, with no background and knowledge of music theory at all. Needless to say how cha
llenging it was at first, but with her dedication, professionalism and friendly approach, I made a significant progress in about 7 months. I am so happy to have Concetta as my violin teacher and would definitely recommend her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sam
"I played guitar in middle school and began to learn violin in 10th grade. Madeline helped me learn scales and studies, and encouraged me to practice by a
warding me with special arrangements (my favorites being Lord of the Rings and the Legend of Zelda theme songs.) As a freshman in college now, I'm studying biology but still participating in a local community orchestra. Madeline made lessons fun, and helped me with my AP music theory homework too. Strongly recommended."
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Introduction to Violin Music Notes
The violin is often considered by musicians to be one of the most challenging instruments to learn. Its roots trace back many centuries and it was clearly a definitive instrument in shaping classical music all over the world. One of the reasons it is considered a difficult instrument to learn is that it's a fretless string instrument, making violin music notes appear to be inexact, yet fingering must still be done with precision. The reward for learning this sweet-sounding elegant instrument, ho
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