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Comprehensive and fun lessons focusing on musicality, technique and music theory for all ages.

About Jessica
Dear students and parents,

Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and recently relocated to Saint Louis with my family. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!

I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encouraged by Shinichi Suzuki.

I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 10 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as well as at
various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced students have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.

A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and went on to receive my Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England, Northern Ireland and Maryland (UMBC graduate certificate). I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended many teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am a registered Suzuki violin teacher, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.

I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!

*** Equipment and Studio Lesson Details ***

-If you are coming to my home for lessons, please be sure to bring your instrument and any books you may already have.

**Please note, there are three cats in the house. They are usually isolated to a different part of the house during lessons to ensure there are no unnecessary distractions and to help minimize potential allergies (studio is also sprayed with allergy reducer spray and vacuumed regularly). All are UTD on shots. Please call and ask to schedule a "trial" lesson to see if the animals interfere with allergies.

New students:
You may park on the Clayton Rd outside our house or on the cul-de-sac next to the house and walk down.
I have a trial 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 size violin to use for the first lesson if your child is a beginner.
After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.

Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.

*** Cancellation/Reschedule Requests ***
1) At least 24 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your, or your child's, lesson. You will be given the option to take a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons on your calendar, or the option to reschedule for a different day within a week of the canceled lesson.

2) If you find that you need to cancel with less than 24 hours notice (I completely understand life happens, and sometimes it is unavoidable to provide 24hr notice), you will be given the option to make up your lesson within 7 calendar days of your originally scheduled lesson time. If you cannot do a makeup lesson, this will result in the lesson being marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.

3) If you do not show up to your lesson scheduled at my home studio and no notice was given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.

4) If I need to reschedule or cancel a lesson for whatever reason, you will be given an option for a makeup lesson or given a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons.

5) I require two weeks notice to discontinue lessons if you would like to receive a refund or be exempt from paying future tuition.

6) All lessons are billed ahead of schedule and must be paid in advance in order to keep your lesson slot.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin/Viola Method
Music Theory Tutor
Genres: Classical, fiddle.
Experience teaching ages 4-Adults.
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Sarah G. November 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Jessica is an awesome instructor! She made me feel comfortable and completely at ease.
I’ve never even attempted to play before our lesson, and by the end we were practicing playing each string. I’m very excited about our future lessons!
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London October 15, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jessica was both knowledgeable with the instrument and patient with our exuberant daughter, who was very excited to start learning. Our daughter is looking forward to more lessons.
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Leah F. July 17, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Jessica seemed very knowledgeable and knew how to teach my 7 year old that is just beginning lessons. Great first experience and impression.
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Trumbull, CT

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My primary expertise is in teaching beginners to low intermediate students but I gladly accept students of any level.

About Peter
I am energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils, an expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.

I posses an extensive classical music and music pedagogy training. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially
find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.

The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.

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The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.

With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.

Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory
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Callum ". August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Peter got right down to business and it is clear he knows what he is doing. My son is 5 and Peter kept his attention for the full 30 minutes, which is really saying something. At the end of the first lesson, my son was introduced to and could repeat note names; could play a five-note scale; and was learning his right hand from his left. I myself went to Juilliard and Yale for music and am so pleased Peter will be teaching our child(ren).
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Peter provides great instruction and has a fantastic rapport with his students!
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About Kathleen L.

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I teach beginning through college level viola, and have studied viola at Indiana University during my doctoral program.

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With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, Kathleen teaches everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos. Dr. Lavengood has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Indiana's Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and has served as concertmaster and soloist for the Chehalem Symphony Orchestra in Newberg, Oregon. She has lectured at Indiana University, Davis & Elkins College, Miami Dade College, and George Fox University, teaching World Music, Music History, and Music Appreciation courses, as well as string studio lessons and leading a string ensemble. Her festival performances include International Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas; and the Aspen Music Festival and School, Colora
do. She earned her Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Nevada, studying with Philip Ruder, and Bachelors of Music under Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon. Additionally, she studied viola with Yuval Gotlibovitch at Indiana University during her doctoral program in Ethnomusicology.
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Lynn N. January 8, 2019
· Violin · Online
I am enjoying my lessons with Kathleen. She is very encouraging to me, an elderly beginner, which makes me enjoy the lessons and the practice!
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Lynn N. December 4, 2018
· Violin · Online
What a fun way to learn. Kathleen is great!
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Roslyn August 21, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
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Smyrna, GA

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I'm an experienced and dedicated musician, having played with Orchestras and Chamber groups throughout my state. My lessons are focused on relaxation, and am as laid back or strict as the student needs. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, shooting to be a church player or a pro, I have taught students for that and am the teacher for you.

About Nicholas
Nicholas is a professional cellist that has studied since the age of 9. He has now been teaching the cello, viola, and violin for the past seven years for students of all ages, beginner to pre-college level.

Throughout Nicholas’s career, he has been an active member of Honors Orchestras, Youth Symphonies, Chamber ensembles, Opera Symphonies, and his university’s symphony. His music consists of mostly a classical nature with some contemporary and popular music ensembles.

Nicholas trained for three years in college under the renowned cellist Martha Gerschefski, whose accomplishments are too many to list. He also trained under Christopher Rex, the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Georgia State University.
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About Amber W.

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Sarasota, FL
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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Sarah & Ted .. January 11, 2019
· Choir · In home
Amber is fun, knowledgable and down to earth. We thoroughly enjoyed our lesson and look forward to the next one.
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Kitty October 26, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I miss Amber's piano lessons, which I discontinued only because our schedules no longer meshed. She made learning fun, gave me helpful memory tricks, and accommodated my needs as a beginning student, even though I am an adult. I was satisfied with my progress and long to take more lessons. Being able to play even simple pieces gave me great joy and added another dimension to my life. She has my recommendation.
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Nicole Johnson October 26, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Amber was a wonderful instructor. Very patient and a talented musician in her own right!
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I've been teaching the violin and viola for over 5 years and love sharing the gift of music with students of all ages and levels! I tailor my curriculum to each individual student to cater to their individual needs to prepare my students for solo, chamber music, and orchestra performance!

About Charlotte
Charlotte Van Houten is a violist who has been praised for her passion, drive, and deep musicality. Ms. Van Houten is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University on a generous academic and musical scholarship and is currently a student of Gina Coletti. Previously, Ms. Van Houten was a student of Lynn Grants and Jonathan Moerschel, and took additional lessons with violists Nancy Roth, Darrin McCann, Lorenz Gamma, and Jason Bonham. She has performed in Masterclasses with Gina Coletti, Ben Ullery, Karen Dreyfus, and Alex Russell.

Ms. Van Houten is a highly sought after violist for New Music, and has worked closely with contemporary composers such as Byron Adams, Simeon Goode, S. Jonathan Dinsfriend, and Sarah Wallin Huff on numerous projects. In January of 2018, Ms. Van Houten premiered two pieces w
ritten for her: Countdown by Simeon Goode, and Fever Pitch by Sarah Wallin Huff. Ms. Van Houten recently recorded Fever Pitch in mid-March 2018, written for her by Sarah Wallin Huff. The piece is to be released on Sarah Wallin Huff’s upcoming album featuring her Leviathan six-string electric violin concerto. In the Spring of 2019, Ms. Van Houten is slated to be the second violist to perform Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release, with special permission from both Ms. Adolphe, and Cynthia Phelps – principal violist of the New York Philharmonic.

In the Fall of 2016, Ms. Van Houten received an Honorable Mention in the Intermediate division of the Parness Concerto Competition – the only violist to place in any division of the competition in several years – and has also won first place in the viola division of the Satori Strings Competition. Ms. Van Houten has held Principal positions in orchestras such as the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, the Azusa Pacific University Studio Orchestra, the Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra, the CSUN Youth Philharmonic, the Grace Baptist Symphony Orchestra, and the Sande Strings Youth Orchestra. She has also held the title of Associate Principal Viola of the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Clarita Philharmonic. In The summer of 2018, Ms. Van Houten attended the Music Mountain Academy festival in Falls Village, CT. At this festival, Ms. Van Houten studied with members of the Verona Quartet, Charles Niedich, and Peter Winograd.
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Jesse January 17, 2019
· Violin · In home
Charlotte taught my daughter and was just lovely. She combines a deep enthusiasm for her craft, a high level of virtuosity, and a kindness and support for her student that cannot be matched. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
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Holly January 17, 2019
· Violin · In home
Fantastic teacher! Very knowledgeable and excellent with kids of all ages!
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Wonderful person and teacher, very friendly and caring!
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I usually work with children or teenagers and I can teach someone who has never played an instrument before as well as intermediate players. I use a variety of books that teach theory, rhythm and playing songs such as the Suzuki method, I Can Read Music, the String Builder series and Winning Rhythms by Edward Ayola. For the pieces I focus on a routine to prepare and perform "performance ready" pieces so students gain confidence in their playing and know the level of expectation for what a professional polished piece sounds like.
For complete beginners I focus a lot on the correct positioning because that is the base for playing and it is very hard further down the line to change a bad habit related to positioning.
For more advanced players I focus on the core skills such as intonation and the ability to read notes and rhythms but I also incorporate how to add musicality and flare to a piece so that it is emotional and interesting to listen to.

About Jocelyn
I am a computer science student and musician at Bryn Mawr College. I have been playing music for 12 years and teaching for 4. At college, 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 when I first meet them. 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. 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.
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Amy January 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn was very professional and patient with my daughter who is just a beginner. We are excited to see progress from week to week!
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· Violin · In home
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.
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Liz October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn came to our home and made my daughter very comfortable with her first private viola lesson. She was friendly and patient. She quickly spotted technical issues with my daughter's playing and suggested appropriate materials for her to practice. We've only had one lesson so far, but I think this is going to be a good "match!"
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Whether you're a beginner looking to explore a new instrument, or a young professional preparing for an orchestral or college audition, I'm eager to share my passion of music and teaching experience with you. Throughout my teaching and performing career, I have been highly successful at helping students bring out the very best they can offer. Many of my students got accepted to study at major universities and music conservatories, and/or earned positions at orchestras or teaching institutions.

I'm strict and have very high expectations, but I was also praised for being encouraging and supportive. I strongly believe in the power of music, and the many benefits of learning a musical instrument.

About Ferenc
Music has been my greatest passion all my life. I have played the violin since I was eight years old, continued my music education in a special music high school, and eventually earned all my college degrees in violin performance (an Artist Diploma (5 yrs.) from the Franz Liszt Academy (conservatory) of Music in Budapest, Hungary, a Master's Degree from SIU-Carbondale, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison). I've been teaching for 22 years, of which 18 years also as a full-time university professor. Besides teaching, I've been active as a chamber musician (mainly piano trio and string quartet) as well as in orchestral playing (with more than a dozen professional orchestras, including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra).
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Jennifer December 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
Ferenc is simply the best teacher and performer we've come across. Both of our kids are currently working with him, and they are progressing very well. His fees are reasonable for the expertise my kids are getting. Highly recommended!
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Amandine August 12, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I am very happy to have found Ferenc. He is very nice, friendly and helpful. He really helped me with my goals. I really recommend.
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Amy August 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I highly recommend Ferenc to anyone looking for a violin instructor in the Las Vegas area. I'm an adult beginner who has always wanted to learn the violin. I spent quite a while looking into teachers before I decided on Ferenc and I'm very happy with my choice. He's a very good teacher. I leave each lesson playing (at least a little) better than I did when I walked in. Ferenc knows his craft and he's very good at pointing out both your strengths and areas that could use improvement. He always gives me concrete things I can work on in between lessons and they help a lot. His instruction has been invaluable and I'm certain I wouldn't be progressing at the same rate if I had tried to learn on my own or even with a less skilled teacher. I look forward to continuing to work on my skills with his help.
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I specialize with beginner, intermediate and adult learners. I currently hold a degree in music education from LaGuardia Community College, pursuing my master's and bachelor's at Montclair State University this fall for music education and performance for the viola. I'm not afraid of travelling (in fact, I enjoy it!) and am easily reachable and approachable. I understand the world of music, let alone classical music, can be intimidating and challenging; in response to this, I develop an individual basis teaching method as everyone's needs are different and make the experience as fun and engaging as possible.

About Ashley
I am currently a junior at Ramapo College studying music education but I am no foreigner to teaching. I have been teaching for some years now with general ages ranging between 3 to 25, in the violin, viola and cello. I have also taught music theory from a beginner's standpoint to a college sophomore level in conjunction with teaching said instruments. I have a passion for teaching that I love to give my students the passion of learning as teaching is not only fun, but also one of the most rewarding experiences in life as is having the guidance and educational support of a good teacher. Students can expect my 110% effort and know they can depend on me for consistency, accuracy and personalized lesson plans based on the level and goals they want to achieve. I aim to foster a supportive learning environment for my students in their hom
es or practice space of their choice as the main root of discontinuity in studies is the lack of support and passion. Feel free to contact me at anytime should any questions arise and remember, music is about having fun, so let's have fun!
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Kathleen M. January 20, 2019
· Violin · In home
I really enjoyed my 1st lesson with Ashley. She gave me hope that I’m not a basket case. I feel encouraged that I might someday play well enough not to send people running for earplugs or exits.
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Many years of teaching experience both in group and individual settings. I love encouraging students and fostering a love of music. I can teach classical as well as improvisation. I have played as a classical musician, both solo and orchestral, and I’ve played with numerous rock and folk bands.

About Melissa
I began playing violin in elementary school, and immediately knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My first words as a baby were lyrics because I sang before I spoke. I played violin until 11th grade when I fell in love with the sound of the viola.
I studied music performance and music education in college and I have a bachelors degree in both. I have played professionally in orchestras, quartets, as a soloist, and in many rock and folk settings. I have even put my violin and viola through a distortion pedal and a wah wah pedal in heavy metal/punk music. I have over 17 years of teaching experience and am a licensed teacher in the state of virginia. I have taught in a classroom as well as privately, and have also taught students with autism.
As a student of mine you can expect to improve your playing skills week
to week. I can teach from the very first lesson on. Students will learn techniques to improve their playing and will play fun music. If you are interested in learning improvisation, I can help with that, too. I enjoy teaching violin, viola and cello.
I am most passionate about teaching students to become independent, critical thinking musicians who will be able to rely on their own knowledge to learn new music as they go along. I stress music reading, ear training, and strong fundamentals in playing. I am very encouraging, love spreading my love of music.
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