Oleg is a violinist who represents the brilliant Russian violin school which is arguably one of the leading violin schools in the World during 20th century. In 1984 he was accepted to Moscow Conservatory of Music and in 1991 he graduated Conservatory with highest marks in violin and piano. In 1990 he was invited to participate in IV International Violin Competition 'Isola di Capri' (Capri Italy) and won 1st Prize of this competition playing N. Paganini's 4th Violin Concerto with cadenza which Oleg composed especially for this event. After competition he was invited to participate in music fest
ival in Rimini Italy where he shared the stage with such famous musicians as Boris Berezovsky (1st Prize 1990 P.I.Tchaikovsky Piano Competition) Enrico Pace and Evgeny Bushkov (both winners of many international competitions). After one year with State Symphony Capella of Russia where conductor was legendary Gennady Rozhdestvensky and where Oleg performed in section 1st Violins in 1992 he accepted position of Assistant concertmaster of famous Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and traveled around the globe performing in almost every important music hall including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York Royal Albert and Barbican Hall in London Beethoven Hall in Bonn (Germany) Gewandhaus Symphony Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Osaka (Japan) Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna and many more. In 1994 Oleg immigrated to USA and settled in Fort Lee NJ. He made his American debut recital in Memphis TN in 1995. Since 1994 he performed with such orchestras as New Jersey Symphony Albany Symphony New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony New Philharmonic of New Jersey Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Bachanalia Chamber Ensemble and appeared in a few Broadway productions such 'Ragtime' and 'Music Man'. In 1996 Oleg was invited to perform with the Houston Festival Orchestra as Concertmaster under the the button of Maxim Shostakovich son of the the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Currently Oleg teaches extensively in NJ where he holds a full time position as a string director at the Fort Lee Public Schools.
Moscow Conservatory of Music (Moscow, Russia) BM , MM.,
*** Lesson Details *** I strongly believe that each student is an individual personality and differentiated instruction gives the best possible result. Every student has different cultural and social background and each of them deserves an equal start regardless of their differences, nor their talent. I employ patience and enthusiasm in my effort to pass my love and knowledge for classical music to my students. In 3 to 6 months with me they will be able to play some basic musical pieces with authority and confidence. For the violin/viola/cello students I am using a mix of classical and Suzuki methods. The very beginners will start with "Essential Elements 2000" and after the completion of this book the next step will be Suzuki books 1-6. For piano students I am using Bastien Piano Basics, Levels 1-4.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room w/ piano, music stands, and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** Suziki system for strings
Peri F. November 12, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Superb, excellent violin teacher
highly competent, most inspiring, very likeable, musically talented and capable of producing soul stirring heart warming music.
I can teach up to intermediate violists via the Suzuki method up to about book 7.
I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.
My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps
, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.
Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts and now perform with ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra.
In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.
I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.
*** Lesson Details *** I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.
With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.
I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!
*** Travel Equipment *** I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.
Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.
Erin S. July 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!
Jessica N. March 12, 2014
Violin Verified Student
Very caring and talented instructor.
My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.
SadiaM May 30, 2012
Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.
I teach from beginner to intermediate Viola, I am also very open to teaching other kinds of music the student wants to learn
Hello my name is Rebekah S., I am a violin and viola teacher.
Experience- Member Lakeland Youth Symphony 1991-2000 Participated in 4 Strings Summer Camp for 2 years Taught at Path 23 home school group for 3 years. Played in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Todd VanBeveren, Director and Conductor. Music Librarian for Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Played Lakeland Youth Symphonies 50th Anniversary concert. Played with, assisted Todd VanBeveren, conductor of the New Jersey Inter-generational Orchestra. Worked with Christopher Nam in the County College of Morris orchestra.
Coached a Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Quartet. Coached in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Music Camp. Played with Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet as a part of the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Currently a member of the Montclair Chamber Ensemble. Played with P.D.Q. Bach as a part of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Played with the Montclair State University Orchestra. Private music teacher for 14 years (Violin).
Education- Studied Modified Suzuki for 12 years. Associates degree in Music from County College of Morris; graduated in May 2008. Bachelorâs degree in Music Concentration of community music instrumental at Montclair State University Graduated may 2013 Received 21 years of music training.
I love music and it is my goal to give all kids and adults a chance to learn, no matter the age.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will have a car,music stand, music
*** Specialties *** celtic music, classical, rock ,pop
Diane M. June 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Rebekah is a patient, super friendly, lovely all around person and teacher. I am so happy to have her working with me. I hope you take the time to know her. You will not be disappointed. She is a treasure.
Grace B. May 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Rebekah is an awesome violin instructor! She is accomplished, patient, knowledgeable, and a very nice person. She is instructing my 16 yr old daughter at our home which is so convenient for me! Sometimes my schedule gets a little crazy but Rebekah is very flexible. I am very happy and my daughter loves her lessons.
Heather A. July 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
Rebekah is a thorough and patient violin teacher. When my 7 year old, daughter asked to learn the violin, I was not sure if she had enough of a capacity to focus, which is necessary for playing the violin. Under Rebekah's instruction, she has flourished; she is playing scales, songs, and reading music. After each session, Rebekah reviews with me the homework she has assigned to my daughter. Thanks to Rebekah, my daughter is developing a real appreciation for music, while enjoying the learning process. I highly recommend Rebekah!
I teach Suzuki method and traditional viola. I absolutely love the viola and enjoy teaching beginners, people who have already studied, and violinist converts!
I fell in love with the violin at age seven under the instruction of Natalie Colbert at E. Rivers Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. I studied violin through high school and college, and received a BA in Communications with a Minor in Music from Georgia State University.
After a lifelong study of the violin, I began to play the viola as a happy accident. As an undergraduate student in college, my chamber music group needed a violist to play the Schubert Trout Quintet. Never one to turn down a challenge, I jumped right in and never looked back, and have played viola in addition to violin eve
I'm eager and enthusiastic to share my knowledge of music. I am passionate about enabling students to express themselves through music. I teach students of all ages, but particularly love working with kids. My lessons are filled with fun and games!
I am an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American String Teachers Association, and The Chamber Music Network. I completed my first unit of Suzuki teacher training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Units 2 and 3 with Judy Bossuat-Gallic, and will continue with Unit 4 in 2015. I currently play violin in the Brooklyn Symphony, and play both violin and viola in chamber music groups.
*** Studio Equipment *** Apple Logic Pro
*** Specialties *** Teaching young children Suzuki Lessons Traditional Lessons
Heather M. December 12, 2014
Erin is the Best!! I have started taking lessons again as an adult and Erin is just as excited as I am as I become familiar once again with my instrument. In a nutshell- it is so much fun and a highlight after my long work week. I can't wait until my son is old enough to play. I have no doubt that she is awesome with kids.
Learn to play folk music or classical. Explore this deep and beautiful instrument!
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education
Lindsey G. November 9, 2014
Concetta was such a treat to have in our home! She came out all the way from NY to NJ for my mothers birthday, and though she is a beginner, emerged from the 1 hour lesson so inspired to keep practicing, able to fully complete her first song! She even did a little performance at the end on the lesson! She is a great people person, fun to talk to, and she really knows her stuff. Excellent choice!
Kay C. October 11, 2014 Verified Student
I have learned more in just three lessons with Concetta than I learned after three months of once a week lessons with an instructor from a music store.
Concetta has a natural gift to teach and an ability to allow even a musical novice, like me, understand basic music theory.
This talented young lady eat, sleeps and breathes music.
Mark H. October 8, 2014
Online Verified Student
When I met Concetta online, I had never played the Mandolin before. Now after 4 going on 5 months I am in the beginning stages of learning Vivaldi's Concerto for Mandolin. This feat was accomplished by Concetta's knowledge, understanding and compassion for this student who was clumsy, awkward and with little self confidence. I now know where I want to go with the Mandolin and with Concetta's guidance and wisdom, I know I will be given a strong foundation to achieve it. This has been the best experience for me and I know it will also be for you as well....:)
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