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About Pedro V.

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New York, NY
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About Pedro
I am comfortable teaching all types of students: young beginners, general music-lovers, and conservatory-bound students.

I'm assistant principal violist in Brooklyn's main orchestra: The Metro Chamber Orchestra. I also have a variety of freelance projects (like playing my homeland's tango with the Astoria Tango Orchestra).

I've been teaching and conducting at The Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts for the part 7 years. I also teach privately out of a studio near Union Square/Gramercy.

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Kids:
I tend to be emphasize structured practice. I
generally like to have students perform in some way (whether it's a real test, mock test, or a school recital) so that they have goals to practice for throughout the semester.

I also think it's crucial for musicians to be critical thinkers as well, so from time to time I will challenge kids with side assignments that may be relevant to opening their mind on the subject.

Most of the time, if at least one of the parents has an active involvement in supporting the lessons then the progress of students is very strong (like emphasizing key points in the week, or just having open dialogue with kids about the process). It is by no means necessary, but it can help a lot.

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Adults:
Often adult beginners are curious as to what the learning curve is. Generally, by the 3rd or 4th month of study all the basic elements start falling in. But although the beginning requires patience, I find a key to making it work is finding how to enjoy the small things in practice... which will later construct a beautiful sound.

I keep a sense of humor while teaching and performing (always when and if appropriate), but I am also very serious about getting students to their best potential. This means that for every student I adapt the approach to best suit their needs.

I keep organized lesson plans as a general rule, but some students work better without them, so I adjust in those cases.
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Franklin L. January 3, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · In studio
He is superb!
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Robert October 29, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · In home
Pedro is an excellent teacher. He's able to blend the technical aspects of playing with the artistry of the instrument. I've already learned a great deal from him in only five lessons.
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CharlesB December 21, 2011
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Versatile Instructor for All Ages

I'm an adult student, but you can feel a comfort and relaxed atmosphere in the immediate presence of Pedro. This is such an important factor in learning an instrument. This feeling would serve to greatly help and child right on through adult learning. Good Job!
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Pedro V.

Pedro V.

New York, NY 10003
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About Catherine W.

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Brooklyn, NY

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This is my profession.

About Catherine
Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given may community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rh
odes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

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I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

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matthew February 1, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · In home
My son loved lessons with Catherine
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Cagdas KIBRISLI August 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Catherine is a very patient teacher! she helps thoroughly and shows techniques step by step. i am very happy to say she is a wonderful theacher! I" ll continue to take up her services!
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Shakaya E. April 11, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · In home
It was a great class,and I look forward to more.
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Catherine W.

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$45 / 30-min

About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Learn to play folk music or classical. Explore this deep and beautiful instrument!

About Concetta
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Blyth February 2, 2017
Verified Student · Fiddle · Online
Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)
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Chaya S. January 9, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Fantastic experience
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Suri S. December 20, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Great experience
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Concetta A.

Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Jose P.

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Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

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I was trained as both violinist and violist and performed a wide variety of music in viola in small and large professional ensembles since 1998. I have taught viola from beginner level to preparing students for college auditions. I love the instrument, and love the to teach it!! Let me help you reach your goals!!!

About Jose
Every person is different and special, and thus every student is the same way. In spite of formulas and methods, my job as a creative teacher and performer is to be able to joyfully and patiently attend to the needs of every student, regardless of age or ability.
I have been teaching since 1998, individuals and groups, voice and instruments, from ages 3 to older adults. I hold a Bachelors in Music from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (voice and violin), and an MA from Queens College, City University of New York (music performance).
I am fascinated to keep discovering every day new wa
ys to get to help and inspire every student I teach, and I rejoice with them when they achieve their goals.
As a musician, I continue to perform frequently as a violinist (modern and baroque violin), violist and classical baritone (solo and ensemble) in the New York metro area. This helps me keep things in perspective for the students I teach. Being equally proficient as an instrumentalist and singer helps me approach my music teaching from various angles as needed.
I am a certified Suzuki violin teacher with 13 years of experience teaching the Method. However, I had the blessing to have very gifted teacher trainers that taught me to look beyond methods and adapt various philosophies according to the needs of the student.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, with excellent, competitive education in Spanish grammar, writing and literature. Currently, I am pursuing a career as a Spanish voice over artist in New York City.
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Jose P.

Jose P.

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
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$30 / 30-min

About Krisztina K.

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Astoria, NY

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I've been teaching viola for 7 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to get familiar with the viola and learn basic skills on the instrument and as time goes on you'll be able to play songs and read music. I specialize in classical and modern pop, typically use Hal Leonard and Suzuki books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: piano for accompaniment, music stand. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Krisztina
Hi, there! My name is Krisztina and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved helping my students to learn how to play the violin, to be able to play their favorite tunes or helping them preparing for auditions for schools and ensembles. I went to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary and earned a Masters degree in Music in 2010. I'm a friendly and patient person and my teaching style engages student in the learning process also fun, and creative. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Camille February 17, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Patient, sensitive, and wonderful to work with. Brings excitement to playing and learning. A diamond in the rough.
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Orsi January 27, 2017
· Viola ·
Krisztina is a great musician, experienced teacher and wonderful person. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work and play with her during the past years. She is really devoted to the instrument and music. She has my highest endorsement and recommendation.
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Steve January 19, 2017
· Viola · In home
Krisztina is terrific! Great teacher, super friendly, and is willing to help her students work toward their goals while focusing on the importance of developing good technique. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!
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Krisztina K.

Krisztina K.

Astoria, NY 11103
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$40 / 30-min

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