Comprehensive and fun lessons focusing on musicality, technique and music theory for all ages.
Dear students and parents,
Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am a Baltimore born and bred classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. 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 9 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 eventually went on to receive my Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England and Northern Ireland. I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended several 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!
*** Travel Equipment/Home Lesson Details *** -Please have a music stand available and set up for lessons that take place in your home. -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 and a small, affectionate and very friendly Papillon in the house. They are all 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 reschedule a "trial" lesson to see if the animals interfere with allergies.
New students: I have a trial 1/2, 3/4 & 4/4 size violin to use for the first lesson. 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 two weeks 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 on Tilmont Ave and no notice was given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson. This also applies to "in-home" lessons-- if you are not home when I arrive and no notice was given, this will result in the lesson also being 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.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Violin/Viola Method Music Theory Tutor Genres: Classical, fiddle, gypsy, jazz. Experience teaching ages 3-Adults.
Amanda September 27, 2016
As an adult student, Jessica is very patient with me and my slower learning pace. Her methods are very practical and helpful. Definitely recommend!
Cheree September 22, 2016
Very kind, patient, knowledgeable instructor. Thanks for your guidance!
Acacia L. March 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My first lesson went very well. I already feel more confident and excited to learn more. Jessica is extremely nice and relaxed. She is great at tailoring the lesson to the students needs.
I've taught ages 3 to 35, beginner to undergraduate collegiate level. I can develop your left hand, bow technique, and musicality to the point that you will sound better when you leave a lesson than when you arrive every single time. I will inspire a love for the instrument that will carry through the week with you.
I'm a violinist and pianist from West Friendship, Maryland with twenty years of experience on each instrument and ten years experience teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville. I believe in using positive feedback to develop a student's passion for playing music. Beginner to advanced, I can make you a better musician.
Anh T. March 24, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My daughter has a great experience with the teacher, she likes it.
I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I am currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through hig
h school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson. I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page. We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time. In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs. If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, seating for parents in the living room,
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a stand. I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.
In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.
Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
Mei Y. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son has learned a lot from Jonathan, and we really appreciate him as a teacher. We have been taking lessons for some time, and will continue to do so!
Amanda G. October 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Wonderful teacher! Jonathan has been a very patient instructor for my daughter and she is really enjoying learning the violin! I would recommend Jonathan to any parent of a kindergartner (or really of any age). Many thanks!!!
Kelvin X. May 24, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I really like Jonathan as my violin teacher. Very patient and I love his teaching style.
I do not follow any specific teaching method. I teach they way you need to learn. I will customize your lessons to you and make adjustments as you learn.
I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 19 years. For those students interested in any of my crafting lessons, I have been making crafts since I was too young to remember. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog.
sofia August 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Theresa is well versed in many different instruments. Her teaching skills are exceptional. Smart and easy going
James B. August 16, 2016
In home Verified Student
Daughter is learning so much and she enjoys the teaching method that Theresa uses.
Gerard C. June 5, 2016
In home Verified Student
Theresa is a human encyclopedia of musical knowledge. She is patient, understanding and is willing to take the time to break down a particular element of learning so it it's more readily understandable to a student trying to learn a new instrument. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn most any instrument since she teaches so many different ones.
Suzuki to Pop, violin has no barriers. Learn technique, theory, even improv
I started learning music when I was 4 years old, and by the time I was 16 I already had a solid client base of students doing well and succeeding. I teach violin, piano, harp, voice and viola. I've been teaching over 20 years and have a degree in music studies.
Kasinda July 4, 2016
My schedule is really crazy and she was able to work with me so I didn't have to miss any lessons. She is also very patient and gave me some good pointers on what to practice between lessons
Dwayne R. June 29, 2016
In home Verified Student
My daughter absolutely enjoyed her time with Maia and is looking forward to more sessions.
Shannel B. March 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to more lessons .
Students are raving about their Violin instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Ted
"Being that this is based only on my first lesson, I am very impressed with Jonathan's approach and feel confident he will do an excellent job of teaching
me the violin. So based on my impression I would recommend you consider Jonathan for a teacher."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Ching
"It has been several months now since my ten year old son switched to Lily. Lily has been doing a wonderful job on motivating my son who used to dread of g
oing to violin lessons a lot. In addition to being patient and encouraging, Lily's musical expertise is also incredible."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Heather
"He's very patient and kind. He seems to be enthusiastic about her progress. Definitely recommend!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Wren
"My granddaughter takes lessons on Skype.
My granddaughter, now 7, has been taking violin lessons with Erin C. on Skype for about a year now. We couldn't
be more pleased with the everything about the program. Erin is a wonderful teacher who really knows how to talk to kids and encourage them. Skype is no impediment."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Bill
"Fantastic Violin Teacher
Alexandra has been giving 30 minute violin lessons to my 7 year old for the last couple of months. She is extremely patient,poli
te, and professional. She always comes well prepared with a detailed lesson plan tailored to my daughters needs. She takes the time to communicate progress and always let me know when she will be out of town and when we can resume or schedule extra sessions. My daughter loves the lessons and her teacher. She is always happy when she knows that her lesson is coming up. It's exciting to see her progress and her confidence grow with each lesson. I highly recommend Alexandra as a teacher for your child"
Athens, GA teacher:
Review by Julie
I really enjoy my lessons with Jill! I played violin as a child, but it's been a long time. Jill is very patient and creative - if the
re's something I'm having trouble with, she'll come up with alternative ways for me to learn it. She expects her students to practice, which is helpful for me because otherwise I tend to procrastinate. I really like getting better and being able to learn new, more challenging pieces. I'm also interested in music theory and music history, and Jill has been great about answering all of my questions and giving me the history about the composers, musicians, and pieces I'm learning. Jill makes the lessons fun, and the time flies by!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Brenda
"Nicole has a great passion for music and the violin.
Nicole has a great passion for her music. She very organized and has extensive knowledge of the musi
c she teaches."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by J.
"I am a fourth grader. I started taking violin lessons with Ms. Milena around July of last year.
With Ms. Milena, playing the violin has been fun and al
so a great learning experience. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about music. She goes with my pace. When I have a weak spot, she always patiently help me tackle it with useful strategies and exercises. Ms. Milena can describe a difficult piece vividly which helps me visualize and feel the music. She also teaches me to be self-directed.
I would recommend Ms. Milena to anyone."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Kelly
"Marc is an excellent violin teacher with an easy-going yet effective style. My 8 year old daughter looks forward to her lessons and is rapidly improving w
ith Marc's guidance. Marc makes the lessons fun by choosing music that my daughter enjoys and playing along with her. I highly recommend Marc as a teacher."
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