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 classically trained violinist with over 20 years of playing experience. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and recently relocated to Saint Louis County 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 12 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as wel
l 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 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 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.
Basics of scales and intonation development, reading, bowing basics and fiddle style bowing rhythms, improvising, double-stops
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
I have been teaching for over 18 years. I also performed solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestras nationally and internationally for over 18 years. I have performed with Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra and more. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
The best instructor for my daughter.
Will recommend to friends and family.
July 20, 2017
Lipeng is very patient and encouraging for my beginner 11-year-old, using the video format well to demonstrate the songs and watch the student. She has been a good fit for a player who is motivated to improve but can complain a little bit about practicing everyday.
March 7, 2017
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
I have been teaching violin/fiddle for 9 years. My students will learn how to solo, as well as play along with other instruments. I use a variety of materials to suit the student's needs and teach a variety of music skills such as accompaniment, improvisation, and theory at my lessons. I teach to any age and experience level. I look forward to meeting and working with you!
Hello, my name is Amy and I am very excited to be teaching out of my studio, Double A music. I took 12 years of private music lessons on various instruments. I have taught for about 9 years, and have an associates degree in teaching from Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I am also certified to teach Piyo. I have been attending Piyo classes for over a year and have been teaching since September 2018.
I enjoy helping students succeed in many areas of music, such as school orchestra, performing solo, accompaniment, improvisation, and more. I understand each student's needs will vary and provide a variety of methods and supplement materials for this purpose. As a Piyo instructor I will help you individualize your lesson to meet your fitness goals.
When you sign up with me you will be greeted with a welcome email. I wil
l ask you a couple questions to help us both prepare for your first lesson. I will also send you a copy of my lesson policy. I look forward to meeting you!
***Please Note!!! I do not teach every other week music lessons! I strongly feel the student needs their weekly time with me to stay focused and motivated. If you sign up and select every other week I will deny your request. Thank you!***
Learn to play violin in whatever style you want -- Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical, you name it! I have more than 4 years of experience performing in versatile ensembles all around Chicago, everywhere from Symphony Center to the Green Mill Jazz Club. I also have more than 6 years of teaching experience with students of all ages. Lessons are completely customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. My utmost goal in teaching is to help students develop a unique musical voice!
I am a professional violinist... and fiddle player! I graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.
My students can expect to improve week to week in their violin technique and overall musicianship. Every student is interested in different types of music; I teach students to apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound in whatever style they choose.
I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. I have studied classical violin for 14 years, and jazz fiddle for 7 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, but also how to perform alternative styles such as jazz or bluegrass either by ear or by using chord sheets and transcriptions.
As a professional violinist, I currently spend most of my time playing with the Civi
c Orchestra of Chicago. In the past, I have also been fortunate enough to work with amazing ensembles such as the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the Millennial Chamber Players. I have performed in jazz combos at iconic Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase and the Green Mill. I also regularly play around the city with the bluegrass band Android Mandela and the Spanish rock band Calaveras LD.
Music is everything to me, and I bring the same energy and passion to my teaching that I bring to my creative music making!
I have been playing violin since the age of 6. One day I had to make the difficult decision choosing between violin and piano, because both instruments are very dear to me. I chose violin as my primary instrument for its lyrical qualities and closeness to human voice. At the age of 13 I won the Saint Petersburg Violin Competition and performed with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic. I am excited to share my love for this instrument with my students no matter what age they are. I see each person as an individual who has their own artistic voice and I will help you to further develop it. I have won Gartoff International Violin Competition, Freiburg International Violin Competition, Dalhousie Solo Competition, Halifax Rose Bowl, Roosevelt Violin Competition and most recently competed in Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China, where my quartet placed 3rd. Recently I performed the Brahms Violin Concerto in the Symphony Centre downtown Chicago with Roosevelt ...
Hello dear students! My name is Artem and I have been playing violin since I was 4 years old and am a freelance musician, composer and pedagogue. I am passionate about teaching because I believe education and willingness to learn is an extremely important factor for personal development and success. I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and underwent intensive training in voice, violin, composition and piano. After winning the Frieburg Intenational Violin Competition in 2010, I was offered a full scholarship to study music at Dalhousie University at the age of sixteen. After moving to Canada I went through a 9-month intensive english learning program, so I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a new language. This experience helped me understand the struggles that any ESL student goes through and discover new way
s to teach Russian and English to others. I am excited to get to know you and share my knowledge with you!
Not only is Artem a world class violinist but also a very nice person who will make you look forward to the next lesson.
October 14, 2018
Artem is extremely professional, positive and great MAESTRO!! In the short time I have been with Artem he has taught me valuable foundation techniques. I highly recommend Artem for students who are serious about fine musician techniques and being world class artists!
June 6, 2018
Artem is an excellent teacher. He provides the perfect balance of explanations, demonstrations and expectations for at-home practice. Thank you so much!
From good technique to reading music and playing by ear, excellence is the goal.
Hi there! I'm Anna, and I'm looking forward to meeting you. I've been offering private piano lessons since 2009 and offer foundations in music theory, technique, sight-reading and classic piano repertoire.
I begin most students in Faber method books, before branching into classical repertoire including selections from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary time periods. My teaching style is flexible though, so I'll be happy to adapt to your individual liking and needs.
In 2012 I graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a degree in music and in 2017 I completed my Master's in Education from Post University. Today I enjoy teaching music to students ranging from six years old through adult.
I believe quality practice and motivation are key to success, and I'm looking forward to helping you succeed!
Anna is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled musician, which inspires her students to want to excel themselves! My 7year old son has been taking lessons from Anna for about 2 years. He is excited to go to his lesson each week! Although my son struggles with some dyslexia, Anna is extremely patient with him and makes him feel like he is valuable and capable. She has adjusted the method and curriculum to find something that works well for him. She carefully explains the lessons, makes my son feel so special, and inspires him to want to learn.
February 12, 2018
Anna is a truly talented pianist and I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to be a student of hers for over five years. She has an incredible talent for teaching music to all ages and I’ve learned so much from her.
Brynn teaches violin lessons to a wide range of students at all levels. From beginners to more advanced students, Brynn will use her friendly and organized teaching style to help all of her students achieve their goals. She uses the Suzuki books and the Barbara Barber scale method as a foundation for basic technique. Students will also learn basic music theory such as reading notes, rhythms and recognizing key signatures for all major and minor keys. She has roots in classical training but her students will be exposed to classical music along with rock, pop and contemporary styles of music. Brynn cannot wait to work and make music with you!
Brynn is an experienced violinist currently earning her bachelor's degree in violin performance at Youngstown State University under the guidance of Joseph Kromholz. She has been playing the violin for 13 years. She is classically trained but enjoys playing other styles of music as well. She has been a part of many honors ensembles such as PMEA District 1 Orchestra, PMEA Honors Orchestra and Strings North in PA. At Youngstown State University, Brynn participates in the Dana Chamber Orchestra, Dana Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber groups.
Along with participating in the ensembles offered at her college, she regularly performs with the Shenango High School pit orchestra each spring under the direction of Doug Butchy. Brynn has performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Covelli Center, DeYor Performing Arts Center and Stambaugh Audito
rium in Youngstown, OH. Brynn frequently plays with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as a substitute violinist in Greenville, PA.
Brynn also teaches each summer at Cello Fury Rock Camp which is an alternative strings camp based in Pittsburgh, PA. The students learn extended techniques and play rock music in both an orchestra and chamber music setting. She helps in masterclass, orchestra and she coaches the rock bands throughout camp since 2015.
Brynn's organized, individualized and friendly teaching style can help her students reach their musical goals. Her students can expect to improve each week in their technique and overall musicality. Each lesson is tailored to the individual students and she wants her students to have fun, love music and improve throughout their lessons. She uses the Suzuki books, the Barbara Barber scale method, Sevcik, Schradieck and student requests to help them achieve their musical goals. Brynn would love to help pass her passion for music along to her students and cannot wait to work with you!
Brynn offers lessons in the Youngstown area online and at her teacher location all year. Lessons at her home studio in Pittsburgh are offered during the summer months.
Brynn has child abuse clearances and criminal background checks (with fingerprints) in OH and PA.
Brynn is patient and kind while always pushing my daughter to reach for her potential. Being in the military we move frequently enough that it has disrupted our daughters passion for the violin. Her current school lumps all kids together based on grade not skill and that has been "boring". We are happy to see not only new things learned but our daughter is back to finding songs and attempting to learn them and practicing during homework breaks. Brynn has been phenomenal and I highly recommend her to anyone that wants to learn and have fun.
July 3, 2019
June 26, 2019
She is very patient, is always encouraging, and makes sure you understand anything that is troubling you.
"Jiuri is very detailed in her lesson. I would recommend her as a teacher."
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"Artem is extremely professional, positive and great MAESTRO!! In the short time I have been with Artem he has taught me valuable foundation techniques. I
highly recommend Artem for students who are serious about fine musician techniques and being world class artists!"
"Jonathan has been terrific as a violin instructor for my 8 year old son."
"best time ever. amy is realy fun, and can teach even after a long break."
"Lauren is a thorough and excellent violin teacher. She goes through technique, skills, and methods of playing and practicing that will last you through yo
ur entire musical life. She leaves you able to teach yourself and excited to learn more. Lauren has widespread of skills across chamber music, solo pieces, and classical music. She has coached me in CMC, and now as a private coach at home. I am so excited to continue our lessons, and continue to learn and master the violin."
"She is the funniest . Caring teacher I've had! Amazing talent and will keep u smiling as you learn! Definitely recommend her"
"Excellent first lesson, very informative and patient. Can't wait for next week!"
For beginner violinists, that mysterious lump of tree sap in your instrument case might seem a little strange. But that sticky substance - rosin - is actually essential to creating a beautiful, even tone.
Particularly if you've just purchased a new violin bow, it's important to learn how to apply rosin properly before you begin playing your violin. The rosin makes the hairs on the bow "sticky," allowing them to grip the string and produce a good tone.
First, when applying the rosin, ma …