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Antoinette A.

New York, NY

Whether your interest is classical music, electric violin, fiddle or rock, you must always approach the subject in the same way. You must learn the basics about the violin so that you can branch off any which way (or all ways) you like!

Instead of throwing many terms at you you may not understand yet, suffice it to say I will gradiently bring you to an understanding and more importantly, ability, to play the violin with the grace and ease with which you have heard it. The key is practicing, so be prepared for that. I will teach you how to do it in the lesson, then you must ensure you don't lose the ability by practicing it between lessons. Soon, the ability learned will be ingrained in you and practicing will only increase your ability further.

Expect to go from absolute beginner to intermediate in a year, but to start playing songs within the first month.

About Antoinette

The best violin teacher in Manhattan. I pride myself on my long years of experience, friendly attitude, never-ending patience but mostly my ability to get along with others while still be an exacting, effective teacher. I work based on results, which is exactly what you will experience after Lesson 1.

*** Lesson Details ***
By the first lesson, you will be playing the violin. By the end of the second lesson, you will usually be playing a song. By the end of the second month, you will be comfortable reading and playing easy music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
4/4 Violin for rental
3/4 Viol
in for rental
1/2 Violin for rental
1/4 Violin for rental
1/8 Violin for rental

Violin method books used in class, for sale

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own instrument (violin and bow) and the essential accessories: rosin and preferably a shoulder rest. They will also need to purchase their method books as assigned, though I will provide sheet music for songs outside of the books.

*** Specialties ***
I am currently composing a beginner's guide to the violin. I currently start students off with Violin Book 1 of Strictly Strings and have them learn the theory and do the exercises one by one and give them any assignments to study at home. If they are having trouble with a particular point, I have them drill it till they get it (then I have them practice it at home to make sure it sticks.)
Sometimes a student needs more practice in a certain technique, so I will make up an exercise on the spot which will help them with it.
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Patty D. July 2, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Never having touched a violin before, Antoinette is a great, and patient, teacher!
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Marissa H. June 18, 2015
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Antoinette is professional and pleasant to learn from. She gives clear instruction and is patient.
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Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.

New York, NY 10036
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kira H.

Long Island City, NY

I accept violinists of all levels, and have completed Suzuki teacher training through book 8. I also bring in other methods such as Shirley Givens Adventures in Violinland for younger students, and incorporate books from Paul Rolland's teaching methodology.

About Kira

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.
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Erin S. July 1, 2015
Violin · 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!!
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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.
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SadiaM May 30, 2012
Fantastic

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.
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Kira H.

Kira H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Erica Q.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach the Suzuki Method and focus on playing by ear to allow students to develop great technique, intonation and enjoyment of playing music. This method also builds a fantastic classical repertoire! We will later focus on music theory, sight reading and exploring any genre of music you're interested in after establishing a strong foundation.

About Erica

I'm a multi-intrumentalist, songwriter, and singer. I've toured internationally performing my original music as well as playing multiple instruments in bands. I produce and record music that can be heard in film and television. I teach several instruments and genres of music and take your tastes and learning style into utmost consideration. I always begin with practical exercises to develop technique, then we can focus on playing the music you love.

To vocal students I teach exercises that develop technique and allows you to explore your voice. I will help you learn to make sounds you love
. Singing is created by breath and muscles which we have full access to. Anyone can learn with proper focus, care and practice. I can also help you with recording and microphone technique as this is my area of expertise!

For violin, viola and cello students, I teach a combination the Suzuki Method (learning through ear training) and traditional theory and sight reading. We can also explore fiddling, blues and the foundations of jazz and rock improvisation if you're interested.

For guitar students, you can choose the songs you learn or let me recommend ones appropriate for your skill level. We can incorporate music theory, classical repertoire and sight reading into the process in degrees of your choosing. We can also explore singing while playing, songwriting and recording technique when you feel ready.

I also teach beginner piano, which I recommend for anyone who wants to better understand the mechanics of music. We learn basic classical compositions, exercises, theory, and any song you choose.

Who knows what creativity learning music will inspire? You may eventually write songs and want to explore recording them. Our lessons are held in a top of the line pro-tools recording studio where you can learn recording technique from me at any point.

I'm a classically trained violinist as well as a pop musician. I am currently playing in a chamber group, Hudson River Stings, and produce and perform electronic pop music. My musical training includes private lessons with some fantastic musicians such as Raz Kennedy, Jennifer Turner, Bob Corff and Matte Henderson, as well as Jazz and vocal studies at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, San Francisco City College, and Los Angeles City College.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid back teacher who will give you a push when you need it! Music is joyful above all else and sometimes it's incredibly satisfying to work hard. We can talk candidly about your musical goals to determine how rigorously or casually we want to approach your lessons and practice schedule.

*** Studio Equipment ***
P.A. and vocal microphones, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, violin, cello, midi piano and pro-tools studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my instrument and extra sheet music beyond the lesson books. I expect the student to have an instrument, metronome, and lesson book (Suzuki books and CD for violin, viola and cello, Hal Leonard for guitar and bass, James Bastien for piano. I provide sheet music and a practice CD for my voice students.)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in combination lessons such as guitar and voice lessons with a focus on songwriting. I can also help violinists who wants to transfer their knowledge of theory to guitar or piano and vice versa. We can incorporate recording techniques into any lesson.
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Minerva G. June 5, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
She was very friendly with a 10 years old student starting a second instrument.
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Kerri R. May 24, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
She is very friendly, kind and extremely patient with my daughter when she has trouble grasping a new concept. My daughter loves her and has the desire to practice hard to impress her. I honestly can say enough good things about her.
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Eileen C. April 19, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Ms. Erica is a talented and wonderful violinist. She has a wonderful way of teaching that is encouraging without being pushy. I am impressed with the results she has gotten out of my autistic son, who is very sensitive of critical instructors. 'she seems to know just what to say to correct and encourage him.
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Erica Q.

Erica Q.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
(17)
starting at
$36 / 30-min
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Zhana G.

New York, NY

About Zhana

I have been a freelance violinist and a professional violin teacher for the past 30 years. Playing in the orchestra and teaching students are two of my greatest passions in life. As a private violin instructor, I firmly believe that education is impossible without student motivation and passion. As much as I love teaching, my best experience is also learning from my students.

Education - received in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe)
- Tbilisi State Music Academy - 7 year degree in Violin/Piano performance.
- Tbilisi State College of Music and Arts - Bachelor's Degree in Violin
Performance.
- Tbilisi State Music Conservatory - Master's Degree in Violin Performance.

I am very fortunate to love teaching because it allows me to share my knowledge and incredible experiences that I have acquired in my 30 years of being a musician in Europe and the United States.

Professional work experience:
- Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra - NY,NY
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra - Florida
- Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Opera House Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Sympho-Jazz Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Pop - Jazz Ensemble - Georgia

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.

As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio set up in the living room.
Parents welcome.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel within 5 miles..

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Reviews

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Amanda (Jinxian) L. May 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great start and good to know Zhana!
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Julia M. May 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Zhana is a great teacher! She pushes you to work hard and focus, but she is also patient and realistic about how long it will take you to learn something or fix a bad habit. I have been her student for almost six months, and the difference she has made is truly amazing.
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Chen T. January 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
An advanced beginner's review Zhana combines very well the two elements that are essential for a good teacher in any field: strictness and high expectations on the one hand coupled with kindness and encouragement on the other.
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Zhana G.

Zhana G.

New York, NY 10003
(12)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Erin E.

Brooklyn, NY

I've studied the violin for thirty years and teaching for 15. I teach students of all levels, and specialize in the Suzuki method. I cater my teaching approach toward the goals of each student, and my main goal is having fun with it!

About Erin

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
r since.

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
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Heather M. December 12, 2014
Violin · In studio
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.
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Erin E.

Erin E.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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