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Viola:
A stringed instrument that is bowed or played with varying techniques. It is slightly larger than a violin and has a lower and deeper sound. Since the 18th century it has been the middle or alto voice of the violin family, between the violin (which is tuned a perfect fifth above) and the cello (which is tuned an octave below. The strings from low to high are generally tuned to C3, G3, D4, and A4. My lessons always start out with the basics! We start out by learning notes by plucking the strings and then the bow is soon incorporated. The goal is to eventually learn all the notes on the fretboard and also learning how to read and play chords. As the student progresses advanced techniques are introduced, music theory and learning how to solo.

About Karen
Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method!
No End To How Good You Can Get!
Become Better Than Anyone Out There!
Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage!

Karen D.
-Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method
-Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music!
-Winner of International World Contest for Meridan Records from over
300 Countries
-Runner up in Ticketmaster Contest
-Twenty Original Songs Placed in Movies
-Written and Recorded Hundreds of Original Songs
-Performer, Producer, Actress, Poet, Writer, Dancer, Entrepreneur
-Teaches Song Writing, Ear Training, Theory, Arranging
-Teaches Video Production and Editing
-Teaches Audio Engineering

It is completely untrue that some people are "born to sing or play an instrument" while others are not. Using my method, the most "tone de
af" can learn to sing perfectly in tune, the most nasal or unappealing sound can be transformed into the most beautiful resonant tone, and someone with "no talent" can become better than anyone out there. With this superb method when you finish singing your voice will feel better than when you started! All it takes is desire, patience, perseverance, and above all, practice. I also have a unique and very patient teaching style that can make learning any instrument seem easy. Anyone can learn with my method of teaching.

It all started out in a small town called Chatham, NJ where I spent the first thirteen years of my life. I remember loving music as early as I could walk and talk. I started taking guitar lessons when I was seven years old. Along with the guitar, came a love for singing and writing my own songs. When we moved to Pennsylvania the guitar came with me. Throughout my high school years, I spent hours playing with teachers, fellow students and at parties.

When I was sixteen every week for three years I would drive an hour into Philadelphia, by myself, to study with world famous Artie Singer. His students include such names as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Al Martino, and Bobby Rydel. Artie co-wrote and produced two massive hit records “At the Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay,” both recorded by Danny and the Juniors. Artie was personal friends with Dick Clark and would bring him acts for his show.

While going to a Community College in Philadelphia the music teacher there took notice of me, pulled me aside, and told me about a great music school I should attend. He then sent away for the application and helped me fill it out. The next thing I knew I was in Boston attending Berklee School of Music! I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz and Rock Composition, Arranging, and Guitar.

I had originally gone to Berklee intending to major in voice, however I had no luck with the vocal department there and ended up with nodules on my vocal cords. The damage was so significant that I had to stop singing during my four years at Berklee and turned to studying Guitar and Composition.

I tried every vocal teacher in town wanting more than anything to be a singer. What I found was no teacher could help me and it seemed obvious that even though they had the “big name” they didn't know what they wt. I was losing hope. The combination of this roadblock and my persistence led me to the greatest thing that ever happened in my life....... I met Dante Pavone!

I kept hearing about a singing teacher named Dante Pavone. Since I had already tried everyone else, I decided to give him a shot. On my first lesson with Dante I noticed a big difference. My throat didn't hurt at all and a real voice was coming out of me. I was cured!

Dante’s studies were extensive and he had doctorates in voice, music history, psychology and many other subjects. He was the most intelligent; insightful person I have ever met in my life and not only taught me about voice but taught me many things about life. He one time told me that he had a more profound knowledge of all the fine singing muscles than anyone else.

Dante was the first; a “pioneer” in popular singing, breaking from the traditional operatic style. He taught, or was contacted by, such singers as John Lennon and Paul McCartney (Beatles), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), Steve Tyler (Aerosmith), Peter Wolf (JGiles Band), James and Livingston Taylor, Faye Dunaway, Tom Jones, Donna Summers, Jonathan Richman, Julianna Hatfield, Andy Pratt, at their prime and the list goes on and on. Once John Lennon and Paul McCartney showed up unannounced at his door handing him a blank check! Singers from New York City Opera Company used to sneak away from their teachers and come to Boston to study with Dante who would cure their wrecked voices from their famous opera teachers they had in NY. Best Singing Teacher in the World!

I studied with Dante every day for the first couple of years and then two or three times a week after that for fifteen years until his demise in 1998. I never missed a lesson! He gave me over a four-octave range where I started with only a five-note one. Not only did he improve my pitch and tone, but I can now sing and scream all night, if I want to, and never have a single vocal problem. In fact the more I sing the better my voice feels!

One day at my lesson Dante asked if he could pass his method down to me. This has been a great honor to me and although many teachers try to emulate his method I am the only one with a certificate as seen above. Not only was Dante my mentor, but still to this day he is the most important person I ever encountered in my life and was my best friend. We were very close and he would spend hours talking to me at lessons not only about music but about many fascinating subjects and opened my eyes to many incredible things.

Thirteen of my songs were chosen to be in one movie called Getting Personal and other songs in the movies Fillbilly and Dykeotomies. My band has won world contests.

I have also studied piano, guitar, and drums extensively and teach all instruments. I studied for years with late great world renowned Charlie Banacos and John Horrigan. Besides teaching I am a songwriter, dancer, actress, film maker, audio engineer and producer as well. I can help you record your songs!

Since 1982 I have written hundreds of songs and have been performing and recording my own music in major New England and New York venues. I've also won awards for my band "Girl on Top."

Breathing
If a teacher tells you breathing is not important you should be concerned. Let me help you to develop solid breathing and correct singing posture. An instrument only sounds as good as it's built. As we build your instrument your range, strength, resonance and stamina all improve. There is no end to how good you can get.

All Styles
The greatest thing about this method is it does not give you a style. You develop your own style! The student brings in songs they want to work on. Pop, rock, hip-hop, alternative, country, progressive, blues, jazz, swing, broadway, folk, rap, r+b, gospel, hardcore, screaming at the top of your lungs (if you want to).

All Levels
I teach all ages and presently have students from three years old to students in their seventies.  Beginners to advanced, adults to elderly, children, kids, and pre-school.  Dante taught me that I can improve a person’s life by teaching them music. He’s certainly improved mine. I hope you will let me help to improve yours.

Vocal Therapist
My method is guaranteed to cure any and all vocal problems or damage you may have from singing or talking: nodules, pitch, range, tone, endurance, etc.

Sing with no break
Have a smooth, multi-octave range. Sing any note the way you like: high or low, hard or soft.

No end to how you can improve
As long as you practice using this method, there is no limit as to how you can improve your range, tone, strength, flexibility, vibrato, phrasing, etc. Let me help you transcend fear, anxiety, and stage fright and replace it with technical ability and self-confidence.

Coaching and Stage Presence
We work on songs that the student brings with them to lessons. Using acting techniques, I help them understand the true meaning of the song and how to convey it to an audience.

Guitar Lesson
Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords.  Start with the basics and move into learning to play songs that you love. Incorporate learning to sing and play guitar on your favorite tunes.  As the student becomes more confident the lessons move into learning advanced voicing, improvisational techniques and chord solos.  All styles, all levels, all ages.

Piano Lessons
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced professional, any age is welcomed. Learning to play the piano can be lots of fun and very rewarding with practice, persistence and the proper instruction. Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords.  In the first lesson you will be able to play with both hands.  As you continue lessons it will be fun and exciting to learn to play popular piano pieces.  The more advanced student will have fun learning to improvise and play chord solos.

Drum Lessons
Learning to play the drums is really easy and fun with my method!  Start by learning how to hold the sticks and position yourself at a full drum set.  At the end of the first lesson you will be able to play beats.  With each lesson new beats, styles and exercises will be added.  As you get more advanced the student can bring in songs they want to learn.  This method is perfect and easy for any beginner or more advanced student.

Bass Lessons
The bass is what holds the rhythm of the band together and provides the foundation and bottom for the chord structure.  The student is taken in a step by step method that is easy to understand starting with learning basic notes, rhythms and finger exercises.  As the student becomes more advanced they can bring in songs that they would like to learn.  All styles, ages and levels.

Ear Training
Developing your ear is essential for any serious musician.  We start by learning to sing simple melodies and rhythms and as the student progresses move to more challenging ones.  Also incorporated will be learning notation and chord and pitch recognition.
Song Writing
Learn to write songs like the pros.  Karen D. has written over two hundred and fifty song.  Let her expertise help you learn the secrets fast.  We will work on song structure, theory and lyric writing.

Theory and Arranging
Karen D. is an honorary graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston.  There she acquired a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging.  She will teach you about notes, intervals, scales, chord structures and how chords work together.  Also, you will learn how to arrange a song by adding drums, bass, guitar, horns, strings and whatever your heart desires.

Instruments-All Styles

Voice
Vocal Therapy
Nodules
Polyps
Breathing
Strength
Range
Coaching
Stage Presence

Extras
Theory/Arranging
Song Writing
Ear Training
Apple Computer Skills
Final Cut
Logic

Stringed Instruments
Acoustic Guitar
Autoharp
Banjo
Bass Guitar
Dobro
Dulcimer
Electric Guitar
Gottuvadhyam
Guitar
Harp
Lap Steel Guitar
Lute
Mandolin
Pedal Steel Guitar
Sitar
Ukulele
Veena
Zither

Keyboard Instruments
Acoustic Piano
Clarinet
Electric Keyboards
Harpsichord
Keyboards
Organ
Piano
Synthesizer

Percussion Instruments
Bongos
cajon
Castanets
Celesta
Chimes
Congas
Cymbals
Double Bass / Kick
Drums
Drum Set
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Snare Drum
Tambourine
Timpani
Tom Toms
Triangle
Vibraphone
Xylophone

Bowed Stringed
Cello
Double Bass (Acoustic, Upright, Stand-up)
Fiddle
Viola
Violin

Woodwinds
Accordion
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Clarinet
Contrabassoon
Double Reed
English Flute
English Horn
Flute
Flutes
Harmonica
Melodica
Oboe
Piccolo
Pitch Pipes
Recorder
Saxophone
Single Reed

Brasswinds
French Horn
Pan Flute
Piccolo
Recorder
Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba

Testimonials

Karen D is the numero uno female singer in Boston.

Karen made the lesson fun and highly personalized. Karen wanted to know about my current skills and what I wanted to achieve. She then based our lesson play on this information. Excellent!

I don't know how much you remember of me, but you were my favorite voice teacher! I adore/d you and hope all the best for you! I used to walk across Copley Square to your studio for my classes. I remember vividly and I also remember my homework. I will always recommend you highly. Next to my band director you were always my best teacher. Know what? Love you Karen! You are the best! I wish every great thing for you.

Karen is an amazing teacher. She's patient, hard-working and dedicated. She has a lot of musical background experience and knowledge. She's also a cool person!

In American Idol, Haley did great on her solo, clearly the best. I was really impressed I hope you are doing well…we will see you at the next lesson.

Karen is a great teacher. She is extremely patient and encouraging. She also has a great method in building up strong muscles for singing. When I first met her, I could barely match the notes. She encourages me all the time and guides me through the tough period. Now I can match up to High C. She is also very great at Guitar, and has a very good way teaching. I really love her.

Thank you so much for the encouragement. I didn't get much of it when I was growing up that's probably why I never put any effort in pursuing my dream of becoming a musician. I am going to use your time for deeper understanding. I wasted a lot of time in the past I could of been much more educated by now if only i would of had focused and pushed myself. Our time together made me realize many things about myself what i should have done in the past and that I'm very impatient that's probably the main cause of why i never bothered learning anything worth learning... I admire people like yourself who encourage artists to do what they love. Thanks again.

Karen is an awesome teacher with patience and excellent methods to help people sing. She taught me the singing techniques and mostly importantly gave me confidence to face my weakness and sing once more. Patient, nice, and remarkable capability.

Thank you for being such a great teacher and friend!

Thanks for all your help. It has been a revelation.

I finally took your advice and have been doing my practicing every day. As a result, my choir director, Wendy, came up to me after the service and said, "you might become the lead soprano singer if you keep working with that singing teacher of yours, Karen.

Back from a week in New England...great trip...both reunion shows went very well...the audiences loved them. Thanks for your help in getting my voice  ready.  We had five hour rehearsals last Monday and Tuesday, and then shows on Wednesday and Thursday.  My voice was stronger Thursday night than any of the three previous nights.  That's a tribute to you and Dante, and I am grateful. Take care, and let's stay in touch...

Thank you for all you’ve taught me. I know your way is the real way. I hope to have the opportunity to learn more from you in the future. You’re the best!

Hey Karen! How are you?  I'm over that horrible sickness.  I went to rehearsal tonight and what's coming out of me keeps getting better.  Just the look on everyone's face was awesome.  More importantly I can finally express everything inside me.  Thank you so much!  The only problem I have is when my back get's tired.  After an hour it get's tough.  There's so much I want to go over with you.  I'm your biggest fan!  Thanks is not enough.

I know with the voice and lessons it can be like anything else one needs to improve, two steps forward one step back.  However, I have to tell you, I have really made a breakthrough in the last week, starting last Thursday.  For some reason "all of a sudden" my voice is stronger, clearer, I don't get hoarse as quickly, I can sing longer and "harder"/higher, my voice isn't so raspy the next morning, on and on.  Yeah -- the lessons are really working, as I believed they would.  Bless you and the spirit of Dante.

I threw Dante's name into the search engine and found you. My sister, Tina Sanderson, quit high school in 1967 and moved from long island to Boston and found Dante.  I was at Berklee at the time for flute. I was amazed what he did to her already fabulous voice! When Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) went to prison, they asked Tina to fill in, but decided not to do anything until Grace was out.  Unfortunately, two days before recording for Irwin Levine (tie a yellow ribbon....) she died in a car accident.
Anyway, I am very happy to see that Dante's message is not lost with the Master.  i will keep you in mind for anyone wanting the best techniques.

Hello Karen, I found your site through a google search of Dante. I was thinking about him and thought I’d see what I could find. Yours was the first site that turned up and I was very happy to have found it. Even back in 1981 and 1982, when I was with him, Dante was looking for a successor. I’m very glad to have found you. I am also a bit envious that you were wise enough to stay with him until the end. It was my every intention to do that, however, as a teen at the time on my own living in Boston, I let certain emotional issues cloud my judgment and left Dante in 1982 and came back to New Jersey. I must say that I was filled with sadness to find that Dante passed in 1997 and that I made no effort to contact him or study further before that time. What an opportunity it was ever to have met the man! I was with him for a year and applied his method for many years after. I’ve recently gotten back more into singing, I am a guitarist as well, and probably would want to start lessons with you. I was a voice major at Rowan University for a year and half, but actually would rather study by Dante method. Dante was very dear to me. I loved him very much. The year with him was one of the best times of my life with some of the fondest memories.

Hi Karen glad you had a great gig. Nothing was touching the pain, but when I sing it is so intense it doesn't matter. I didn't sleep at all last night, and I felt like crying! I went to my second project today and I think there is an ungodly potential there. I did a little recording last night (just me) so you could hear what you never hear in lessons. I am the singer I always wanted to be thanks to you and I know it's only going to get better! Oh well for now it's ice hot bath and rest.

Karen, even though it was sort lived, coming to you for lessons was one of the best things I've done. It's really gotten me back on track. Dante's scales are so balanced. I was getting into really bad habits especially with the e vowel. With those exercises I'm now placing the e vowel where it should be. I can sing all night again and feel nothing in my throat. When I went to university, the vocal scales weren't balanced. Dante's balances the e's with the ah's and when you got that, you've got it all. This is how I remember it as it used to be. As I said before, I'll be back.

Thank you so much for your wonderful lesson with great encouragement. You are the best music teacher I could ever imagine. How I wish I had met you earlier. 

Karen is a wonderful, sensitive, teacher, who will work with you no matter what style of singing you prefer. For over 6 years I have taken voice from her and my range and confidence increased by leaps and bounds!

Karen is a committed, dedicated and extremely talented teacher.  The unique techniques I  learned in studying with her have greatly improved my singing,  the quality of my voice, and my range is far greater.  I am able to sing notes I would not have thought possible.  Karen loves what she does and every lesson has been an extremely enjoyable learning experience.

Dear Karen, I wanted to thank you for teaching me.  I'm very happy that I decided to take lessons with you and I was able to achieve my goal.  Before I came to you I was not happy with my singing when I hit Bb above middle C and up, but I feel more comfortable with those notes after the lessons with you, and of course, doing the exercises and scales does wonders.  You even got me to vocalize an octave above that Bb and beyond in less than six weeks. What I learned was so precious because it's not something you can learn by reading, but it's something I could only learn by actually having someone coach me in physical coordination.  It was a very interesting experience and a hard work.  I sing almost everyday, so I do notice the difference in my voice from day to day.  Thank you so much.

Karen has been an amazing teacher. I have taken piano, guitar and voice lessons from her for over the past year. I had no prior musical knowledge (or native ability) but yet within 4 months she coached me through preparation for a show singing and accompanying on guitar. While I have much to learn I feel that Karen, with her dedication to her students and wonderful teaching ability, has truly helped me to succeed beyond my wildest expectations.

Dear Karen, So happy to see you're still doing great..I could never in words express my gratitude towards you for teaching me about music, life, and piano..(as well as the wonderful course for drums and everything else) Thank you.

HI Karen, Thank you so much for being such a great mentor and friend of mine:) Thanks for inspiring and encouraging me all the time. Love you.

Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons with great encouragement. You are the best music teacher I could ever imagine. How I wish I had met you earlier. 

Hey, "Coach" -- hope this finds you well.  We played two shows in Vermont two weekends ago, and my voice was excellent.  I've been diligently doing my scales, my stretching exercises, and singing rock songs about 45 minutes a day since the book launch party last August, and it really paid off.  I sang lead on two songs I couldn't even reach last summer.  And I sang our "signature" song, "All Along The Watchtower" probably better than I ever sang it back in the 60s and 70s.  My voice held up through two rehearsals, two sound checks, and two shows, and was stronger at the end than at the start.  In fact, we had a jam session after the second gig and I sang "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder and I have never been able to do that one. So, thanks to you and our dear, departed Dante.

Just wanted you to know that I have continued to work on what you taught me with excellent results.  This past August, at the book launch party, I sang lead on a song which I could not do in 2010 (and I could hardly have done any of my leads in 2010 without your help).  In the six months since the book launch party I have done all my breathing exercises every day, except one single day, without fail.  The result has been that as I sing along with records (which I do about 4-5 days a week) I can now do about a dozen leads on songs I sing with regularly, which I couldn't do six months ago in August.  All this stuff re the voice is only to say a HUGE THANK YOU for your help and your teaching.  Clearly, the Dante method works for geezers, also.  I am amazed at what I can sing that I couldn't get to a year ago, or even 6 months ago.  Plus, a couple of weeks ago I sang 11 days in a row (45 to 60 minutes each day) with no problems at all.  It's so much fun to be able to really sing again...:-)

I'm not sure if you remember me but I took web lessons with you about a year an half ago. Life, however got in the way, and I had to stop. My schedule is now much freer, and I happen to once again be on the same time zone that you are on. I was hoping to begin taking vocal lessons with you again. You are by far the best vocal teacher I have ever had, and my voice really misses your training.

i am happy to tell you about my experience and opinion of Karen. i have been taking voice with her since 1996. I starting to sing in a choir as a soprano at my old church. i struggled to hit the notes and in doing so was straining my vocal chords. i went online to read about strained vocal chords and got scared when i read that they sometimes get nodules a need surgery. i decided i wanted to learn proper technique and searched for a vocal teacher. i read Karen’s bio and discovered that she too had suffered strained vocal chords and got relief through Dante Pavone’s method of teaching, and now she is certified to teach the same method. Since i started with her i have no problem in my throat and i sing way better. Even my body looks better because the exercises that the student does strengthen the lower back so that it can support the ribs properly and has given me a better figure.  i still sing in a choir at my new church and i have gotten many compliments on my voice from many people. At this point i will tell you that i do not practice all of the breathing and scales as often as i am supposed to due to my being a wife and mother of two teenagers, which keeps me very busy and running. That said, i still have made great progress with Karen.
Another more personal note is that a person would be hard-pressed to find another human being as loving as Karen. She’s very caring beyond just voice lessons. My husband has been taking drum lessons from her for three years now and he feels the same way about her, and he doesn’t usually trust people easily. Karen is very well educated and very intelligent. She is a tough but kind teacher. She watches her student like a hawk and doesn’t miss a trick. She corrects gently and never makes you feel badly about yourself. She’s very encouraging. i try never to miss a lesson, because i always leave there in a better mood than when i arrive.
i hope this helps you to decide. You may think...whats with all of this breathing and posture? Trust the technique. it really works without pain or strain of the vocal chords, which means you can sing for the rest of her life and not just a couple years and have to quit due to nodules.

 
Forty years ago I was a lead singer in a New England rock band and I was tearing my throat up.  I was hoarse after every gig and regularly lost my voice entirely after two or three nights.  Then I became a pupil of Dante Pavone in Boston and a remarkable transformation occurred.  Dante’s method was hard work, and it depended on following his advice precisely.  But working with Dante I was able to correct my bad habits, improve the clarity, quality and range of my voice. I could go seven nights in a row and not lose my voice.   Forty years later my band is getting back together for several reunion shows, but I have not sung professionally since 1971.  Fortunately, I found Karen, a protégé of Dante’s, and took webcam internet lessons (she is in Boston, I in Virginia).  All the benefits of the Pavone method re-appeared.  I gained back three octaves on my range and my clarity, strength and pitch all greatly improved.  The Dante Pavone method is still as great as ever and Karen is the ideal voice coach to teach it – a perfect blend of encouragement and pushing. 

Saturday, for the first time after studying with you for over three years and not practicing, i forced myself to do what you have been telling me all along: to practice. The next day my husband came to the early church service with me and told me that when the choir sang the "anthem", which  is our main piece in the service, that he could really hear me and that i sounded really good. Then i had another small rehearsal afterwards with the choir for a new piece for future. After that i was walking down the hall to leave and my choir director caught up to me and said, "You are sounding really good!" i said, “Really?” She affirmed, so i told her it was because my singing teacher is telling me i had better start doing my breathing exercise so i finally listened. She said it was paying off. Today i plan to do all 30 of each again. As much as i don’t understand why it makes so much of a difference, i now know it works and i know also that you are a very smart and driven person and that you would never steer me wrong. so thanks.

I called my brother (he used to back up Taj Mahal) to ask about when Grace Slick studied with Dante.  When my sister was studying his method I met Dante once or twice.  At the time I was making costumes for the New York City Opera Company and was one of Beverly Sill's dressers. Dante kept saying that Beverly was going to blow out her voice.  I remember that several opera singers used to sneak away from their appointed vocal coaches in NYC to catch some time with Dante.  Dante would have to cure all the vocal problems that their so called “famous” NY coaches were giving them.

I was thinking about Dante recently. I just got a gig in Switzerland coming up in April and even though I'm a sax player (Berklee alumnus) I will be singing a concert there. I pulled out all of my old hand written Dante notes and oddly I realized the system and its ease after twenty years. What I'm saying is "voila" now it all came back to me and I’m singing with a fair amount of ease up into my head, stretching my range and feeling really great. Anyway, I googled his name and your name came up associated with Dante's, and rightfully so. I was always amazed by him, but now I'm amazed at what he was always trying to tell me even though he saw me as a great student.  I know that one website that came up under someone's name (associated with him) mentioned that he had passed away. I think he was 76 when he taught me. I remember he mentioned your name to me many times in the 80's. I moved to LA after Berklee and I talked about him with the highest respect and felt very lucky to have studied for a long time with a genius and true master of the human anatomy. Keep up the good work! I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I'm glad you're carrying on his legend.

Thanks for your help in getting my voice ready.  We had five hour rehearsals last Monday and Tuesday, and then shows on Wednesday and Thursday.  My voice was stronger Thursday night than any of the three previous nights.  That's a tribute to you and Dante. I am grateful.

Karen I have to tell you I have really made a breakthrough since I started studying with you. My voice is stronger, clearer, I don't get hoarse as quickly, I can sing longer and "harder"/higher, my voice isn't so raspy the next morning, on and on.  Yeah -- the lessons are really working, as I believed they would.  Bless you and the spirit of Dante.

Every day, since studying with you, after I sing my voice is clearer and stronger when I am finished. You’re a great teacher!

Thank you for all you’ve taught me. I know your way is the real way. I hope to have the opportunity to learn more from you in the future. You’re the best!

I studied with one of the supposed most famous vocal teachers in America. After a year of studying this particular method I couldn’t even get through one rehearsal or four songs at a gig with out vocal blow out. When I came to Karen I had severe vocal damage from studying with this supposed other “famous” teacher”. On the first lesson with Karen my voice was cured and after four lessons I played a gig and my voice felt better than before I started singing and the next day I was not hoarse at all. This is the best vocal method I have ever studied in my life as I have studied with many other teachers before Karen that also damaged my voice. If it weren’t for Karen and the Dante Pavone method I surely would not ever be able to sing.

My daughter did great on her solo, clearly the best.! I was really impressed. I hope you are doing well…we will see you at the next lesson.

Had a great lesson with Karen today. I expected the usual tongue and lip rolls and of course the long lectures on what to avoid to keep a good voice, but i got something much better. :)

I went to rehearsal tonight and what's coming out of me keeps getting better and better.  Just the look on everyone's face when I sang was awesome.  More importantly I can finally express everything inside me.  Thank you so much!  I'm your biggest fan!  Thanks is not enough.   

I just wanted to let you know that my gig on Saturday went GREAT!!! My voice felt really good and I didn't feel strained at all. I'm so glad I took the breathing exercises that you showed very seriously. I don't know where I'd be without you.

Once again you have my deepest thanks for what you've opened to me vocally. I still can't believe it. Every time I open my mouth to sing I get better and better! Also, thank you very much for the great encouragement.

I just wanted to say again how happy I am that I met you. My progress is more than I dreamed of and I know I'm not all the way yet. I also have come to regard you as a friend. I truly wish you all the success you dream of.

Before studying with you I always felt like crying because I could never get my voice to work properly. You have showed me the potential there. I did a little recording last night so I could really hear the huge difference and in just a few lessons. I am becoming the singer I always wanted to be thanks to you. I know it's only going to get better!

My voice keeps getting better and better every day.  I would say that you have 100% given me all the ability and more than I could have dreamed of.  You definitely delivered the goods.  I've grown from skeptic to true believer. The last two weeks, but especially the last couple of days, I have transformed into an altogether more dynamic singer with a pitch increase of at least an octave.  Every note becoming as soft or as loud as I want it to without strain or effort!  God bless you. I know that it's going to only get better from here!  Did you ever see the matrix we're the guy says why oh why didn't I swallow the blue pill.  That's how i feel about my choice some twenty years ago or more, when I saw your add.  Also the changes in my physique are truly unbelievable too.  Anyway thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Hello Karen, Life is stranger than fiction!! I played an outdoor gig today! I sang for hours and had no problems. Afterward everybody was all over me. Makes all the sacrifice worth it. I learned a lot today. I sure hope it will continue. I live for this. Don't mean to sound like a broken record, but thanks so much for all you've given me the ability to do. I'm everything and more that I always wanted to be.

I so much value everything I've learned from you and I always looked forward to my lesson.  You are a very gifted teacher and your technique has really made a difference in my voice.  I never thought I could hit high C so effortlessly. Thank you, Karen.

It was great getting the first lesson from you. Saw how you rock from Dante's point of view.

Karen, You are wonderful. I love your personality and your lessons. I talked about you and your method to all my friends and co-workers and will always recommend you to anyone who’s interested in lessons.

Hi Karen, we're moving to New Hampshire tomorrow :-)  We're going to miss you a lot! You have played a very positive role in Brendan's life and for that I will always be grateful. I wish you nothing but happiness. Warm Regards, Rob

You have been such a blessing. I believe people don't just come into your life by accident.

Karen, coming to you for lessons was one of the best things I've ever done. It's really gotten me back on track. Dante's scales are so balanced. I was getting into really bad habits. With those exercises I can sing all night again and feel nothing in my throat. When I went to university, the vocal scales weren't balanced and I had vocal issues. Dante's balances the e's with the ah's and when you got that, you've got it all. This is how I remember it as it used to be when I studied with Dante.

I enjoy the music instruction and guidance which shows progress in a short amount of time. I have explored rhythm, melody, and harmony with various instruments for resemblance. Her personal studio at home is great for this.

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Kevin I. August 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
She’s the best of the best, patient and kind. Can’t wait to continue our ledsons.
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Craig May 11, 2018
· Dulcimer · Online
My son had a great first lesson with Karen and is excited to learn to tune his hammered dulcimer and begin playing. Karen has a natural gift as a teacher and great demeanor. Our family is looking forward to working with her in the future.
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· Piano · In home
Karen is great. Patient and a good teacher.
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A student of Yumi Hwang-Williams, Sally O'Reilly, Joey Corpus, and Mark Lakirovich, Rachel holds a Diploma in violin from Denver School of the Arts and furthered her studies in violin and viola performance at the University of Denver and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has played under the direction of noted conductors David Zinman, Julius Rudel, and Michael Stern at the Aspen Music Festival, James DePriest at the Las Vegas Music Festival, and, most recently, Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic. She has performed by invitation at Music on the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aspen Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, and on tour with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Rachel performs with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, a self-conducted ensemble based in Philadelphia
, and with the classical and traditional duo Driftwood. Her repertoire also reaches beyond classical music, with recent projects including performances of jazz and traditional fiddle styles throughout the Boston area, and recordings with Ran Blake, the founding chair of New England Conservatory's Department of Contemporary Improvisation, on a CD released in 2015 titlted "Ghost Tones". In addition to her work as a performer, Rachel runs an active studio and specializes in teaching both conventional and Suzuki violin method as well as beginning and intermediate fiddle. Rachel is Suzuki Certified through Book 3.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach students using a combination of Traditional method books as well as Suzuki. I believe that it's equally important for students to be able to play music by ear as it is to be able to sight-read off of a score. In a typical lesson, we will cover scales, exercises in technique, etudes, and a movement of a classical piece. I also like to play duets with students as I believe it helps improve the ear and acclimate a student for playing in group or orchestral settings.
I encourage all students to bring a notebook with them to every lesson and will write down what is being worked on and the areas of improvement. I've found that it's vastly helpful to be able to go back and look at what was covered in a lesson when you're at home practicing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in a private room, neat, organized, with plenty of instruments. She has a music stand, extra equipment, instruments, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student lives in a reasonably subway/bus accessible area then I have no problem traveling to them for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Fiddle, Violin, Viola
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Taryn G. March 6, 2014
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Very good instructor

Rachel is a warm and inviting person, and she made me feel very welcome on my first visit. She definitley does get right down to business in lessons. I am an older student and have never played violin before, so I thought I might struggle to learn. The opposite seems true. Rachel spent the first couple of sessions perfecting my posture and bow holds. We moved on to playing rhythms and reading sheet music, shortly after. I've only been practicing once a week for 2 months, and I can already play simple sheet music! That's huge for me! Rachel's instruction is clear and patient, and she's very easy-going. She also has a good sense of humor and a great way of phrasing things so that it's simple to understand her.

The only thing that can be difficult sometimes is getting a hold of her by phone or email. Sometimes she takes a bit to respond, she always does eventually catch up with me, though. Overall, I'm pleased with my lessons.
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Xiaoyan H. April 27, 2013
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Rachel is a very nice and patient teacher. My sons have been taking lessons with her for a few months and I have noticed big improvements.
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Great teacher!

Rachel was very helpful in keeping my violin skills good over my college winter break. I'll definitely come back to her next summer. I've noticed improvements in my ability to play and it was a pleasure.
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Experienced violin/viola teacher of 8 years available for students of all ages and levels! I have a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Butler University, and I also have a master's degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma. I believe every student is different and therefore do not teach one method, but a mix and match of different methods tailored to each student. Depending on the level of the student, I use the following method books: Essential Elements, Suzuki, Solos for Advanced Violinists, and standard repertoire and pop music. I also believe that an understanding of music theory is essential for all violinists and violists, so some of my teaching is devoted to theory.

About Kari
Kari Krafft is a classically trained violinist who performs and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She currently serves on the faculties of Bertrand’s School of Music in Pasadena and Cornerstone Music Conservatory in West LA as well as coaching chamber music with the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra. Kari holds a Master’s in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from Butler University. Her main teachers include Mr. Hal Grossman, Dr. Gregory Lee, and Mr. Larry Shapiro.

While pursuing her degrees, Kari developed a passion for music education. She is dedicated to providing quality and personalized instruction to all of her students. She uses method books such as Essential Elements and Suzuki as well as standard etudes and repertoire. Kari has experience teaching violin and viola to students o
f all ages and levels. She has held teaching positions with several music organizations, including the Sooner Strings Project at the University of Oklahoma, El Sistema Oklahoma, Norman Music Institute, and the Butler Community Arts School, as well as keeping a private studio out of her home.

In addition to her teaching obligations, Kari performs regularly as a freelance violinist with artists and groups such as the Young Musicians Foundation, Richard Clayderman, and the Pacific Opera Project. Kari has also won permanent positions with the Amarillo Symphony of Amarillo, Texas, and Resonance Horizon, a new orchestra in Southern California dedicated to performing music from video games, anime, TV series, and films. Kari is also a founding member of the Sunset String Quartet, a new quartet servicing all areas of Southern California with music for weddings and other events.
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Beckie R. August 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Kari is an amazing instructor. She has a lot of great methods for teaching which comes with experience. She really knows what she is doing and is great at teaching it as well.
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Phyllis Y. August 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Kari is very knowledgeable and skilled with music and violin. My first lesson was enjoyable and progressive. Kari showed patience and understanding on her approach to teaching. I hope to build a continued relationship with Kari learning music and violin together.
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David September 29, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great lesson. I am making great strides in improving my playing ability everyday.
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Hello! I've gotten Master's Degree in Music and possess 13 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and at all skill levels.

What do my lessons give to You?
+ Professional skills of playing
+ Master different techniques (e.g. pizzicato, double notes etc.)
+ Master various bow technique (e.g. spiccato, staccato etc.)
+ Basic and advanced knowledge of music theory

What will you be able to do after a short time?
+ Easily play and pick up melodies
+ Sheet-reading notes

How else can my lessons help?
+ Make it easier to master any other instrument
+ Give the ability to compose songs or pieces

So feel free to contact me any time and ask any questions. I am eagerly waiting to start to help You quickly progress as an excellent performer!

About Nikita
Hello!
My name is Nikita and I am a violin, viola and guitar instructor with 13 years of teaching experience. I work with international students of all ages at every skill level. So I am fully committed to the entire range of musical education.
Have you been contemplating professional music lessons? You have found the right teacher! I acquired a Master’s Degree in the St. Petersburg State Music Conservatory of Russia. For over 20 years of my musical study and career I was not only teaching, but successfully performing in numerous concerts and recitals as a solo/chamber ensemble/symphony orchestra performer. I am also a recipient of various awards for republic and international competitions, amongst which are the V International Competition, Ukraine, and XXXIII Republic Competition, Kazakhstan.
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nteresting and fun? You’re right! For the best results you need to enjoy the entire process. That is why my lessons are always easy to understand, interesting and fun.
I would love the opportunity to assist in your growth and development in the musical arts and remember… you’re never too young or too old to start!!!
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Aubrey August 10, 2018
· Violin · Online
Nikita is a great violinist and teacher! I am studying violin in college right now and wanted a teacher to help me progress during my summer break. I really appreciated how he started with where I was at and built upon that. I highly recommend him to any violinist whether you're just starting out or are an advanced player, he can help you progress and reach your goals.
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Sherry Ann July 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Nakita for a month. It is very enjoyable and fun. He will teach you technique and you will feel very capable and encouraged. He is very patient and kind.
I play piano and recently decided I'd like to learn the violin. I feel lucky to have found Nakita....He is excellent!!!
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· Viola · Online
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I specialize in traditional and Suzuki violin and viola methods, and offer violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels. Currently, I have a very diverse studio where my youngest student is 3 years old and the oldest, 58. Whether you are a beginner violin student learning how to hold an instrument, an advanced level player seeking for improvement, or violin enthusiast who wants to take lessons as a hobby, I can help you achieve your goal.

About Emil
I specialize in traditional and Suzuki violin methods, and offer violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels. Currently, I have a very diverse studio where my youngest student is 3 years old and the oldest, 58. Whether you are a beginner violin student learning how to hold an instrument, an advanced level player seeking for improvement, or violin enthusiast who wants to take lessons as a hobby, I can help you achieve your goal. ​And what can be better than one-on-one instruction when learning how to play an instrument?
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Patricia June 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has been taking violin lessons from Emil for 2 years now. He is a very knowledgeable violin teacher with many years of experience teaching children and adults. My daughter continues to progress and gain confidence. Emil makes learning fun!
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Want to play your favorite melodies? Feel hard to play a nice sound with string instrument? I will help you to explore the violin and viola! I am a professional and experienced teacher, my students’ age range from 5 to adult. In the lessons, you will be not only knowing how to make a nice sound with string instrument, but also building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, music knowledge, sight reading, chamber duo, and more. Welcome for all lever students.

About Chensi
I am a professional musician and a music teacher, joined New England Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in 2015. I gained my Bachelor and two Master degrees from Manhattan School of Music. My BM and First MM are on Music Performance; while my second MM is on Orchestra playing.

I start teaching sine 2012. I am a passionate, serious, traditional teacher, and I really enjoyed teaching. I always encourage my students to think, to learn, and to explore the music in their way. For children, I do ask the parent to stay in their lesson if possible, only because the parents will be a great help for their kids' practice after the lesson.

Here are some more information of my music background:

Performance:

United States:
- Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra Concert, New York
- Manhattan School of Music Borden Concert Hal
l, New York, Guest performance with American String Quartet
- Viola Recitals and Graduation Recital (2009, 2011, 2013)
- Chery Hills Community Church, Chamber Performance, Denver
- St. John’s Church, Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey

Canada:
- National Art Center, Chamber Concert, Ottawa
- Queen Elizabeth School, Chamber Recital, Moncton

China:
- Shanghai Conservatory invitation for String Quartet Recital, Shanghai
- French School, String Quartet with School Chorus, Beijing
- Central Conservatory Recital Hall, Viola Recital, Beijing

Scholarship and Award:
- Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, 2008-2016
Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition Winner, 2008-2015
Hugo Kortschak Award, For Chamber Music accomplishment, 2014
- Third Prize, MSM String Concerto Competition, 2011
- Second Prize, 5 Towns String Competition, 2010
- Third Prize, Heida Hermanns String Competition, Westport, CT 2014
- Special Award, Bled International Viola Competition, Bled, Slovenia, 2006
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Lisa Gutting November 2, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Chensi is very professional and a patient and cheery instructor. Her lesson was well-prepared and she was clear and attentive in her explanations and in monitoring my understanding. Her follow-up after the lesson helped me to practice effectively until next lesson.
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Anna October 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Excellent teacher! Very professional and patient. Highly recommend!
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Ruby October 10, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Chensi is very helpful in teaching me read music. As a beginner, read music was the most difficult part, since it would slow down the practice pace. Chensi is very skillful in reading music through a faster way, which letting my progress efficient.
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I am extremely passionate about and dedicated to music. I love it more than anything else, have decided to commit my life completely to it, and believe that it has the capacity channel the creative human spirit and bring out the best in people to a degree that no other human activity can. It brings me endless joy to help others have the same experience. I have had extensive performing experience, having performed as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral leader and member in more than 10 countries and across the United States. I have studied and collaborated with many great musicians and am committed to helping students of all ages and degrees of musical experience meet their goals. I will work with all students to tailor a program specifically to them regarding repertoire, amount of instruction, and degree of seriousness depending on what they're looking to get out of lessons with me. I will work with students in detail on both technique and artistry. My hope is that

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My name is Jeremy. I am a violinist and violist who has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral leader and member. Music is my greatest passion and joy and I hope to help others experience the same. I have performed in concert halls and at festivals in more than 10 countries in Europe, North and South America, and across the United States. I have performed at festivals including the Cremona International Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Horowitz Summer Music Festival, and have performed as soloist with orchestras including the Cremona Festival Orchestra and Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra. I have won first prize in the Cremona Music Competition and additional prizes in various other competitions. I have extensive experience in orchestral playing, chamber music, and and
contemporary music as well. I have studied and collaborated with many great musicians, and have tried to absorb every drop of depth and insight from them as possible. I believe that the most fundamental aspect of all musical learning is the development of an inner ear, and will work with all students on learning how to imagine sound so that they can then play with beauty, creativity, and quality.
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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Viola is the most magical instrument and it will bring you the most beautiful experiences in life! I'll help you to develop a good technique and also modern sounds and techniques! I'll teach you the helpful tool of sight-read music so you can be an amazing prepared player

About Gerson
The young musician, singer, violinist, violist, and pianist born on December 2, 1992 in Quito, Ecuador. His early musical studies were conducted at the National Conservatory of Music of Ecuador from six years of age, in this institution was part of the Children's Choir who then participated in several competitions at national and international levels getting the top, subsequently was invited to be soloist of the "Polyphonic Choir Children" of the OPAM with whom he traveled to Europe to represent Ecuador in the "Olympics corals Competition, Bremen -Germany" 2004 – 2005.

His college has conducted at the University of the Hemispheres in Quito, where reinforces their knowledge in classical music. Later he continued his studies in COM (College of Music) from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito where he received a solid education in conte
mporary music and a specialization in Jazz, Brazilian music, and improvisation (scat) as a vocalist, he also starts his studies in Violin, Viola, and orchestra. This institution has given the opportunity to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music, Boston United States where he got his Degree in Performance and Professional Music in the year 2017.

Gerson E. has performed in several countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, United States, Greece, Germany and France, many concerts as a singer, violist and violinist with several of the most recognized figures in the art world and in major venues in Ecuador and the United States, this experience has generated in him a very important background about different musical styles such as the Latin American music, Indian, Arabic, jazz, Brazilian, Classic, and world music in general.

At the young age of 17 he starts teaching music lessons at the “Franz List Conservatory” and “Fretless Music Academy” where he creates the educational program for kids called “Pintando con la música” (Painting with music) Program that tries to involve kids into the music world through art, developing physical and creative skills and passion for the music studies.

Now located in Boston since August 2014, has participated in several concerts with world-class personalities such as Susana Baca, Bill Whelan, A. R. Rahman, Joyce Moreno, Jacob Collier, Milton Nascimento, Patrick Doyle, Beyoncé’s First Band, Tigran Hamasyan, Toninho Horta Oscar Stagnaro, Pablo Ziegler, Peter Eldridge, Kenny Werner Maysaa Karaa, Bill Mobley, just to name few of them.
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Juanjo May 17, 2018
· Jazz Voice · In home
Had a wonderful class with Gerson, he is not only a very skilled singer and musician but also a patient and easy going instructor, he is very specific in what he wants from you as a student and the steps to take in order to achieve your goals. Gerson has also a great repertoire in Latin American styles and will push you enough to learn different genres!
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Tara May 17, 2018
· Viola · In home
Gerson is so knowledgeable & talented & he teaches with so much patience & friendliness. I feel so comfortable learning from him as he really dissects what he teaches & focuses a lot on precision & repetition. Gerson really lets you speak your mind when you express what you’d like to work on & really curates the lesson according to your needs. I have so much fun learning with him, I honestly never realise where time goes. I’m extremely happy with my experience with him & would definitely recommend him! :)
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Bengisu May 17, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Gerson is such a caring and knowledgeable teacher! He knows a lot about the repertoire, technique and musicality. Very very nice person as well !

Definitely recommend him to everyone!
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I love how the viola sounds.
I teach in all music styles and music genres from classical to contemporary to improvisation to solo dynamics etc.
The viola is a great instrument and I love teaching the viola to people who love it.
With the rich, beautiful sounds of the viola I teach my students how to bring out the best in themselves and the instrument.

About Mimi
Mimi is a world class musician. She has been teaching Viola, Violin, Composition and Improvisation techniques for over 25 years.

Mimi studied personally for several years with Itzhak Perlman, the great, legendary, violin concert soloist.

Mimi toured with Barbra Streisand and also recorded movie scores in Los Angeles. In New York City she has played in The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and debuted as a soloist at Carnegie Hall.

Mimi also played in The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra as principal violist, The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and The San Francisco Symphony.

Mimi has also recorded and released 5 CD's featuring her as a soloist.
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Robin June 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
A++ instructor. If you are looking for that unique combination of world class violinist AND masterfully experienced at teaching the violin, then Mimi is for you. I've progressed rapidly in eight months of weekly instruction from a complete beginner playing his first notes through Suzuki Book II. Mimi is FUN to work with -- patient, encouraging and inspiring. She truly loves to teach and it shows.
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My philosophy derives not only from the specifics of learning an
instrument, but also from the life lessons that music can bring to a child. The child can learn how dedication, perseverance, and self-awareness can result in beautiful music and a more colorful life.

About Kim
Kim Busic is a violinist, violist, cellist, and educator from Libertyville, Illinois. She holds a BM in Music Performance, cum laude, from Butler University. At Butler, she studied violin under Larry Shapiro as well as viola with Richard Auldon Clark and cello with Dr. William Grubb. She recently completed her MM in Violin Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, studying violin under Sharan Leventhal. She has performed throughout the United States, Italy, Slovenia, and Austria in orchestra and chamber groups. An avid educator, she has taught private, group, and orchestra classes with students ranging in age 5-adult.
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