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The viola is more than just a "big violin". It has idiosyncrasies that make the mechanics of playing it just a bit different. If you are switching from violin to viola, you'll need some help in adjusting to the larger scale.

It's a beautiful instrument, full of warmth and depth for those willing to explore it. Viola lessons include theory, technique, repertoire and working with your physiology to find just the right hold.

About Gail
Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was three, I was given a recorder by a very sweet couple who lived next door to us. I learned a little about it, and could play the simple tunes on the sheet that came with the instrument.

Over the years, I tried a few instruments – french horn, piano – but once I started playing the violin, I knew I would be a string player for life. When my first viola came home (which my 13-year old son now plays), I was in love! It’s been my primary instrument since about the seventh grade.

My goal for every student is to leave me having a strong understanding of theory, musicianship and desire to seek out more opportunities for growth. I work with each student to tailor a program specifically for their needs, from working through simple bowing mechanics issues to the psycholo
gy of performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson consists of checking student's progress, addressing any immediate issues and working on skill building.

OK, so those are the basics, but what happens is so much more! One student may have trouble hitting a C#, so we'll work on those. Another may have trouble relaxing, we might spend some time on breathing exercises to help with that. Still another might have a death grip on the neck of their instrument, so we'll do some work to help relax their hands.

My goal is to help students get well on their way to a lifetime love of learning and making music.

In 3-6 months, they should be:
* Reading music consistently at a level appropriate to their progress.
* Developing an understanding of rhythm and meter.
* Placing their fingers properly, and reliably for the most part.
* Developing correct posture and holding their instrument and bow in a relaxed manner that suits their body type and facilitates the freedom of movement required for making great music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music stand, music

*** Travel Equipment ***
Viola or violin, music stand, music.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained, but I also love Celtic music. We'll work together to develop a plan that will work and help foster a love of making music.

I specialize in working with kids of all ages - from 5 to 95!
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Gina September 23, 2018
· Violin · Online
My son, Donovan, studied violin with Ms. Nelson for four years at Alan’s Music in La Mesa, CA. He began at age four and I was a bit apprehensive about finding a teacher who would be effective with a younger child. Ms. Nelson was the perfect fit. She selects music that is varied and interesting. She is flexible too. When my son showed an interest in learning Superman, she found the music and supported him. We love her patient, gentle, but firm approach. Ms. Nelson has high expectations and is very open-minded about what young students can learn. From the start, she incorporated teaching music notation & music theory at age-appropriate levels. She is extremely knowledgeable and shares her knowledge with students in an engaging and comprehensible manner. She instills a love of music in her students - what a gift! I can’t recommend Ms. Nelson’s music instruction enough.

-Gina Vattuone La Mesa, CA

Ms. Nelson is a very nice and funny person. She is a good violin teacher because she is encouraging and always plays the music before I play it to see if I like it.

- Donovan Maes, age 8, La Mesa, CA
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Bonnie November 14, 2016
· Violin · Online
My newbie (beginner with zero experience) son has been taking violin lessons via skype for almost 2 years now. I specifically was looking for a teacher who could meet us over the internet, considering I needed a break from the commute. Although I wasn't sure this could work, I gave it a shot...& I am SOOO glad I did! I love the flexibility for our lessons to be in the early morning before school, we could only do this online.

My son LOVES playing his violin! It's funny because he wanted to quit once or twice when he came upon new challenges, etc. Gail works patiently with him as he gains confidence, slowly but surely he has improved dramatically. She has customized his lessons perfectly to fit his needs which is what I was hoping for. Online accompaniment to his songs made it even more fun & we just started a fiddle book (my son's request) which he is enjoying enormously.

My son picks up his violin & plays on his own all the time, WOW! He sounds great, is learning good technique & theory, but most importantly he was given a chance to enjoy the learning process, to me this is priceless. You won't be disappointed with Gail, she is a GREAT teacher! So glad we found her!!!

Side note: In the beginning I was trying to figure out how to tune the violin for my son, & fingering.The snark tuner & the chinatera fingerboard sticker gave me some needed confidence that we could do this online.
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Logan G. June 2, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Gail is a very good and kind violin teacher and was just perfect for my son's introduction to instrument. He really enjoyed the lessons and learning how to play each of the strings then putting them together in a song. It was a wonderful experience.
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Teach students to read music and rhythms, as well as sight reading. Getstudents ready for college orchestras and NYSSMA evaluations.

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I have been playing and performing on piano since I was 10!!!!I am a string teacher of 35 years. I also conduct an orchestra of 6-13 year olds at Manhattan School of music . I am also a teacher of chamber music and can coach groups in their homes as well. I play, piano, cello, violin ,bass and viola. I have studied privately on all instruments and include music theory with my lessons. I have two masters degrees and permanent certification in NY and NJ. I believe that students need to love the music and enjoy their own levels of skill and success. I also teach all kinds of music and can teach students how to write music on their computers using Finale. I write my own arrangements for orchestra and can write ANY song you may wish to play ,no matter what level you are. My motto is:if it isn't fun ,why do it"?
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Amazing teacher. It was great working with her!
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I can help beginning students on viola learn the basics.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

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My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Terese R. August 15, 2018
· Oboe · Online
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Leo July 22, 2018
· Viola · In home
Thomas is so thorough & detailed oriented/ great with first-timers
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michelle July 16, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
extremely helpful!!
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Past level test and prepare to the orchestra audition, help school orchestra part. help students have good skill and attitude to play instrument

About Vivian
Vivian Wang has been teaching violin and viola privately since 2001. Since coming to America in 2008, she has built up studios in San Gabriel and Diamond Bar/Chino Hills. She has also worked as a Music Specialist for the San Gabriel and Garvey School Districts, where she coached strings and taught group string lessons.

Students in Ms. Wang's studios perform in a yearly recital, and the advanced among them often earn spots in youth symphony orchestras such as PYMO (Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra), OYO (Olympia Youth Orchestra), and CYSO (Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Wang also tutors music theory and musicianship, including the ABRSM and AP Music Theory curricula.

Ms. Wang uses the Suzuki method, combined with music theory and musicianship instruction where helpful, to develop complete young musicians: disciplined, se
lf-starting, and musically sensitive.
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Lafayette, IN

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Students will learn to play the Viola using a variety of methods.

About Charles
I have been teaching stringed instruments for over 25 years. I use both the Suzuki and traditional methods.
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Yuki A. February 20, 2018
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Charles is very nice teacher.My kids like so much.
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About Chensi T.

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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
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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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About Stephanie Z.

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Baltimore, MD

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As a private music instructor for more than five years, I am passionate about creating a teaching environment that is uniquely suited for each student’s needs. I teach violin and viola lessons and have experience in traditional/modern classical violin and viola, historical performance (baroque violin and viola, renaissance and medieval fiddling, etc.), and have dabbled in folk, bluegrass, jazz and Irish fiddle tunes as well. I'm happy to teach people of all ages and all levels of experience. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied viola performance and pedagogy at the Peabody Institute before completing my Master’s in Baroque viola. I am currently working on a Graduate Performance Diploma in Baroque violin at Peabody.

About Stephanie
I am a professional violinist and violist, performing regularly in the Baltimore-DC area and elsewhere. I received my Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, my Master of Music from the Peabody Institute, and am currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody.

I have been teaching professionally for more than five years, working with violinists and violists of all ages and experience levels. My goal is to cater to the specific needs of each individual student, and to work together to overcome any individual challenges each student may face.

I have studied various pedagogical techniques to develop my own style of teaching. My teaching style is heavily influenced by that of Karen Tuttle, who advocated for a physically free and natural method of playing. I also like to incorporate tenants of
music theory, ear training, and history into lessons in order to provide a more complete and balanced musical education.

Having studied various styles and eras of string performance, I am happy to explore repertoire from various styles, genres and time periods. I enjoy working with students on the type of music that they love and feel passionate about pursuing, whether that be standard classical repertoire, Irish fiddle tunes, or something else entirely.

In addition to violin and viola lessons, I also offer lessons in baroque violin and baroque viola. I specialize in historical performance and am happy to either focus exclusively on early music or even supplement modern training with information regarding historical practices if the student is interested.

If you're not sure about a particular style of music that you might be interested in, or for beginners and/or young musicians, that is no problem at all. I look forward to exploring different music with you and finding the music that you love to listen to and play.
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Baltimore, MD 21202
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As a teacher of both violin and viola, my mission is to help prepare students to both build a skill-set on their instrument and aid in the organizational process towards becoming a confident and articulate musician and person. My studies with an extremely diverse group of professional musicians during the course of my student life have greatly shaped the way I view myself, and I aim to bring the best of my training to my current and future students.

About Brandin
Brandin Kreuder (24) enjoys a growing career as a chamber musician, studio musician, and as an orchestral musician. Mr. Kreuder began the violin at the age of 9, and at 23 he switched primarily to the viola. In 2018, at the age of 24 he was named a finalist for the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami Beach, Florida. He is currently the viola TA to Brittany MacWilliams at the University of Louisville School of Music, and performs in the graduate string quartet.

With a strong entrepreneurial drive, Mr. Kreuder performs with pianist Craig Jordan as Duo Vis-À-Vis. They have performed five self-organized concert tours since meeting in 2016. Recent performance locations have included Kansas City, Missouri; Boulder, Colorado; San Francisco, California; Madison, Wisconsin; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

As a fellow with the Henry Mancini I
nstitute orchestra at the University of Miami from 2016-2018, Mr. Kreuder has performed and shared the stage with Julie Andrews, John Williams, Kristen Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Bruce Hornsby, Monica Mancini, and James Galway (among others). In 2017, he served as the concertmaster for the world premiere performance of The Pink Panther live with the film in Boca Raton, Florida.

In summer of 2016, Mr. Kreuder was accepted as a leadership scholar to the Sewanee Music Festival in Tennessee, where he had the privilege to attend on full scholarship and coach student chamber groups. In 2014 he attended the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (BPI), as an intern on full scholarship. Mr. Kreuder credits baroque practice to developing looser playing.

Mr. Kreuder has performed in pit orchestras for over 30 theatre productions. In the summers of 2018 and 2017 he held the position of Principal Viola with the College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, after formerly serving as Assistant Concertmaster in 2015. Additionally, he worked as the Principal Second Violin with the Franco American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France.

Mr. Kreuder has been fortunate to perform on a number of fine instruments, including a 17th century Andrea Guarneri violin from Lawrence University, and most recently a Gaetano Gadda viola on short-term loan from violinist Charles Castleman.

Outside of music, Mr. Kreuder exhibits his ceramic and drawing work professionally. In spring of 2018, he had work exhibited in both Petoskey and Traverse City, Michigan. In April of 2017, other work was featured in a juried exhibit in Miami’s Wynwood art district, where it was selected as the Best of Show. Mr. Kreuder is also an avid traveler and has visited 12 countries outside of the USA.
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An emphasis on form and alignment and detail to tone, proper setup, and intonation. These are key ingredients for success!

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I am a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota with Sally O’Reilly. and completed my M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Gregory Lee.

While still in High School, I was the recipient of the prestigious Robert Mandura String Scholarship. In 2013 and 2014 I was a top prizewinner of the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition and in 2011 I won third prize in the CICA International Concerto Competition.

I am a certified Suzuki Method violin teacher and was a Master Teaching Artist with the Harmony Project of Tulsa for two years. I am the former Instructor of Violin and Viola, String Chamber Music, and Education at Oklahoma Baptist University and Mid-America Christian University. As an Instructor with the Sooner Strings preparatory program at the Un
iversity of Oklahoma, my students found success as concerto competition, fiddle, and talent show winners, and as section leaders of youth orchestras across Oklahoma and Texas.

I am the Associate Principal Second of the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Ballet and served as the Associate Concertmaster of the Signature Symphony for two orchestra seasons. I have recorded, performed and toured with a variety of different performers including 2cellos, Michael Bublé, Amy Grant, A Whisper in the Noise, and WIVE.
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Hannah is an excellent teach who very attentive to the needs and progress of her students. In addition to being an excellent teacher, she’s an accomplished and incredible musician. We were so fortunate to have her as a teacher for our daughter, who never tired of going to lessons for more Hannah-inspired lessons on the violin. We would highly recommend Hannah Murray.
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