After studying at Cass Tech High School and Wayne State University in MI, I have enjoyed teaching privately, in groups, and at churches, I have performed vocally and instrumentally throughout the US and in 8 foreign countries, and taught at public, charter, and private schools. It is important to tailor each lesson to a student's individual needs and ability to ensure that their experience is as rewarding as possible!
*** Lesson Details *** You will learn to play with ease and proficiency while learning the Music Theory that supports your playing. You will also receive ear training, which will make learning more rapid, and more thorough.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio with pianos; parents can sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** When needed, I provide printed learning supplements or in e-mail. The student should hav
e his/her own instrument, so they can practice regularly.
The viola is a deep and powerful instrument, the violin's older sibling!
Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied drama, voice and movement and believes all these skills help in expressing yourself--no matter what pieces you want to play!
In addition to working with students K-12, he also loves working with adults. I try to provide a nurturing atmosphere for someone trying revive or discover previously hidden musical interests!
*** Lesson Details *** We begin with what we love. The student usually chooses one of his or her favorite songs to interpret. Later, we add music, usually from the classical or jazz fields, that build our skills and help us f
eel successful. All technique is based on real music. Learning scales, keys and music theory become part of the music. By the end of 6 months, we will have a "repertoire" of several songs that express our best self!
I teach beginning through college level viola, and have studied viola at Indiana University during my doctoral program.
With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, Kathleen teaches everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos. Dr. Lavengood has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Indiana's Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and has served as concertmaster and soloist for the Chehalem Symphony Orchestra in Newberg, Oregon. She has lectured at Indiana University, Davis & Elkins College, Miami Dade College, and George Fox University, teaching World Music, Music History, and Music Appreciation courses, as well as string studio lessons and leading a string ensemble. Her festival performances include International Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas; and the Aspen Music Festival and School, Colora
do. She earned her Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Nevada, studying with Philip Ruder, and Bachelors of Music under Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon. Additionally, she studied viola with Yuval Gotlibovitch at Indiana University during her doctoral program in Ethnomusicology.
My greatest desire is that I will instill in each of my students the love I have for making music. I am a classically-trained violinist. I grew up in Lodz, Poland, where I began musical education at the age of 7. I studied violin and piano at the Music High School and Music Academy of K.&G. Bacewicz, Lodz, Poland and earned a Master Degree in violin performance in 1980. During his College years I started to perform with the Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television. From the mid – 70s until the early 1990s, I performed with several Polish orchestras and held a position as a violin teacher for four years at the College of Education in Slupsk, Poland. Then, I spent almost 10 years performing in numerous ensembles and orchestras in Germany and toured with Orchestra of Great Theater of Lodz in many countries all over the
world. From 2002 – 2005 he was first violinist at Lodz’s Operetta Theater. I moved to Michigan in 2005, where he performs with Macomb, Jackson and Flat Rock Symphony Orchestras.
*** Lesson Details *** The most interesting and beneficial thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. I believe that every Human Being is precious and deserves to be nurtured and encouraged in a fun and loving environment. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives. Our time spent together will be laid back and comfortable, yet challenging because that is probably why you want to take lessons. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment of instrumental pieces/songs given to work on throughout the week—usually 2-3 short songs for 30-minute lessons, and 1-2 longer instrumental pieces for an hour-long lesson. These will be the same pieces we have worked on during the lesson time, so you will go home with the knowledge you need to master each piece. Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments. Within 6 months, you will begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. You will learn how to play some of your favorite songs/instrumental pieces and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we will work toward those goals! Discipline is vital to musical progress and daily practice is strongly urged, in order for the student to progress. If a students don't practice, they won't progress. Because of that, you can expect that I will encourage consistent and regular practice, always keeping in mind that the study of music is meant to be fun. Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. I would be honored to share my knowledge and love of music with you. Give yourself a priceless gift that will last a lifetime!
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand Piano /Hammond Organ
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have their own instrument. I can provide the music stand and I always bring my own instrument so that I can demonstrate during lessons.
*** Specialties *** Teaching methods: Suzuki and traditional /formal method, in group and one on one settings
Zebie is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient and is excellent at finding new methods to teach techniques which I am struggling with at the time. Though I am only 3 weeks in (from being pretty much a complete beginner), I can already tell I am making progress. I am very excited to continue my lessons and improve. I highly recommend taking lessons from Zebie.
October 18, 2017
My overall experience is wonderful. Zibi is not only a great teacher but also knows how to grow interest for music among kids. He is very friendly and having profound knowledge of all kinds of musical instruments.
September 23, 2017
Exceptional teacher focused on making it fun as right techniques. We look forward to many many more lessons from Zebie
Being a violin and viola teacher for the past 25 years, I love imparting to my students the how-to of tone production, and can teach from beginner all the way to auditions. My teaching experience covers over 3 decades. Your tuition includes participation in my monthlyu master class Saturday mornings. If you are online, you may Skype in and perform or observe. I am of a direct teaching lineage to the legendary Clara Schumann. My students have won competitions. Have a teaching channel on-line, that shows the proof of my work. If you follow my micro-management and practice directions, you will succeed with your goals!!
I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin, piano and vocal instructor with over 40 years teaching experience, and a resume spanning many pages. I also am a well endorsed composer and public speaker. Furthermore, I LOVE teaching! I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact: One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!
Some people have difficulty reaching a teachers' studio. For this reason, I have perfected my ability to teach via Skype or FaceTime. It is an advantage f
or my students to be instructed by a quality teacher. It's worth a try, isn't it?
Please note: I only accept weekly lesson students. Also, due to my performances, I'm not always able to this calendar up to date....so when you request a lesson time, allow me to communicate with you, if we need to adjust it a bit. It almost always works out if you don't mind doing that.
*** Lesson Details *** All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 5-10 minutes a day.
Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.
Studio Equipment For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.
Specialties I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.
Stephanie is one of the best teachers you can possibly find through Takelessons. We are extremely fortunate to have found her. She is a successful professional musician who is very strict yet with a kind heart and skills/experiences to steer students through their learning limitations. I had trouble to make my older daughter to practice piano for years, and almost came to the point to have her given up learning. Stephanie changed everything. Now my older daughter is getting not only serious with piano but practicing harder then ever. I am so happy to see the results. Highly recommend her!!!
September 26, 2018
Stephanie is s fantastic teacher! My daughter has thrived and grown like never before. When she wants to push her she expresses complete confidence. This builds my daughters confidence and she flourishes! She is in love again with piano! We drive an hour every week and it is worth it. If you are looking for an experienced teacher who loves to teach Stephanie is the one to go to.
September 12, 2018
Stephanie method of teaching is ideal for me as an older adult...very patient but she challenges me not to take shortcuts and to follow her guidance. Our sessions are very productive yet enjoyable.
I have four years of experience teaching viola specifically through private lessons and public school orchestra. I can teach you to improve tone and technique while mastering repertoire. Let me help you achieve your string-playing goals!
Welcome to my profile. I am glad you are considering string lessons! I am currently accepting online or in-person students.
I am a professional teacher as well as a cellist from the age of 9 and a violinist from the age of 18. I have completed a degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis and am currently working on my Masters in Music Education, Instrumental Pedagogy.
I have experience with learners of a variety of styles and ages by teaching in the public school system - Elementary Music for three years and Middle School Orchestra (my current position of two years). Three words to describe my teaching style are: positive, patient, and firm.
Thank you for visiting my profile. Feel free to message me with any questions.
Students can expect a relaxed, fun, and encouraging atmosphere for learning. The viola can be an intimidating instrument- you will make a lot of unpleasant sounds before you start sounding great- and that's okay! I'll be there to guide you and help you reach your goals.
If you're already an experience player, you can expect me "workshopping" your technique. We will analyze your form, practice patterns, and playing style, to ensure that you are growing and improving from the moment we begin. I will push you to become the most expressive player that you can become, but at a pace that feels comfortable for you.
What young students can expect:
- Preparing for entry into school orchestra - Polishing up school orchestra repertoire - Learning new material and scales - Perfecting their technique - Preparing for NYSSMA - Preparing college audition tapes (I do have the ability to record these as well) - Learning to play with confidence - Learning vibrato
What adult ...
My classical training began at age 10, when I started to play the viola. From there, I was able to translate my musical skills to violin, guitar, piano, voice, composition, and songwriting.
Originally a biology major at SUNY Purchase College, I quickly became restless knowing that I was unable to focus on music enough. So, I switched it up, followed my passion, and began studying music theory and production. Since then, my life has been focused on teaching, performing, writing, and recording music- and I wouldn't have it any other way! It's been quite a journey, and I can't wait to share all that I've learned along the way with you.
Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to further the knowledge you already have, I will meet you at where you are, and help you to achieve your personal goals.
Together we can work o
n technique, theory, improvisation, ear-training, songwriting, and more!
Clef reading, making a beautiful viola sound, playing with comfort and ease, sight reading, and expressing yourself through music.
Hey! I'm a senior viola performance major at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. I started playing violin when I was 8 years old, switched to viola at 13, and the rest is history!
As a teacher, my values are being able to play with physical ease, building a connection with the music you are playing, and producing beautiful, ringing sound. Ideally, our lessons would take place at the music school building in the practice wing. I want the student to love the music that they are playing, so our repertoire choices will always be carefully thought through together. I have lots of experiencing teaching children with zero music experience but am also totally comfortable teaching higher levels including intermediate and high school.
I am a student so my schedule varies week to week. My profile shows basic availa
bility, but get in touch with me for further info.
Julia is a wonderful violin teacher, my daughter has been so happy with her lessons. Julia has a natural ability to teach and has always been kind and patient with my 6 year old. Julia is non intimidating, thorough and makes lessons fun. We look forward to every lesson!
"My daughter (15) had two classes with Laura so far and she loves learning from her. Laura is very cheerful and encouraging, and at the same time, she cle
arly points out areas that need to be improved and how to practice those techniques. We are very happy :)"
"Susanna is so patient and kind and most of all KNOWLEGEABLE. I know I am in extremely capable hands. My first lesson I left feeling excited, motivated and
wanting more. (Even though I'm a beginner and I don't sound amazing, I know I will get there with the guidance of Susanna)"
"Wonderful music teacher
Martina has a great passion for music which shows through her performance. Her level of musical perfection, synergy with the inst
rument and the beauty of the music will make you emotional. Martina's professionalism, reliability and empathy makes her an ideal teacher professional."
"I just completed my first lesson with Elisa. I felt so good at the end of the lesson. As an adult learner, I am often uncomfortable with my beginner ski
ll levels and end up feeling embarrassed and apologetic when working with a teacher (silly I know). But she did not make me feel this way at all.
She quickly assessed where I was with my playing and identified quick and easy technical practices to enhance my technique as well as took in my own personal goals. I feel super motivated to practice and look forward to my next lesson with her. I'm so glad I found her!"
"I'm very happy with my first lesson. Helena is very informative, and I really like the way she teaches, with wonderful attention to detail. I'm looking fo
rward to next lessons. Meanwhile I'm practicing!"
"Andrew is an extremely knowledgeable and talented teacher. He explains technique exceptionally well, has an impressive understanding of phrasing and music
ality while playing, and is very patient and understanding, he has a great sense of humor, while also giving students the right amount of push they need. He has high expectations but they are always attainable for his students, and he is very flexible with each students unique needs. I highly recommend him as an instructor, he is worth every penny and students always see quick and impressive improvement; I know I did while I studied with him."
"I son enjoys viola lessons with Susanna. She guides him well and clarifies all his doubts. Very patient."
"Patient, sensitive, and wonderful to work with. Brings excitement to playing and learning. A diamond in the rough."
"I feel confident Grace will help me reach my goals, and she's really fun to talk to as well :)"