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About Yakov D.

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Richmond Hill, NY

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Beginners: posture, finger techniques, bow techniques, sound production, articulation, phrasing, note reading
Intermediate: interpretation of different styles, dynamics, ensemble performance, building solid technique and stamina
Advanced: studying of orchestra excerpts, solo pieces, study of various concert and chamber music compositions

About Yakov
• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.

Employment:
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts

02/08- Present Yakov's Music for Gifted & Talented, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
• Founder and Music Director
• Teach various musical instruments and vocal

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06/08 Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony, Lynbrook, NY
• Music Director, Conductor
• Conducted weekly rehearsals (night) and 3-4 concerts during the concert season

10/03-06/08 Globe Institute of Technology, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor of Music

06/07-08/07 JCC of Cherry Hill, NJ
• Musical Theater Director
• Taught acting, improvisation, singing. Produced musical shows.

10/06-06/07 JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
• Musical Theater Director
• Produced musical theater shows
• Taught students of ages 5-12 various vocal selections

09/00-06/07 NYC Board of Education, District 20, P.S.200; P.S.179
• Band / Orchestra Director
• Taught all woodwind, brass and percussion, violin, piano

05/99-06/06 School for Musical Performance, Brooklyn, NY
• Instructed students on Piano, Guitar, All string and wind instruments and vocals.
• Prepared students for the auditions to the prestigious schools and other music organizations.

1993-1997 St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra, Russia
• Principal Bassoonist
Other work experience:
• Performed as a bassoonist with The Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Mussorgsky Opera & Ballet Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Opera Orchestra of St. Petersburg and other Symphony and Chamber orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia
• Performed Solo Recitals in Russia, Poland, Norway and United States

Education:
06/98 The St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A. in Music: Major – Bassoon Performance; Minor – Conducting
06/91 The St. Petersburg College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia
B.A. with a Double Major in Orchestral Performance (Bassoon) and Music Education

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Hi there!
Would you just like to learn a few songs on the piano, violin or guitar? Or you'd like your child be become next Joshua Bell or Evgenij Kissin? My lessons are designed with each individual student in mind. I will start my lesson with introduction and proceed with warm-up routine. I always make sure that the student is comfortable with the pace that I am offering. I am mixing elements of music theory, history and performance techniques in order to help my student to embrace the beauty of music making experience. All my students are ready to perform at the recital after just 3-4 months of lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using Fisher Baby Grand Piano. Fender guitars. Major brands band instruments; yamaha, selmer, gemeingardt, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender Guitar, Yamaha Flute/Saxophone, Casio Digital Piano, Custom Violin made in England.

*** Specialties ***
suzuki violin, classical, jazz
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Rusty July 3, 2018
· Piano · Online
Great first class!
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Emma S. June 12, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very Patience Teacher. Teach my kids in a right way to play violin. I am very appreciate. the BEST violin teacher ever. Absolutely 5 stars
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Emma S. June 3, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very good teacher. I understand the problem with my kids when she is practicing, but i don't know how to take care of it. Mrs Yakov did. My girl is a little young, and she do need some patience, Thank you so much.
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About Zachary J.

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Have played violin for over 25 years, taught for over 15 years.

About Zachary
Zachary is a multi-talented teacher and performer. He teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, banjo and more. As a singer/ songwriter, he has released 3 cds, tours nationally with over 100 dates per year and has shared the stage with multiple multi-Grammy award winners. He is an inspirational and motivational based teacher; he will make you or your child LOVE making music rather than dreading their weekly lesson. He has a BA in music performance and has taught for 10 years. He is an exceptionally talented and in-demand teacher and performer.

*** Lesson Details ***
Zach is very motivating and inspiring. He will not yell or discourage you or your child. He will have reasonable and attainable weekly goals. He will seek the best from you but will maintain professionalism and makes learning enjoyable and fun. Works well with all ag
es, from beginners to advanced; from young children to adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, f/w keyboard, and all other instruments he teachers, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide instrument, stand. I will provide my own instrument (except piano).

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for violin (I'm comfortable with other methods, too)
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Aubrey C. April 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great with kids!
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Abby W. November 1, 2014
· Singing · In home
Relates to a 13 year old very well and is very professional.
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Janet L. February 2, 2014
· Piano ·
supportive and encouraging

I found Zach through 'take lessons' after my daughter had a few years with an intense classical pianist. I want my daughter to have fun and appreciate music and not feel the intense pressure she was feeling with our previous instructor. Zach was the perfect choice. My daughter loves her lessons. Zach does take time off for his professional endevors. Good for him. He has always let us know and connected with us when he returns.
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About Maria V.

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TEACHING
As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.

About Maria
BIOGRAPHY
Violist Maria F. V. began her music studies at the Carabobo Music Conservatory where she played in the Infantile & Youth Orchestras, and in the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra. She then transcended her studies to the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory and into the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. She has performed with different other orchestras such Venezuela Youth National Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Peru National Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra, and Latin-American Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Eduardo Salazar, Joshua Dos Santos, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

She holds a BM Performance degree from University of Kentucky, and a MM Performance degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she worked as Teacher Assistant under Sco
tt Rawls. She has attended several music festivals within the United States and Internationally such as: Cincinnati Conservatory Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music Viola Workshop, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Center in Canada, Parma Conservatory-Italy, Musica en Compostela in Spain, and many others. Back at home in Venezuela she is considered founder of el Sistema’s Carabobo Music Conservatory. Her Major teachers include Santiago Garmendia, Margaret Karp, John Graham, and Scott Rawls.

TEACHING
As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.

THE OUTCOMES
Apart from the academic outcomes the student will obtain at lessons, my intentions as a teacher and artist is to incorporate and welcome the student in the fantastic music world and literature. One of the many purposes of music is the idea of the student developing a sense of responsibility along with following tasks in a didactic and dynamic manner. I love bringing and promoting the idea and the philosophy of enthusing and inculcating a leadership position of the student in the family, and building most importantly a harmonic and artistic environment among their relatives and into their homes. I love to program and propose little student recitals in where the student will have the opportunity in performing the pieces worked throughout the teaching sessions in a little concert for their friends and family. Every student loves the fun in which they get from these opportunities and from their performance experiences. I do believe that the learning and instruction of music is an important influential factor in participating and in the development of many other abilities and skills; in the expansion and promotion of creativity, the adoption of a more discipline attitude for other arts, it helps to easier approach other academic courses, and to focus on developing the tools and creativity to participate at their schools and anywhere else.

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METHODOLOGIES
About the teaching methods used, I basically like to approach the beginner student through the methods of Suzuki, which is a very efficient and didactic method most pedagogues uses today. This one is a clear method that demands from the student and it simultaneous engages the interaction and participation of their parents, family, friends, and their community as well. In other occasions, it is most common that I would also incorporate a new student to my studio-transfer students-, who would have used other materials and methods with his/her previous instructor. In this case I would continue using his/her methods to examine the level and content learned and practiced. Then, it is in later lessons where we might establish and suggest other good methods and books to which the student might be ready to switch or scale up to.

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Books, Stands, Metronomes, Chairs, Tuning & repair equipment, and more.

*** Specialties ***
Viola, Violin. Chamber, private, solo, & orchestra.
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Emily N. February 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Maria is truly an amazing teacher. She continuously motivates me to keep trying even when we are learning a difficult concept.
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Ashley October 8, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Maria is patient and great with my 8 year old daughter. She is an awesome person to know.
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Angelia G. December 23, 2015
· Violin · In studio
She's very willing to help with new students. She's very patient and a great instructor. Recommend!
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About Laurel K.

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I like to be super-customized with my lessons! If there's a pop song your student wants to learn, GREAT! If they're getting ready for an upcoming orchestra piece and are struggling with their part, let's work on that! I am super flexible, and just like my students to ENJOY their time working on music with me!

About Laurel
Hi!

I have been playing violin since 1st grade, and speaking Spanish since kindergarten!

I love kids and love sharing music and Spanish with others! I graduated from Indiana University in 2013! I minored in Spanish and Music! I have extensive Music Education experience and was the Music Director at a summer camp in Indiana! I play all styles, from fiddle to classical to country to jazz and improv violin and can teach any and all!

I have been speaking Spanish fluently since 2008, when I studied with IU Honors Program in Leon, Spain for 7 weeks of all Spanish! We took classes in Grammar, Literature, Culture, and Accent work, and I have been speaking consistently and fluently ever since!

Contact TakeLessons and we can set up a trial lesson for Violin, Music Theory, or Spanish!

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Cece C. October 18, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Maravillosa!
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lea S. September 19, 2018
· Violin · In home
Laurel is an inspirational, energetic teacher that was a perfect fit for my daughter, who looked forward to seeing her each week. Laurel is patient and engaging, setting up solid foundations as well as playful practice. Thanks Laurel!
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Nour A. September 4, 2018
· Violin · In home
My daughter enjoyed Laurel very much. Laurel was extremely encouraging and gave her major ego boosts. She gave her the right amount of homework and a writing exercise :) my daughter asked for her again! Laurel is extremely warm and nurturing. Thank you Laurel!
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About Nikita B.

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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 violin
+ 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
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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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Sophie October 11, 2018
· Violin · In home
My son had been taken lessons from Nikita for a month now. I can see that the lessons have made a huge difference in his playing. He now has better sounds and postures, and his confidence with the instrument has also gone up quite a bit.

Nikita is an intelligent teacher. He doesn't emphasize on what to play, instead, he focus on how to play. He corrects wrong techniques consistently, and gives helpful drill assignments to practice at home. We are extremely happy with his teaching.
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Gabriel September 15, 2018
· Violin · In home
First lesson went very well. Nikita was very patient, informative, and worked very well with a young first time student. We are excited to continue lessons with Nikita.
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Tom September 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
Nikita was, informative, patient and kind. It is a privilege to learn from someone so talented. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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About Kathleen O.

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I've been teaching violin since 2010. Professionally, I play a five string violin at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. For beginners I like Essential Elements or String Basics method, for intermediate students Strictly Strings or All For Strings method. I supplement both levels with the Suzuki method series, as the pieces are longer and more fun. I have successfully prepared several students for auditions with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

About Kathleen
• A Bit About Me •
I give private lessons in piano, violin, viola, guitar, saxophone, and many more. I have been giving private lessons since 2007 to all ranges of students (beginners to advanced). Personally, I am part of a music group performing for private events and Renissance Festivals. I have been involved closely with music since I was in 4th grade and received my BA in Music Education to help others find and experience the love I have for music.

• What to Expect During a Lesson •
Rule #1 is that music should be fun! Rule #2 is that it's okay to make mistakes, as long as we try to fix them. Rule #3 is that you should always let me know if there's a piece you've always wanted to learn, even if it's too hard.

Lessons with me have three segments. We'll always start with some kind of warm-up, to get things moving. I try to keep
this to a minimum as they are generally technical and boring. Then we'll move to the pieces that were assigned last week. These are both songs from the lesson book and anything extra that you've chosen. I don't expect you to play them perfectly. We'll work through hard spots and fine tune the pieces together. Then we'll finish by looking at the pieces for next week, figuring out where the hard spots are and talking about any new concepts.

• Lesson Books I Recommend •
If you already have books, you can ignore this part. If not, you are going to want to get some! Below is a list of my favorites for each instrument, though you only need one.

Guitar:
Hal Leonard's Guitar Method
Alfred's Basic Guitar Method

Piano:
Faber Piano Adventures
Bastien Piano Basics
Schaum Piano Course

Saxophone:
Tradition of Excellence
Standard of Excellence
Essential Elements
Rubank Method

Ukulele:
Alfred's Basic Ukulele Method
Alfred's Kid's Ukulele Course Complete

Violin and Viola:
Essential Elements
String Basics
Strictly Strings
All for Strings
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Chloe C. July 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
My daughter was reluctant to start lessons but had a great first session. Kathleen knew how to get her interested and she actually practiced more after her lesson!
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About Kseniya K.

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I have a big experience teaching students all levels and ages. My goal is to keep the joy of music making for each and every student, but also to make sure you learn and advance after each lesson. I would happily work with you on the music you want, combining it with the specific violin techniques you need to have in order to play the instrument well.

About Kseniya
I have been teaching violin from young children to beginner adults for 10 years. I also teach piano for beginner and intermediate levels.
I believe that the the music potential comes through discipline, self-motivation and passion. As a teacher, my goal is to get to know each of my students and create individually tailored lessons according to my student's needs and goals. I believe that a strong technical foundation is a key in music making - when a student feels comfortable playing the instrument , they find how much they are capable of doing and what a great joy is this music making process. This is why I put a strong emphasis on the technical aspects. They say "practice makes perfect", but in reality only perfect practice makes your playing perfect, in other words, my goal as a teacher, is to give my students all the right tools to
succeed, when after each lesson you feel that you improved your playing and gained new skills, even if its a small one.
Lessons are taught using a Traditional method refer to students learning to read music. Whereas the Suzuki Method students learn by ear which I (might) use for very young students age 3-5. For older students I use certain aspects of the Suzuki method but definitely incorporate basic theory and note reading as early as possible.
All students will have the opportunity and are encouraged to perform in recitals.

AVAILABILITY: The calendar here is not up-to-date and still on a summer schedule. I mostly teach M-Th (depending on my schedule Fr and Sat are possible). Lessons are scheduled on an individual basis based on my schedule and student's availability.Please send me a message what days/times you are looking for, and I'll get back to you. Thanks!
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Franklin B. July 2, 2018
· Violin · Online
Great violin instructor. She is very patient and persistent in helping to achieve the next level in mastering the violin.
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Samantha June 29, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Kseniya is patient, but also pushes my daughter to actually learn how to read music. I'm very pleased after 3 lessons.
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Triston May 29, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My son is 11 and never had a music lesson of any kind before. He had fun learning the basic fundamentals that she is so passionate about.
She is really patient and fun to be around. Great environment for anyone of any age.
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About Alex M.

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I have been teaching violin since 2008. I have performed on movie soundtracks and was a guest soloist with Hamline University Orchestra. I am certified in Suzuki Method and also teach traditional lessons. I've worked with students age 4 to adult.

You are never too old to begin! I've worked with beginners of all ages.

Playing violin is about so much more than just classical music and scales! Although we love scales. Scales are how we show off how fast we can play. In addition to solid fundamentals of technique and musicality, I teach a broad range of styles including folk/fiddle, pop, and movie and video game scores. You'll get to learn the music that YOU want to play!

About Alex
I am an award-winning composer and have been passionate about music all my life. I've been playing in symphonies for over a decade, have been principal violist and a featured soloist, and performed as a session player on movie scores. I've taught violin and viola since 2008 and worked with students ages 4 to adult. I am certified in the Suzuki Method and also teach what is sometimes referred to as "traditional lessons."

You are never too old to begin learning music! I've worked with beginners of all ages.

Learning to play violin or viola is about so much more than just classical music and scales! Although we love scales. Especially played fast. In addition to solid fundamentals of technique and musicality, I teach a broad range of styles including classical, folk/fiddle, pop, movie and video game scores. You'll get to learn the musi
c that YOU want to play!

I also teach composition and music theory (which is beneficial skill set for performers and composers alike).

Please send me a message and let me know your musical goals. I'd love to work with you!
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Anne July 7, 2017
· Viola · In studio
My daughter, Ada, was losing interest in her violin lessons and not making progress, so we signed her up to take lessons with Alex. This turned out to be the best decision that we could have made. Alex had excellent rapport with my daughter and was quickly finding important practice points for her to focus on. Even more important I was impressed with the multitude of solutions and exercises that Alex came up with to help my daughter get beyond her problem areas, and bad habits. On top of this, Ada was having fun, and was getting really motivated to practice. Alex’s attention to detail, excellent skill on the instrument, creativity with exercise ideas, and persistent yet friendly character were the perfect ingredients for a positive and productive music lesson experience. We would still be taking lessons with Alex if she still lived in our area for sure. (She is also an incredibly talented composer, which is a great thing for young musicians to learn about).
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Will July 6, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Alex has been teaching my 11-year-old son for the past 6 months and he's really enjoying the lessons.
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Desiree July 6, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Alex is a truly gifted teacher. Teachers like her are rare especially when it comes to the arts. Not only does she make lessons fun but she also has the ability to put people at ease. Alex is also great at teaching those with learning differences. I Have extreme learning disabilities along with visual perceptual processing difficulties and thus have many blocks in place when it comes to learning things such as theory. No matter how long it takes me to understand something Alex is ever patient never giving up on me never getting frustrated with me. She has found many ways around many of the blocks that I have with theory. When I first began lessons with Alex I couldn't clap or count rhythm unless I had the main part. Since taking lessons with Alex I am now able to count rhythm better when I am not the main part. I would highly recommend Alex to anyone looking for a great teacher!
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Since I am relatively young, I think I work really well with kids still in elementary, middle, and high school. I am majoring in Violin Performance in college, and so I am actively still learning to perfect my instrument and will share some of my expertise in my lessons.

About MK
Hi! My name is MK, and I am 21 years old. I love teaching the violin, especially to kids. I started playing violin when I was 4, and now I am in college playing the violin everyday. I currently teach at a company called Suzuki Talent Education Program located in Atlanta, but I am always looking to teach more people.
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Jessica April 3, 2018
· Violin · In home
MK has been an exceptional teacher and my daughter really enjoys taking lessons from her. Mk is timely and very responsible. I recommend MK to anyone.

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Having started on viola and eventually adding violin, I have a unique perspective on what makes a good violinist, both classical and otherwise. We'll focus on note reading, scales, sight reading, both classical and modern (pop and jazz) music. Let's have fun.

About Alvin
I am a collegiate violist, violinist, pianist, composer, recording technician and sound designer. I expect to gradate from Macalester college with a Bachelor of Arts, specifically in music (viola).

Viola/violin students can expect to improve week to week in their playing technique. Every musician has strengths and weaknesses; I teach students to both express themselves and expand their horizons through implementation of foundational techniques. I can help any student to play with poise, confidence, and expression.

I teach students that are age 7 or older and of any experience level. I have studied classical viola for 9 years, classical/fiddle violin for 8 years, and sound design/composition for 2. I teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to play contemporary modern music using their ear, or both depending on the g
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My personal passion is romantic and minimalist music, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Saint Paul, MN 55105
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Getting your child involved with artistic pursuits at an early age has a number of benefits. Not only can art be fun for your child, but creative outlets have been linked to many developmental skills. Artistic children typically show improved fine motor skills, as well as enhanced visual learning and language ability. The best way to introduce your kids to the arts is to engage them early on with fun-filled activities - and lucky for you, there are tons of Chicago art museums to start with! W
Need for Speed: 5 Piano Finger Exercises to Increase Speed
Do you have a need for speed? Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares some piano finger exercises that will help you increase speed when playing the piano... What makes a great pianist fun to watch? Is it his or her sense of musicality and his or her ability to play gorgeous music with apparent ease? I think both. However, there is another skill that really makes a pianist great…speed! Have you ever watched an amazing pianist play ridiculously fast and wondered to yourself: “How in the
5 Guitarists You Should Be Listening To Right Now
When you think about famous guitarists with distinctive styles, do you find yourself time-traveling back to the 1970s? With so many great guitarists writing and performing original music right now, it's almost a crime to neglect the new stuff. Here are a few great contemporary guitarists whose distinctive style of playing sets them apart from the pack. Of course, if there's anybody we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments! Jack White With his bands The White Stripes, The Dea
How To Write a Song Today: 4 Easy Steps
Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. 4. Place

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