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Hot Strings in the Chilly Twin Cities

By Greg B. - Minneapolis Violin Teacher

As a recent transplant to the Twin Cities, I have been finding out just what a Midwest winter means. Although I’m from New York, spending the last 6 years living in Miami and Los Angeles didn’t help me prepare for the chill here. But there have been some performances this winter that have been so blazing, they warmed me right to the core. If you are a student aspiring to take violin lessons in Minneapolis, you have some excellent talent to emulate.

This city has hosted many stellar string players, true musicians that redefine the possibilities of the instrument. First on my list is Andrew Bird, violinist and songwriter. His performances in December at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral were remarkable. Bird combines his violin prowess with guitar, singing, and whistling, all of which he runs through a looper in order to create an orchestra of himself. His latest CD, Useless Creatures, is worth checking out if you haven’t heard it.

Next comes a local favorite of mine, Jelloslave. Consisting of 2 cellos, tablas and a drum kit, Jelloslave blurs the boundaries between jazz, Afro-Cuban, Indian and even pop to create something spectacular. With infectious grooves and soaring melodies, this quartet will engage you for the whole performance. Finally, there’s the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, a unique band that starts with progressive bluegrass before launching off into jazz, world, and rock compositions. Lisi Wright, the band’s violinist, fits right in with the electrified ensemble, improvising catchy licks one second and rocking out the next.

As an instructor teaching violin lessons in Minneapolis, I encounter many beginning students who are frustrated with their supposedly slow progress on the instrument. All their friends that play guitar are able to crank out pop songs in no time flat, and they can barely manage to get through Old McDonald. But the violin should not be compared to the guitar or any other instrument. It is a unique tool with its own advantages and disadvantages. For musical neophytes, an instrument where the only fixed pitches are four open strings can make the violin appear unapproachable. But just as Rome was not built in one day, violin mastery is not attainable in a month. It's important for the student to keep focused on their improvement, day by day, week by week. If you are able to enjoy the experience of discovery and the knowledge that comes with diligent practice, then the end goal becomes much less critical to the ego. Keep this in mind the next time you hit a roadblock during your violin lessons in Minneapolis.

No matter what your taste in music, there’s sure to be a great concert this winter that will warm you right up. So get out there, explore the diverse music scene in the Twin Cities, and take violin lessons in Minneapolis!

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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.

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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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Zachary J.

Saint Paul, MN 55117
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Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

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

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

I recommend younger children travel to me for the best learning experience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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· Violin · In home
Please how can i get to know you my email is tinabruce4reaal@gmail.com waiting for your reply
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Natalya B. June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Zhana is a wonderful teacher and person. I started as an adult beginner with her almost 4 years ago, and have continued to go to her despite moving farther away because of her patience, kindness, encouragement, and of course, expertise. I feel lucky to have found her.
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Julie R. July 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
If you are looking for an excellent teacher that can help you develop both technique and musicality, I highly recommend Zhana.

I have had the privilege of studying with her for seven months as an adult beginner, and I have learned so much. I come out of every lesson feeling like I’ve made progress—even when I am unhappy with how I am playing, Zhana helps me understand a key thing that I need to do to play better. She is able to explain things so that you don’t just conceptually understand, but so that your body can understand too (for all those times that your brain knows what you need to do but your finger/wrist/arm/etc. won’t cooperate).

Because she has played as a professional performer, Zhana draws on her experience to guide you to bring musicality and emotion to whatever you’re playing… even if you’re still in the early Suzuki books like me. I’ve studied with many teachers in the past (in school and privately) for piano, clarinet and voice lessons, so I know that the ability to teach across this broad spectrum of skills is rare.

Zhana isn’t just a great teacher, she is also a wonderful person. I am moving out of the city for a year, but I fully intend to continue lessons with her when I return!
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Classical, traditional method and Suzuki method. Studied with Dr. John Kendall, founder of the Suzuki method for the United States. Have played with Southern Illinois University orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony exhibition concert. Have performed in Europe, North America and Asia.

About Mel
I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!
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Lew B. February 27, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.
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Vern B. February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He is an excellent instructor. His teacher technique are easy to understand and follow. His talent with the guitar is that of a professional. I’m looking forward in learning as much as I can from him.
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Charlie C. January 22, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Mel is very knowledgeable, attentive to details, and an experienced teacher.
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My approach to violin teaching is positive, collaborative, and holistic. I believe that taking violin lessons is a partnership, so I tailor lessons to the individual needs of each student. I really take the time to learn about each student’s musical goals and interests, and aim to create a positive, supportive environment, where every student can feel free to express themselves. I aim to help every student, no matter age or ability, learn how to become a more well-rounded, passionate musician!

About Jenny
I have lifelong love of the violin. My goal is to share that love of music with every one of my students, and to help inspire my students to become well-rounded and passionate musicians!

I currently teach students aged 7 through adult. I teach at MacPhail Center for Music, and at MacPhail partnerships at Harvest Preparatory Academy, the WISHES program in Wayzata, and the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra. I previously taught group violin at FAIR school downtown and El Sistema Minnesota. These programs aim to promote social change through music education.

My approach to violin teaching is positive, collaborative, and holistic. I specifically tailor lessons to the individual needs of each student and really take the time to learn about each student’s musical goals and interests. I aim to create a positive, supportive environment, wh
ere every student, no matter age or ability, can feel free to express their creativity.

I earned my B.A. in 2014 from St. Olaf College, where I studied both music and neuroscience. My background in music is largely collaborative, having played extensively as a chamber musician, an orchestral musician, a pit musician, an accompanist, and a soloist. I strongly value giving constructive criticism in a positive and understanding way. I know how hard it can be to learn an instrument, and I fully respect that!

My background in teaching also includes music theory and music history, which is an essential part of understanding the music that we play. I began teaching in 2009 as the founder of J&J’s Music Camp, whose mission is to educate young people about music history, theory, and repertoire in a fun and engaging way. Since then, I have taught violin privately, have worked as an instructor in Theory and Aural Skills at St. Olaf College, and have worked as an Instructor of Music Theory at the Portland Youth Philharmonic, where I formerly served as Associate Concertmaster.

I have also held positions as a first violinist in the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra and the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and have served as Associate Concertmaster of the St. Olaf Orchestra, winner of the 2013 American Prize. In addition, I was a soloist on the St. Olaf Orchestra’s National Tour in 2012, and am the recipient of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship and the Thursday Musical Young Artists Scholarship. Perhaps some of the most meaningful work I have done is in chamber music, as a violinist in the Bridge City Quartet and the St. Olaf Piano Quintet. These experiences truly developed my passion for collaboration and partnership in music, which is to me one of the most meaningful aspects of music. I truly believe that taking violin lessons is a partnership between teacher and student. As a teacher, I look forward to sharing my love of music with anyone who wants to explore their musicality and learn more about the beautiful instrument that is the violin. Thanks!
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Luke March 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I was an adult trying to pick up violin for the first time. Jenny was an excellent teacher, very chill and patient. I was a less than ideal student but she dealt with it and offered fantastic advice. I had to end lessons to move to another state but before I left she wrote down a bunch of stuff for me to practice while I looked for another teacher.

Great teacher, cool person, perfect for what I was looking for. I can only speak from the perspective of a total beginner but I give my complete recommendation.
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Kholood August 22, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Compared to other violin students who begin at 4 or 5 years old, I'm starting a little late (and by a little late, I mean by 12-13 years late). I've wanted to learn for the longest time and I had the fortune of coming across Jenny.

Jenny is a wonderful teacher. She answered questions I didn't even know I had. Any little problem I had with bowing or getting notes and she knew how to fix it. Contacting her with any last minute or just quick questions is always easy and you always get an in depth response.

She also really personalized the lessons and your goals as a student are always kept in mind. I was always motivated after each lesson to keep practicing because we were studying things that I was more interested in.

Plus, personality-wise, Jenny is super patient and kind. If I wasn't getting something or a difficult passage came up and I just couldn't master it no matter what, she would take me through it step by step no matter how many times I may have already studied it before.

I would definitely recommend her as a teacher.
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Esme July 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jenny is wonderful. She meets students where they are and does a beautiful job with children. Highly recommend.
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Minneapolis, MN 55405
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I teach through a traditional style where learning notation is paramount. Proper technique and finger placement will propel us into playing classical or fiddle tunes

About Dustin
I hold music degrees from both Belmont and McKendree University. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and violin since I was 18. I've been teaching private lessons when I graduated high school and loved it. I decided to make teaching my career, I currently teach at Spring Woods Middle School teaching orchestra.
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Cinnamon March 31, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
Awesome Instructor! He is fantastic working with my son. He is extremely knowledgeable and has immense patience working with you people! Highly recommend!
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Jillian December 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
He takes time to help you understand where you made mistakes so you can get better.
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Isaiah April 9, 2017
· Cello · Online
Dustin rocks!!!
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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 privately all levels ,from young children to beginner adults, for 10 years. Also, I teach piano for beginner and intermediate levels.
I find great joy in getting to know each student and always create individually tailored lessons according to your needs and goals. I conduct my lessons in a friendly environment but my goal is that after each lesson student improves and learns something new.
AVAILABILITY: The calendar here is not up-to-date. Please send me a message what days/times work best for you and I'll try to accommodate. Thanks!

San Francisco Conservatory of Music/University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria/DePaul University
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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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Linda May 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been taking lessons for 15 weeks and have enjoyed every minute. I can not believe how much I have learned. She has challenged me. Kseniya is very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. She is a delightful woman and I enjoy just visiting with her.
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Monica February 19, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
My 6 y.o. daughter had lessons with Kseniya for 15 months before we relocated and she has learned a lot from her. From being a newly beginner to being able to play arrangements of famous classical pieces and also some movie songs my daughter was interested to learn. Kseniya also taught her how to read the music and explained a lot of theory rules to her. And I could see , she really enjoyed the lessons for all these months - challenging but fun.
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Andover, MN 55304
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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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My teaching approach is to teach fundamentals and musicality with care and attention to each student's abilities and interests. My style is positive reinforcement oriented, and and I am a patient teacher. I strive to bring the best out of each student, and also have fun while learning. I love seeing people enjoy music, and bring that to the lessons.

About Laurie
I am a violinist and private teacher in the beautiful city of Minneapolis, and I play various genres including Classical, Blues, Jazz and Rock. My mission as a musician and business person is simple - to provide excellent music and superior, personalized service. My goal as a teacher is to nurture the love of music in my students.
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Minneapolis, MN 55416
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I am a passionate and skilled violinist and student. I have been playing violin since the age of 7 and continue to study and play at University of Massachusetts Amherst. In the past, I have put together string quartets and have played in a variety of ensembles for different settings; musicals, formal concerts, weddings, etc.... I have 2 years of experience teaching middle school violinists in my hometown.
In terms of teaching approach, I recognize that each student is different from the next, and while I prefer to guide all students through a similar structure, I always make conscious and consistent efforts to evaluate each student's progression to determine what needs the most work.

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Hi! My name is Tal and I am a passionate violinist, student, and teacher! I have been playing violin since the age of 7 and continue to study and play at University of Massachusetts Amherst. In the past, I have put together string quartets and have played in a variety of ensembles for different settings; musicals, formal concerts, weddings, etc....
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Amazing teacher, I have been taking lessons with John for about a year over Skype. I love the violin and he makes it very fun to learn.
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Average Cost of Violin Lessons in Minneapolis, MN

The average cost of 60-minute violin lessons in Minneapolis is $49. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $35 and $75 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$35 average
$41
45-min $30
 
$39 average
$46
60-min $35
 
$49 average
$75

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute violin lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute violin lessons are 21% less expensive at $39, and 30-minute lessons cost 29% less at $35.

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