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About Grace Y.

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Portland, OR
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Many teachers who teach viola are primarily violinists, and are not as aware of the extra attention to detail and slightly different techniques that this instrument requires. Since I am primarily a violist, I can teach tone production, posture, and other techniques from the perspective of a player who has spent time learning the idiosyncrasies that make the difference between an excellent violist and a competent one.

My teaching style is inspired by my initial training in the Suzuki method, and my studies with violist and pedagogue Karen Ritscher at Oberlin Conservatory. Please note, I have not yet received training as a Suzuki teacher and use the Suzuki method books and the teaching I received as a Suzuki student as a jumping off point for working on each student's individual needs.

About Grace
I studied viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved to Portland three years ago to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. Since then I have performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers and ARCO PDX and am a member of Macaulay Balkan.

My initial studies were on violin using the Suzuki method, which has greatly influenced my teaching approach. However, I am dedicated to customizing the lesson time and structure to the needs and priorities of my students.

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Very few "viola teachers" play viola as their primary instrument. As a full-time violist, I can help you learn how to play this idiosyncratic instrument from my own experience.
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Olivia July 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I feel Grace is a great teacher for my eight year old daughter. This is my daughters first time playing an instrument. Grace is so patient and respectful to my daughter. Grace is teaching us a little at a time which I believe is a good pace for us. I have had to learn as well so I can assist my daughter in her practice at home. This part I didn't expect but Grace offers guidance. I feel through Graces lessons she not only is learning how to play the violin but learning self discipline and respect.
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Lynda June 27, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Grace is an awesome teacher! My son has special needs and she customized her lessons each week by following his lead. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Marie May 23, 2018
· Viola · Online
My daughter is enjoying learning from Grace. She is an amazing source of knowledge, techniques and tips. She is very patient with my daughter. My daughter learned how to tackle an advanced piece from Grace. We are very pleased.
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Learn to play folk music or classical. Explore this deep and beautiful instrument!

About Concetta
Concetta Abbate is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016. In 2018 she co-composed a dance composition for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company. Concetta is most known for her collaborative work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), musical instrument builder Skip La Plante, photographer Vera Comploj and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records).

Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds a masters degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University
and has received grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.

She loves dogs, hiking, cooking and gardening! She tailors her private lessons to individual students goals and needs.
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Joseph March 27, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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About Joshua B.

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Baton Rouge, LA
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"Joshua is a talented young musician and a gifted and patient educator. His approach to teaching is refreshing and open. Joshua's style is a unique blend of accessible and authoritative, facilitating students’ progress in a friendly and enjoyable way."
- Victoria Voronyansky, Concert Violist & Educator

About Joshua
Joshua Burgos Teaching Studio offers private instruction in viola and violin performance. Lessons are highly customized to accommodate the musical interests and needs of each student. Joshua teaches beginner to advanced level viola and violin performance and has worked with children, teenagers, adults and university students.

Lessons take place at Joshua's private studio in Abington, PA or Baton Rouge, LA, and with special arrangement at student's home or video conference.

In addition to Joshua's work at the Teaching Studio, he is a Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University, Associate Faculty at the Volidera Musica Institute for Strings and Faculty at the Burgos International Music Festival.
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Susan January 7, 2016
· Viola · In studio
I would highly recommend Joshua as a viola teacher. My 13 year old son has been taking viola lessons with him for 2 months and I can already hear an improvement in his playing as well as see a marked improvement in his bow hold and body alignment. My son had previously taken private lessons with another teacher for about a year, but Joshua is really helping him to focus on proper technique. Joshua is a very professional, affable and patient teacher.
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Barbara September 15, 2015
· Violin · In studio
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Barbara September 15, 2015
· Violin · In studio
I highly recommend Joshua for violin or viola study. Joshua maintains high standards for his students but is patient and professional at all times. His communication style is friendly and down to earth. I have learned a great deal from Joshua about how to approach violin exercises and, most importantly, the reasons behind the exercises!
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About Kathleen O.

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Eden Prairie, MN

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I've been teaching viola 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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Andover, MN
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Viola is a great underrated instrument. I'd be happy to teach any level or age and help you to learn this great instrument.

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 Christina H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I Love to teach viola, because I love the way this instrument sounds. Everyone thinks it is just like violin but actually there is so many different way to bowing and tech from violin. My goal is make hear how viola sounds, it can actually even touching then cello and violin in some melo piece .

About Christina
I started my music education from piano when i was 5 in Taiwan , I was trained solid on theory and ear listening as well when i play piano. And i start violin and viola when I m 10.I keep studying both in the Music Talented school.Then I got substantial scholarship to get in NYU.
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About Alex M.

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Saint Paul, MN
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I have been teaching viola 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 viola 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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Jenny October 21, 2018
· Viola · In home
My daughter looked forward to lessons and made great progress with Alex. I appreciated that Alex was always organized and flexible and that her prices were reasonable. Overall very happy with our lessons!
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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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About Sunwoo L.

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Rochester, NY

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Sunwoo Lee currently holds a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance, having recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music. As she continues to pursue her Master's degree at the same institution with Professor Masumi Per Rostad, this will now be her fifth year in the Rochester area. Although born in South Korea, she immigrated to the States at a young age and has lived in various areas in the New England area, and is fluent in both Korean and English. She started her musical studies at the age of seven with piano, taking on violin at 9 and switching to viola at age 13. She helped establish a chamber music program at her high school, which eventually grew into an orchestral ensemble. She has taught students at both the beginner and intermediate levels, and coached the viola section of an intermediate level youth orchestra at the New England Conservatory's preparatory division. She also had the opportunity to participate in outreach programs organized by Eastman's chamber music ...

About Sunwoo
Sunwoo Lee, 21, is currently pursuing a Master's Degree of Music in Viola Performance at the Eastman School of Music, from where she earned her Bachelor's this past spring. Having immigrated to the States at age two from South Korea, she has lived in various areas in the New England area with her parents and little sister and has always been fluent in Korean and English. She grew up participating in various activities, such as swimming, ballet, tae kwon do, and of course music. She began her musical studies at age seven with piano, taking on violin two years later and switching to viola at thirteen. She has studied music with nine different teachers extensively and various others at music festivals and in chamber music coachings. She hopes to take the experiences thus far, both positive and negative, to become the best possible teacher fo
r her future students.
She helped establish a chamber music program at her high school, which eventually grew into an orchestral ensemble. She has taught students at both the beginner and intermediate levels, and coached the viola section of an intermediate level youth orchestra at the New England Conservatory's preparatory division. She also had the opportunity to participate in outreach programs organized by Eastman's chamber music department, and has thus performed and presented on classical music to various audiences.
Though her focus is in Western classical music, her family also holds a passion for Korean traditional music. This extended into her musical studies as she has taken lessons on the gayageum, a Korean zither, and enjoys all forms of Eastern Asian traditional music.
Note: I would prefer to teach in my apartment but if need be I do have a car so I am willing to drive!
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About Julia F.

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Clef reading, making a beautiful viola sound, playing with comfort and ease, sight reading, and expressing yourself through music.

About Julia
Hey! I'm a junior 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.
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About Alvin D.

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Saint Paul, MN

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Experienced collegiate musician, specializing in the beginner/intermediate viola/violin student! Ages 7+ welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. You'll learn to play in no time while also building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's learn together!

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
oals and preference of the student.

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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Alvin D.

Alvin D.

Saint Paul, MN 55105
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