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Ballwin, MO

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Comprehensive and fun lessons focusing on musicality, technique and music theory for all ages.

About Jessica
Dear students and parents,

Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and recently relocated to Saint Louis with my family. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!

I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encouraged by Shinichi Suzuki.

I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 10 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as well as at
various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced students have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.

A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and eventually went on to receive my Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England and Northern Ireland. I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended several teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am a registered Suzuki violin teacher, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.

I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!

*** Travel Equipment/Home Lesson Details ***
-Please have a music stand available and set up for lessons that take place in your home.
-If you are coming to my home for lessons, please be sure to bring your instrument and any books you may already have.

**Please note, there are three cats and a small, affectionate and very friendly Papillon in the house. They are all isolated to a different part of the house during lessons to ensure there are no unnecessary distractions and to help minimize potential allergies (studio is also sprayed with allergy reducer spray and vacuumed regularly). All are UTD on shots. Please call and ask to reschedule a "trial" lesson to see if the animals interfere with allergies.

New students:
I have a trial 1/2, 3/4 & 4/4 size violin to use for the first lesson.
After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.

Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.

*** Cancellation/Reschedule Requests ***
1) At least 24 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your, or your child's, lesson. You will be given the option to take a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons on your calendar, or the option to reschedule for a different day within two weeks of the canceled lesson.

2) If you find that you need to cancel with less than 24 hours notice (I completely understand life happens, and sometimes it is unavoidable to provide 24hr notice), you will be given the option to make up your lesson within 7 calendar days of your originally scheduled lesson time. If you cannot do a makeup lesson, this will result in the lesson being marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.

3) If you do not show up to your lesson scheduled at my home studio on Tilmont Ave and no notice was given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson. This also applies to "in-home" lessons-- if you are not home when I arrive and no notice was given, this will result in the lesson also being marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.

4) If I need to reschedule or cancel a lesson for whatever reason, you will be given an option for a makeup lesson or given a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons.

5) I require two weeks notice if you would like to discontinue lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin/Viola Method
Music Theory Tutor
Genres: Classical, fiddle, gypsy, jazz.
Experience teaching ages 3-Adults.
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Dongnan (. January 27, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jessica is nice and patient instructor.
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Brian January 22, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has been studying with Jessica for over a year now and it has been a great experience. From day one Jessica has worked on strengthening fundamentals and tailoring her instruction to my daughters specific needs; and most importantly, in a positive and thoughtful way.
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Marah January 19, 2018
· Violin · In studio
We started our 4 year old with Jessica. Our daughter really loves it. Jessica is excellent with her and makes playing the violin very accessible to her.
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About DeAndre K.

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Huntsville, AL
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I like to focus on correct playing position, reading the clefs associated with viola, scales, etudes, solo pieces, shifting, and vibrato.I've taught a wide range of students. From beginner to intermediate to advanced. I've taught students as young as 4 to students in their 60's.

About DeAndre
I am looking for students who want to work hard at learning an instrument or anyone that would like to learn to read music. I specialize in classical and religious music. I have been playing in the Huntsville/ Decatur area for years.
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Eric O. October 6, 2016
· Viola · Online
For the last year I have been taking piano, viola and violin lessons online with DeAndre. He is a natural, insightful teacher and I look forward to years of lessons with him. I would absolutely recommend him.

I'm a beginner with the violin and viola and an intermediate pianist. I was doubtful at first that I would be able to learn through a video chat. I'm amazed at the detail DeAndre can pick up just by watching a video chat. There have been many times when we just did the lesson over the phone with no video and he was able to tell that my fingering hand was in the wrong position or I was holding the bow wrong just by listening over the phone!

On and off through my life I've taken piano and viola lessons (I'm 46) and was never able to get very far. I found my teachers discouraged me in many ways without trying to. DeAndre has been fantastic. With his instruction I've been able to do things I never thought I would ever be able to do. He's excellent at giving feedback about the things I'm doing wrong but in a way that keeps me positive and makes me aware of the things I'm doing well and the things I need to improve.

DeAndre is absolutely worth the time and money.
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Meika Harris February 1, 2016
· Violin · Online
Very nice guy. He puts a strong emphasis on both technique and theory.
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Tiesha T. October 4, 2015
· Cello · Online
My daughter is extremely shy and introvert, she said she felt comfortable with DeAndre. From my observance of him interacting with her he is very patient and is able to work well with young beginning students. My daughter is 11 and her only experience was playing with her strings class last year in 5th grade. You can tell DeAndre has a very calm personality that translates into his lessons with his students. That is such an important quality to possess when working with young beginning students. Thanks for a great lesson we look forward to many more with you.
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About Cheryl S.

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Highland, IN

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Your viola lessons will be focused upon helping you reach your goals, learn viola technique, and explore music of interest to you taught by an experienced music teacher. Using a variety of resources, you will develop technique, musicianship, and knowledge of music theory, composition, music history, and world music. Studio concerts, family field trips, and workshops are offered throughout the year. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in music education as well as an Indiana Professional Educator License in Music. I have been teaching music lessons for 17 years. Contact me today to learn how I can help you reach your goals!

About Cheryl
Hello! My name is Cheryl, and I would be delighted to help you reach your music goals! I've been teaching private lessons and classes since 2000. Helping students learn how to play their instruments and develop a life-long appreciation of music is my passion. I hold bachelors and masters degree in music education as well as music teacher licenses in Indiana, Illinois, and California. I have been recognized in the publications "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch "Whiz Biz". My teaching style is student-centered, goal-oriented, and fun. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jennifer February 9, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable in the field of music. We have been very pleased with all the lessons. She is very friendly and patient. My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week. Since my daughter has started taking lessons, she has improved greatly!
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Madison September 9, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Cheryl is a very friendly instructor. She has extensive knowledge in music and instruments. She is patient and willing to explain any questions you may have. I highly recommend Cheryl to anyone that is looking for an instructor.
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Jim June 30, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very technique orinated. Will sign up for more lessons with her
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About Rob F.

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Shawnee, KS

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Started teaching in 2007. We will work on good technique, fun pieces, and high level of excellence!

About Rob
My name is Rob Foster. I teach violin and viola lessons in the KC area. My parents started me on the Suzuki Method at 3 years old. I have played and taught lots of Classical music but I am also passionate about other kinds of music as well. Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk and Improvisation. I have played in many bands playing all of those genres. We can go any direction you want. I usually use the Suzuki books for sight reading and classical practice/technique, and also do ear training exercises. Come check out my website for more information. Thanks. www.robmusicianfoster.com
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Sarah J. September 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob's passion for music is evident in his teaching. He is very professional and an excellent violin instructor. I can tell he truly wants his students to succeed. He is very patient and teaches in a way that is fun and involved. Very highly recommended.
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Lindsey Eusterwiemann May 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great violin teacher. He is very competent and knows how to break the steps down to help our 6-year old learn this complex instrument. We are excited to see her learn and grow!
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Lindsey April 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great teacher. Highly recommended.
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About Charles B.

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Lafayette, IN

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

About Charles
I have been teaching stringed instruments for over 25 years. I use both the Suzuki and traditional methods.
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Keiko March 6, 2018
· Viola · Online
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Yuki A. February 20, 2018
· Viola · Online
Charles is very nice teacher.My kids like so much.
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Travis December 28, 2017
· Violin · Online
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About Laurel G.

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Kansas City, MO

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I adjust my teaching style to compliment each student individually. My goal is for each student to enjoy playing their instrument, but I believe that the personal improvement of each student is vital for their continued interest and passion. I take it upon myself to make sure that my teaching is resulting in personal enjoyment and improvement! I also believe that studying a musical instrument is useful for developing things like problem solving skills, perseverance, building good habits, having a good work ethic, and being responsible. Music is also a voice of communication, and I enjoy teaching students to develop a strong confident voice through music.

About Laurel
I'm a young violin instructor who is passionate about teaching music to students of all ages. I graduated from Park University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance, and I am currently working on my master's degree. I enjoy performing, and I often perform throughout the Kansas City area, as well as various opportunities around the world. I also travel to various international violin competitions; in January of 2018, I was awarded fourth prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition.
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Laurel G.

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Kansas City, MO 64152
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About Emily F.

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Asheville, NC

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Experienced strings player (20 years on violin, eight on viola) available for eager students of all ages, from total beginner to late intermediate ability. I structure my lessons so that students explore their musical interests while building a strong technical foundation and good practice habits. I specialize in classical music with some experience in traditional music. I prefer to start students using the Suzuki books but have plenty of supplemental books and materials for learning traditional Scottish, Irish, and Old Time fiddling.

About Emily
I have been playing the violin for more than twenty years (my parents believed in starting young!). My music degree is a minor in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel, where I played with the award-winning UNC Symphony Orchestra, a string quartet, an indie/folk band, and various other ensembles. For the past two years, I have been teaching foreign language full time at the middle school level, which has been an excellent way to develop my teaching abilities. I've always preferred tutoring and small group teaching to a full classroom, however, and I am excited about teaching private music lessons.

I am primarily a classical player, but my interest and experience in traditional music (especially Celtic trad) have grown over the past few years. I learned primarily through the Suzuki method for my first ten
years of lessons, and this is my preferred method of teaching. If you want to learn classical or fiddle music, I'll help you learn! If there are other styles you're interested in (pop, Broadway, etc.), we can certainly explore those genres together--in my experience, students who play music they like do much better than those who play what they're forced to. On the other hand, the value of good technique only increases the further you get into any genre, and classical repertoire is an excellent way to learn technique.

Core aspects of my teaching philosophy:

1. Learning by ear. This is an incredibly valuable skill to have, and it's easier the sooner you start. If you play music, you should listen to music, a lot.

2. Being part of a community. If at all possible, I will help you find or set up group lessons, performance opportunities, or jam sessions on at least a monthly basis (though this may be trickier for online students). Having fun making music with other people often encourages students in their motivation to practice, desire to learn new technique, and knowledge of repertoire.

3. Practice. There are no shortcuts around this one. Like learning by ear, good practice habits are much better started soon than late!
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robbyn July 3, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Emily is great! She is patient but persistent. She offers advice and also allows me to chime in with ideas and lots of questions. I can't wait until the next lesson
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About Eryn H.

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Looking for professional violin or viola lessons for a fraction of the cost? I'm a recent high school graduate with over nine years of experience on the viola and over four years of experience teaching both viola and beginner violin! I've studied at New England Conservatory and performed with top-notch musicians from across the globe. Whether you're a beginner hoping to learn some of your favorite songs or an advanced young musician wishing to improve your technique, I can adapt to fit your needs. My schedule is very flexible and may not necessarily adhere to what is pictured here, so please feel free to message me, and I will work to fit your schedule!

About Eryn
I am a recent high school graduate with over nine years of experience playing the viola and over four years of experience teaching both viola and beginner violin. My teaching style is extremely flexible, whether you're looking for the absolute basics or advanced technical work.

Although I'm only 18, I've studied at New England Conservatory in a number of orchestral and chamber music groups. I've participated in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Maestro Benjamin Zander and performed with top-notch musicians from across the globe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, and Jordan Hall. I've taken private lessons for six years, two of which I spent studying with New England Conservatory graduate students.

I'm happy to start with a trial lesson or two if you're still on the fence. If you're interested in starting you
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