Comprehensive and fun lessons focusing on musicality, technique and music theory for all ages.
Dear students and parents,
Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am classically trained violinist with over 20 years of playing experience. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and recently relocated to Saint Louis County 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 12 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as wel
l 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 went on to receive my Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England, Northern Ireland and Maryland (UMBC graduate certificate). I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended many 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!
*** Equipment and Studio Lesson Details ***
-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 in the house. They are usually 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 schedule a "trial" lesson to see if the animals interfere with allergies.
New students: You may park on the cul-de-sac next to the house and walk down. I have a trial 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 size violin to use for the first lesson if your child is a beginner. 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 a week of the canceled lesson.
2) If you find that you need to cancel with less than 24 hours 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 and no notice was given, the lesson will be 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 to discontinue lessons if you would like to receive a refund or be exempt from paying future tuition.
6) All lessons are billed ahead of schedule and must be paid in advance in order to keep your lesson slot.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Violin/Viola Method Music Theory Tutor Genres: Classical, fiddle. Experience teaching ages 4-Adults.
The violin showcases a player's talent more than any other instrument, some say. It's the hardest instrument of them all, others say. Whatever your goals, I am happy to play a role in your musical journey with this instrument. Follow a classical, traditional method of my own development that incorporates the most common repertoire sought after in festivals, auditions for orchestras, and auditions for colleges.
EDUCATION Began playing violin at the age of 11, in 5th grade with my school orchestra. Was quickly told to seek private instruction due to aptitude. Played at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 2 summers. Played at Interlochen Summer Camp for 2 summers, concertmaster in 2004. Played in the Symphony, Chamber, and Contemporary String Ensembles in High School. Concertmaster 2003-2004. Otherwise a section leader. Often featured as a soloist. Mentored the freshman Concert Orchestra in High School. Began studying Music Theory in high school. Also sang in choirs at church and school. Completed coursework for Music Education degree simultaneously with the Music Performance degree. Graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2008, double majored in Music Education. Graduated with my Master's Degree in Music Performance, ha
ving also studied viola, in 2010.
TEACHING Mainari Music Studio - Violin & Viola private lessons. 2002-Present Violin Coach & Assistant Conductor for the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) 2010-Present TakeLessons.com teacher. 2015-Present Musika teacher. 2010-2016 Assistant Orchestra Director to St. Margaret's Episcopal School. 2012-2013 school year McCourt's School of Music in Waterford, MI. 2006-2010 Eastern Michigan University - Orchestra Graduate Assistant. 2008-2010 Schaeffer's House of Music in Howell, MI. 2007-2009 Director of Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras for Oakland Homeschool Music, Inc. (OHMI) in Waterford, MI. 2005-2006 Orchestra mentor in high school.
PERFORMING Saddleback Master Chorale Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California Orchestra of St. Margaret's Eastern Michigan University's Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster 2007-2008. Eastern Michigan University's Collegium Musicum (chamber music) Various chamber groups for weddings and other gigs since high school All division 1 ratings for Solo & Ensemble performances as a soloist from middle through high school First student from my school district accepted to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) Studied violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabe Bolkosky Studied viola with Prof. Eva Stern Began playing violin in 5th grade, first generation of string players in my school district at that grade Have studied Violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabriel Bolkosky; Viola with Prof. Eva Stern; and Music Theory with Dr. Marilyn Saker and Dr. Anthony Iannaccone.
Lessons with me...
I'm passionate about music and its many benefits, both academically, emotionally, and physically. I love to share my joy with my students in a fun, collaborative way that is professional and enjoyable. The pace is determined by the goals of the student, and materials are tailor-made to suit your preferences. Classical instruction is essential for proper technique, but branching out to Celtic fiddle or movie soundtracks is a definite option!
I recommend weekly lessons, and a minimum daily practice plan is required. Younger students should do 30-minute lessons, but around 10-years old, I require 45-60 minute lessons. Serious students preferred.
Typical 45-minute lesson: 10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios 15 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music 20 minutes - Solo Repertoire
Typical 60-minute lesson: 10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios 20 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music 30 minutes - Solo Repertoire
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stand, tuner, metronome, pencil
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring my own instrument and accessories, as well as some extra music.
Students are expected to have their own music stand, tuner/metronome, instrument and accessories, and all lesson materials/music. Online students must be able to tune their own instrument, or have a parent present who can tune their instrument for them.
*** Specialties *** Solo performance preparation Chamber music performance preparation College auditions Orchestra auditions Chamber music coaching Recital performances Note reading tutoring Music theory tutoring
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.
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!
Explains everything in detail , moves in a progress in which I retain the knowledge very Easy.
I highly recommend Mel.
Very calm , collect and patient.
June 11, 2019
February 7, 2019
Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you.
Experienced violin teacher of 39 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of counting, concentration, coordination, precision and note reading skills. I specialize in traditional European method.
Hi There! I am a violin, viola and piano teacher with over 39 years of experience as a professional violinist. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Instruction from the Higher Musical Pedagogical Institute in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I teach traditional European method, and my students’ ages vary from children to adults. Many of my students play in the Webster University Music School and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. All of my students read notes and count very well. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals as well!
Very knowledgeable and experienced in not just playing the violin but teaching it as well.
January 5, 2016
At the age of 58 I decided to start taking violin lessons for 2 reasons, enjoyment of playing music and exercise my brain. I found Lucy K on the takelessons.com website and she was able to accommodate my request for lessons in my home on a Sunday. Starting from scratch, she taught me the fundamentals of playing and I have made some progress over the last 8 months. She is patient with me yet will push me along and at time bring me out of my comfort zone, which is good. She has the ability and training to teach students from early age to older adults like me. In addition, she also teaches piano, which my wife started lessons with Lucy K at the same time I started violin. She has my recommendation if you have interest in either violin or piano.
I have MM degree in Violin performance and Orchestral Conducting from Europe and Russia and can teach you the Right Way Violin, anywhere in San Diego in your own home or in my studio. My students learn the music they want to learn including classical, jazz, pop style and how to improvise. I use Russian & European Violin, Viola and Piano methods with Suzuki Books incorporating Scales and Etudes for technical development of the student. Study with the Best Russian and European methods with results!
I have MM degree in Violin performance and Orchestral Conducting from Europe and Russia and can teach you the Right Way Violin, Viola, Piano Music Theory, Conducting anywhere in San Diego in your own home or in my studio. My students learn the music they want to learn including classical, jazz, pop style and how to improvise.
I use Russian & European Violin, Viola and Piano methods with Suzuki Books incorporating Scales and Etudes for technical development of the student. Study with the Best Russian and European methods with results!
Emil was a great instructor, very knowledgable and patient. I have improved in all areas thanks to his instruction. He would even stay late occasionally to play violin solos with me playing rhythm guitar!
I've taught people who were just beginning violin (both children and adults) to students who were working on major concertos. What is most important to me as a teacher is that the student connect with the music and their instrument by being creative and personalizing my approach for the student. I also strongly strive to make performers out of violinists and to help them engage both audiences and themselves.
I have been surrounded by music my whole life and have played violin for 19 years. I went to high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, obtained a BM in violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory and an MM at the Boston Conservatory. I have won competitions, played in professional orchestras, performed with college faculty, soloed with orchestras, and won the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award.
I have completed a pedagogy course in college and at the graduate level. I have taught children, teens, and adults alike. I had the fortune of studying with wonderful teachers and strive to be like them and pass on their wisdom.
I am passionate about teaching out of a desire to help people express themselves and appreciate music on a deeper level. I am very enthusiastic and adapt my approach to each student's level, personality, and needs
while seeking to build a good rapport. I make creative analogies to keep them engaged. I am positive while critiquing because I believe negativity is counterintuitive to effective learning. I have experience working with elementary school kids, having spent three years employed at a Boys and Girls Club.
Just as I believe in culturing love of music in children, I truly enjoy working with older and more experienced students. I am very eager to help them develop their musicality and good technique. I have an extensive repertoire list and thus am able to aid students in learning challenging music such as show pieces and concertos.
I predominantly teach classical music but have helped students in other music activities. With older and more advanced students I am willing to teach music of their own choosing. I have also helped a student prepare for college auditions.
On practical matters, I require 24 hours advance notice before rescheduling or canceling a lesson, barring emergencies. If a student is late by over 1/3 of the lesson time (leaving less than 20 minutes for 30 minute lessons, 30 minutes for 45 minute lessons) I will count it as missed and the lesson will be forfeit. I inform students 24 hours in advance for scheduling changes and always do makeup lessons if I am sick on a scheduled lesson day.
I really look forward to meeting new students and to inspire them to be at their best!
Her help with bow hold, relaxation with the right hand and arm, will help me enjoy playing.
July 19, 2018
Ha-eun is fantastic! She is helping our 10 year-old daughter master a new piece she needs to learn within the next 2 weeks. Can't praise her enough! We do in person as well as internet lessons. During the lesson, Ha-eun is focused on the student and her passion for music and fondness of teaching others truly shows. Listening to her playing the violin to show how it should be done is a delight. We consider ourselves lucky to have such a great teacher.
June 14, 2018
In one lesson, Ha-eun gave me excellent adjustments to improve my technique. I'll definitely be coming back.
In the fourteen years of instrumental music experience, I have had many students perform at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Ford Amphitheatre. Having fun and enjoying to play is the key to growth and success.
I'm a fun, loving, and passionate teacher that has over fourteen years experience with children, ages four through twelve. I hold a bachelors in instrumental music education from California State University, Northridge, as well as a Masters in Education from CSUN. My expertise is in classical music, utilizing various methods such as Suzuki and Orff, as well as Mariachi music.
Hi there! 😃 I am an experienced teacher & performer of 15 years. I love working with all ages and skill levels! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be learning tunes in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of technique, music theory, and ear training. I'm stoked to meet you! I'm excited to help you on your musical journey!
Here's a list of my Education, Accolades and Experience! Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Towson University, MD (2011) International Bluegrass Music Association's 2017 Fiddle Player of the Year Strathmore Performing Arts Center Artist in Residence International Bluegrass Music Association's 2015 Momentum Award Instrumentalist of the Year Fiddle Player for the Grammy Winning Duo, Dailey & Vincent
Waldorf School of Baltimore, MD Odyssey School, Baltimore, MD Mike's Music, Ellicott City, MD Augusta Heritage Bluegrass Week, Davis & Elkins College, WV Common Ground on the ...
Patrick M. is available for online lessons worldwide! Patrick has been playing violin and mandolin for over 25 years and has taught music since 2008. The International Bluegrass Music Association named Patrick "Fiddle Player of the Year" for 2017, one of the music industry’s highest honors. He teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced, performs all over the world, and records for major record labels.
Although trained in standard teaching methods, Patrick developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student’s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.
Patrick also hosts student showcases/charity benefits like “Christmas from Ireland in Maryland,” where his stu
dents are able to get on stage and show off their new talent.
Patrick is an expert transcriber for fiddle and mandolin and masters 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises, and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning.
Artists and genres that Patrick has experience with range from Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Audie Blaylock, John McCutheon, Joe Martin, Gerald Cleaver, Ellery Eskelin, Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe.
Patrick attended Towson University, Baltimore where his degree is in Jazz and Classical performance. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses, and performance experience with the best musicians in the world.
There are no limits! Patrick’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, and won awards for their music. Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student’s schedule when possible.
Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Patrick is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!
Patrick is a great fiddle teacher. He is a world-class musician, but he is able to meet me at my level - a rusty classical violinist. He is very encouraging and positive. He's quite knowledgeable about a very broad range of fiddle music. I highly recommend him.
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