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Joanna M.

Brooklyn, NY

About Joanna

Music has the power to uncover the beauty all around us. It can strengthen our bonds with other people. It can raise us out of low, lost places. It can be a filter that brightens our view of our daily lives.

Learning an instrument or any discipline brings to the learner opportunities for growth and improvement. It also provides a space for self-reflection. Rarely in our daily lives are we encouraged to face ourselves- to meet head on with our strengths and weaknesses. Learning any instrument can help reveal these things to us and allow us to address them in a more objective way. We can bu
ild discipline, develop problem-solving skills, and find confidence. If learned with the right approach, the instrument can be an external indicator of our internal growth.

In addition to all these benefits, music and playing instruments can be simply light and fun. Whether it is used as an alternative to the stress of daily life, a method for improving ones self, or a pure love of the sound- the rewards are so endless.

In my lessons, my goal is to access music through all of those different lenses. We will learn technical/practical side of playing the instrument, the awareness of one's habits and choices, and the overwhelming beauty within one simple phrase. But to all this, a playful and joyous approach is a must -because life is too serious to be serious about! These are some things that I've found through music, but I realize not everyone finds the same things in music and I am so excited to find out what speaks to you!

I have a Bachelor's Degree in classical performance from the New England Conservatory and I spend much of my time in that genre on both violin and viola. However, I was raised with a lot of fiddle and folk music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in finding a balance in the lessons between learning the art of playing the instrument, and the art of making music. My highest priority in each lesson is finding out how each student learns and making myself understood. If that means making up a game, singing together, or listening to a recording, I'm honored to share in those moments of discovery.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music, stands, chairs, violin, viola

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have instruments, but I can help find rentals. Music can be copied or purchased by the student.

*** Specialties ***
I have training in classical and fiddle genres.
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wallace M. February 20, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher. Tons of positive energy and encouragement. Very willing to help me work on songs of my own choosing and able to figure them out in just a few minutes. With her we worked on country style fiddling.
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CorinneR December 6, 2009
Joanna is a very good violin instructor. She's very clear when she is teaching my daughter. Would very much recommend her to teach other students.
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Joanna M.

Joanna M.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Gio A.

New York, NY

I've played guitar since I was only eight years old (over 20 years!) in many different bands, styles, and genres. I played in a traditional Irish ensemble when I was in college and have since picked up banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, and bodhran (Irish hand drum). I've also helped teach group violin classes in music programs in Orlando, FL and NYC. I love playing and teaching bluegrass music, it's a special challenge both for me and the students!

About Gio

I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrume
nt takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Desiree M. June 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Im really excited to learn more
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Rich P. March 20, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Gio is great. He knows his stuff and makes the lessons fun while teaching.
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Charles W. September 15, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Gio has been wonderfully patient with my efforts as a total beginner. His instructions are clear and helpful, and he has provided a good mix of motivation and encouragement. Highly recommended!
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Gio A.

Gio A.

New York, NY 10040
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach any style.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given may community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rh
odes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
N/A

*** Specialties ***
Patience
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Kendall H. June 21, 2015
Violin · In home
Catherine is a really good teacher. My daughter has learned a lot from her in the way of music theory and violin playing. Catherine also stresses good practice habits, which I like. Catherine knows her music and holds the students to high expectations. She has taught my daughter a lot.
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Catherine W.

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nicholas P.

Brooklyn, NY

Fiddle lessons incorporate the same technical foundation as violin studies, with greater emphasis on improvisation, folk songs, and jazz scales.

About Nicholas

*Availability listed is for July/August 2015.

Welcome! I am a full-time violin/viola teacher from New York and a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I am an active performer of contemporary and classical music, and my commitment is to instill my students with both a passion for playing music and a strong technical foundation.

My teaching method is tailored to each student's individual learning style and motivation for playing. The first question I will ask at every first lesson is: what music do you love? This can be one song - a nursery rhyme, classical melody,
or popular song - or a genre of music. Regardless of age, I believe that the most effective path for learning violin or viola is to start with the music!

For younger children, I suggest beginning with the Suzuki method in order to establish strong musical and technical fundamentals. The Suzuki curriculum is also popular across many music programs in New York, so it provides beginning violinists an opportunity to play music with their peers. For adolescents and adults, I place an earlier emphasis on designing a curriculum based on their musical interests, with equal focus devoted to technique. I also teach improvisation at the beginning stages to all students to encourage free musical expression.

Students with experience playing violin or viola are absolutely welcome. Students are encouraged to perform what they have worked on at the spring studio recital, which will include a piano accompanist. Feel free to contact TakeLessons with any questions!
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Cyrus May 26, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher,warm and friendly. Highly recommended especially to twins and teens.
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Hamid R. January 28, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Nicholas has a unique way of teaching and the result so far has been fantastic. Cyrus respect him and gets motivated after each class to do better.
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Natale A. January 6, 2015
Violin · In home
As helpful as they come, Nick has bent over backwards to make sure our 6-yr-old daughter was outfitted with the right violin and bow. As an absolute beginner when she began a couple of months ago, she's impressing us now with her new skills.
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Nicholas P.

Nicholas P.

Brooklyn, NY 11231
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Martha M.

New York, NY

Martha's most recent projects have included working with Sting on the world premiere run of his musical, The Last Ship, and performing with the British electronic pop group, London Grammar.

She has traveled internationally giving lectures, masterclasses, and workshops focusing on classical, Scottish, Appalachian/Old-time, Irish, bluegrass, Scandinavian, and improvisation.

About Martha

Martha is a New York City-based classical violinist and fiddler. Her most recent projects have included working with Sting on the world premiere run of his musical, The Last Ship, and performing with the British electronic pop group, London Grammar.

Martha has performed throughout the US and Europe in concerts and music festivals, and both her classical work and fiddling have been featured on public radio and television. She has given lectures, masterclasses, and workshops focusing on classical, Scottish, Appalachian/Old-time, Irish, bluegrass, Scandinavian, and improvisation.

She holds
a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Lawrence University with a minor in creative writing, where she studied under the instruction of Wen-Lei Gu. She also studied with Carol Cook, principal violist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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Martha M.

Martha M.

New York, NY 10011
starting at
$65 / 45-min

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