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Since teaching viola lessons in New York, I have come to realize that people often start an instrument with incredulous awes at any experienced musician who rattles of lick or flourish. After progressing with your instrument, it is great fun to try and tackle these difficult musical feats, but also a great frustration to practice them and still have no results. Even with the correct basics to attempt a more virtuosic passage, people often stumble and take the incorrect notion that it takes two hours of drilling on a single passage in order to pull it off.

The good news is that a large percentage of seemingly difficult passages are actually a few basics combined as a sort of musician’s magic trick -- which is the clue to solving this problem!

When it comes to playing the viola, I teach my students in New York to analyze the passage in mind, break it down to a number of core elements (you can ask your teacher or an experienced musician for their input on this). Usually, these passages tend to consist of two core elements combined to create the effect that more is happening than really is.

From here, take one element at a time, practice playing it in its simple form, and play around with its variables (like rhythm). With both elements isolated this way, try slowly combining them once more. I found this technique creates familiarity and comfort for students taking viola lessons.

If practiced correctly, the passage in mind has most likely lost that mystique it once had and will now seem approachable. You will enjoy playing the passage and it will sound impressive at the same time. Needless to say, the truly virtuosic passages use combinations of 4-5 core elements! In this case, I remind the students I teach viola to in New York to not bite off more than they can chew! Happy practicing to all!

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Tina C.

New York, NY

Viola lessons for all ages and levels

About Tina

Miss Tina is an active music educator and performer with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Her education background includes the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. She made her Carnegie Hall debut when she was just 17 years old. As an active performer based in New York City, she gives concerts regularly at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She is a member of the Grammy-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra, who collaborates and performs with such artists as Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, and Yo-Yo Ma. Ms. Tina was featured as the principal viol
ist with the Albany Symphony when they performed in Carnegie Hall in 2013. Outside of classical music concerts, she has performed with artists like Gloria Estefan, John Legend, Patii LaBelle, Kenny G., and Carlos Santana for the 2008 Latin Grammy in Houston, TX.

A passionate advocate for her love of music, Ms. Tina actively participated in pedagogy courses and workshops in college, and taught violin classes for educational outreach program for under-privileged students at the Children’s Storefront in East Harlem, NY. She also coached students at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Orchestra in helping them to learn their assigned music. She was invited to the North Carolina Governor’s School in Winton-Salem, NC as a teaching artist in 2011. In 2013, she was invited to be an adjudicator for N.Y.S.S.M.A. to evaluate the elementary students’ violin and viola performances. As a recent Master's of Music Degree graduate, Ms. Tina currently teaches violin, viola, and piano in both her private studio and in group lessons in NY, NJ, and CT.

~Performance Highlighs

2013: Principal Viola for Albany Symphony at Carneige Hall, NYC

2013: Violist with Yo-Yo Ma in Albany, NY

2012 - 2013: Principal Viola for Azlo Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, NYC

2011: Violist with Joshua Bell in Albany, NY

2008: Violist for Latin Grammy with Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, Kenny G in Houston, TX
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~Broadcast

2000: WQXR-FM 96.3 From the Top Radio Showcase

~Scholarships

2011: Albany Symphony Vanguard Scholarship Award

2002 - 2010: Manhattan School of Music President's Award

*** Lesson Details ***
Methods and Materials Used:

Most of my beginner students are children from grade 3 to 8 who play violin or viola, and I usually begin by building their physical fundamentals (how to hold the instrument and the bow, how to stand, etc.). I find that having visual imagery can be helpful to the students, for example, asking the student's fingers to form a tunnel on the fingerboard to prevent their fingers from collapsing. After that, I teach a scale and write down a well-known tune (Twinkle Twinkle or Mary Had a Little Lamb) that corresponds the notes to that scale. My goal for these students is for them to be able to play any tune on the page comfortably by themselves. For my more advanced students, I concentrate on more technical aspects of playing, namely intonation, rhythm, and posture by using exercises from Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, Samuel Applebaum's String Builder, and the Suzuki books. I also begin to introduce musical aspects of playing, namely phrasing, dynamics, and articulation. For my advanced students, I introduce them to an early classical work or Baroque work, and supplement exercises that aid in the learning the piece. I also coach professional players who are looking to apply for music schools, competitions, and auditions.

Lesson Style:
I strongly believe having a fun and interactive lesson with a student is the key to learning music. I am a very patient and open-minded educator because I understand that it can be a daunting task to learn something if the student doesn't enjoy it. For example, some of my older beginner students feel silly when I ask them to learn Twinkle Twinkle, so I ask them for their favorite song, and I transcribe the tune for them to practice. For some students, motivation comes from having a perceivable goal, in which I encourage the students to apply for auditions, such as N.Y.S.S.M.A. Let me know what your needs are, and I am happy to accommodate my style of teaching depending on your personality and progress. I am here not just to teach, but also to inspire and have fun with music with you.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced students for violin / viola / piano from young children to adults.
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Bree N. January 27, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She is extremely professional and patient with the learning process, but also very encouraging. She focuses on actually playing rather than being picky about unimportant details. I also like that she gives some history into the instrument and music.
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Dana N. August 24, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She is very patient. Love her teaching style. Definitely recommend!
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Tina C.

Tina C.

New York, NY 10032
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starting at
$20 / 15-min
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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY

This is my profession.

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.

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*** Specialties ***
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Shakaya E. April 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
It was a great class,and I look forward to more.
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Martin E. December 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son loves piano lesson with Catherine
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Anaya S. November 4, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
This was our first meeting with Catherine,she appropriately dressed and on time. She answered all my questions.She and my child worked well together they seem to be a good fit.
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Catherine W.

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(5)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Concetta A.

New York, NY

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

About Concetta

Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education
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Virgina Q. May 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Concetta is very polite and professional. She's sees your potential and have you reach for it. She makes you feel comfortable and sure of yourself. She's a wonderful voice coach. Can't wait for my next lesson.
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Ann April 7, 2016
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Really helpful
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Hanna B. March 30, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Concetta has a lot of excellent suggestions for improving singing performance. The typed notes she sends after each lesson were a tremendous asset as well. In only five lessons, she improved my daughters stage presence and taught her how to engage an audience. We were always short term clients, but Concetta more than met our goals and expectations. I would very much recommend her for any level of voice and performance. Excellent teacher
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Concetta A.

Concetta A.

New York, NY 10031
(18)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY

I teach beginner and intermediate viola students helping them develop their bow technique and intonation.

About Yoon Jae

I am a highly-skilled professional musician certified as a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I offer lessons in classical piano, violin, viola, conducting, arranging/orchestration as well as private tutoring in ear training and theory.

My main instrument is piano and I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and developing their technique. I also teach adult beginners and young beginners whose parents have a dedicated commitment t
o having their children make music an integral part of their education. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently and developing critical listening skills. This encourages consistent improvement and whatever your personal piano goals and skill levels are, I will help you improve and enjoy playing the piano more. I am very patient, encouraging and supportive of your desire to play the piano better. In addition to piano, I teach beginner and intermediate violin and viola students.

I encourage all my students to perform once or twice a year but this is entirely optional and based on the student's comfort level.

I am available and willing to travel to your home for an extra fee as long as public transportation is available.
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Marisa V. March 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Was really great!! He understood from the beginning what I want ;-)
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Carol A. February 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson was quite productive. I hadn't played in many years and Yoon focused in on techniques to help me with my (many) weaknesses. He was patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher.
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Tansi U. December 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Lee is a great teacher he is very responsive and polite when instructing with me. He is also very paitent and understanding with me. He uses any feedback from me to point me in the right direction.
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Yoon Jae L.

Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY 10036
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Dr Joanna K.

New York, NY

I have 20 years of academic and private viola and violin teaching experience. Finished two years college of violin pedagogy and methodology of teaching additionally to my double master degrees in violin performance as well as my doctorate in violin. I prepare students for college auditions as well as for national and international competitions, for NYSSMA, for All State, festivals, auditions and teach for the fun of learning how to play violin. I strongly believe that lessons should be fun yet effective

About Dr Joanna

Joanna has 20 years of experience teaching violin, viola and chamber music as well as educational and pedagogy two years degree that gave her many great educational skills. She teaches at all levels: from very skilled professionals, preparing them for competitions, auditions, college auditions, through high school students, helping them to excel in NYSSMA, ALL STATE, MTNA competitions and all kinds of auditions, competitions and exams designed for younger players, through adult amateurs who take violin and viola just for fun of learning how to play an instrument. She is a violin and chamber m
usic professor in State University of New York at Stony Brook. Joanna is also a judge for MTNA: Music Teachers National Association Eastern Division.
Joanna has won many prestigious prizes and awards at international competitions and has performed with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, the Emerson String Quartet. She has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra, and violin and music educator through the in many of the world’s greatest concert halls such as eg. Carnegie Hall. As an educator she was on faculty of Professional Training Workshops offered by Carnegie Hall as well as led lots of master classes all around the world. Her performing engagements have also included a two-year contract with Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School.
Joanna is teaching all ages and levels from beginners to professional.
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Qixiao M. May 27, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Dr. Joanna is a very nice, patient and knowledgeable teacher. Her teaching is very effective, with her help, I am making progress steadily.

Violin learning is a very long process, and Dr. Joanna prepares students with solid foundation for further development.

I feel very lucky to have Dr. Joanna lead me to the world of string music.
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Heide April 13, 2016
Violin · In studio
Dr. Joanna K. is an amazing violinist and teacher for my girls. She is a mentor and educator that builds their confidence and knowledge at every lesson.
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Brenda March 18, 2016
Violin · In studio
My two kids ( 15 years old and 11 years old) really enjoy studying violin with Joanna. She is not only an excellent violinist, but also an educator, who understand how to communicate and motivate her students.
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Dr Joanna K.

Dr Joanna K.

New York, NY 10025
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starting at
$60 / 30-min

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