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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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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.

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Cagdas KIBRISLI August 2, 2016
Violin · In home
Catherine is a very patient teacher! she helps thoroughly and shows techniques step by step. i am very happy to say she is a wonderful theacher! I" ll continue to take up her services!
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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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Catherine W.

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$45 / 30-min
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Concetta A.

Brooklyn, 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, Continuing Adult Education
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Emma November 23, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Concetta is a great teacher. I feel that I'm already making progress even though we just started.
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Kim July 13, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Concetta is a very talented instructor. She is easy to follow and quite patient. I'm so grateful for choosing her are my teacher. You can't do better!
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zoe June 30, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
We just had our first call she seems very knowledgeable and is great working online with my young and very beginner daughter. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Concetta A.

Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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$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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ann B. October 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very patient and genuinely helpful
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Darrell G. October 12, 2016
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
Mr. Jae has a serious approach to his teaching style. He stresses doing little things well that will make you a better player.
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Lani October 6, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · Online
Verified Student
I am learning musical arrangement and composition and I feel very lucky to have found Yoon Jae Lee. During the first lesson I had with him, he said one simple thing that forever changed the way I view how I write music. I like the way he listens carefully and uses his knowledge and understanding of music to point me in whatever direction I need to go. He is thoughtful and respectful of my goals and musical ambitions, helping me to achieve what I am aiming for without inserting himself into my creative process. In addition, he is very patient. I can't imagine a better teacher for me.
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Yoon Jae L.

Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY 10036
(14)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jiawei Y.

New York, NY

Gratuate student at The Juilliard School major in viola performance. Will offer instruction and demonstration on viola solo repertoire, orchestra as well as chamber music repertoire. It is always a great pleasure to share my ideas and enthusiasm on music and viola works with you!

About Jiawei

The Juilliard School, M.M. Viola Performance
Bard College, B.A. Philosophy
Bard Conservatory of Music, B.M. Viola Performance

Experienced with teaching both children and adult students in music trainings. Is also willing to teach in Mandarin if preferred.
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Jess September 15, 2016
Viola · In studio
Though our experience with Jiawei was brief (just three lessons as a summer fill-in for our regular teacher), our daughter very much enjoyed working with her. Jiawei is certainly someone we would pursue as a regular teacher if we had that need.
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Oona January 30, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Student says she was very nice and very insightful.
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Jiawei Y.

Jiawei Y.

New York, NY 10036
(2)
starting at
$80 / 60-min
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Fedor O.

New York, NY

I'm a dedicated teacher and spend extra time outside of lessons thinking about how to best approach the following lesson. I find the style of teaching that works best for the student. I write plans after lessons and email or give them in person summarizing the lesson's key points to help make practicing at home easier and more organized in order to make lesson time as effective overall as possible.

About Fedor

I'm a rising Junior at The Juilliard School. I started playing when five and a half. I attended the Juilliard Pre-College program for two last years of high school before attending Juilliard on the college level. In August of 2013, I became the youngest semi-finalist in the Schoenfeld International Professional competition in Hong Kong. I has given full program solo recitals since age 12 and performed publicly at prestigious venues including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in NY, the Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington, DC.

I love teaching young musicians. I have taught students of
different ages and levels and coached young violinists in preparation for youth and school orchestra auditions. I love the methodical approach to teaching, and I've built a system of individual plans and written follow-up assignments which I send to my students to help them make better use of their practicing time.
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Sofia September 14, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Excellent!
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Zhanna September 10, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Fedor is teaching our 7th grader violin via Skype since early summer 2016. Our child made tremendous progress. Fedor is patient, thorough and is a great teacher!
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Zhanna September 10, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Fedor is teaching our 7th grader violin through Skype since early summer of 2016. Our child made tremendous progress! Fedor is patient, thorough and is an excellent teacher. Highly recommended!
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Fedor O.

Fedor O.

New York, NY 10023
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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