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By Laura K. - New York City Violin Teacher
When people I meet ask me what I do and I tell them I’m a music teacher, most assume one thing: that my violin studio is full of children. They picture the eager six-year-old with a tiny, curvy black box knocking on my door, ready to saw away at their scales – and they’re not wrong! What they’re surprised to learn, however, is that just as many adult students are knocking on my door. As a teacher of private violin lessons in New York City, I’ve found that some of my most interesting lessons are taught to people with full-time jobs.
Being a singer and violinist, I began all of my musical journeys before I graduated from college. I learned to read music at the same time I learned to read words, so each time my grade school students walk through my door, I remember where learning the violin fit into my life, much as it fits into theirs: one more after-school activity, an introduction to a future love and possible career. But my adult students come for a different reason, and the violin plays a different role in their lives. They have already chosen their careers, established their daily routines and accepted their stresses – and the violin is a new friend, a way to relax, an outlet and oasis. When they pick up that violin, none of the pressures of their everyday lives follow them, and they take solace in learning something new and beautiful during their violin classes.
In the hustle and bustle of NYC, it’s easy to get weighed down; with each adult student lesson I teach, I know that I give my students a vacation from that, and I get the opportunity to introduce them to a world they’ve grown up without knowing. It’s never too late to learn. Find out what you have been missing by signing up with a local violin instructor today!
I currently teach students from beginner (pre-twinkle) to advanced levels.
Whether your interest is classical music, fiddle or contemporary, you can be sure you will start your journey off right.First you will learn the basics, which apply to all types of violin playing, and then you can specialize in any genre you wish after that.
You will gradiently learn everything you need to know, becoming skilled at each new task, and never being overwhelmed by an avalanche of superfluous information. My goals for you are based upon three things:
1. Working towards your goals
2. Increasing your strengths
3. Strengthening your weaknesses. Everybody has weakenesses and I work to improve yours with both education and practice (You can only learn how to practice something correctly if you know hot to do it correctly, or fix what is wrong with it.)
Expect to play the violin on your first day, play a song withing the first few weeks, and get to intermediate level in one year or less. All of this, of course, takes practice, so please plan on making some time for ...
Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
All together are basic fundamentals.
My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.
As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!
I recommend younger children travel to me for the best learning experience.
Learn folk music or classical. Explore the various styles and genres this instrument is capable of!
I teach beginner and intermediate violin students helping them develop their bow technique and intonation.
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