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All Grown Up in the Big Apple - NYC Violin Lessons

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!

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Marvett H.

New York, NY

I currently teach students from beginner (pre-twinkle) to advanced levels.

About Marvett

I am a very encouraging and engaging teacher who focuses on proper form and technique, while maintaining the student's interest and encouraging creativity.

I incorporate both traditional and Suzuki methods and cater every lesson to the students individual needs and goals.

There is never a dull moment in my lessons, I keep the student motivated and excited about leaning to play the violin!

*** Lesson Details ***
The violin is my passion and I enjoy teaching all ages the violin!
Lessons are catered to every students personal goals and needs. Combining Suzuki and Traditional methods
along with Etudes and scales will give the student a solid foundation on the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Renting an instrument is simple, easy, and very cost effective. I will be more than happy to assist the student and parent with every detail needed in deciding the appropriate violin and rental details!

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Traditional
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Wendi T. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Marvette is a Dream!

I had some reservations about finding a violin teacher this way, but we hit the jackpot with Marvette. My daughter has been taking violin lessons for years and she says Marvette is the best teacher she has ever had. She is sweet and encouraging.
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miriam P. May 5, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

I can't say enough good things about Marvett. My daughter was struggling and miserable with the violin and Marvett changed everything. She has a wonderful demeanor and is so patient. Now my daughter is enjoying the violin for the first time. I highly recommend her.
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Ilana S. February 11, 2013
Violin
Wonderful Violin teacher!

Excellent teacher, my daughter and I highly recommend her! She is very kind and patient and has helped my daughter improve greatly!
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Marvett H.

Marvett H.

New York, NY 10024
(3)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Antoinette A.

New York, NY

Whether your interest is classical music, electric violin, fiddle or rock, you must always approach the subject in the same way. You must learn the basics about the violin so that you can branch off any which way (or all ways) you like!

Instead of throwing many terms at you you may not understand yet, suffice it to say I will gradiently bring you to an understanding and more importantly, ability, to play the violin with the grace and ease with which you have heard it. The key is practicing, so be prepared for that. I will teach you how to do it in the lesson, then you must ensure you don't lose the ability by practicing it between lessons. Soon, the ability learned will be ingrained in you and practicing will only increase your ability further.

Expect to go from absolute beginner to intermediate in a year, but to start playing songs within the first month.

About Antoinette

The best violin teacher in Manhattan. I pride myself on my long years of experience, friendly attitude, never-ending patience but mostly my ability to get along with others while still be an exacting, effective teacher. I work based on results, which is exactly what you will experience after Lesson 1.

*** Lesson Details ***
By the first lesson, you will be playing the violin. By the end of the second lesson, you will usually be playing a song. By the end of the second month, you will be comfortable reading and playing easy music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
4/4 Violin for rental
3/4 Viol
in for rental
1/2 Violin for rental
1/4 Violin for rental
1/8 Violin for rental

Violin method books used in class, for sale

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own instrument (violin and bow) and the essential accessories: rosin and preferably a shoulder rest. They will also need to purchase their method books as assigned, though I will provide sheet music for songs outside of the books.

*** Specialties ***
I am currently composing a beginner's guide to the violin. I currently start students off with Violin Book 1 of Strictly Strings and have them learn the theory and do the exercises one by one and give them any assignments to study at home. If they are having trouble with a particular point, I have them drill it till they get it (then I have them practice it at home to make sure it sticks.)
Sometimes a student needs more practice in a certain technique, so I will make up an exercise on the spot which will help them with it.
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Patty D. July 2, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Never having touched a violin before, Antoinette is a great, and patient, teacher!
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Marissa H. June 18, 2015
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Antoinette is professional and pleasant to learn from. She gives clear instruction and is patient.
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Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.

New York, NY 10036
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kira H.

Long Island City, NY

I accept violinists of all levels, and have completed Suzuki teacher training through book 8. I also bring in other methods such as Shirley Givens Adventures in Violinland for younger students, and incorporate books from Paul Rolland's teaching methodology.

About Kira

I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.

My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps
, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.

Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts and now perform with ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra.

In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.

With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.

I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.

Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.
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Erin S. July 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!
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Jessica N. March 12, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Very caring and talented instructor.

My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.
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SadiaM May 30, 2012
Fantastic

Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.
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Kira H.

Kira H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Zhana G.

New York, NY

About Zhana

I have been a freelance violinist and a professional violin teacher for the past 30 years. Playing in the orchestra and teaching students are two of my greatest passions in life. As a private violin instructor, I firmly believe that education is impossible without student motivation and passion. As much as I love teaching, my best experience is also learning from my students.

Education - received in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe)
- Tbilisi State Music Academy - 7 year degree in Violin/Piano performance.
- Tbilisi State College of Music and Arts - Bachelor's Degree in Violin
Performance.
- Tbilisi State Music Conservatory - Master's Degree in Violin Performance.

I am very fortunate to love teaching because it allows me to share my knowledge and incredible experiences that I have acquired in my 30 years of being a musician in Europe and the United States.

Professional work experience:
- Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra - NY,NY
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra - Florida
- Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Opera House Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Sympho-Jazz Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Pop - Jazz Ensemble - Georgia

*** Lesson Details ***
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:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
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!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio set up in the living room.
Parents welcome.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel within 5 miles..

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Reviews

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Amanda (Jinxian) L. May 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great start and good to know Zhana!
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Julia M. May 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Zhana is a great teacher! She pushes you to work hard and focus, but she is also patient and realistic about how long it will take you to learn something or fix a bad habit. I have been her student for almost six months, and the difference she has made is truly amazing.
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Chen T. January 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
An advanced beginner's review Zhana combines very well the two elements that are essential for a good teacher in any field: strictness and high expectations on the one hand coupled with kindness and encouragement on the other.
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Zhana G.

Zhana G.

New York, NY 10003
(12)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Nicholas P.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach all levels of violin, with an equal emphasis on playing music and establishing technique. My focus for violin is agility and expression, so I encourage students to practice improvising and developing fast finger movement on the instrument.

In order to achieve results and fulfillment, please be prepared to play your instrument at least two days per week outside of lessons.

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
$30 / 30-min

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