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, 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.
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.
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.
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