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About Antoinette A.

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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 unimportant 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 weaknesses and I work to improve yours with both education and practice (You can only learn how to practice something correctly if you know how to do it correctly, or fix what is wrong with it.)

Expect to play the violin on your first day, play a song within the first few weeks, and get to an intermediate level in about one year - of course, depending on how much you practice.

About Antoinette
Finding an schooled violinist and finding a good violin teacher are two very different things. When I see other teacher's profiles, they boast of the years of training they had. Anyone can learn and play, but it takes a love of teaching to really make a difference in someone's life.

PATIENCE
When you have a love of teaching, you have a seemingly endless resource of patience. This is because what the student sees as "patient" is really just a small step in the educational process. It is a fraction of time just before a correction. When you have something new to teach, whether it is a new technique, or a correction of something being done improperly, and you know exactly how to break it down so it is understandable and accomplishable, you know it is always a short matter of time before the student gets it. And by short, I mean a matter
of seconds, or minutes.

FRIENDLINESS
I respect others and what they feel and have to say. I treat others as I would want to be treated and lessons are always a pleasure to my students, because it is a pleasure for me to teach them.

EXPERIENCE
I have been playing for over 26 years. I have played with a multitude of local orchestras and bands and have done countless studio recording sessions and live shows. All of this experience comes through in my teaching either directly (when it comes time for you to perform) or incrementally.

When you are learning, there is a vast sea of information. Not all of that knowledge is equal in importance. It is incredibly important to be able to distinguish what is important and what is not very important. All of my real-life experience, and continuing experience reveals itself in the form of ensuring my students know what is truly important.

Lest you get the idea that I am a wishy-washy, undemanding teacher, I can assure you this is not the case. Lessons are fun, but that is because they are productive. You will walk away being able to do something, and that requires hard work, and practice.

WHAT I EXPECT FROM MY STUDENTS
Practice.
Practice.
Practice.
And a winning attitude.

I can even work with you if you don't have a winning attitude, but it makes it more fun when you do!

HOW FAST CAN I EXPECT RESULTS?
Some students who were musicians previously leave the first lesson being able to play their first song. Most students however, who have never played an instrument before, can expect to be comfortable bowing (a huge part of the process - half the sound!) within the first few weeks, and will then move on to learning songs. We will be learning sheet music as well, on a very, very easy gradient. After the first couple months, I expect you to tell me which song it is you might like to learn most so that we can start working on it.

RENTALS
I rent out violins of all sizes.
I sell the book that I teach out of (or you can obtain it online or from Sam Ash).

If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them. You can use the contact button on this website and I will gladly answer you in return.
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Jennifer July 10, 2017
· Violin · In home
Antoinette is, by far, the best music instructor that I have ever hired. Music has always been a part of my life. As a child, I took piano lessons for years and continued on and off through college. As a complete novice to the violin, I was nervous to begin such a challenging instrument as an adult hobby. Antoinette is encouraging, intelligent and incredibly skilled. Her calm demeanor and patience is vital to one's success. She focuses on the building blocks to a successful technique with ease. I am incredibly grateful to Antoinette for reminding me of how enjoyable music can be. I look forward to our weekly sessions around my busy work schedule. Her location is conveniently located within walking distance from the subway in NYC.
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Tonia May 29, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
I took violin lessons for a year with an instructor I found through a different organization (not TakeLessons)--and I learned more in one hour with Antoinette than I learned in 30 lessons with that other teacher. In just one lesson, I can see that Antoinette is friendly, smart, encouraging, knows her stuff--and knows how to teach (which not every good player can do). I'm an adult, but I bet she'd be just as great with a student of any age.
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Donna February 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!
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Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.

New York, NY 10036
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About Jerry Y.

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Cranbury, NJ

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About Jerry
I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.

I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now.
I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is a different individual and learns in different ways. I try to make lessons as interesting and as useful to each student as I can, and include different things based on your interests and capabilities. Most students find duets are fun, so I include them often - both duets with the same instrument you are studying and duets with other instruments as well so you can learn the sound of such combinations. I encourage you to "play with your ears" as well as your fingers, to become a critical listener to your own performance and to decide whether you sound the way you want to sound.

I encourage students to try different things to become a more rounded musician. This might be something closely related - a flutist trying the piccolo or a clarinetist trying the bass clarinet. Or, it might be further afield - a flutist trying the guitar or a violinist learning movable Do and solfeggio singing. Every aspect of music is good to know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio is in a separate building - actually a renovated barn about two centuries old. The studio contains a piano and all the other instruments that I teach, and is roomy enough not only for private lessons but for musical groups up to about ten. I have many other resources there as well, including files of music, a small music library, and a computer that we can use for many purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their instruments, music, and stands.
I bring my own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical,
Marching Band,
Ethnic (such as Jewish, Irish)
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Jim November 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jerry was friendly, very helpful for me as a beginner and extremely TOLLERANT to my screeching first lesson. By the end of lesson I was no longer embarrassed and started feeling good about going home to practice.
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Kevin H. February 26, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very patient and explains well
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Henderson February 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jerry is a wonderful teacher for my kid. He is so nice and knowledgeable. We like him!
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Jerry Y.

Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ 08512
(17)
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About Pedro V.

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About Pedro
I offer lessons to students that have a desire to improve their playing and knowledge of music.

A brief summarization of my process:

-Establish concepts for healthy practice routine with the student. The type of practice is more important than the raw amount of practice.

-Set a 3-4 month goal for study outlining key issues.
-Identify strengths and areas of improvement in the student as they appear in the weeks.
-At the end of the 3 months, all this work and practice comes together in either a recital or a special project (audition, recording, etc.).

-Retrospective review and planning for next set of months.

Within the above framework, I try to encourage:

-Appreciation of music and learning as a whole
-Organization! And techniques to improve it.
-Analytical skills (micro and macro)
-Initiative -- taking a proactive attitude towards one’s learning
-Communication
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Franklin L. January 3, 2017
· Violin · In studio
He is superb!
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Robert October 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Pedro is an excellent teacher. He's able to blend the technical aspects of playing with the artistry of the instrument. I've already learned a great deal from him in only five lessons.
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CharlesB December 21, 2011
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Versatile Instructor for All Ages

I'm an adult student, but you can feel a comfort and relaxed atmosphere in the immediate presence of Pedro. This is such an important factor in learning an instrument. This feeling would serve to greatly help and child right on through adult learning. Good Job!
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Pedro V.

Pedro V.

New York, NY 10003
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About Ran T.

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Jersey City, NJ
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Trained Suzuki violin teacher
Classical genre/traditional violin repertoires
Sight Reading
Ear Training

About Ran
Hi there! I am Ran. I have been teaching individual violin lessons to children and adults of all musical levels since 2001. I am currently available to teach lessons at your home also at my studio. I have helped students to prepare and to pass the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music graded music exams and assessments level 1-8 including music theory, aural test, and the instrumental auditions from all three Baroque, Classical and 20th Century contemporary periods. I have also helped middle school and high school students to prepare and to enter the Regional Advanced Orchestral Programs in New Jersey. I hold both of my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. A trained Suzuki violin teacher, and a current member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, I have
been serving as a part time Suzuki violin teacher in private and community music schools in New Jersey, as well as performing actively as an orchestral and chamber musician in NYC and NJ.

My goal of teaching is to improve the student's intellect, mental-physical collaboration, to develop the skills including aural ability, emotional connection to music, enjoy playing, and to develop strong self-discipline that the students can apply to other activities. I am passionate to keep this precious human art form alive, especially in these future generations!

I grew up in professional conservatories, and started playing the violin at age 4 instructed by my mother who is a full time professional violinist with the Shanghai Symphony. I was so lucky to have her as my first violin teacher that through her teaching, I understand how important it is to study with a patient, encouraging and dedicated teacher. Teaching is such a rewarding experience to me that I am able to use my skills and knowledge to help students developing their interest and potential talent as well as achieving their multiple learning purposes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument, music, music stand, a piano, or a keyboard is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Trained Suzuki Method violin teacher, SAA member. Classical genre/traditional violin repertoires
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Ruby C. August 12, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ran was such a wonderful instructor and overall person. My son loved her and so did I. My 10 year old learned so much Ran, because she has so much knowledge and passion for the violin. I just recently moved out of the area, so I am not within driving distance anymore to Ran. However, I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn the violin or sharpen an already existing skillset. I believe Ran has transferred her passion for the violin to my son and to myself as well. I wish I could give her 10 stars! She is awesome!!!!
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Yiqian June 4, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ran is a very experienced instructor with nice patience and consideration.
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Samira S. April 21, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great instructor. Organised way of teaching. She makes learning easy. I like it.
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Ran T.

Ran T.

Jersey City, NJ 07302
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About Zhana G.

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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!

I recommend younger children travel to me for the best learning experience.

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 m
usician 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.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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motherless July 10, 2017
· Violin · In home
Please how can i get to know you my email is tinabruce4reaal@gmail.com waiting for your reply
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Natalya B. June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Zhana is a wonderful teacher and person. I started as an adult beginner with her almost 4 years ago, and have continued to go to her despite moving farther away because of her patience, kindness, encouragement, and of course, expertise. I feel lucky to have found her.
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Julie R. July 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
If you are looking for an excellent teacher that can help you develop both technique and musicality, I highly recommend Zhana.

I have had the privilege of studying with her for seven months as an adult beginner, and I have learned so much. I come out of every lesson feeling like I’ve made progress—even when I am unhappy with how I am playing, Zhana helps me understand a key thing that I need to do to play better. She is able to explain things so that you don’t just conceptually understand, but so that your body can understand too (for all those times that your brain knows what you need to do but your finger/wrist/arm/etc. won’t cooperate).

Because she has played as a professional performer, Zhana draws on her experience to guide you to bring musicality and emotion to whatever you’re playing… even if you’re still in the early Suzuki books like me. I’ve studied with many teachers in the past (in school and privately) for piano, clarinet and voice lessons, so I know that the ability to teach across this broad spectrum of skills is rare.

Zhana isn’t just a great teacher, she is also a wonderful person. I am moving out of the city for a year, but I fully intend to continue lessons with her when I return!
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Zhana G.

New York, NY 10003
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All styles and levels..

About John
I am a multi-instrumentalist who has taught for 41 years. I have had both Zakke W and two other rock stars in lessons,. Further, I had a Grammy nominee and a well known comedian and Hollywood Actress, as well as countless music school scholarship students. Many of my students have embarked on performing careers as well as teaching at the school and college level. The lessons are laid back, friendly and above all- helpful. We will study and work on the music of your choice,but, with a slight twist from the traditional, that I incorporate not just playing the song, but to get you the student ready to be able to work out the songs harmony, theory, notation and phrasing on your own. I feel this must be done in order to get a student to be able to perform with others. Lessons should always be about instructing a student to know and utilize e
very musical concept so that they will be able to perform with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect to be well grounded in theory and being able to play an instrument with solo and chords, comping, etc., in all keys - as well as song structure and song learning.We will analyze all aspects of the song. We will do a song together, then, i will through theory, show the student how to work out a song on their own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have amps, cables, recorders, books, sheets, etc here at the studio. You need only your instrument and a music writing book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
they must have instrument

*** Specialties ***
All methods are my own. We work through theory and analysis to enable a student to learn how to put a song together and perform it on their own.
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Mike P. October 19, 2015
· Guitar · In home
John is intelligent; articulate; patient, and funny. I have not had a better instrument instructor than him.
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Dawn V. December 5, 2014
· Cello · In studio
The most attentive and knowledgeable music teacher I have ever had. Very aware of student improvements and yet able to make suggestions where they are needed, without any kind of harsh criticism.

John provides all the information - both theory and performance in a very laid back way which leaves the student feeling stress free. He is very realistic as to the expectations of what the student's abilities are now and when "tentatively" they can expect to achieve a level of playing.

He does his job. It is up to me to do mine! Having fun and learning in a very short time. Not easy - but practice, practice, practice.
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John S.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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About Christopher J.

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We can start with the basics and continue onto some intermedeiate repertoire. Violin is a great instrument to learn and being able to play in an orchestra is pretty cool!

About Christopher
Christopher Joseph has been playing guitar for 11 years and has studied and performed genres such as classical, jazz, cumbia, Latin, Spanish, Brazilian, rock and pop. He has performed with many different artists/bands and has composed for a variety of styles. While in high school Christopher studied Classical guitar and violin under the tutelage of Bernard Mathews and now at New Jersey City University he studies Classical guitar with Francisco Roldan of the ZigZag Quartet and with Joao Luiz from the World acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo for ensemble. At the university he is currently a senior.
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Gaspard August 25, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great first lesson with Chris !
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Ashley August 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Chris is a wonderful teacher! My daughter is a shy 7year old, but she said he made her feel proud and comfortable. Chris surely knows how to teach young minds with his patience and calmness. My daughter is already looking forward to have another lesson with him soon!
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Arsh July 8, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Chris is a great instructor. He can adjust to the student's pace and helps the student learn all types of guitar techniques. I have progressed a lot through his lessons.
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Old Bridge, NJ 08857
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About Melissa F.

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I've been playing violin for 20 years now, & I've been teaching music to children & adults at schools & privately for 5 years. Everyone has a different learning style, & I pride myself on being able to teach many different personalities & students. More than anything, I believe learning should be fun & bring you joy! So to that end, I work to make sure my students have a great time learning, & walk away with new information & skills every lesson. I'd be happy to help you on your musical journey!

About Melissa
Hello! I'm Melissa Folzenlogen, a New York City musician with 20 years of musical education, training & experience. I've studied at Hunter College, Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, ISO, & Fiorello H. Laguardia High School. Throughout my years in New York, I've been fortunate enough to play Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Westin, & many other private events and recital halls. I work with students of all ages & musical styles, & have been taught & can teach the Suzuki Method, as well as music theory, ear training, & vocal coaching, all comfortably and at your own pace in a style that works for you! As a vocalist, I've performed my own music at venues all around the city, such as David Geffen Hall and Highline Ballroom, & have lots of experience recording both violin and vocals for projects of all genres.
Whatever you need, I'll do m
y best to accommodate you.

Nice to meet you!
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Jennifer April 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
I enjoy learning from Melissa, she is very patient with a warm personality. She always has great techniques to teach me. I feel like I'm learning and making progress with her instructions.
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Celine N. February 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
From start to end my daughter felt comfortable and that's because the instructor set the stage.
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Giorgos P. January 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great teacher, patient, always encouraging in a very positive and friendly way
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Melissa F.

New York, NY 10036
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$35 / 30-min

About Jessie K.

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For beginner lessons the basics come first! Your first lesson will focus on learning the parts of your instrument and holding your instrument with comfort. Your skills will grow weekly and you will soon have the ability to play scales, exercises and songs!
For more practiced students, we will work on your sight reading, ear training, music theory and techniques. Whatever area you feel you need more work in will be our focus.

About Jessie
Hi! I'm a professional musician and educator! I've been teaching Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Ukulele, Vocals, Guitar & Bass for 10 years. I Studied Music Performance and Education at the College of Staten Island. I've been playing since 5 years old, starting on piano and have picked up multiple instruments over the years.

Working with all ages & levels from beginner to advanced has shown me that every student is different and unique, and that is why I form my lessons to each students needs and wants, helping to make their learning experience interesting, fun, and educational on multiple levels. Every category will be covered in our lessons together... ear training, sight reading, technique, theory and other areas are equally as important when learning to play an instrument!

I'm in a few different musical projects, one of which being a
wedding band, playing over 150 shows a year. I also write original music, am working on my second album, and can help with song writing and improvisation if that is something that interests you. Looking forward to helping you on your musical journey!
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Odette B. January 4, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jessie was great. My son was very comfortable with her and and can’t wait for his next lesson.
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Naomi December 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Had one lesson, lots of fun, Jessie was so patient and flexible!
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Jessie K.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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-Columbia University (New York City) graduate
-Competition level violinist for 14 years
-Experienced violin instructor and chamber musician from Music Performance Program (NYC)
-National School Orchestra Award recipient
-All-State qualifier from New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)

About Mikaila
I studied Music Theory & Performance at Columbia University and have been teaching violin for over 6 years. I am personable, understanding and patient. I enjoy working with children, as I am also the owner of a small swim school in Manhattan. Though child instruction is my strength, I am well versed in working with all ages. Because I own my own business, I have much more free time to be accommodating to others schedules.
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Mikaila G.

New York, NY 10003
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No matter how much students may groan when it comes to scales, they are very important for all beginners to know, particularly for the violin. Almost all of your knowledge about playing the violin starts with learning how to play scales, from reading sheet music to better understanding the fingerings. Of course, it is not nearly as exciting as playing one of the songs you love, but practicing scales will give you a strong foundation that will help you progress and improve. Violin scales are typ
Beginner Basics: How to Read Violin Sheet Music
The most valuable skill you can develop as a musician is learning to read music. While it’s possible to learn to play “by ear,” reading music opens up the world to you as an artist! There are many different ways to write music. Guitarists often read off of charts outlining the chord progressions for the song. Drummers have a rhythm chart showing them what to play. As a violinist, however, you'll most likely be reading off of violin sheet music. Standard sheet music is filled with directions fo
From the Expert: Top Violin Tuning Tips
  Learning how to properly tune your violin is important for many reasons. Not only does it ensure you get the best sound, but it also helps train your ear. Knowing how to tune a violin, however, is often easier said than done. Below, violin teacher Carol Beth L. shares her top violin tuning tips... Effective tuning is a vital skill for a musician to acquire. For kids just starting to learn violin, parents may want to grasp proper tuning as well, so that they can assist the child in the begi

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