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Massapequa, NY

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All styles- all ages- learn what you want! emphasis on a good technique for a good tone, bow arm, and left hand playing in tune!

About Thomas
Currently Thomas is an Orchestra Director in Merrick Public Schools, and has previous experience as a Music Teacher in New York City.

Thomas has vast experience as a professional performer and has played with countless acts across many different Genres of music.

Thomas is an experienced private instructor and will bring the best out of every student. Experienced will all ages, skill levels, music styles, special needs, and everything else that comes along with teaching.

Thomas holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, as well as an Assosiates Degree in Music Perforance from NCC.
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Laura January 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great teacher! Both my kids love him. He's patient, great with kids, prepared and talented. Can't say enough great things!
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Dylan November 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
My experience with Thomas has been great! My son can get distracted easily and Thomas keeps his attention and demonstrates the right balance of patience and firmness to keep my son engaged while letting him know the importance of practice and proper technique. He was definitely the right choice for my son:)
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· Guitar · In home
Thomas is great at helping you get to your goal
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Thomas V.

Thomas V.

Massapequa, NY 11758
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About Penny H.

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Born in Cebu City, Philippines in 1990, raised primarily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries, and pursuing further education in the United States of America, Hopengrace ("Penny") is a Global Nomad currently situated in the Greater New York City Area.

She started taking music lessons from her mother at the age of four and learned to read music at the same time she started to read storybooks. ​From the age of ten, Hopengrace took violin lessons, during her parents' rare furloughs, from Mr. Frederico Regner, a World War II veteran returned from the United States. While in the Philippines for a combined year of junior and senior level high school, she took violin lessons from Mr. Marc Hamlet Mercado and Mr. Rodelio Flores. Hopengrace has also taken coaching from Ms. Princess Christine Ybañez to prepare for competit
ion in the Solo String (Bowed) category of the 14th National Student Convention in which she won 2nd Place.

In 2007, Hopengrace received a Presidential Scholarship from Tennessee Temple University (TTU). There she studied violin under Mrs. Laura Minor (B.Mus. Vanderbilt University, MA Music NYU). She also took piano from Mrs. Carolyn Kemp​ (BS Mus.Ed. Baptist Bible College, MA Mu. Ed. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and voice from Dr. William Knowles and Mr. Michael Mays (BS Mus. Perf. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MA Church Music Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).

In 2008, as a member of TTU's Weigle Concert Choir, Hopengrace had the privilege to be chosen to sing with a combined choir in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dr. David Thye, Principal Conductor-in-Residence of MidAmerica Productions. She became a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra (CSOYO) ​in the fall of that year and continued performing with them for three seasons. She also participated in the special orchestra for the annual Chattanooga Boys' Choir "Singing Christmas Tree" concerts at the Tivoli Theatre. In 2010, world-renowned violinist Midori chose CSOYO as one of two youth orchestras for her annual Orchestra Residencies Program, and Hopengrace had the rare opportunity to perform with one of her inspirations in concert.

Hopengrace​ became a registered Suzuki Method Violin Teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on July 2011. She has also trained in Orff-Schulwerk.

During her travels around the world, Hopengrace struggled to keep her art alive. However, she has often been complemented for her distinctive strong, full-bodied tone​ and adaptability. Her range varies from Baroque to Modern. She plays on a John Cheng 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri model violin with both wood and carbon fiber bows.

​Hopengrace welcomes students and employment while she prepares for entrance in a Master of Music in Performance program. She hopes to start on that new chapter of her life in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the impact of Venezuela's El Sistema program and her own experiences during her travels, Hopengrace hopes to use her talents to enable or build similar programs both while she teaches and in the lands where she was raised. ​

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
“Play with heart. Play with living soul.”
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
As a teacher, my goal is to instruct as well as inspire each student to reach for his or her highest potential. I hope to give each student the tools to progress so that one day they can be their own best teacher, and play with a sound and style that is uniquely their own. Most importantly, I hope to instill a desire to learn and a mindset that the art of violin playing is fun and that it is just as we call it--playing. My teaching abilities range from beginning through advanced levels. Students must have a desire to learn and commit to daily (mindful) practice.

I am a Suzuki Violin teacher. This means that I am trained to work with even the youngest of musicians in a nurturing , fun and challenging way. Dr. Suzuki believed that it was important to develop a noble character in all children through the mastery of a musical instrument. He also believed that all children were capable of this mastery if the environment is saturated with music and love. My students enjoy playing the violin because they are given the tools they need to play beautifully and to make progress on their instrument. Each lesson will focus on proper set up and posture, technical work and musical direction/ideas that will inspire them to carry on their work throughout the week. I demonstrate quite a bit in the lessons, as I find it is the most effective way to communicate in music. However, I am only with the student once a week, therefore much of the lesson is geared towards helping the parent and child understand what his/her home tasks are, and how to carry them out successfully. 10 minutes of mindful practice is worth an hour of careless work.
“There is no born genius. Education is the way to develop ability.”
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
​Parental support and involvement is key to any child’s progress, especially at the beginning stages. Parents of young beginners are encouraged to take a few lessons before starting their child on the instrument. Parents serve as a practice coach/partner during daily home practice sessions and are required to attend and participate in their child’s lessons. Listening to recordings and attending live concerts are strongly recommended to increase musical awareness and enthusiasm in the student.

In spite of my rigorous Suzuki training, my unorthodox learning experience has taught me the value of being flexible and using methods that work best for a specific individual. I am not averse to seeking and applying a new method (eg. traditional, Masterclass, O'Connor, etc.) if the situation calls for it.

What should be expected from a Teacher/Student relationship?

I think a student should expect their teacher to give them honest, thoughtful feedback. Just enough that they can manage the information at that time. The teacher should give detailed instruction on ways the student can improve, without destroying the students sense of self worth or spirit. On the contrary, the teacher must always find a way to see the student as having great potential. This way, no matter how limited the current level of ability may be, there is hope for growth. Even without saying it, the student will feel the teachers' attitude towards him and may become that person (for better or for worse). The student should expect to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by their teacher. The teacher should expect that the student and the parents commit to daily practice, and have a desire to improve. The student must apply his/her teacher's feedback while always searching within himself for ways to develop. Mutual respect is key.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room, baby grand piano, couch, two chairs, residential area, street parking

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own violin, music stand, and teaching books. I expect my students to provide their own instruments, music stand, and student books.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Orff-Schulwerk, classical, film, fiddle, world music, new age, popular, contemporary classical
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Penny H.

Penny H.

Westbury, NY 11590
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About Sarah K.

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Brooklyn, NY

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My name is Sarah and I am a violinist and violin teacher with both a Bachelors and Masters from The Juilliard School. My studio includes students of all levels, ranging from 4-45 years old.

I teach a Suzuki based method for beginners which include games, songs, and a strong technical foundation. While learning how to play and sing the rhythms and notes by ear, students also learn to read and write music notes and rhythms by writing, reading, and dancing their own compositions.

My intermediate and advanced students learn a combination of the Russian/Delay methods, both of which I have taught and spent the last 25 years crafting into my own technique and teaching philosophy.

Additionally, I encourage my students to meet, learn, and play with other young musicians. My students can be heard throughout the Interschool Orchestras of New York.

About Sarah
As an active soloist and orchestral musician, Sarah has performed with orchestras such as the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Brockton Philharmonic, and such esteemed ensembles as New York Classical Players, the Poisson Rouge Ensemble, Shattered Glass, and The Moirae Ensemble. She was recently named Laureate of The Mozarteum Summerakademie for her performance of Lera Auerbach's T'filah.

Sarah began her solo career in 2005 with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since enjoyed performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Brockton Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and frequent appearances with the Lowell and Waltham Philharmonic Orchestras.

As an orchestral musician, Sarah was Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, as well as a member of Axiom Ensemble and The New Juilliard Ensemble. With her ensembles, she has wo
rked with innovative composers such as Steve Reich, John Adams, and Richard Danielpour. Sarah has been invited to perform at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and many other concert venues in the New York Tri-State and New England areas.

Sarah is the violinist for The Moirae Ensemble, with whom she joined in 2013. She has since performed solo and collaborative recitals with the group in New York and Boston, featuring contemporary female composers. Sarah looks forward to returning with The Moirae Ensemble in the 2014-15 season and eagerly anticipates joining Barnard College's award winning concert series in the 2014-15 season.

Sarah also regularly performs and records with rock groups such as Jesse Malin, Pete Pigeon, Quentin Angus, Shsha, and her own bands, American Dream and Uzi & Ari, with whom she is releasing a much anticipated fifth album in 2015.

Sarah received her Bachelor and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School as a student of Joel Smirnoff and Glenn Dicterow.
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Julie L. December 16, 2014
· Violin · In home
Sarah is super sweet and patient with my beginner violinist. She is extremely encouraging. She finds creative ways to get my daughter to learn and practice. Lessons are full educational but fun. We are huge fans of Sarah's.
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Sarah K.

Sarah K.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
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About Benjamin H.

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Caldwell, NJ
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Hi, I'm Benjamin! Thank you for viewing my profile page. I am a professional violinist and violist with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music. I am Suzuki Registered and State Certified in both New Jersey and New York to teach in public schools grades K- 12. I have over 20 years of experience in the music industry. Whether you're a beginner looking to explore something new or an advanced player looking to prepare for an audition, I am happy to help!

About Benjamin
An active teacher, as well as performer, Mr. Hellman has been teaching violin and viola since 2004. He has taught students of all ages and experience levels. He currently teaches violin at the Lindeblad School of Music in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
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Robert C. May 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ben is such a nice guy patient with my son (15) he comes home proud of what he learned after each lesson!!
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Tommy N. November 30, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Benjamin is very good teacher, he has a lot of patience
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Benjamin H.

Benjamin H.

Caldwell, NJ 07006
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$50 / 30-min

About Maria O.

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Brewster, NY
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Experienced violin, viola and piano teacher of 30+ years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of reading, theory and performance skills. I specialize in classical music. I use a variety of methods and literature all dependent on personal need and style of each student.

About Maria
Maria O has been teaching piano lessons since she was in high school. There were enough children in the neighborhood who inspired her to teach piano. She took up BS degree in Music Education, and her main interest was teaching private violin and piano lessons.

Her usual clients really varies a great deal. Each student, young or old, who comes from different backgrounds, stories, and history. They are all different individuals. She tries to take each and every student as an individual and teach them in ways that best suits their personality.
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Maria O.

Maria O.

Brewster, NY 10509
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About Monica B.

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New York, NY

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An organized, clear approach applicable to all levels. Develop a strong technical foundation, learn how to avoid injuries and tension while playing, create a beautiful sound and express yourself through music. Teaching tailored to your level and needs - learn repertoire and a variety of styles.

About Monica
Monica B., hailed as an “excellent violinist” by the Washington Post, performs extensively in chamber music, orchestral and solo settings. Monica has studied and worked both in the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Conservatoire de Geneve, she has held positions with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Esbjerg Ensemble-the national chamber ensemble in Denmark. She is presently coaching and performing at Siena Summer Music in Siena, Italy, and has performed as soloist with orchestras in Scandinavia, Central Europe, and the New York region. Her recordings are under the Philips and Albany labels.
Monica is the founder of the Manhattan chamber music series “Concerts in the Heights”. This series brings together world-class musicians for performances and educational proje
cts. She is also a founder and Artistic Director of the conductor-less String Orchestra of New York City- SONYC.
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Kate January 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Monica has been an amazing, talented and patient teacher with my 5 year-old daughter. My daughter has excelled in only 5 classes thanks to Monica's attention to detail, technique, and orchestral etiquette. Monica has given my daughter the correct foundation to become a violinist one day. It is so important with a beginner student to learn the correct techniques early to avoid forming bad habits that prevent proper playing of the instrument. Monica has taught Clark the basics from how to properly hold the violin, stand and most importantly; how to properly play the violin. I highly recommend Monica for any level of violin player as she clearly loves the instrument, has a very pleasant demeanor and is distinguishably accomplished in her own right.
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Monica B.

Monica B.

New York, NY 10034
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About Larry M.

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Teaneck, NJ

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Larry teaches students of all ages and skill levels on violin technique, repertoire, and musicality. He is based in Teaneck, NJ and teaches students in his studio in North Jersey or any location via the internet. Larry works hard to foster the creative spirit in his students while simultaneously providing solid technical and classical training on the violin. Students love Larry's positive attitude and his commitment to music as a means of personal growth and self expression. An accomplished educator, chamber musician and violinist, Larry offers a simple and straight-forward perspective on the violin that is sure to inspire. Skilled at adapting the violin to his great love of American Standards and other popular genres, Larry introduces students to the innovative and exciting roles that the violin can play in contemporary music. Larry also strives to bring the world's great music to all through is work as founding member of the Iceni Ensemble.
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Tiara November 8, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Mr. Marino is by far the greatest, and most talented instrumental instructor I have ever had. The amount of patience and passion he has for this art is resonate in his teaching style. I had the absolute pleasure of working with him for 6 years and I can truly say I have learned a wealth of information and have become incredibly skilled at multiple instruments thanks to Mr. Marino.
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Larry M.

Larry M.

Teaneck, NJ 07666
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About Naoko T.

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New York, NY
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No matter which level I am teaching, I will incorporate my experience studying for more than 10 years at The Juilliard School at the lessons.

Students of any level are welcome.
Fast and accurate improvement will be shown with my method of teaching.

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I have been studying at The Juilliard School for more than ten years.
I perform and also teach.
I have quite a solid experience on teaching all ages and different levels. (Beginner to Advanced)

During the lesson, I will use my successful method of teaching, which will show a quick and accurate improvement for the students.
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Sofia R. December 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Naoko is a fantastic violin teacher. Patient, encouraging, skilled and knowledgeable. My 12-year old daughter can’t wait till her next lesson!
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Naoko T.

Naoko T.

New York, NY 10023
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$42 / 20-min

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I have been teaching for over 5 years and have played in many different settings. From playing saxophone in a Jazz band, playing piano at church, and auditioning and being accepted for Mason Gross School of music, my experience as a teacher, student and also as a performer can help young/beginner students obtain preparation for studying music professionally or as a hobby. I have taken lessons with many great professor that have graduated from Julliard and Manes School of Music such as Edmundo Ramirez and Daniel Rodriquez, which have helped me develop not only my playing abilities, but also my teaching skills. I also work as a part time producer and I a ma sub-director of music for my church.

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Hi, My name is Aaron! I am currently attend Rutgers University. I have taken professional lesson for piano and violin for over 10 years and have been teaching for about 4. I try to do my best to get my students to like the learning experience, while also keeping in mind that it is in their best interest to do whatever possible to be better at what they plan to learn.
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Ironside December 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher, very responsible and talented.
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Aaron O.

Aaron O.

Elizabeth, NJ 07202
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About Avital M.

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Born and raised in Jerusalem Israel, I was always surrounded by music. I started my violin lessons at the age of five and it was my first teacher who instilled the love for music and violin in me. It is the same feeling that keeps me constantly fascinated and challenged by music to this day and it is the experience I strive to pass on to my students. Starting my private studio in 2012 and teaching since has been a great source of satisfaction for me. Many of my students continued to study professionally and became orchestra members.
While I do specialize in classical instruction, I am able to instruct students in a variety of genres, including Jazz, Pop and Klezmer. In addition, I develop my own system which is based on the jewish russian tradition of violin playing and approach. This is the system that I grew up with and which have produced some of the world’s finest musicians in the past century.

About Avital
My career developments are primarily in music, but I also pursue interest in composing, philosophy and art. Currently working towards my PSD degree from the New School under Lucie Robert, I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Have performed in various venues including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Albert Hall, Heichal haTarbut Tel Aviv and the Franz Liszt Conservatory.
I live in Brooklyn, New York and play on a Jules Grandjon Violin made in 1851.
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Avital M.

Avital M.

Brooklyn, NY 11213
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