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About Lauren C.

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New York, NY

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About Lauren
My passions include collaborating with new musicians, playing music of all genres, working with composers on contemporary compositions, and traveling the country and world to play concerts.

I perform regularly at venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, as well as tour the North and South America, Europe, and Asia with my string quartet, the Mivos Quartet. I received my BM and MM from Eastman School of Music with academic Distinction and a degrees in Violin Performance and Literature.

As I live on the Upper East Side, scheduling/travel is flexible for me and easy to coordinate around my students' schedules. If there is a preferred lesson for your child not listed as "available" please feel free to inquire directly - we will find a time that works!

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pre-K through collegiate levels and beyond, I specialize in teaching intermediate- and advanced-level students. In addition to weekly lessons, my students perform solos in recitals and are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular ensembles.

Lessons generally focus on four major areas: scales, etudes, ensemble parts (orchestra and chamber music), and solo repertoire. Music theory and ear-training activities supplement work in these areas. A portion of lesson-time is also devoted to preparing students for entrance and seating auditions, when applicable.

As a teacher, I re-evaluate and adapt my teaching methods on-the-spot to introduce and reinforce concepts in a patient, enthusiastic, and creative manner tailored to each student. In addition to equipping my students with proper violin technique and nurturing their musical integrity, I am committed to empowering and assisting my students to develop their communication skills and confidence while fostering a lasting curiosity for learning and a genuine love for the imaginative and expressive capabilities of music.

All of my students learn how to read music from the beginning of their playing. For addressing technique with young kids, I use fun pneumonic devices such as "pizza box hand," "flamingo arm," and "umbrella fingers," to help my students remember, identify, and visualize proper hand, arm, and finger placement. We practice note names and rhythm through singing and memorization games. With these activities, students practice at home on their own and advance weekly between lessons while developing a love for playing the violin.

In addition to my private studio, I teach at The Chamber Music Center of New York and am artist-in-residence at The Walden School.

Please contact TakeLessons to hear more about my teaching philosophy!

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Music Stand, lesson materials, rhythm flashcards, stickers, colored pencils

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I teach students how to read music and rhythms with quick effectiveness! This enables students to be independent during their weekly practicing and supplements their weekly progress.
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Mary N. February 20, 2014
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Lauren is an excellent teacher for adult students!

At the age of 54 I decided to purchase a violin and learn to play. I found Lauren Cauley through Takelessons.com and could not be more pleased with her!! She has taught me so much in my first four weeks. She's patient with me and encourages me when I get discouraged with my play. She is quick to answer the numerous questions I have. She is an extremely talented musician with a talent for teaching. She pushes me in my weekly assignments and ensures I've mastered one level before we move to the next. Thanks Lauren!!
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Lauren C.

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About Marija B.

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Chicago, IL
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A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Marija began studying violin at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, in addition to violin, Marija started playing the viola. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 1993. During these studies, she played in a chamber ensemble Artisti Dell Arco, Belgrade, where she performed on numerous European stages as well as live Radio and TV broadcasts. The ensemble performed the pieces of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Corelli, Torelli, and Respighi. She also performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy of Novi Sad where she played a standard orchestra repertoire of classical and contemporary composers.

After receiving a scholarship to Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL,I earned her Masters in Music from RU Chicago College of Performing Arts in 1997. Her principal tea
chers include Richard Ferrin, Viola (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Uroš Pešić and Mihajlo Mihajlović.

Marija is a Chicago-based freelance violinist and violist with various chamber ensembles and orchestras performing classical, jazz and pop music. She also performs in Europe and takes participation at Summer Festivals in Serbia and Italy.

She is on a Faculty at Sherwood, the Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago as a violin and viola teacher. She is also the artistic director of the string teaching program MB Muzik and Violin Conservatory, where she offers online violin tutorials.
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Marija B.

Marija B.

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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Concetta
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Joseph March 27, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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About Amber W.

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Schenectady, NY
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I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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About Melanie C.

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Schenectady, NY

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As a professional flutist, I've performed with orchestras, and do a lot of chamber music, including new music. I've performed with piano, guitar, harp for both Celtic and classical, cello, woodwind quintet, string quartet, choirs, jazz piano trio, and free improvisation with cello and bass. I graduated from SUNY Fredonia for music performance and music education, and got my Master's degree in flute performance from the Hartt School of music.

My philosophy of teaching: I teach music because it is unique and necessary. Students learn best in a relaxed, nurturing environment. I believe in order to successfully teach, I need to be encouraging, and truly care about the students. My goal is to always have the students improve. To do this, I think students need a well-balanced diet of tone (Moyse De la Senorite can be used), technique (
scales for younger students, Maquarre Daily Exercises or Taffanel and Gaubert Daily Excercises for more advanced students), etudes (Melodious and Progressive Studies), and pieces (I consult the NYSSMA manual for appropriate pieces for the students level). Having taken Alexander Technique, I strongly emphasize posture so that students can use their bodies in the most efficient way. Individualized instruction allows for teachers to cater to the needs of the student, challenging the students without frustrating them. Everyone is unique and learns at different rates, so no two lessons will ever be the same. I teach students how to practice, so that they can progress outside of the 30 min. or hour long lesson. As for performance standards, I have used rubrics for tone, technique, articulation, phrasing, and breathing. Once strengths and weaknesses are assed, I create a plan to help the student improve, which is what students and teachers want to hear.
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Melanie C.

Melanie C.

Schenectady, NY 12308
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About Matthew J.

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Schenectady, NY

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Matthew Johnson has performed throughout North America in various musical settings. As an orchestral artist, he has performed with many highly esteemed ensembles including Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the New York Chamber Soloists; New York Virtuosi; Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra; and Lake George Opera Orchestra; and has performed as principal violist of groups such as the Berkshire Bach Society; St. Cecelia Chamber Orchestra; Jupiter Symphony; Lincoln Center Naumburg Orchestra; and Berkshire Opera Orchestra. Johnson has participated in several orchestral premiers including the premier of Sir Paul McCartney’s orchestral work, Standing Stone, performed in Carnegie Hall with Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Other performance venues include Kennedy Center; Avery Fisher Hall; Ozawa Hall; Alice Tully Hall; and Merkin Concert Hall. He has performed und
er world- class conductors such as Andre Previn; Yakov Kreizberg; James Conlon; Lucas Foss; and Robert Shaw, and worked with renowned artists such as Yo- Yo Ma; Pamela Frank; Andre Watts; and Renée Fleming.
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Matthew J.

Schenectady, NY 12304
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About festus O.

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Albany, NY
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Hello, My name Is Festus Oziegbe. I am a man of many trades. At 18 i started investing with about 1000 dollars now at 21 that amount has more than tripled. Im from Brooklyn,Nyc so music is apart of everyday life their more so than most places. It was fairly easy to grow a fanbase in an environment where just going to school you may see 2000 people. I have not only learned how to manage my time as an investor, artist and student but my relationships as well. Its important to find this balance as it is easy to assume you do too much to do anything else. My goal is to help those help themselves whether it be my financing lessons or hiphop lessons. Two hours go a long way.
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festus O.

Albany, NY 12206
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About Catherine B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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With over 10 years of experience teaching, and over 20 years of experience playing, I guide students of many ages to play confidently while enjoying the process of creative music making. Lessons are held in a dynamic atmosphere, focusing on building the fundamental technique of the flute and/or the piccolo while also allowing the student to reach his or her full potential as a strong musician. A beautiful sound, fluid scales, interpretation, artistry, and an overall awareness of other musicians are important aspects in the journey to becoming an artist! My students have consistently performed regularly, competed, and received honors in competitions.

I am a Houston native and have performed in orchestras throughout the country including the Brevard Music Center, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the So
uth Dakota Symphony, the Southeast Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Texas Music Festival. I have lots of orchestral experience and have played under notable conductors including Charles Dutoit, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, Carl St. Clair, and MIchael Tilson Thomas. Currently, I am a Finalist and substitute for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.
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Jason August 5, 2018
· Flute · In studio
I hadn’t had lessons since college and was pretty rusty. I wanted to get back into playing but didn’t know where to start. Catherine was very accommodating and helped motivate me and get me back on track. She is so knowledgeable and was able to start slow with me, but really got into more advanced techniques when I was ready. My schedule is constantly changing, but she was able to be flexible and meet with me when it was good for me. I highly recommend her for any level of student!
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