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From Practicing to Performance: Taking Violin Lessons in Brooklyn, NY

By Concetta A. - Brooklyn Violin Teacher

The best thing about taking violin lessons in Brooklyn is that you can find violinists of all shapes and sizes throughout NYC. I grew up playing classical music since age 4, but I later became interested in genres such as folk music, jazz violin, hip hop violin and country fiddle music. I can’t think of another place in the world that has a thriving scene for violinists interested in all of those things!

Through TakeLessons, I teach many adult students who are coming back to music after many years or who are starting out for the very first time. Reclaiming one’s identity as a musician can change your life. At first, you may find yourself confronting a lot of challenges and fears, but in the end, learning music as an adult helps you to stretch the limits of your potential and make a fresh connection with the world. I encourage my students to get out into the city and start playing and listening as soon as they can. I believe that music is a social activity, and the sooner you can start sharing with other people the better!

So, if you're interested in taking violin lessons in Brooklyn, here are six tips on places to visit in NYC that will inspire you in your musical journey:

  1. For a jazz jam session, check out Smalls in Greenwich Village: 
http://www.smallsjazzclub.com/

  2. Travel up to Harlem, and discover historic places like American Legion Post.

  3. To hear some classical music, there is the Amateur Classical Musicians Association, which I have found to be a very welcoming and supportive community for chamber music: http://nycclassical.com/

  4. Or, check out bigger community orchestras like the New York Late Starters String Orchestra:
 http://www.nylso.org/

  5. If you're into fiddling, then you shouldn’t miss Mona’s Monday Night Bluegrass Session: https://www.facebook.com/MonasMondayNightBluegrassSession

  6. And, finally, if you’re into world and folk music, there is always a big jam session or “Fandango” on Friday nights after the band plays at Terrazza 7 in Queens.

There are so many more spots to check out, but once you attend just one of these, you will immediately meet lots of music lovers just like you who are scoping out the scene. Even if you don’t feel comfortable playing or performing what you've just started to learn in your violin lessons, you will observe, listen and make connections in the city’s musical community. You will discover lots of new places and opportunities. It can seem daunting to make that leap from practicing to playing, but there are lots of welcoming music communities in New York ready to show you where to start.

One of the most inspiring things I’ve seen from sending my students out onto the New York music scene is when they form musical groups and start making friends and playing in ensembles at the park or in a friends home. The important thing is that we own our musicianship, wherever we are at and embrace it as a jumping point into the world.

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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
Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and recently finished a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow) The Deep, Joe DeMaio (Rihanna, The Mystic) Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and many more!
Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience n
ot only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Strings and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and I am very proud of the results I have achieved with every single student. Lessons are planned on an individual basis, in order to facilitate success for every student, based on their own needs, requirements, interests, and goals.

With me, students will learn Etudes, Scales, Pieces, and anything else they wish to know! (including instrument upkeep, music history, ext.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. I can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. I can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though I recommend the student have their own. I do own a travel drum set that can be transported to lessons upon request, but all drum students should own their own drum set to practice and perform on.

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I am experienced with Strings, (orchestral as well as electric guitar and bass), piano, and percussion.
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Sarah S. August 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son loves working with Thomas.
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Lincia June 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Very punctual always comes in with a smile .My daughter has such confidence because of the positive attitude and comments her gives to her . He notices little details that will help her improve her playing the way he communicates with her is awesome she does not feel bad about her mistakes I wanted her to take her time and not feel pressured to play the violin .Thomas will be a lovely music tutor to any child I am really fortunate to have found him for my daughter.
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Jayden B. January 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Awesome instructor. My son is 7 years old and a beginner playing the piano. Thomas did a great job working with my son. He made him very comfortable learning an instrument. My son loves Thomas and looks forward to piano lessons.
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Thomas V.

Thomas V.

Massapequa, NY 11758
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About Catherine W.

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This is my profession.

About Catherine
Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given many community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided
her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

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I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

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Mikayla A. September 15, 2017
· Violin · In home
Catherine is an awesome instructor. She had a lot of patients. My daughter likes her very much. I also appreciate it that she is flexible with her schedule.
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RYAN M. September 12, 2017
· Violin · In home
First lesson went great!
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Michelle September 7, 2017
· Viola · Online
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Catherine W.

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Learn folk music or classical. Explore the various styles and genres this instrument is capable of!

About Concetta
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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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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Blyth February 2, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)
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Concetta A.

Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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Old Bridge, NJ

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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 studies and performed genres such 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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Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ 08857
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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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Monica B.

New York, NY 10034
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About Gregor K.

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I don't have much to add after what you've already read. I love teaching and hope my enthusiasm will be contagious. You are free to record a video your lessons to help you practice more efficiently at home and to tell me whatever else you need to help you learn. Every teacher wants their students to practice as much as possible but I focus on how to help you learn quickly because many of you have very busy lives. Whatever time you have I'll help you make the most of it.

About Gregor
I perform regularly at Carnegie Hall with Orchestra of St. Luke's, have performed and recorded with David Bowie (Heathen), play lots of chamber music and contemporary music concerts and have toured extensively but always lived in NYC. While I studied with Jascha Heifetz protege Erick Friedman to get my BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music,, Charlie Castleman at The Quartet Program and Chris Lee, concertmaster of NJ Symphony, my teaching is based on what I learned as a performing musician in NYC. Working with great players here showed me what they all had in common versus what were just my teacher's idiosyncrasies. Using your body efficiently to avoid injury is at the core of what I teach. Playing well in your 20's is entirely different than having learned how to avoid injury and play well in your 50's. I teach anyone from beginners o
f all ages to young professionals preparing for auditions to older people who always wanted to do this and just need someone to spark their curiosity.
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Lauren March 30, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Gregor was terrific to work with! He has had so much experience and teaches in a very personal and dynamic manner. He can really address the root of many issues in playing and take personal differences in consideration. I was very happy he had so much experience using the Alexander Method and adapting it to violin playing. This is what you need to set yourself up for a lifetime of playing! While I studied primarily classical music, he also has lots of experience in many other genres as well.
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Laura March 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
I briefly studied with Gregor when I lived in the NYC Metro area. He is one of the best teachers I've had the privilege of studying with over the years. My lessons were tailored to my goals, and Gregor was committed to helping me learn as much as possible, while being incredibly down to earth. He is simply a world-class teacher, and someone I was very fortunate to meet. It was a pleasure and privilege taking lessons from him, and I cannot recommend him enough to aspiring violinists and violists.
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Chala March 20, 2017
· Violin ·
Gregor is a wonderful violinist and a thoughtful musician. As someone who has worked with him on and off for years, I'm positive he'd bring the same qualities into his studio and pass his love of music on to his students.
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Gregor K.

Gregor K.

New York, NY 10031
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I teach Beginner!

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Jung-Yun has appeared in a wide range of venues, including Lincoln center and Carnegie Hall. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Bach Festival and numerous string seminars and master classes with Karen Tuttle, “Coordination Workshop”, David Dalton’s “Primrose” and Hsin-Yun Huang, Jefferry Irvine, Roger Myers, Lawrence Dutton. She also had solo recitals at The Seoul Arts Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
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Jung L.

Jung L.

New York, NY 10019
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About Lydia Yu-Lin W.

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Brooklyn, NY
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18 years violin experiences! I play violin in multi-genres such as jazz, latin, and classical of course :)
I had a classical-trained background with a violin performance Bachelor degree from Nation Taipei University of Education in Taiwan. And I was also violin player in gypsy jazz band in Taiwan. I went to Berklee College of Music in 2011 and start focus on jazz violin and music production,graduated in 2014. I had experiences work with musicians from many different genre such as classical, jazz, Latin, fusion, pop...etc.
while I teach violin, I always pay a lot of attention on students postures because it's very important to have a comfortable position when we play the violin. And also I will teach some basic music theory to help students understand the music better!

About Lydia Yu-Lin
Hello! My name is Lydia and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved helping my students learning violin and piano, music theories, and sharing my music experience with them as well. I went to Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in contemporary writing and production (music production basically) in 2014. I'm a organized and friendly person. My teaching idea is to inspire my students, lead them into the music world. I also have many experiences working with little kids in preschool. So little kid are welcome as well!
Besides teaching musical instruments, I'm also a freelance composer and arranger base in NYC. I've worked with many musicians around east coast and Taiwan. If you are interested in trying to writing some music. Then don't be afraid! Just do it! And I'm more then happy to
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I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lydia Yu-Lin W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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My violin and viola students study classical Russian technique--used by the best players in history. It involves efficient use of the body, both to avoid injury when playing and also to get the best possible sound from the instrument. Students progress in technique, musicality, and music theory.

About Elana
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My name is Elana. I'm a professional violinist and enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. My students have ranged from ages 4-64. Their goals have ranged from pure enjoyment to those considering a career in music. My goal is to help each student play to the best of their abilities and for them to enjoy the lessons. Violin is my passion, which comes through in my enthusiasm during lessons. I am gentle and patient but also honest and very particular about what to look for when practicing.

I take great pride in teaching the Russian method. Not only is the technique I teach used by the best violinists of all time, it also emphasizes efficient and correct use of the body to avoid injury and develop a tone with richness and projection.

What I look for in a student is a commitment to practicing every day. It's an
adjustment in the beginning for many, but once established simply becomes part of the day, like brushing your teeth. Over time, students hear improvements from practicing consistently and this creates a very positive experience. The violin becomes a source of joy and confidence.

Violin lessons help develop skills such as coordination and focus at the highest level, persistence, confidence, creativity, patience, and many other "life" skills whose benefits extend far beyond music lessons. Many people who achieve success in a career outside music later in life often credit their music lessons as having been key in that process.

As far as my musical background, I received my music degree from Rutgers University, where I was a recipient of the Marryott Music Scholarship. Upon graduation I freelanced as a violinist in the NYC metro area. My major teachers include Neil Weintrob and Lewis Kaplan.

As a teacher I have 20 years of experience. I've worked in various programs and currently teach violin and viola lessons at a local private school, in addition to running a private studio of violin and piano students. My violin students have been concertmaster, principal players, and section players in orchestras such as All-County, Region I, and NY Youth Symphony.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have. I look forward to working with you.
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Elana L.

Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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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.
Whether you have never picked up a violin

About Larry
Having started my study of violin at age eight and continuing on to a bachelor's degree in music education from West Virginia University and a Master's degree in violin from Columbia University, I have spent my career bringing the joy of music and performance to students both young and old. A teacher of violin for 28 years in Teaneck Public Schools, as president of the North Jersey Philharmonic, the Art Center Chamber Music Concerts and now as founding member of the Iceni Ensemble I continue to work at sharing my parent's great love of music that they shared with me with students of a new generation. I strive to pass on the same joy and love of the violin, of friends made, of the wife I met, through music and performance of my instrument.
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Larry M.

Teaneck, NJ 07666
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