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Trumbull, CT

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My primary expertise is in teaching beginners to low intermediate students but I gladly accept students of any level.

About Peter
Classically trained, energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils; experienced in identifying the appropriate resources necessary for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively. Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.

I also specialize in special needs students.

All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe with an extensive music pedagogy training. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging req
uired for music colleges. I especially find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.

The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.

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The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.

With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.

Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.

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Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources. Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books;

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Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory
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Claudia May 31, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Peter has exceeded my expectations, I look forward for my lesson every week. I honestly can say He is the best teacher I’ve ever had. I am a 44 yo violin beginner student who has had 5 teachers in the last 6 years, I didn’t learn much with them, this been said, with Peter in just 3 months I feel I have learned more than my other teachers. Peter is so, so patient and extremely professional. I am very pleased to have found such a wonderful teacher.
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Krystyna May 22, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Peter is always on time, patient with beginners, and gives valuable guidance.
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KC March 23, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Peter has been teaching bass to our son for several years and our son has become quite proficient. It's a bonus that Peter is unfailingly upbeat, professional, and a pleasure to have around. He truly loves music and conveys his appreciation to his students - so much so that now my husband is taking cello lessons from Peter, too.
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About Martina S.

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Chicago, IL

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I love the viola; I'm primarily a violist and love nothing more. I would love to share my passion with you or your child!

I have a Master's degree in Viola Performance, and viola is my primary instrument. I have received extensive instruction on the minutiae of the viola, and can help you with any need that you many have!

I tailor my approach to each student. Some students require more technical work, some require interpretive. Both are fascinating and can be taught with structure and clarity.

About Martina
Hi! My name is Martina and I am a classically trained violist. For my background, I received a Master of Music from Roosevelt University, where I studied with Lawrence Neuman of the Chicago Symphony. I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin with Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte quartet.

The only thing I love more than playing viola is sharing the joy of music with others! I've received training on violin and viola and can't wait to start teaching you or your child.

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I tailor my approach to each student to make sure that:
1.) The student is getting exactly what he/she wants out of the lessons.
2.) The lessons are an appropriate difficulty for the student.
3.) A student's strengths and weaknesses are being addressed with a tailor-made lesson plan and long-term goals.

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I can provide a stand. Student is responsible for purchasing an instrument, and any sheet music. I can definitely advise on an instrument to purchase and will instruct with specific music requests.
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Dimitrios D. August 10, 2019
· Violin · In home
Martina is a good teacher, and a lovely person!
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Isabella R. April 13, 2019
· Violin · In studio
She is nice and good violin's teacher for my daughter 5 yrs old that she is a beginner in the violin instrument.
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Renee October 22, 2018
· Viola · In home
Since my son began working with Martina, he has progressed by leaps and bounds. Martina is very professional and wonderful with my child!! She’s prompt and reliable. We love her!
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Martina S.

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About Grace Y.

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Portland, OR

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Many teachers who teach viola are primarily violinists, and are not as aware of the extra attention to detail and slightly different techniques that this instrument requires. Since I am primarily a violist, I can teach tone production, posture, and other techniques from the perspective of a player who has spent time learning the idiosyncrasies that make the difference between an excellent violist and a competent one.

My teaching style is inspired by my initial training in the Suzuki method, and my studies with violist and pedagogue Karen Ritscher at Oberlin Conservatory. Please note, I have not yet received training as a Suzuki teacher and use the Suzuki method books and the teaching I received as a Suzuki student as a jumping off point for working on each student's individual needs.

About Grace
I studied viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved to Portland three years ago to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. Since then I have performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers and ARCO PDX and am a member of Macaulay Balkan.

My initial studies were on violin using the Suzuki method, which has greatly influenced my teaching approach. However, I am dedicated to customizing the lesson time and structure to the needs and priorities of my students.

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Very few "viola teachers" play viola as their primary instrument. As a full-time violist, I can help you learn how to play this idiosyncratic instrument from my own experience.
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Ryan W. Clarson April 18, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Super cool person, easy to talk to, great instructor.
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Connie D. January 11, 2019
· Viola · In studio
At the first lesson, Grace took the time to understand my musical goals then made a solid assessment of my current level of playing. She was able to identify small changes in my technique/form and crafted modifications in my warmup to support the change in technique.
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Olivia July 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I feel Grace is a great teacher for my eight year old daughter. This is my daughters first time playing an instrument. Grace is so patient and respectful to my daughter. Grace is teaching us a little at a time which I believe is a good pace for us. I have had to learn as well so I can assist my daughter in her practice at home. This part I didn't expect but Grace offers guidance. I feel through Graces lessons she not only is learning how to play the violin but learning self discipline and respect.
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About DeAndre K.

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Huntsville, AL
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I like to focus on correct playing position, reading the clefs associated with viola, scales, etudes, solo pieces, shifting, and vibrato.I've taught a wide range of students. From beginner to intermediate to advanced. I've taught students as young as 4 to students in their 60's.

About DeAndre
I am looking for students who want to work hard at learning an instrument or anyone that would like to learn to read music. I specialize in classical and religious music. I have been playing in the Huntsville/ Decatur area for years.
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Rasheeda C. May 6, 2019
· Violin · Online
He was very professional and helpful. I recommend him to anyone looking to learn.
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Clara September 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
DeAndre is very patient and pleasant with my two daughters, who are looking forward to their next lesson. He is clearly a talented musician as well.
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Eric O. October 6, 2016
· Viola · Online
For the last year I have been taking piano, viola and violin lessons online with DeAndre. He is a natural, insightful teacher and I look forward to years of lessons with him. I would absolutely recommend him.

I'm a beginner with the violin and viola and an intermediate pianist. I was doubtful at first that I would be able to learn through a video chat. I'm amazed at the detail DeAndre can pick up just by watching a video chat. There have been many times when we just did the lesson over the phone with no video and he was able to tell that my fingering hand was in the wrong position or I was holding the bow wrong just by listening over the phone!

On and off through my life I've taken piano and viola lessons (I'm 46) and was never able to get very far. I found my teachers discouraged me in many ways without trying to. DeAndre has been fantastic. With his instruction I've been able to do things I never thought I would ever be able to do. He's excellent at giving feedback about the things I'm doing wrong but in a way that keeps me positive and makes me aware of the things I'm doing well and the things I need to improve.

DeAndre is absolutely worth the time and money.
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About Nicholas H.

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Smyrna, GA

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I'm an experienced and dedicated musician, having played with Orchestras and Chamber groups throughout my state. My lessons are focused on relaxation, and am as laid back or strict as the student needs. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, shooting to be a church player or a pro, I have taught students for that and am the teacher for you.

About Nicholas
Nicholas is a professional cellist that has studied since the age of 9. He has now been teaching the cello, viola, and violin for the past seven years for students of all ages, beginner to pre-college level.

Throughout Nicholas’s career, he has been an active member of Honors Orchestras, Youth Symphonies, Chamber ensembles, Opera Symphonies, and his university’s symphony. His music consists of mostly a classical nature with some contemporary and popular music ensembles.

Nicholas trained for three years in college under the renowned cellist Martha Gerschefski, whose accomplishments are too many to list. He also trained under Christopher Rex, the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Georgia State University.
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Brooke M. August 1, 2019
· Cello · Online
Nicholas, was great! He made sure my daughter understood everything and was easy to understand.
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Kat July 8, 2019
· Cello · In studio
Nicholas has been a great guide to my revisiting the cello. It had been almost 30 years since my last lesson, and he has reminded and coached many skills I had forgotten, and has taught me new ways thinking and playing.
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· Cello · Online
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About Amy N.

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Frederick, MD
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We will study all of the things you’d expect: scales, exercises, études and repertoire. But I like to think I add more value than the notes on the page. I consider the whole person as I am teaching my students. I like to approach playing any musical instrument with the whole mind and body. You’ll learn how to most naturally hold and play your instrument with as much ease as if you were simply walking down the street. Only with ease can we play these instruments for life!

About Amy
Without any musical training at age five my gut told me that I had the innate ability to understand music & that I would make music for the rest of my life. This thought has become my truth. It is this truth that drives me to inspire & teach others in cultivating their own musical truth. Some want music as a way a life & others are looking for an outlet, while others still only want music for themselves for fun. I believe I am equipped with the passion, drive & innovation to serve others in reaching their musical goals. Whether playing solo, in orchestras, chamber groups or bands, I like to incorporate all that I have learned through the years. My experience with strings began with bluegrass fiddling, followed by teaching myself to play guitar & then viola. In my spare time I like to write my own music & play with groups in which
I can improvise. Music has come to influence all areas of my life & what I have learned from my five-year-old-self is that it always will.
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Candice L. April 11, 2018
· Violin · In home
Amy is a wonderfully gifted teacher! My teen daughter loves her teaching style and encouraging personality. Amy has a knack for understanding a student's strengths and weaknesses and guiding them to reaching their potential. We highly recommend her!
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Finnian Jones January 27, 2017
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My 2nd grade daughter is enthralled with learning the guitar and Amy deserves much of the credit. Her teaching skills are perfect for my daughter - fun, interactive and at the right level! I am thrilled we found Amy and look forward to watching my daughter's guitar skills grow! - Jen
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Harini Iyer January 22, 2017
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Amy is a super friendly and knowledgeable tutor! I loved all our lessons and hope to get more lessons with her in the future.
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About Michelle T.

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Discount Times 8 A.M. – 2 P.M. (Mon-Fri) 30 minutes each
(1x - $22), (3x week - $60), (5x week- $75)

Regular Times 3 P.M. – 9 P.M. (Mon- Fri)
(15 minutes - $15), (30 minutes - $25),
(45 minutes - $35), (1 hour - $45)

About Michelle
I specialize in teaching strings (violin, viola, cello, upright bass) to kids & adults age 4 & up. Yes, you can start at any age. I use the Essential Elements for Strings and the G'DAE colored violin notes.

Lessons should be fun, and you should enjoy it more and more each time you come. That is why I teach not only classical music, but current popular music that is played on the radio. I like to hear the students opinions, and see their reaction when they play songs they can recognize. Sure, technique and posture are taught, but it is in a fun safe environment. I also teach that it is okay to make a mistake. There is no judgment in my class, and if you need more time or more help then that is what you get.
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Emily August 6, 2019
· Viola · Online
Was a great first lesson! Taught us both some new basics.
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Rayna August 6, 2019
· Violin · Online
My daughter loves taking lessons with Michelle. Michelle is very kind and patient. She is also very knowledgeable and relates everything to my daughters understanding.
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Haru July 22, 2019
· Viola · Online
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About Ivan M.

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Montclair, NJ
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I have been teaching strings (Violin, Viola, Cello) since 2016. In addition, I have also taught beggining piano. Well versed in many styles of music and a teacher of the Suzuki method of violin playing

About Ivan
Hello! My name is Ivan Mendoza and I am a strings instructor in the Northern Jersey area. I am primarily a violist and have been studying the instrument for thirteen years. I am an active chamber musician in the area and currently finishing a string quartet residency at the Cali School of Music studying with the world renowned Shanghai Quartet. I have experience teaching privately, running orchestra festivals, coaching chamber ensembles, as well as performing in concert halls in the US, Canada, and China. I am looking forward to sharing everything I have learned with my students!
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Ivan M.

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About Trinity H.

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Blythewood, SC

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I am a rising sophomore at Winthrop University, where I study music performance. During the 2018-19 year I was principal viola in the symphony orchestra and violist in the Eagles String Quartet. I promise to structure each lesson around the best ways to support, improve, and exercise your talents. I will offer tutoring in performance, music theory, and practice tips.

About Trinity
I am a rising sophomore at Winthrop University, majoring in Music Performance with a concentration in the viola. During my freshmen year, I was Principal Viola in the Winthrop Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Eagles String Quartet. I am interested in minoring in Music Technology to learn studio work and hope to start my own studio. After college, I would like to travel the world playing in a symphony with my viola, Arlo, and my passion. I want to help as many people as possible through music, because I feel music is one of the best vessels towards healing. It’s medicine, therapy, happy times, sad times, and memories.
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Emily July 7, 2019
· Viola · Online
We got a good basic lesson today. Thanks Trinity!
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About Joel P.

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With over 15 years professional teaching experience in both private and orchestral settings, I can help you achieve your goals in a fun and encouraging environment. No matter if you're a beginner looking to fulfill a life-long dream or an advancing student studying the depths of upper-level string repertoire, I bring experience, expertise and differentiated instruction to our lesson, tailored to your needs.

"Joel's teaching style is a perfect match for both of my sons. He is a gifted professional and teacher who is knowledgeable and patient."
- L. M. (Morrisonville, NY)

As a performer, I have had the opportunity to record and produce five albums, most recently a family anthology of eighty-six tunes spanning five generations of my family's music. I have had the opportunity to tour with the band ​Jacks and Heroes as well as performing at the Great American Irish Festival in Utica, NY with my past band, Inisheer. One of my most memorable experiences was performing at a small ...

About Joel
With over 15 years professional teaching experience in both private and orchestral settings, I can help you achieve your goals in a fun and encouraging environment. No matter if you're a beginner looking to fulfill a life-long dream or an advancing student studying the depths of upper-level string repertoire, I bring experience, expertise and differentiated instruction to our lesson, tailored to your needs.

"Joel's teaching style is a perfect match for both of my sons. He is a gifted professional and teacher who is knowledgeable and patient."
- L. M. (Morrisonville, NY)

As a performer, I have had the opportunity to record and produce five albums, most recently a family anthology of eighty-six tunes spanning five generations of my family's music. I have had the opportunity to tour with the band ​Jacks and Heroes as well as performi
ng at the Great American Irish Festival in Utica, NY with my past band, Inisheer. One of my most memorable experiences was performing at a small chapel worship service that (then president) George W. Bush, his wife Laura and United States Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas attended.

I currently teach high school orchestra and instrumental techniques. In the past, I have taught high school music theory and composition, American Folk Music History, and Elementary General Music/Elementary Strings.

Areas of concentration:

Classical Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass

As a 5th generation fiddler, I specialize in bluegrass, celtic, and traditional styles of fiddling

Extensive background in sound engineering studies, technology in music, music theory, and aural skills.
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Joel P.

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