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Catherine W.

21 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Catherine W.

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I teach any style.

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 Americ

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Charlie B.
Catherine has been a terrific violin instructor for both my 14 year old daughter and 13 year old son. She is very passionate and methodical in keeping them motivated and engaged in learning the violin. She has been great and the kids love her as a teacher. I highly recommend Catherine for anyone considering an online violin teacher for their teenage kids.

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Amy O.
My daughter has resumed her violin playing now that she has lessons with Catherine. She had stopped for a year, and after a few lessons her tone started to sound just like it was when she left off. She improves with each virtual lesson, but most importantly she really enjoys them. I also appreciate that we can schedule lessons
at intervals other than weekly. Thank you, Catherine!
Sophia D.
Great with children very understanding knows a lot of information willing to help you succeed in success! Would recommend to anyone.
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Pamela M.

7 Reviews
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Starting at $42
  • Music Pedagogy and Early Childhood Education from The Evergreen State College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2010
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Pamela M.

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Initially trained as a classical violinist, my current passions include Southern Old-Time, Irish, French-Canadian Fiddle music and Klezmer. In June 2011, I became the first teacher in Washington State to be certified in the Mark O'Connor Violin Method, a developmental curriculum of American folk music for students of all levels. A frequent studio recording musician, I also perform locally and tour regionally with various ensembles.

Teaching Approach

In my lessons I offer personalized instruction according to the needs and desires of the student. My teaching philosophy centers around the idea that traditional violin-based folk music ("fiddle") can be used as a tool to learn and refine the techniques required to play the violin.

I believe learning to play the violin can be a rewarding, intuitive and maintainable experience for a person of any age, and that no prior musical experience is necessary. I am also available as a coach for students of orchestra and string ensembles.

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About Pamela

In my lessons I offer personalized instruction according to the needs and desires of the student. My teaching philosophy centers around the idea that traditional violin-based folk music ("fiddle") can be used as a tool to learn and refine the techniques required to play the violin. I believe lear

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Megan
I always looked forward to my lessons with Pamela. She brought kindness, patience, and a sense of fun to the session. I learned a lot about music as well, and she honored my intentions for learning an instrument, helping to set a pace that was comfortable for me yet exciting and challenging.
Jemuel
Pamela knows how to teach, not just play, the violin. Many people charging for lessons simply were taught how to play once upon a time, but don’t have a plan or an ear/eye for what to work on to improve a new or experienced player. But Pamela is a professional and very serious about her job for someone who laughs every thirty seconds. She’s very fun and vibrant too!
Hilarie Hauptman
For the past two years I have enjoyed private fiddle lessons with Pamela Margon. She is most encouraging and positive while always challenging me to go further. I appreciated her support in the music I wanted to play. As an older student (65), I have enjoyed learning to play by ear; it's like learning a new language, and I have grown in my playing confidence. I look forward to continuing with the fiddle for years to come thanks to Pamela's delightful teaching manner. Highly recommend!
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Mel P.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $29
  • Music Education from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
  • Teaching since 1968
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Mel P.

39 Reviews
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Irish, Scottish, Celtic, bluegrass, country. Let's get fiddling!

About Mel

I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple. There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructor

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Hannah
I just started working with Mel and he is awesome! He really listened to my goals and the type of music I am interested in playing and he is planning our lessons based on that. He is very good at explaining things and giving examples. I look forward to our lessons. Highly recommend!
Micaela C.
I had a great first lesson with Mel! He was very enthusiastic and encouraging. I appreciate how willing he is to work with me towards my goals, which are pretty specific. I look forward to continuing to work with him on fiddle and ear training!
Kaitlyn
Mel is fantastic! I have only been taking lessons with him for a short time, but I feel like I have really made a lot of improvement! He is extremely patient and really cares about music. You can truly tell he puts his all into his lessons and truly cares about his students. Music is his passion and his optimism and love for music is contagious.

I decided to learn the violin and had no experience or background at all. Mel helped me start off with the essentials and is making sure I know proper form! I am beyond grateful that I found him and recommend him to anyone looking to learn. I promise you won’t regret hiring him to help you along your musical journey. I am most definitely looking forward to all my future lessons! Thank you Mel!
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Erin C.

56 Reviews
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Starting at $38
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2014
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Erin C.

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Orange Blossom, Mississippi Sawyer and Devil's Dream are a few of the basic fiddle songs I like to teach. The key to Fiddling is being able to play in tune and fast with a few basic rhythm patterns. I teach theory, scales, rhythm, pattern recognition, how to work with a metronome from slow to fast, proper bow grip and placement as well as proper posture for the violin.

About Erin

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for church

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Heather
My first class with Erin was great! She made me feel comfortable, and helped me understand the basics. I am a beginner and left with much knowledge.
Georgia T.
Erin is such a great teacher and did so well remotely teaching my two daughters aged 5 and 9. She is funny, patient, and interesting and so great to work with. We highly recommend her!
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Daniel P.

14 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, Romantic), Classical, Scottish), Roll, Classical (Baroque, Celtic (Irish, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass (The High Lonesome Sound)
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Undergraduate Cello Performance from Longy School of Music
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Daniel P.

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I am a multi-talented string player specializing in jazz, celtic (irish) and traditional fiddle styles.

About Daniel

Daniel teaches and performs classical, jazz, gypsy swing, traditional irish music, old time fiddle, bluegrass and country, blues, and rock and roll. Instruments included but not limited to: cello, violin, guitar, and mandolin. Daniel graduated in 2007 with a cello performance degree from the Long

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Tony T.
Great teacher - friendly, patient, knowledgeable.
Kenneth M.
Daniel does a nice job explaining the lesson.
Kimberli H.
He is an amazing teacher! Very kind and I am advancing well. I highly recommend Daniel.
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Laura S.

29 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Awarded 5th place, Young Adults from National Oldtime Fiddle Championships
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • BA in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music
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Laura S.

29 Reviews
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Fiddle is the best instrument! (Ok maybe I'm biased!)
I enjoy helping all levels and ages to learn awesome tunes while using great technique!

About Laura

Laura has taught throughout her musical career and loves nothing better than to introduce students of all ages to the magic of creating their own music! As a teacher, she focuses on balancing inspiration and explanation. Inspiration: because if you don’t love your music, what’s the point? And te

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Addy
Such a sweet teacher!
mary
Very professional and innovative techniques that guarantee success!
Welcker
Laura has been a great teacher for my 6 year-old daughter (starting taking lessons when she was 5). She is endlessly patient and has a perfect balance of fun and instruction in all her lessons. She helped us every step of the way--picking out the right rental instrument, finding extra workbooks that would be fun, coming up with ways to make practicing at home enticing. Laura is made to be a fiddle teacher--she has a obvious passion both for the music and sharing it with her students. My daughter left every lesson with Laura beaming with pride. I'd recommend anyone searching for a teacher to go with Laura!

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"Alani is an outstanding instructor! My daughter is 13 and has learned so much from Alani. Alani is an accomplished musician and is very knowledgeable regarding fiddling and music. Alani has great communication skills and you will be happy with her as your instructor. I especially liked that Alani took the time to create youtube instructional videos for my daughter after the lessons. Thank you, Alani!"
Molly
Took Fiddle lessons from Alani S.
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"Laura, is amazing! I am over the moon pleased. She is professional, knowledgeable, & pleasure to work with. I am a mature student with no music background. And looking forward to my next lesson with Laura S.
Feel she is the perfect fit for my music lessons. Happy, Happy, Happy 😊😊😊🎻🎻🎻"
Carol
Took Fiddle lessons from Laura S.
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"Cindy is an amazing fiddle teacher. I came to her for help in learning old-time fiddle technique. I wanted something more than just learning the tune. Cindy is helping me improve my bowing style, be a better listener, and achieve a sound I always dreamed of but didn't know how to do.

When it comes to teachers, Cindy is the best of the best. She'll lay out exercises to build your skill step by step. If you love old-time music and want to excel at playing the fiddle, Cindy's your gal."
Eugenie
Took Fiddle lessons from Cindy H.
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"Pamela knows how to teach, not just play, the violin. Many people charging for lessons simply were taught how to play once upon a time, but don’t have a plan or an ear/eye for what to work on to improve a new or experienced player. But Pamela is a professional and very serious about her job for someone who laughs every thirty seconds. She’s very fun and vibrant, so the level of skill gets sidelined a bit. But nope: she can teach the skill!"
Jemuel
Took Fiddle lessons from Pamela M.
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"She is wonderful with my 9 year old daughter. It is my daughter's first instrument and she looks forward to each class. Highly recommended."
Candice Brady
Took Fiddle lessons from Dee F.
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"Laura is wonderful! She's totally inspired my daughter, who now walks around the house playing all our favorite fiddle tunes. There was one piece my dad in particular loves (Truck Drivin' Man) and Laura wrote it out for us. My daughter played it for her granpa's birthday, it was so sweet!"
Jenny
Took Fiddle lessons from Laura S.
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"I learned a lot of basics in my very first lesson ever, and am excited to continue to learn with Cody. He's confident, calm and friendly and gave me more information than I thought I'd get in one quick lesson. I look forward to next week!"
Peggy
Took Fiddle lessons from Cody B.
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"Great teaching! Excellent service with recordings and sheet music!"
Andreas Petersson
Took Fiddle lessons from Laura S.
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"Excellent! Both of my girls were happy and excited after the lessons. They are very different and Elizabeth connected with both of them."
Katy
Took Fiddle lessons from Elizabeth B.
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"Margaret is kind and supportive, and I look forward to more lessons with her!"
Beth
Took Fiddle lessons from Margaret G.
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