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About Rachel M.

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I have been teaching violin for over 15 years and like to incorporate a mixture of traditional, Suzuki, and contemporary pieces in my lessons. Students will learn to read music as well as play by ear and we'll play a mixture of etudes, solo pieces, duets, and special requests (to shame in admitting you want to learn to play a song from Frozen on the violin!)

About Rachel
A student of Yumi Hwang-Williams, Sally O'Reilly, Joey Corpus, and Mark Lakirovich, Rachel holds a Diploma in violin from Denver School of the Arts and furthered her studies in violin and viola performance at the University of Denver and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has played under the direction of noted conductors David Zinman, Julius Rudel, and Michael Stern at the Aspen Music Festival, James DePriest at the Las Vegas Music Festival, and, most recently, Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic. She has performed by invitation at Music on the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aspen Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, and on tour with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Rachel performs with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, a self-conducted ensemble based in Philadelphia
, and with the classical and traditional duo Driftwood. Her repertoire also reaches beyond classical music, with recent projects including performances of jazz and traditional fiddle styles throughout the Boston area, and recordings with Ran Blake, the founding chair of New England Conservatory's Department of Contemporary Improvisation, on a CD released in 2015 titlted "Ghost Tones". In addition to her work as a performer, Rachel runs an active studio and specializes in teaching both conventional and Suzuki violin method as well as beginning and intermediate fiddle. Rachel is Suzuki Certified through Book 3.

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I like to teach students using a combination of Traditional method books as well as Suzuki. I believe that it's equally important for students to be able to play music by ear as it is to be able to sight-read off of a score. In a typical lesson, we will cover scales, exercises in technique, etudes, and a movement of a classical piece. I also like to play duets with students as I believe it helps improve the ear and acclimate a student for playing in group or orchestral settings.
I encourage all students to bring a notebook with them to every lesson and will write down what is being worked on and the areas of improvement. I've found that it's vastly helpful to be able to go back and look at what was covered in a lesson when you're at home practicing!

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Studio is in a private room, neat, organized, with plenty of instruments. She has a music stand, extra equipment, instruments, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student lives in a reasonably subway/bus accessible area then I have no problem traveling to them for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Fiddle, Violin, Viola
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Taryn G. March 6, 2014
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Very good instructor

Rachel is a warm and inviting person, and she made me feel very welcome on my first visit. She definitley does get right down to business in lessons. I am an older student and have never played violin before, so I thought I might struggle to learn. The opposite seems true. Rachel spent the first couple of sessions perfecting my posture and bow holds. We moved on to playing rhythms and reading sheet music, shortly after. I've only been practicing once a week for 2 months, and I can already play simple sheet music! That's huge for me! Rachel's instruction is clear and patient, and she's very easy-going. She also has a good sense of humor and a great way of phrasing things so that it's simple to understand her.

The only thing that can be difficult sometimes is getting a hold of her by phone or email. Sometimes she takes a bit to respond, she always does eventually catch up with me, though. Overall, I'm pleased with my lessons.
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Xiaoyan H. April 27, 2013
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very good teacher

Rachel is a very nice and patient teacher. My sons have been taking lessons with her for a few months and I have noticed big improvements.
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GabrielaB January 28, 2012
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Great teacher!

Rachel was very helpful in keeping my violin skills good over my college winter break. I'll definitely come back to her next summer. I've noticed improvements in my ability to play and it was a pleasure.
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Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
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About Yoonjoo J.

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Mount Laurel, NJ

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Yoonjoo was born in South Korea where she began playing the violin at the age of seven and the piano at the age five. Yoonjoo was a Concertmaster at Rowan University Orchestra where she performed Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as a winner of competition in 2012. She was a scholarship student of Dr. Bertram Greenspan and studied with Lenuta Ciulei. She has played for the Rowan String Ensemble, University of Lincoln Orchestra in Nebraska, Omaha Youth Orchestra and was the Concertmaster of the Omaha Honor Youth Orchestra. Yoonjoo has studied with Helen Kwawasser (Temple University Professor), Daniel Han (Philadelphia Orchestra member), Anne Nagosky (Omaha Orchestra member) & Lidia Boguslavsky. She is currently studying at Temple University with Vladimir Dyo for her Master degree on Violin and plays for the Temple University
Symphony Orchestra.

She has been teaching the violin and piano privately over 10 years. The students have weekly lessons from either 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes depending on their age and ability. Students are given the opportunity to perform in recital. She teach and work hard to help each student achieve their full potential.

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Yoonjoo J.

Yoonjoo J.

Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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$55 / 45-min

About Yeseul A.

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Narberth, PA

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Through the lessons I help students on understanding the fundamentals of music theory, creating an ideal sound, musical expression and coordination.
Every student is different. I work with students individually and use different approaches for each one of them. Such as methods, repertoire and lesson skills.
But most important of all, I always make sure that my student does not loose interest and have fun making music!

About Yeseul
Graduate of Violin Performance Master degree at
Yale University and String Pedagogy Master degree at Temple University, I love both teaching and playing.
I'm one of the faculties at Symphony in C Youth Orchestra and St. Malachy School where I work with many different ages and levels of students.
I also teach at Petite Ecole Bilingue Institute working with kids as young as 3 year olds to Kindergarten specializing in early childhood education through music and violin.
I've had my private studio for nearly 10 years from young children to adults.
I'm also an active orchestral player where I'm a member of the Virginia Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Symphony in C and New Jersey Capital Philharmonic.
I believe it's very important for the teacher to have both experience in performing and teaching in order to fully understand and help the
students.
Through the lessons I help students on understanding the fundamentals of music theory, creating an ideal sound, and musical expression and coordination.
Whether they're trying to just have fun with music, improve their basic skills or prepare auditions such as School or District Orchestra, Youth Orchestra (PYO PYAO or many other local groups), I try to find the best for each students.
Every student is different. I work with students individually and use different approaches for each one of them. Such as methods, repertoire and lesson skills.
But most important of all, I always make sure that my student does not loose interest and have fun making music!
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Kevin B. July 8, 2016
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Kevin has been enjoying his lessons.
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Yeseul A.

Yeseul A.

Narberth, PA 19072
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About Emily K.

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Lansdale, PA
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Experienced teacher of 7 years, specializing in all levels of violin! I also teach beginner/intermediate viola and cello students. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Emily
I am a strings teacher, teaching privately for 7 years and in public schools for 6. I graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, with a concentration in violin.

Strings students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. I teach students strong foundational techniques in order to develop their abilities. I use a mixture of both technical exercises and repertoire to help any student to play with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach violin, viola, and cello students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied violin for 18 years, and have played viola and cello in numerous performances. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student. I look fo
rward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Rita (Micayla) H. September 30, 2018
· Violin · In home
Lesson was awesome. Emily was kind and patient, and my Granddaughter and I really enjoyed our group lesson. This will clearly be a treasured memory for both of us!!
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Heather September 3, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Emily was an excellent teacher for my son. She helped him prepare for college auditions and helped him earn Superior ratings at Solo festivals.
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Emily K.

Emily K.

Lansdale, PA 19446
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About Amanda B.

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Pottstown, PA
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Violin is so much fun to play and teach! Technique, rhythm and confidence building are my main focuses for violin students. In addition to performance skills, I aim to give all my students musical knowledge about theory, music history and musical terminology.

About Amanda
Hello, I'm excited you're thinking about music lessons! It is my passion to provide high-quality education to young learners. I obtained my B.M. in Violin Performance from West Chester University. I have been furthering my teaching skills as an active American String Teachers Association member, through Suzuki training, and pedagogy study at The Juilliard School during the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies. I perform locally and love playing for opera and musical theater.

I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. I pride myself on clearly communicating lesson topics and assignments so every student knows exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. Teacher clarity helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I ensure my students get
the most out of each lesson by using a variety of teaching styles and tools. Students with longer lessons (45 minutes or more) can benefit from music theory workbooks and games which I incorporate into the lessons. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students!

Hard-working students will prepare for auditions with local youth orchestras.

I offer multiple performance opportunities each year. In the past I organized formal spring recitals where all my students gained the experience of playing with an accompanist in a recital hall. Special opportunities include honors recitals and Duet Day performances. Of course, these opportunities change from year to year, but the emphasis is always on giving a performance to be proud of!
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Sheila February 12, 2017
· Violin · In home
It is my pleasure to recommend Amanda as a violin instructor. On very short notice, she enthusiastically agreed to help my daughter prepare for a middle school orchestra audition, even though we were not on Amanda's roster of clients. In two 30 minute private lessons she was able to acclimate my daughter to the two challenging audition pieces, address questions about technique and also taught her how to tune her instrument. Thanks to Amanda's excellent teaching and flexibility, my daughter had a great experience for her first audition.
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Ela M. February 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amanda is an excellent instructor and I like her work ethics and her dedication to teaching music.
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Riley P. January 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
Amanda is very nice and patient with my girls, they really like learning with her. They have really learned a lot in only 3 lessons. We will definitely keep taking lessons with Amanda:)
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Amanda B.

Amanda B.

Pottstown, PA 19464
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About Rada C.

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Cherry Hill, NJ
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We've been teaching for 7 plus years and our students have gone on to attend conservatories and win competitions.

We specialize in classical, pop, and EDM, typically use Faber and Suzuki books, and play many music games with young students, to ensure everyone has fun learning.

We love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Rada
Hi, there! My name is Rada, and I've been teaching private lessons since 2011, and have loved helping students start learning a new instrument, venture into the world of DJin, and improve their skills.

I am highly qualified and hold a degree in music performance, education, and have enjoyed teaching for years.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Linda A. January 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Rada is a kind and knowledgeable teacher! I learned a lot from her in a short period of time. She offers excellent professional advice, is flexible with her hours, and very easy to contact. Would definitely recommend her as an instructor!
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Frank May 30, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ms. Rada Culciar is a well educated and very professional instructor. Her teaching approach is organized and easy to follow. I have made wonderful progress under Ms. Culciar's instruction. I would encourage anyone who would like to study the violin (or any other subject of study) to take lessons with Ms. Rada Culciar.
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Lori Quek May 28, 2017
· Violin · In home
Always well prepared and intuitive about my daughter's needs making for really great lessons.
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Rada C.

Rada C.

Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
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About Allison G.

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North Wales, PA

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I began learning the violin as a young student in elementary school. I played in school orchestras and was also chosen to play in a combined orchestra from several other schools. I played in several musicals through high school, Oklahoma and South Pacific as well as in the orchestra. In college I had further training on the cello and bass violin. I began teaching violin privately after college and enjoy the challenge of teaching this amazing instrument.

About Allison
My name is Allison and I love music! I went to Temple University, College of Music to learn how to teach music and I have been doing it ever since. I started playing music when I was 8 years old when I learned to play the violin. I learned to play the guitar and piano when I was 12. I also love to sing and I am currently a member of The Delaware Valley Opera Company and a guest chorister at a church in New Jersey. I have also played piano and keyboard as part of my church worship team for many years. I love many styles of music including classical, folk, pop and classic rock. I hope you will decide to learn music...it is a wonderful, life changing experience!
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Adriana October 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Allison Goodwin is the best she help me with piano and voice lessons. She is a wonderful teacher
Love taking lessons from her
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Francesca September 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mrs Goodwin is the best piano teacher ever and I love her very much
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Taisa September 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Allison is a kind and patient teacher who has taught 4 of my children. She is very knowledgeable and has many years of experience in teaching and performing. I highly recommend Allison.
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Allison G.

Allison G.

North Wales, PA 19454
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About Lucia L.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I am dedicated to helping students set and reach personal goals. I strive to keep violin fun and stress-free for all of my students, and I find it incredibly important to be physically comfortable while playing.

About Lucia
Lucia Lostumbo started studying violin when she was seven, and has just graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Temple University. During her time in Philadelphia, Lucia studied under Davyd Booth of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Meichen Liao-Barnes of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She has performed with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, the Temple University Opera Orchestra, and numerous chamber ensembles. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Lucia has been teaching private lessons since 2012. Lucia loves to help students set and meet personal goals, and helps students understand how to make practicing efficient!
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Lucia L.

Lucia L.

Philadelphia, PA 19122
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About Tessa H.

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Philadelphia, PA
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I thoroughly enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their musical goals. I believe learning music is an amazing vessel for creativity and happiness. It brings me so much joy to see my students' development and for them to see and notice their own progress. Music has been such an important part of my life and I intend to pass on my enthusiasm to my students!

About Tessa
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Tessa holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and a Masters of Arts in Violin Performance (Dist.) and DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music. She has previously studied with Leonid Zeyde, Mark Mogilevski and Maureen Smith.

Tessa has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, most notably being named the Victorian 3MBS FM Young Performer of the Year, the Australian National MBS FM Young Performer of the Year, both in 2010, and the winner of 29th National Youth Concerto Competition in 2004. She was also the ABRSM International Postgraduate Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. Tessa was awarded the Roth Prize for Best Performance by a Violin Finalist from the Royal Academy of Music, and has received multiple University of Melbour
ne Graduate Scholarships; includingthe Ormond Scholarship, the Joyce McKenna Scholarship and the Sir William McKie Travelling Scholarship. Tessa has played under the baton of world-renowned conductors, including Trevor Pinnock, Marin Alsop, Jac Van Steen, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Laurent-Aimard, Elgar Howarth, Sir Mark Elder and the late Sir Colin Davis. As a chamber musician, she has performed extensively with quartets across Europe, the United Kingdom and The United States.
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Tessa H.

Tessa H.

Philadelphia, PA 19103
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About Carolyn S.

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I teach a wide variety of styles including classical, jazz, bluegrass (fiddle), and contemporary.

For beginners (especially under the age of six) I like to stick with classical methods such a Suzuki or Yankelevich. Developing proper tone and intonation is key no matter what you choose to pursue stylistically down the line. Scales are also a must, along with daily etude studies. I will not only help you develop your own unique sound, but also help to develop the upkeep skills necessary for monthly progression.

If classical is not what you are seeking, or you are more advanced and looking for Pedagogy studies, we can arrange a practice environment more suitable to your wants and needs.

About Carolyn
Hey, everyone! My name is Carolyn and I’ve been teaching for a little over 8 years now! I’ve taught violin and viola in countless high schools, grade schools, and music schools around the city. I’m classically trained, but also have a wide range of Jazz, Fiddle, and Contemporary knowledge.

If you’re looking into true contemporary violin performance, look no further. I’ve played with some of the best musicians in the Philadelphia area at venues such as: The TLA, Wells Fargo, World Cafe Live... and more, backing an up and coming recording artist from the TV show, The Voice. I also play in some Indie & Irish bands around town. So if you’re not looking to go the classical route, I can help with that!

If the classical training route is what you desire, I have a planned out teaching method which will require (depending on age) certain bo
oks to be ordered/ purchased at your earliest convenience.

Education: Settlement Music School, Gregory Teperman (Walnut Street Theater, Philly Pops), Temple University (Music Ed)

Teaching Methods: Suzuki (beginning entry levels only)
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Alana October 3, 2018
· Violin · Online
Carolyn really knows her stuff! She's also super kind, fun, and engaging! HIGHLY recommend.
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Carolyn S.

Philadelphia, PA 19127
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