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Joanna M.

Brooklyn, NY

About Joanna

Music has the power to uncover the beauty all around us. It can strengthen our bonds with other people. It can raise us out of low, lost places. It can be a filter that brightens our view of our daily lives.

Learning an instrument or any discipline brings to the learner opportunities for growth and improvement. It also provides a space for self-reflection. Rarely in our daily lives are we encouraged to face ourselves- to meet head on with our strengths and weaknesses. Learning any instrument can help reveal these things to us and allow us to address them in a more objective way. We can bu
ild discipline, develop problem-solving skills, and find confidence. If learned with the right approach, the instrument can be an external indicator of our internal growth.

In addition to all these benefits, music and playing instruments can be simply light and fun. Whether it is used as an alternative to the stress of daily life, a method for improving ones self, or a pure love of the sound- the rewards are so endless.

In my lessons, my goal is to access music through all of those different lenses. We will learn technical/practical side of playing the instrument, the awareness of one's habits and choices, and the overwhelming beauty within one simple phrase. But to all this, a playful and joyous approach is a must -because life is too serious to be serious about! These are some things that I've found through music, but I realize not everyone finds the same things in music and I am so excited to find out what speaks to you!

I have a Bachelor's Degree in classical performance from the New England Conservatory and I spend much of my time in that genre on both violin and viola. However, I was raised with a lot of fiddle and folk music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in finding a balance in the lessons between learning the art of playing the instrument, and the art of making music. My highest priority in each lesson is finding out how each student learns and making myself understood. If that means making up a game, singing together, or listening to a recording, I'm honored to share in those moments of discovery.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music, stands, chairs, violin, viola

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have instruments, but I can help find rentals. Music can be copied or purchased by the student.

*** Specialties ***
I have training in classical and fiddle genres.
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wallace M. February 20, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher. Tons of positive energy and encouragement. Very willing to help me work on songs of my own choosing and able to figure them out in just a few minutes. With her we worked on country style fiddling.
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CorinneR December 6, 2009
Joanna is a very good violin instructor. She's very clear when she is teaching my daughter. Would very much recommend her to teach other students.
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Joanna M.

Joanna M.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Zhana G.

New York, NY

About Zhana

I have been a freelance violinist and a professional violin teacher for the past 30 years. Playing in the orchestra and teaching students are two of my greatest passions in life. As a private violin instructor, I firmly believe that education is impossible without student motivation and passion. As much as I love teaching, my best experience is also learning from my students.

Education - received in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe)
- Tbilisi State Music Academy - 7 year degree in Violin/Piano performance.
- Tbilisi State College of Music and Arts - Bachelor's Degree in Violin
Performance.
- Tbilisi State Music Conservatory - Master's Degree in Violin Performance.

I am very fortunate to love teaching because it allows me to share my knowledge and incredible experiences that I have acquired in my 30 years of being a musician in Europe and the United States.

Professional work experience:
- Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra - NY,NY
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra - Florida
- Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Opera House Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Sympho-Jazz Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Pop - Jazz Ensemble - Georgia

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.

As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio set up in the living room.
Parents welcome.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel within 5 miles..

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Amanda (Jinxian) L. May 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great start and good to know Zhana!
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Julia M. May 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Zhana is a great teacher! She pushes you to work hard and focus, but she is also patient and realistic about how long it will take you to learn something or fix a bad habit. I have been her student for almost six months, and the difference she has made is truly amazing.
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Chen T. January 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
An advanced beginner's review Zhana combines very well the two elements that are essential for a good teacher in any field: strictness and high expectations on the one hand coupled with kindness and encouragement on the other.
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Zhana G.

Zhana G.

New York, NY 10003
(12)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Sarah K.

Brooklyn, NY

I am a recently graduated violinist from The Juilliard School with both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Violin Performance. I loved music education from the moment I started teaching composition and music history classes for non-musicians in high school.

I teach beginners with a variation on the Suzuki Method and the Russian School of violin playing, with some teacher/student duets and games! Intermediate to advanced students' lessons will include scales, etudes, any orchestra repertoire, (if applicable) show pieces and concerti.
All students will have a say in repertoire choices, even beginners!

About Sarah

As an active soloist and orchestral musician, Sarah has performed with orchestras such as the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Brockton Philharmonic, and such esteemed ensembles as New York Classical Players, the Poisson Rouge Ensemble, Shattered Glass, and The Moirae Ensemble. She was recently named Laureate of The Mozarteum Summerakademie 2014 for her performance of Lera Auerbach's T'filah.

Sarah began her solo career in 2005 with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since enjoyed performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Brockton Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and fre
quent appearances with the Lowell and Waltham Philharmonic Orchestras.

As an orchestral musician, Sarah was Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, as well as a member of Axiom Ensemble and The New Juilliard Ensemble. With her ensembles, she has worked with innovative composers such as Steve Reich, John Adams, and Richard Danielpour. Sarah has been invited to perform at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and many other concert venues in the New York Tri-State and New England areas.

Sarah is the violinist for The Moirae Ensemble, with whom she joined in 2013. She has since performed solo and collaborative recitals with the group in New York and Boston, featuring contemporary female composers. Sarah looks forward to returning with The Moirae Ensemble in the 2014-15 season and eagerly anticipates joining Barnard College's award winning concert series in the 2014-15 season.

Sarah also regularly performs and records with rock groups such as Jesse Malin, Pete Pigeon, Quentin Angus, Shsha, and her own bands, American Dream and Uzi & Ari, with whom she is releasing a much anticipated fifth album in 2015.

Sarah received her Bachelor and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School as a student of Joel Smirnoff and Glenn Dicterow.
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Julie L. December 16, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sarah is super sweet and patient with my beginner violinist. She is extremely encouraging. She finds creative ways to get my daughter to learn and practice. Lessons are full educational but fun. We are huge fans of Sarah's.
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Sarah K.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nicholas P.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach all levels of violin, with an equal emphasis on playing music and establishing technique. My focus for violin is agility and expression, so I encourage students to practice improvising and developing fast finger movement on the instrument.

In order to achieve results and fulfillment, please be prepared to play your instrument at least two days per week outside of lessons.

About Nicholas

Welcome! I am a full-time violin/viola teacher from New York and a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I am an active performer of contemporary and classical music, and my commitment is to instill my students with both a passion for playing music and a strong technical foundation.

My teaching method is tailored to each student's individual learning style and motivation for playing. The first question I will ask at every first lesson is: what music do you love? This can be one song - a nursery rhyme, classical melody, or popular song - or a genre of music. Regardless
of age, I believe that the most effective path for learning violin or viola is to start with the music!

For younger children, I suggest beginning with the Suzuki method in order to establish strong musical and technical fundamentals. The Suzuki curriculum is also popular across many music programs in New York, so it provides beginning violinists an opportunity to play music with their peers. For adolescents and adults, I place an earlier emphasis on designing a curriculum based on their musical interests, with equal focus devoted to technique. I also teach improvisation at the beginning stages to all students to encourage free musical expression.

Students with experience playing violin or viola are absolutely welcome. Students are encouraged to perform what they have worked on at the annual studio recital at Ripley Grier Studios, which will include a piano accompanist. Feel free to contact TakeLessons with any questions!
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Cyrus May 26, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher,warm and friendly. Highly recommended especially to twins and teens.
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Hamid R. January 28, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Nicholas has a unique way of teaching and the result so far has been fantastic. Cyrus respect him and gets motivated after each class to do better.
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Natale A. January 6, 2015
Violin · In home
As helpful as they come, Nick has bent over backwards to make sure our 6-yr-old daughter was outfitted with the right violin and bow. As an absolute beginner when she began a couple of months ago, she's impressing us now with her new skills.
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Nicholas P.

Nicholas P.

Brooklyn, NY 11231
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ

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 9 years and has delved into genres ranging from classical to 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 Dr. Ana Maria Rosado for ensemble. At the university he is currently a sophomore.
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Varun P. July 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Chris is great. Easy going and very eager to pass on his knowledge about the guitar and also very passionate about the instrument. I definitely recommend learning from him. He'd help you develop a good base which will really be helpful as you advance.
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Stefano A. May 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have known Christopher for the past 2 years. He is hands down the most solid guitar player I have ever worked with. Music is an integral part of his life day and night. His skills as a performer and composer are of the highest quality and he only keeps on polishing his craft. I have complete trust in him as a teacher for all ages and I hope he continues to bring and teach music to the world for the rest of his life.
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Christopher J.

Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ 08857
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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