Adina Vallandingham

Adina V.

Mechanicsville, MD
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Adina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
July 1999

I am a professional violinist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland. I also joined the Faculty of College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in 2013 where I teach Violin,Viola and Chamber Music Ensemble. I have been teaching violin with great results for more than 15 years and started my violin studio when I moved from Florida to Maryland in 2005.
Graduates of my studio have been admitted to prestigious conservatories such as Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers Mason Gross School of Music and others and have won many competitions throughout the United States.
I have a deep love and appreciation for music and I enjoy teaching my student (from beginners to very advanced or adults). All levels are welcome! My studio is geared towards the motivated student seeking a well-rounded enjoyable, yet detailed, music education that focuses on both excellence and artistry.
Special emphasis is placed on building and maintaining a strong classical music base, which is the foundation for all other styles and techniques found in music. Additionally, students are exposed to learning concepts in ear training, sight singing, music theory, music history, folk music and improvisation. This enables students to be exposed to other areas of music such as composing, arranging, conducting, etc., thereby giving each student the unique opportunity to branch out and explore endless opportunities.
All teaching is conducted in a supportive yet challenging environment. Each student is encouraged to think for themselves and develop their own judgment through the development of their ear and musical comprehension.
Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase my students talent and progress and encourage their love for music.
I also organize other activities for my students such as Master classes and Music mind games (for younger students). I have a group class "Building music and memory skills" designated for children age 4 to 6 (children learn basic concepts in music theory and ear training before starting playing an instrument).
I offer a half hour lesson for beginners, a 45 min. lesson for intermediate an an hour lesson for intermediate to advanced students. Above all, I strongly encourage enjoyment of music.
Music should be played from the heart with passion and excitement.

WHEN YOU START TAKING LESSONS YOU WILL NEED:
a violin with bow and strings in playing condition, rosin, a kun shoulder rest (the right size for your instrument) and a music stand - see chart bellow for the right size violin and bow or contact me for the best way to measure your child.


4/4 (Full Size)-11 years to adult

3/4 violin and bow- 10 to 11 years

1/2 violin and bow- 8 to 9 years

1/4 violin and bow- 6 to 7 years

1/8 violin and bow- 5 to 6 years

1/10 violin and bow- 4 to 5 years

1/16 violin- 3 to 4 years ( average kids)

1/32 violin and bow- 3 to 4 years (petite kids)

If you have any questions please contact TakeLessons.

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Experience

Violin Faculty and Violinist
Jan 2013 - Present
College of Southern Maryland

I teach Violin and Chamber Music at the College. I perform in the Faculty Recital series at CSM and other venues. I also perform around Washington D.C. area with Langgaard Quartet.

Violinist
Sep 2007 - Present
Langgard Quartet

Playing chamber music concerts around Washington D.C. area and Southern Maryland area.

Violinist
Sep 2006 - Present
National Philharmonic Orchestra

Rehearse and perform concerts at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD.

Violinist
Sep 2004 - Sep 2005
The Florida Orchestra, Tampa, FL

Rehearse and perform concerts at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and Ruth Eckerd Hall, Tampa,FL. Acting assistant concertmaster.

Violinist
Sep 2002 - Sep 2004
The Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rehearsing and performing symphonic concerts, chamber music concerts, educational concerts and opera (Miami area, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach) under the baton of the legendary violinist and Music director Joseph Silverstein and other famous guest conductors.
The orchestra made several critically acclaimed recordings, including Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 which was declared the best Mahler recording of the year by the Gustav Mahler Society.

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Education

Master in Violin Performance
Sep 1995 - Jun 2000
Conservatory of Music, Cluj, Romania
Master in Music Education
Sep 1995 - Sep 1999
Conservatory of Music, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Romanian
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Member MTACC
Sep 2016
Music Teacher Association of Charles County

Member of MSMTA
Sep 2016
Maryland State Music Teacher Association

Artist Diploma Certificate
Jun 2001
from Washington University, School of Music

Awards

Musician in residence
Sep 2006
Duram Historical Hall

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2016

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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American Federation of Musicians
Sep 1999

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Quartet Rehearsal

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3 Reviews

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Ferenc Szász Jan 27, 2016
Violin · Online

Great instructor!

Dixon Jan 5, 2016
Violin · In home

Adina is wonderful as an instructor of children. She is both encouraging and inspiring to a beginner. She makes every effort also to make my daughter at home in her home studio. I am thus far very pleased.

Lisa W. Sep 25, 2014
Violin · In studio

Best teacher ever! My daughter loves the violin and she is advancing very quickly. Mrs. Adina is the best. She teaches the violin in the tradition of the great european Masters. She is fantastic violinist and musician. Take lessons with her and you will be amazed!

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