Aekyung Kim
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Aekyung Kim

Aekyung K.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have found that the classical music world can often fall into the trap of being stuffy, competitive, and intimidating. The professional scene can sometimes lose sight of what's really important (that music is supposed to be fun and enjoyable!) and unfortunately drive some people away from this divine art form. Music is everything and everywhere - it is the most intimate, intuitive and beautiful language that transcends the oral and written word. I do emphasize proper technique in lessons, but I do not lose sight of this truth and try my best to keep my students motivated and inspired. With all that being said, I can go at whatever pace the student wishes. I can provide a low pressure, light hearted environment. I am also capable of placing focus on refining proper violin/viola technique - this creates the best results and faster progress. At the end of each lesson, I give clear instructions on how to productively practice at home.

About Aekyung K.

Graduated from The Juilliard School with both my Master's and Bachelor's degree. Studied with the principal of the NY Philharmonic. Suzuki Certified Teacher. Currently on faculty at an established music institute in CT and the Assistant Principal violist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

More about me: I am a highly qualified professional, working full time as a performer and teacher. My usual rate is $90, the flexibility, affordability and convenience of my services comes from a desire to make music more accessible to all. Especially to those who feel discouraged for developing a passion for music later in life. I mainly teach classical music but I love Irish fiddling, and can learn any tune by ear and teach it to you! Although I am a busy working musician, I can't think of a better use of time than sharing the joy of music making with others. I am new to TakeLessons, but I am in no means new to teaching. I have 10 years of experience teaching all levels - from mentoring/teaching students in the Juilliard Pre-College program, to teaching those with no prior experience.

Part of what makes me unique as a teacher is my active performance career, and the ability to give extensive professional advice and insight into the music world. I have the highest level of training in the country from my 6 years at Juilliard, and have traveled to Florida, NYC, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Colorado, and California to perform with professional ensembles. I am currently based in CT and play regularly with the Hartford Symphony and New Haven Symphony orchestras. Some highlights from my career include performing with Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center Honors, performing a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and playing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, the New York Supreme Court building, and the United Nations Headquarters.

Disclaimer: If novice student is under the age of 12, there must be parental involvement to make up for the physical presence of the teacher. A child learns best by copying what they see and hear, and with hands-on guided awareness. After years of teaching many students from ages 5-12, I have found that children need the full attention and care from both their teacher (in person) and parent. Otherwise, their learning experiences often turn out to be unproductive and frustrating.

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R.L
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She is a wonderful teacher. She teaches my kid from basic to detail and pull up to next level. Even if it's a online lesson, she teaches as professional.She responds quickly any question, and friendly. We love her lessons.

Posted Nov 28, 2020
Wenmin
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My son has been taking viola lessons with Aekyung via Skype for almost two months. Aekyung is an excellent musician with very high standards. She emphasizes the proper technique as well as good sound quality so my son can build a good foundation. While I am sure it would be better in person, I think Aekyung has done a great job of making it work online. She sends a recording after each lesson so we can review if needed. I have been very impressed with Aekyung and I would highly recommend her.

Posted Nov 27, 2020
Paris
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I have had quite a number of lessons now with Aekyung Kim while preparing for an upcoming audition. She has definitely aided me to understand the orchestra excerpts and how to get the most out of my viola. I have noticed that with her advise, I have gained an improvement of my technical abilities, facility of the fingerboard, and have had a deeper, richer viola tone overall. I would highly recommend Aekyung to anyone who is looking for a professional approach to their music, while having a gentle and motivating push. I truly wished that I had an Aekyung for a teacher when I was younger. Who knows where I would have excelled to if I had I that positive backing.

Thank you
Paris

Posted Nov 26, 2020
john
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I enjoyed the first lesson. Look forward to the next one.

Posted Nov 6, 2020
John C.
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Simply outstanding!

Posted Nov 4, 2020
Sandra
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Aekyung is very knowledgeable, very sweet and my daughter loves the way she teaches her. I can see a lot of improvement! She is great in-person as well as with online teaching. I highly recommend Aekyung!

Posted Oct 31, 2020
Lori
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My son has been taking lessons with Aekyung for a year.
From the first time I met her, I liked her. Aekyung is fun, youthful and brings an infectious enthusiasm for music and for her students.
Aekyung challenges and inspires my son. Aekyung is highly qualified and I definitely recommend her!

Posted Oct 30, 2020
Jesse
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Aekyung is a phenomenal violin instructor. Not only is she patient and warm, both valued traits, but she knows how to teach. She stresses the importance of strong foundational skills, good posture and bow hold before moving on to other techniques. She worked with us and offered strategies for when our daughter went through the initial phase of wanting to quit. She is creative in coming up with ways to make lessons interesting and engaging. She exposed my daughter to the stories and music of composers from different cultural background who are not as well known in the world of classical music. My daughter plays beautifully and has learned so much from Aekyung.

Posted Oct 29, 2020
chris
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Aekyung is an excellent and enthusiastic violin teacher. I am an adult and late learner. She is patient and helps me to improve my tone, intonation, vibrato and shifting....a lot. she highlights the main points I should focus in each lesson and provide different methods and materials for me to improve the skills. she also shows me how to play more beautiful for each note and phrase and help me to learn my favourite music pieces! I like her style of teaching and highly recommend her teaching.

Posted Oct 28, 2020
Julie
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Aekyung is an excellent instructor! She is driven and knowledgeable and pushes just hard enough for my young daughter to learn well, but not too much that she becomes burnt out. Aekyung has taught the Suzuki method and after only a year of lessons, my daughter has a well-trained ear and she is able to teach herself how to play the hymns we sing at church and other songs she wishes to play. We are very impressed with how much our daughter has learned from Aekyung and are so grateful to have her as our teacher!

Posted Oct 28, 2020
Claudia
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Ms. Aekyung is professional and dedicated teacher, Ms. Aekyung makes sure to provide student all necessary elements to achieve your personal goal. Exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 18, 2019
Jenny
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Aekyung is a phenomenal teacher and is very friendly so lessons are comfortable. She not only provides advice on how to improve in the moment, but also strategies to practice at home to ensure you improve as much as possible. I love the way she teaches and I have seen myself improve a lot since I started lessons with her!

Posted Oct 17, 2019
Dora

Aekyung is an amazing teacher! She is a professional musician and brings that professionalism into her teaching with a friendly and joyful feel.

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Kate
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Aeykung is an incredible teacher; my daughter took viola lessons in person and Facetime, and she was so patient and kind. My daughter really loves her. She keeps her challenged and inspired - and she is progressing so well! Highly recommended!!

Posted Oct 3, 2019

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Experience

Violin and Viola teacher
Sep 2018 - Present

Fairfield | Trumbull School of Music

A private music institute that is the premier school in the county. There, I have had around 16 students

Violin and Viola teacher
Nov 2016 - Dec 2018

Music & Arts

A music store located in CT that also provides private lessons. There, I had around 10 students.

Education

Master of Music in Viola Performance
Sep 2016 - May 2018

The Juilliard School

Suzuki Certification in Violin teaching
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

The Hartt School

Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2016

The Juilliard School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Certification in Violin teaching
Aug 2017

The Hartt School

Awards

Full Scholarship
Sep 2016

The Juilliard School

Tanglewood audition competition
Jul 2016

Tanglewood

Elissa and James Nassy Scholarship in Music and C.V. Starr Scholarship
Sep 2012

The Juilliard School

First Place
Jul 2012

Golden Key Competition

First Place
Jun 2012

American Protege International Strings and Piano Competition

Grand Prize
Aug 2011

Wagner College, Young Musicians Competition

Second Place
Jun 2009

C.W. Post Concerto Competition

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