Akiko Kobayashi
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Akiko Kobayashi

Akiko K.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher and concert violinist, works with beginner to advanced students. Graduate of Manhattan School of Music & Yale University. I help students become their own best teachers, develop their ear and learn a natural technique to communicate the music most effectively. Technique is applied in the context of the music, and students will learn to develop and apply their musical instincts and gain an organic understanding of musical style, history, theory, and performance.

About Akiko K.

I am a professional classical violinist and chamber musician, and have been teaching both privately and at music schools. I have been performing for over 10 years in much of the Northeastern United States, and share my performing experience and enthusiasm for classical music with my students. I graduated with a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

I work with students of all levels and ages. Students learn a natural technique and approach to the violin, and learn to hone and apply their natural musical instincts. I help students prepare for concerts, auditions, exams, and master classes, while developing effective and targeted practice methods. Technique is approached in the context of the music along with musical style and theory, so that students gain an organic understanding, deeper enjoyment, and greater appreciation for music.

We will work together to meet your goals, expand your repertoire and become your own best teacher. I look forward to meeting you and working together to become a better musician!

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Melody Qian
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Akiko taught me to play the viola when I was just getting started! She's so considerate with helping you get the fundamentals of not only technique, but also posture and how to stretch so that I wouldn't get sore. It's something that's stuck with me for years. I've never met another teacher who has helped me develop my musicality or talked with me about music theory as much as Akiko, and it's so important to know these things to play honestly and understand the music! Honestly you couldn't ask for a better teacher!! I'm so grateful to have learned my instrument with her. Thank you so much :)

Posted Sep 12, 2020
Julie
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I’ve been taking lessons with Akiko for the past two and a half years as an adult beginner. I’ve played other instruments all my life and have had many teachers, so I can say with great confidence that she is a uniquely talented teacher. Akiko is equally adept at diagnosing and addressing technique problems as she is at teaching musicality. She also knows when to redirect your attention from one to the other—and it is amazing to discover how looking at the big picture and being reminded to play the music can address a seemingly intractable technique problem. Akiko does not just teach you to play the violin. She teaches you to play music, which is probably the reason that you are playing the violin in the first place. I cannot emphasize the value of this enough. You don’t have to be a technical virtuoso before you begin to express yourself artistically. Akiko has so much to offer for advanced violinists as well. The way she brings music theory to life in whatever piece you’re working on will transform your interpretation of anything else you play. She gives you the tools to create your own organic interpretation in a way that also fits with the piece and its historical context. I find every lesson to be reinvigorating. When at times I have become stuck or frustrated, Akiko has always helped me to take a different tack and find freedom again. I feel grateful for the opportunity to work with her. She both an incredible teacher and a talented artist!

Posted Sep 10, 2020
Rachael T.
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I took lessons from Akiko for over a year as a beginner-intermediate violin player. Under Akiko’s tutelage, I was able to play as lead violin in my school orchestra concerts and pass my violin exams. Akiko’s kind and encouraging personality strengthened my confidence in playing the violin. I’ve had experience with other teachers but Akiko helped me to really further my relationship with music. Her enthusiasm for music has definitely rubbed off on me and I couldn’t be more grateful for having Akiko as my teacher! I wholeheartedly recommend Akiko to anyone looking to pick up the violin, intermediate players, and those who are more advanced.

Posted Sep 8, 2020

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Experience

Violin Teacher
Jun 2017 - Present

Harrison School of Music

Violin & group lesson instructor

Private Violin Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present

Private studio

Violin Teacher
Jun 2015 - Sep 2017

Brooklyn Musical Arts

violin & viola instructor

Education

Master of Music
Sep 2008 - May 2010

Manhattan School of Music

B.A. Music & Biology
Sep 2003 - May 2007

Yale University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Distinguished Musician Award
Jun 2008

IBLA Grand Prize Competiition

2nd Prize Winner
Jun 2003

Yonkers Philharmonic Competition

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