Finding an educated player and finding a good teacher are two completely different things. When I see other teacher's profiles, they boast of the years of training they had. Anyone can learn and play. Not anyone can teach.
When you know how to teach properly, you have a seemingly endless resource of patience. This is because what the student sees as "patient" is really just a small step in the educational process. It is a fraction of time just before a correction. When you have something new to teach, whether it is a new technique, or a correction of something being done improperly, and you know exactly how to break it down so it is understandable and accomplishable, you know it is always a short matter of time before the student gets it. And by short, I mean a matter of seconds, or minutes.
I respect others and what they feel and have to say. I treat others as I would want to be treated and lessons are always a pleasure to my students, because it is a pleasure for me to teach them.
I have been playing for over 26 years. I have played with a multitude of local orchestras and bands and have done countless studio recording sessions and live shows. All of this experience comes through in my teaching either directly (when it comes time for you to perform) or gradually, as the lessons go on.
When you are learning, there is a vast sea of information. Not all of that knowledge is equal in importance. It is incredibly important to be able to distinguish what is important and what is not very important. All of my real-life experience, and continuing experience reveals itself in the form of ensuring my students know what is truly important.
Lest you get the idea that I am a wishy-washy, undemanding teacher, I can assure you this is not the case. Lessons are fun, but that is because they are productive. You will walk away being able to do something, and that requires hard work, and practice.
WHAT I EXPECT FROM MY STUDENTS
And a winning attitude.
I can even work with you if you don't have a winning attitude, but it makes it more fun when you do.
HOW FAST CAN I EXPECT RESULTS?
Some students who were musicians previously leave the first lesson being able to play their first song. Most students however, who have never played an instrument before, can expect to be comfortable bowing (a huge part of the process - half the sound!) within the first few weeks, and will then move on to learning songs. We will be learning sheet music as well, on a very, very easy gradient. After the first couple months, I expect you to tell me which song it is you might like to learn most so that we can start working on it.
I rent out violins of all sizes.
I sell the book that I teach out of (or you can obtain it online or from Sam Ash).
If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them. You can use the contact button on this website and I will gladly answer you in return.
I am the middle school violin teacher at La Scuola, an American-Italian private school on 67th and 1st.
I have a small home studio in Times Square. There is room enough for one or two students and I have a weighted keyboard, amp and cables (for electric violin), all sizes of violins to rent, and a computer/printer for on-the-spot sheet music requests.
I have been playing the violin since I was 7 years old. That's 27 years now. I've played in string orchestras, chamber orchestras, quartets, pit orchestras, bands, and done studio recordings and many live shows and performances.
Primary violin teacher. Also managed the business in terms of scheduling new and recurring students, and signing up new students and managing all teachers' lesson schedules.
One year program with training in specialized and innovative teaching solutions for students of all ages and learning capacities. Other elective classes and apprenticeships taken to strengthen this.