Antoinette Ady

Antoinette A.

New York, NY
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About

Antoinette delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2005

Finding an schooled violinist and finding a good violin teacher are two very different things. When I see other teacher's profiles, they boast of the years of training they had. Anyone can learn and play, but it takes a love of teaching to really make a difference in someone's life.

PATIENCE
When you have a love of teaching, 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.

FRIENDLINESS
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.

EXPERIENCE
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 incrementally.

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
Practice.
Practice.
Practice.
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.

RENTALS
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.

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Experience

Violin Teacher
Nov 2016 - Present
La Scuola D'Italia

I am the middle school violin teacher at La Scuola, an American-Italian private school on 67th and 1st.

Violinist and Violin Teacher
Jul 2011 - Present
The NYC Violin Studio

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.

Violinist
Sep 1990 - Present
New York

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.

Violin Teacher
Jul 2009 - Mar 2011
Muse for Life

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.

Education

Professional Instructor Curriculum
Jan 2004 - Jan 2005
Flag Service Organization
General Education
Sep 2000 - Jun 2001
SUNY New Paltz

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Professional Course Supervisor
Jan 2006
Flag Service Organization

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.

Photos & Videos

Here is a GoT arrangement I made for two violins which will be performed by the group class (running Sept - Dec 2017) in December.
Wedding gig prep!
Pachelbel's Canon in D.
Performing at my church's holiday show in 2014.

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Original music performed live in Brooklyn, NY.
Duet, 2010

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Impromptu violin lesson on the set of a video I was shooting! (this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sj5W2nBcuo )

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Rock show, 2013

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Studio recording for singer/songwriter, 2015
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20 Reviews

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Jennifer Jul 10, 2017
Violin · In home

Antoinette is, by far, the best music instructor that I have ever hired. Music has always been a part of my life. As a child, I took piano lessons for years and continued on and off through college. As a complete novice to the violin, I was nervous to begin such a challenging instrument as an adult hobby. Antoinette is encouraging, intelligent and incredibly skilled. Her calm demeanor and patience is vital to one's success. She focuses on the building blocks to a successful technique with ease. I am incredibly grateful to Antoinette for reminding me of how enjoyable music can be. I look forward to our weekly sessions around my busy work schedule. Her location is conveniently located within walking distance from the subway in NYC.

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Tonia May 29, 2017
Fiddle · In studio

I took violin lessons for a year with an instructor I found through a different organization (not TakeLessons)--and I learned more in one hour with Antoinette than I learned in 30 lessons with that other teacher. In just one lesson, I can see that Antoinette is friendly, smart, encouraging, knows her stuff--and knows how to teach (which not every good player can do). I'm an adult, but I bet she'd be just as great with a student of any age.

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Donna Feb 16, 2017
Violin · In studio

Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!

Donna Feb 16, 2017
Violin · In studio

Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!

Caroline Iannacone Feb 14, 2017
Violin ·

Antoinette is great! She's helping me undo years of bad technique and I've already hear an improvement in this short period of time.

Wendy Guo Dec 4, 2016
Violin ·

She is a great teacher. Very patient

Jackie Huynh Nov 22, 2016
Violin ·

Great teacher and very passionate! She's patient, positive, responds promptly when I message her with any questions or rescheduling conflict. Great at explaining techniques. I could not have asked for a better Violin teacher.

When searching for a violin teacher, I researched and reached out to a place down the street from me, and it took them over a week to just give me a quote on how much lessons are and when I could schedule them. I decided to do more research and compare. I contacted a few others and then I contacted Antoinette and she responded within a day. Even though she is much farther from my home, I decided to go with her because I knew that she would be a teacher who cared. And I was right :)

Very happy with my lessons. I have taken a little hiatus and now back and buying the packaged deals for more lessons with Ms. Addy

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John Staudenmeier Nov 17, 2016
Violin ·

Excellent teacher. I have a little musical background since I play acoustic guitar, but this is the first time playing the violin. Antoinette is great at communicating and prioritizing what is and is not important from the mass of new information presented to a new student. Definitely a fun learning experience, highly recommended!!

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Kavita Ramchandran Sep 25, 2016
Violin ·

We began with two lessons for our 7 year old daughter, and Antoinette has been a great sync in terms of understanding her ability while pushing her limits. She is patient with, relating with her as a peer, while being her teacher and guide. We just signed up for more lessons!

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Colleen Cerzosie Jun 29, 2016
Violin ·

Antoinette is awesome! I look forward to my lessons each week.

David Gleyzer Jun 27, 2016
Violin ·

Antoinette is a great teacher who has helped me to grow out of a complete beginner. She is very attentive to her students and has assisted me in finding my weaknesses to improve with each lesson. I am pleased with the time spent with her as a student and would not hesitate to recommend her.

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Tara Tripodi Jun 13, 2016
Violin ·

Miss Antoinette is wonderful. She worked with my 3 year old for beginner lessons (resting position, listening and following directions). My daughter adores her. We live in NJ, so the commute to manhattan became too much for my daughter. But the experience was worth it, she learned a great deal from Miss Antoinette who was patient, accommodating, and fun.

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Michael O'Beirne May 28, 2016
Violin ·

Antoinette is a really friendly, approachable teacher. I was brand new to the violin and she's been extremely helpful so far! She rented me a violin and I was playing by the end of our first lesson. I'd definitely recommend her to both new and experienced musicians.

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Diane M. Jan 31, 2016
Violin · In home

Antoinette is a gifted teacher. I learned so much in my first lesson with her! She explains everything so clearly. It'll be easy to remember her words and imagery as I practice during the week.

Edward M. Jan 10, 2016
Violin · In home

Really great first lesson with my (somewhat experienced) son last night and looking forward to more.

Jim Ingram Nov 17, 2015
Violin · In studio

Very happy with my first lesson. Antionette was very patient and encouraging. I actually left wishing I had started lessons years earlier.

Heriberto Naxi Oct 26, 2015
Violin ·

Teaching skills are superb and scheduling is flexible to what you need. Easy to work with and assists you with any errors and/or questions you may have.

Ari K. Oct 19, 2015
Violin · In studio

My son enjoyed the class. He felt inspired by the talented teacher and is looking forward to the next class.

Patty D. Jul 2, 2015
Fiddle · In studio

Never having touched a violin before, Antoinette is a great, and patient, teacher!

Marissa H. Jun 18, 2015
Fiddle · In home

Antoinette is professional and pleasant to learn from. She gives clear instruction and is patient.

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