Augusta Lodge

Augusta L.

New York, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hi and welcome to my profile! I am a Manhattan based freelancer, specialized in violin and piano. I have been playing the violin for 20 years, and I've studied with world-renowned teachers across the globe; at Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, Moscow Central Special School, and Juilliard. I have a passion for teaching and have been doing so since 2008. I teach privately but also have experience with group settings in an elementary school. I'm happy and comfortable teaching all levels of students, in violin, viola, piano, and voice! I use a combination of my own method, Suzuki, and String Pedagogy IU.
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Augusta teaches



Augusta delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 60

Teaching since:
August 2008

Education goals:
I believe students, no matter the age, background, or means, can achieve great music making and enjoy a fun and satisfactory journey doing so. I am experienced in using Suzuki, Indiana String Pedagogy, some Kodaly, and my own method, to foster this learning. I have been teaching children ages 5-18, and adult students, for almost ten years now. Working at Fairview Elementary gave me a great introduction to group teaching in a classroom, which I hope to soon be able to build upon. I also have experience tutoring college students at the Oberlin Conservatory in music theory, ear training, and German. Teaching truly is a life-long passion of mine.

Augusta is an emerging classical and baroque violinist, performing internationally as both soloist and orchestral musician. She was winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition, and semifinalist in the 2014 Musica Antiqua International Competition in Bruges, Belgium. Augusta holds a B.M. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a M.M. degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She will begin studies at The Juilliard School in the Fall of 2015 for baroque violin, as proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Recent highlights include a performance as chamber musician with members of the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Fire, in their Bach Family Frolic concert series in January 2015.
In the 2015-2016 season, Augusta will perform as concerto soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, with the Bach A minor Violin Concerto. Augusta performs as an apprentice with Apollo's Fire and is a substitute violinist with Boston Baroque. She has collaborated on stage with members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra during their Winter Institute, and was invited to play in a Tafelmusik masterclass for renowned violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch.
On modern violin she has worked under such conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, James Gaffigan, David Zinman, and Robert Spano.
Augusta holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in violin performance, with a minor in historical performance, graduating at age 19 with honors (Pi Kappa Lambda Society). Her principal teachers were Milan Vitek (modern violin) and Marilyn McDonald (baroque violin). She currently is pursuing her Masters of Music in violin performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Alexander Kerr and Stanley Ritchie. She spent an exchange semester in 2011-12 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with Johannes Leertouwer and Sophie Gent.
She began her violin studies at the age of three with the Suzuki Violin School Method, continuing her studies in Moscow, Russia at the age of 12 with Zoya Makhtina of the Moscow Central Special Music School. Throughout her childhood, Augusta studied privately with Gregory Fulkerson and Almita and Roland Vamos.
Her related teaching coursework includes classes at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, in pedagogy. She has studied string pedagogy methods with Mimi Zweig and Joanne Erwin. Augusta has extensive experience teaching students of all ages, in both private and group settings. She uses a combination of her own method, Suzuki, and String Pedagogy IU.

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Student teacher
Feb 2015 - May 2015
Fairview Elementary

Student teacher at Fairview Elementary in Bloomington, IN, working with a diverse student body at an inner-city school. I honed my group class skills as well as ability to build positive relationships with students and peers. Above all, I encourage students to assume a very active responsibility for their own learning, and to have fun while doing so! I set achievable yet high goals and standards for my class, and a clear curriculum.

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Masters of Music, violin performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Bachelor of Music, violin performance
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Oberlin Conservatory


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

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9 Reviews

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Evelyn J. Oct 11, 2015
Viola · Online

It was productive, paid attention to the details, encouraging and passionate about playing the viola.

Evelyn J. Oct 11, 2015
Viola · Online

It was productive, paid attention to the details, encouraging and passionate about playing the viola.

Gerard Sep 9, 2015
Violin · In studio

I very much appreciated Augusta's efficient and organized usage of curriculum. She taught two of my children in their highschool years. Augusta works with Suzuki and other methods, and creates a wonderful combination that really helps get the most of one's musical and violinistic goals. She is both persistent and fun. Doesn't let anything slide, but at the same time makes learning effortless and fun. Both my kids enjoyed working with her very much. She seems to work well with all ages and personalities. Augusta is also very friendly, and easy to schedule with. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

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Barbara Sep 9, 2015
Violin ·

Augusta is very friendly and patient with my 12-yr.-old daughter, and has really helped her with achieving her goals on violin. She seems to have an innate ability molding to different personalities and adjusts the curriculum to suit my daughter's needs. She has been very helpful with fixing my daughter's issues with technique and sound. excellent teacher and role model! I highly recommend her!

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Barry Sep 6, 2015
Violin · In studio

Great teacher!

Shay M. Aug 20, 2015
Viola · Online

Fabulous! My daughter really enjoyed it. I look forward to her next session.

Yen H. Aug 20, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

Augusta is one of the best piano teachers I ever had. Very patient and very well educated. She knows how to identify problems and is able to explain things well. You won't regret taking lessons from her. :)

Jonathan Aug 18, 2015
Violin · In studio

Augusta taught violin to my 7 year old daughter for a semester through the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. As my daughter took lessons for three years, we had many teachers, but Augusta was the very best. She so naturally connected with my daugher and brought out the very best of her abilities. Augusta possesses the two necessary traits of an exceptional teacher that can't be learned but must be in one's heart - passion for subject matter and love of one's students. Augusta embodies these traits and so much more.

I recommend Augusta without reservation and wish her the very best of luck!

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George Aug 17, 2015
Violin · In studio

Friendly, intuitive and highly qualified teacher. Was inspired by her performances and creativity

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