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Chana delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 6+ and males 7+

Teaching since:

Welcome to my Online Studio! I have taught for many years (since 1973) -- Violin, Viola, Cello and even String Bass. I have also directed String and Symphonic Orchestras, Strolling Strings, small group instruction, and have brought many students to all levels of district, regional, county , All State, All Eastern Orchestras. I have also adjudicated NY State Certified solo performances and competitions in Pennsylvania. When teaching at high school level, I was fortunate to be able to take my Strolling Strings students across the U.S. to Canada and even to Europe (1996) with my amazing Empire State State Strolling Strings group. I am looking forward to assisting new students in achieving their goals and kindling their love for music and their instrument. I have also maintained a private string studio for many years.
I received my training from Ithaca College, School of Music (1973) and the University of Bridgeport, Ct (1976) in Music and Fine Arts.
I look forward to helping new students (and old students alike) in providing a solid music education background which is supportive and tailored to each student's needs. We learn basics such as note reading, proper bow and left hand technique, music theory, shifting, vibrato and much more. -- Hoping you will join me in providing your child (or yourself-adult) with a professional, pleasant and positive experience!

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Orchestra Director, String Specialist
Sep 1988 - Jun 2001
Newburgh Enlarged City School District

Organized, taught and directed small string lesson groups and string orchestras in 3 elementary schools in a small inner city school district. Planned and performed with orchestras in all buildings for Winter, Spring, All District and All County Concerts.
Coached and accompanied elementary students to NYSSMA competition and to All County Festivals. I also organized, taught and directed small string lesson groups, sring orchestra and symphonic orchestras at junior high and high school levels. Planned and performed with orchestras in Junior High and H.S. for Winter, Spring and special events concerts. Directed and Performed with the Newburgh Free Academy Strolling Strings at local, regional, national and international events. Coached and accompanied Jr. high and H.S. students to NYSSMA competition. All County, Area All State and All State Competitions.

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Director and Performer
Sep 1988 - Jun 1998
The Newburgh Free Academy Strolling Strings

The Newburgh Free Academy Strolling Strings was a performing group extraordinaire excelling in "Pops Style" Orchestral Arrangements with choreography amongst the string performers in Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Piano and Guitar. We performed for Gala Dinners, Political Events, and School Functions and more. We also travelled to Montreal, Canada, many cities in the U.S. as well as a performance tour joining the strollers from Rome, NY as the Empire Strolling Strings in a Performance Tour in Vienna, Graz, Saltzburg, Austria in 1996.

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Performance Experience
Sep 1990 - Jun 1992
Newburgh Symphony, Newburgh, NY

I performed 2nd violin for the regular concert seasons.

Instrumental Music Instructor, String Specialist
Sep 1982 - Jun 1988
Athens Area Schools

I organized, taught, and directed orchestras, small group string lessons, small ensembles at elementary, middle school and high school levels. Organized winter, spring and special events concerts at all levels. I started and organized the Athens Area Strolling Strings which performed for local and regional events in the area. I accompanied high school students to All District, Regional and All State Orchestra competitions. Hosted All District Orchestra events. Adjudicated students for seating competitions for All District Orchestra events.

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1st Violin Member of Orchestra
Sep 1979 - Jun 1988
Elmira Symphony and Choral Society

I performed in the 1st Violin Section for the regular orchestra season and summer concerts.

Orchestra Director, String Specialist
Sep 1979 - Jun 1982
Horseheads Central School District, Horseheads, NY

Organized and taught small group string lssons, small ensembles at 3 elementary schools in Horseheads, NY. Performances included Winter and Spring Concerts and special events performances.

Orchestra Director, String Specialist
Sep 1973 - Dec 1978
North Rockland Central School District

Organized, taught and directed orchestra, small group string lessons and small ensembles at Farley Middle and Haverstraw Middle Schools. I accompanied students at middle school level to NYSSMA solo competition. Organized, taught and directed small group string lessons at W. Haverstraw and Garnerville Elementary Schools.

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Master of Science in Fine Arts - Music Ed.
Jul 1974 - May 1976
U. of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1969 - May 1973
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Permanent Certificate
Sep 1976
The University of the State of New York , State Education Department

This certificate, valid for service in the public schools, satisfies the minimum requirements prescribed by the State Education Department


Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Sep 1982

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME.

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American String Teachers Association
Sep 1982

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Gardnertown Elementary School Strings--2001

GAMS Elementary Strings--2000
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David Aug 29, 2018
Violin · Online

She was excellent. I learned so much from Chana in such a short time. Her years of experience really showed in her teaching. I highly recommend her.

Ron A. Aug 26, 2018
Violin · In studio

I’ve been to a recital that Chana put on with 6 students and I had a very enjoyable time. The students were very entertaining and their parents were very proud. I recommend her very highly and I’ve seen very positive results of her work.

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