Charlie Willis

Charlie W.

Newark, NJ
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About Charlie W.

I have played violin for 40 years now, and I have taught all of the orchestral stringed instruments. I also have played piano for 35 years, and I have been a professional singer for many years.

I currently play violin with Garden State Philharmonic and The Bronx Symphony.

I played violin with the Venice Symphony Orchestra in Venice, FL for 33 years.

I am a composer and an arranger of many compositions.

I have directed award winning choirs in the state of Florida.

I sang in a brand new musical off Broadway, and currently am assisting with the choral writing for this musical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an easy going person, but I do believe that students have to put forth effort to succeed. I choose my curriculum depending on the level of the student and the instrument. For beginning string students, I typically use Essential Elements 2000, and for beginning piano students I use the Alfred's Adult Basic Piano Course.

After 3 months of lessons, a student that has begun with me will have the basics of the instrument down and be able to read basic notation.

After 6 months, the student should have completed book one and be ready to start some more in depth studies that will concentrate on mastering the instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own Violin. Students would need an instrument of their own. I will come to where the student lives to teach their lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained Violinist
I am good at teaching pianists to improvise by reading a lead sheet.


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3 Reviews
Richard A.
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Charlie is a very responsible, friendly and easy going teacher. Charlie is also able to motivate Richard to be interested in learning how to play piano. Richard is responding to Charlie in a very positive manner, and we are very happy with Charlie...thank you.

Posted Feb 16, 2016
Tyler S.
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Amazing instructor, we adore him!

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Tami G.

Excellent Approach

Charlie has been a great introduction for my son Jordan into the world of Piano. He has been patient and made the lessons fun and rewarding for Jordan. Jordan is 7yrs old and practicing isn't his favorite thing to do, but somehow Charlie made practicing sound rewarding and worthwhile. Jordan loves piano even more now than when the lessons began. I really appreciate the time and energy Charlie has taken with keeping my son focused. I would highly recommend him as a piano instructor.

Posted Sep 15, 2013


Mar 2014 - Present

Bronx Symphony Orchestra

I play violin with the symphony

Nov 2013 - Present

Garden State Symphony

Play violin with the symphony

Vocal director
Mar 2010 - Present

Song of Solomon A New Broadway Musicsk

I've been helping with this new musical for the last 5years working with the composer on choral writing and directing the choir for productions.

Music Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013

Innovate Manhattan Charter School

Taught music here to grades 6-8. I taught:chorus, guitar, drumming, and general music

Music Teacher
Aug 1998 - Jun 2012

Manatee County Schools Bradenton, Florida

I taught music to grades K-12 including:music theater, orchestral strings, chorus, general music, American history, World history, Economics, and Government.

Music teacher
Aug 1993 - Jun 1997

Charlotte County Schools, Port Charlotte, Fl

I taught elementary music and high school chorus. I was the musical director for two Broadway plays while at the high school.

Music teacher
Aug 1992 - Jun 1993

Cumberland County Schools Fayetteville, NC

I taught orchestral strings for grades 5-12.

Music teacher
Aug 1991 - Jun 1993

American Independent Music Association Durham, NV

Taught music in 11 private schools across central NC. I taught general music, chorus, band, recorder, and keyboards.


MFA Creative Writing
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012

Full Sail University

Education Media and Design Technology
Aug 2010 - Aug 2011

Full Sail University

Music education and business
Feb 1990 - Jun 1991

Liberty University


Aug 2011

Full Sail University

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