Concetta Abbate

Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY
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Concetta delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2003

Concetta Abbate is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016. In 2018 she co-composed a dance composition for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company. Concetta is most known for her collaborative work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), musical instrument builder Skip La Plante, photographer Vera Comploj and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records).

Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds a masters degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University and has received grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.

She loves dogs, hiking, cooking and gardening! She tailors her private lessons to individual students goals and needs.

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Music Instructor
Jan 2018 - Present
Brooklyn Arts Council

Music instructor for group classes at Elementary Schools and Senior Centers. Subjects taught include:

Songwriting Workshops

Pre-school violin instructor
Mar 2015 - Present
Private Day School

Teach pre-school students general music as well as the basics of violin performance.


Sep 2014 - Present
Columbia University Teachers College
Sep 2007 - May 2009
Smith College
Bachelors of Anthropology
Jan 2007 - May 2009
Smith College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


CPR Certified
Jan 2010
American Red Cross


Rauschenberg Foundation Composer in Residence
Jun 2018
Rauschenberg Foundation
The Roothbert Fund
Jan 2015
The Roothbert Fund
Charles Mayer Foundation Grant
Nov 2014
Charles Mayer
Composer in Residence
Apr 2014
TAKT Artist Residency and Gallery


American Composers Forum
Jan 2015

The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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Chamber Music America
Jan 2015

Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.

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National Association for Music Education
Sep 2014

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Students at the Young Israel Senior Center of Midwood composed  original songs under the guidance of Teaching Artist Concetta Abbate.
Music video from my latest album "Falling in Time" released on Waterbug Records 2015
Photo by Concetta A.
Performing at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York City with sitar player Gian Luigi Diana

Working on some songs before a mini-tour up to New England!

Conducting my student orchestra at Still Waters in a Storm in Bushwick Brookly,

My little west highland terrier Bridget likes to visit me while I practice!

Photo by Concetta A.

Singing my title track Falling in Time in front of the Archipelago String Quartet
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32 Reviews

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John D. Nov 14, 2018
Mandolin · In studio

Concetta is a great instructor - she has been willing to work with me to create a lesson plan that works for my schedule and my learning style. I would absolutely recommend Concetta for anyone looking to learn a musical instrument.

Joseph Mar 27, 2018
Mandolin · In studio

Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.

Winston Thomas Jun 11, 2017
Violin · In studio

It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.

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Matthew Feb 27, 2017
Singing · In home

She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.

Blyth Feb 2, 2017
Fiddle · Online

Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)

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Chaya S. Jan 9, 2017
Piano · In home

Fantastic experience

Suri S. Dec 20, 2016
Piano · In home

Great experience

Suri S. Dec 20, 2016
Piano · In home

Concetta is a wonderful and very patient instructor. She engages the kids and her enthusiasm is contagious.

Emma Nov 23, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Concetta is a great teacher. I feel that I'm already making progress even though we just started.

Kim Jul 13, 2016
Guitar · Online

Concetta is a very talented instructor. She is easy to follow and quite patient. I'm so grateful for choosing her are my teacher. You can't do better!

zoe Jun 30, 2016
Singing · Online

We just had our first call she seems very knowledgeable and is great working online with my young and very beginner daughter. Looking forward to more lessons!

Sara Jun 13, 2016
Viola · In studio

Concetta is clear, helpful, and experienced. I feel that I will learn a lot. Instruction is a good blend between focused and flexible.

Gordon R. Jun 13, 2016
Singing · Online

I think Concetta is awesome! She listens to you what you say and ding and she gives you great exercises! I'm happy I choose her. Gordon Rice

Jaclyn H. May 31, 2016
Violin · Online

This is my first music lesson in years. Concetta is an amazing, patient teacher and gives feedback in a very positive manner. I am so glad I have the opportunity to take lessons from her.

Virgina Q. May 18, 2016
Singing · In studio

Concetta is very polite and professional. She's sees your potential and have you reach for it. She makes you feel comfortable and sure of yourself. She's a wonderful voice coach. Can't wait for my next lesson.

Ann Apr 7, 2016
Fiddle · In studio

Really helpful

Hanna B. Mar 30, 2016
Singing · Online

Concetta has a lot of excellent suggestions for improving singing performance. The typed notes she sends after each lesson were a tremendous asset as well. In only five lessons, she improved my daughters stage presence and taught her how to engage an audience. We were always short term clients, but Concetta more than met our goals and expectations. I would very much recommend her for any level of voice and performance. Excellent teacher

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takota Mar 7, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Concetta was fantastic with my six year old son with special needs. She was patient and engaging. We left and he told me that her studio was his "favorite place".

Michelle G. Feb 24, 2016
Guitar · Online

Concetta was wonderful with my daughter. My daughter had never even picked up a guitar before tonight's first lesson. Concetta showed a great deal of patience and her love of music was very apparent in her teaching.
My daughter was very comfortable with Concetta and she is really looking forward to her next lesson.
Thank you very much Concetta!!

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Dana C. Feb 10, 2016
Violin · Online

Just had my first lesson with Concetta and it went really well. She is very nice and made me feel very comfortable. I know I will learn a lot!

Elany B. Feb 3, 2016
Violin · Online

My daughter is so happy whit her teacher .

emilie allen Jan 20, 2016
Fiddle · Online

Concetta is an awesome teacher! Passionate, patient, and encouraging.

Rosalie M. Jan 14, 2016
Guitar · Online

Just after the first lesson I could see this teacher is for me. She is knowledgeable, patient and willing to find out what it is exactly I'm looking for in pursuing guitar lessons after a long hiatus. She found a great Beatles song for me to practice just a little beyond my level, as well as asked me to send an original song of mine that I would like to work on - since this is my goal. She was easy to relate to and she gave great advice about how to play bar cords easier. I am excited about going forward and further lessons. Thanks Concetta!

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Isabella T. Oct 22, 2015
Violin · Online

Great experience. Looking forward to the next lesson

Natalie Sep 25, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

Concetta is kind and patient and extremely knowledgeable about what it takes to learn an instrument. Her training at Columbia University shows in every lesson. Just because you are an excellent musician does not necessarily translate into an excellent teacher, but her grasp of the pedagogy is clear. I would highly recommend Concetta to anyone at any age looking to learn to play.

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Brianna P. Sep 19, 2015
Violin · In home

wonderful teacher knowledgably and patient my daughter love her.

Kemal K. Aug 9, 2015
Violin · In home

I am 43 and started my first musical instrument experience with Concetta, with no background and knowledge of music theory at all. Needless to say how challenging it was at first, but with her dedication, professionalism and friendly approach, I made a significant progress in about 7 months. I am so happy to have Concetta as my violin teacher and would definitely recommend her.

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Lindsey G. Nov 9, 2014
Fiddle · In home

Concetta was such a treat to have in our home! She came out all the way from NY to NJ for my mothers birthday, and though she is a beginner, emerged from the 1 hour lesson so inspired to keep practicing, able to fully complete her first song! She even did a little performance at the end on the lesson! She is a great people person, fun to talk to, and she really knows her stuff. Excellent choice!

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Kay C. Oct 11, 2014

I have learned more in just three lessons with Concetta than I learned after three months of once a week lessons with an instructor from a music store.

Concetta has a natural gift to teach and an ability to allow even a musical novice, like me, understand basic music theory.

This talented young lady eat, sleeps and breathes music.

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Mark H. Oct 8, 2014
Mandolin · Online

When I met Concetta online, I had never played the Mandolin before. Now after 4 going on 5 months I am in the beginning stages of learning Vivaldi's Concerto for Mandolin. This feat was accomplished by Concetta's knowledge, understanding and compassion for this student who was clumsy, awkward and with little self confidence. I now know where I want to go with the Mandolin and with Concetta's guidance and wisdom, I know I will be given a strong foundation to achieve it. This has been the best experience for me and I know it will also be for you as well....:)

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Ember S. Sep 23, 2014
Violin · In home

Concetta taught violin lessons for my young daughter, who loved the lessons and picked things up so fast with Concetta's guidance. She is patient, engaging and extremely knowledgeable. She offered my daughter a wonderful mix of classical technique and creative songwriting. I have also observed her teaching in a group setting with the violin program she created for the school called Still Waters in A Storm. So inspiring. She has tons of experience. Concetta is a gem. Anyone is lucky to have her for a teacher!

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Brian A. Sep 21, 2014
Violin · In home

Two lessons in, I can officially confirm that Concetta is an AMAZING teacher (and person to boot).

My violin background was a little questionable beforehand (primarily self-taught via YouTube), but having someone as talented and encouraging as Concetta tailoring a lesson plan specifically for me has already exponentially improved my technique. Your search for a teacher ends here. Five stars. :)

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