Concetta Abbate
Ridgewood, NY
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Concetta Abbate

Concetta A.

Ridgewood, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to play folk music or classical. Explore this deep and beautiful instrument!

About Concetta A.

Concetta 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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38 Reviews
Fabien D.
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As a French student, I can tell that Concetta is perfectly adapting to my way of learning. I know music for a long time but I'm a beginner with viola. I thought it would be a very hard exercise to practice but with Concetta's advices, I constantly and rapidly improve my technique. Five stars is the minimum I can give !

Posted Jul 7, 2021
Bryan P.
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Concetta is a wonderful instructor - prior to my lesson I was feeling nervous - not sure what to expect, not feeling worthy, etc. - she quickly put me at ease and we had a very productive 1st lesson - well worth the investment of my time and money

Posted Mar 15, 2021
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I haven’t ever enjoyed a music lesson as much as I do with Concetta.
Concetta is warm, charismatic, and truly loves what she does which inspires me to keep going.
It’s the hour that I look forward to the most each week!

Posted Feb 5, 2021
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My first lesson with Concetta was great. I received a lot of good feedback and things to work on for this first week. Really looking forward to lesson 2 next week!

Posted Jun 25, 2019
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Concetta is a super knowledgable and supportive teacher! She adjusts her teaching to student interests and needs. She teaches in a lovely space and if you are super lucky you will meet her adorable dog, pepper <3. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 11, 2019
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Hire Concetta, especially to support a beginning violin player! She is warm, professional and very adept at finding your child's musical strengths and then identifying material to help them access and enjoy the music and instrument. AKA GOOD TIMES for all and excited to it should be. Thank you Concetta for your expertise and flexibility with schedule. Keri-Ann

Posted Mar 1, 2019
John D.
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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.

Posted Nov 14, 2018
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Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.

Posted Mar 27, 2018
Winston Thomas
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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.

Posted Jun 11, 2017
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She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.

Posted Feb 27, 2017
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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 :)

Posted Feb 2, 2017
Chaya S.
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Fantastic experience

Posted Jan 9, 2017
Suri S.
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Great experience

Posted Dec 20, 2016
Suri S.
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Concetta is a wonderful and very patient instructor. She engages the kids and her enthusiasm is contagious.

Posted Dec 20, 2016
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Concetta is a great teacher. I feel that I'm already making progress even though we just started.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
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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!

Posted Jul 13, 2016
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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!

Posted Jun 30, 2016
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Concetta is clear, helpful, and experienced. I feel that I will learn a lot. Instruction is a good blend between focused and flexible.

Posted Jun 13, 2016
Gordon R.
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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

Posted Jun 13, 2016
Jaclyn H.
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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.

Posted May 31, 2016
Virgina Q.
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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.

Posted May 18, 2016
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Really helpful

Posted Apr 7, 2016
Hanna B.
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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

Posted Mar 30, 2016
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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".

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Michelle G.
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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!!

Posted Feb 24, 2016
Dana C.
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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!

Posted Feb 10, 2016
Elany B.
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My daughter is so happy whit her teacher .

Posted Feb 3, 2016
emilie allen
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Concetta is an awesome teacher! Passionate, patient, and encouraging.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Rosalie M.
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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!

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Isabella T.
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Great experience. Looking forward to the next lesson

Posted Oct 22, 2015
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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.

Posted Sep 25, 2015
Brianna P.
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wonderful teacher knowledgably and patient my daughter love her.

Posted Sep 19, 2015
Kemal K.
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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.

Posted Aug 9, 2015
Lindsey G.
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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!

Posted Nov 9, 2014
Kay C.

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.

Posted Oct 11, 2014
Mark H.
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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....:)

Posted Oct 8, 2014
Ember S.
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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!

Posted Sep 23, 2014
Brian A.
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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. :)

Posted Sep 21, 2014

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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: Keyboard Voice Violin 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


Therapy Dog Handler
Oct 2018

The Good Dog Foundation

Concetta has a certified therapy dog that is a non-shedding hypoallergenic breed named Pepper. Upon students consent, she is a great addition to lessons!
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.
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.
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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