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Don K.
Norfolk, Massachusetts
I always say to students, it's not WHAT you're playing, it's HOW you're playing it that is the sign of a good player. Technique -- the "HOW" -- is extremely critical, before one can play pieces (the “WHAT”) well. Lessons with me involve establishing a solid basis of technique, also learning to read music rather than playing only by ear, and of course, learning pieces. Get ready for a wonderful journey of discovery about the intricacies, difficulties, AND rewarding joys of playing the viola!
About Don K.

Hello! I am a professional musician with a great passion for teaching violin, viola, composition and ear training. I am active in the Boston area as a performing musician and teacher. I have collaborated with current and former members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and have performed in orchestras including the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. I have toured domestically from coast to coast with the Boston Pops, and have performed many dozens of times at Carnegie Hall. I have performed as back-up musician with many jazz and pop giants. I am also a composer, and my music has received critical acclaim from The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, and Boston Classical Review. I have taught ear training at The Juilliard School and at Bridgewater State University. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

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Don K.
Norfolk, Massachusetts
I always say to students, it's not WHAT you're playing, it's HOW you're playing it that is the sign of a good player. Technique -- the "HOW" -- is extremely critical, before one can play pieces (the “WHAT”) well. Lessons with me involve establishing a solid basis of technique, also learning to read music rather than playing only by ear, and of course, learning pieces. Get ready for a wonderful journey of discovery about the intricacies, difficulties, AND rewarding joys of playing the viola!
About Don K.

Hello! I am a professional musician with a great passion for teaching violin, viola, composition and ear training. I am active in the Boston area as a performing musician and teacher. I have collaborated with current and former members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and have performed in orchestras including the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. I have toured domestically from coast to coast with the Boston Pops, and have performed many dozens of times at Carnegie Hall. I have performed as back-up musician with many jazz and pop giants. I am also a composer, and my music has received critical acclaim from The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, and Boston Classical Review. I have taught ear training at The Juilliard School and at Bridgewater State University. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 1999

Education

Master of Music Degree in Viola and Violin

Teaches ages {{minAge}}+

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks {{languages}}

Speaks English

Speaks {{languages}}

Has background check

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Violin
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Lawrence Street Norfolk
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Musician
Sep 2007 - Present
Boston Ballet Orchestra
Musician
Sep 1999 - Present
Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra
Violin and viola Instructor
Sep 1999 - Present
Home Studio
I teach private violin and viola lessons in my home studio. Some of my students have gone on to earn degrees in music and have become professional musicians. Others have continued to pursue their instrument as a hobby in college and onward.
Musician
Apr 1996 - Present
Boston Pops
Visiting Lecturer
Sep 2008 - May 2016
Bridgewater State University
Taught a studio of private violin and viola students, as well as a two-semester ear training course that was required of all music majors.
Acting Adjunct Teacher of Viola
Sep 2004 - May 2005
Williams College
Taught a studio of viola and violin students during the interim year that Williams College was searching for a full-time professor.
Master of Music Degree in Viola and Violin
Sep 1986 - May 1988
The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition
Sep 1981 - May 1984
The Juilliard School
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Award of Excellence
Jan 2003
DeRose-Hinkhouse
American Federation of Musicians
Jun 1988
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Instructor details
Violin
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Lawrence Street Norfolk
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
45 minutes
$75
60 minutes
$95
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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