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Calligraphy

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I have studied and practiced various forms of calligraphy and am very experienced in these styles of calligraphy: modern calligraphy, hand lettering, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, and beginner Copperplate calligraphy.

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I specialize in teaching students the basics of calligraphy and building the necessary skills to develop their own personal style and create designs that they love! I also teach Ipad calligraphy using the Apple pencil. In addition, I teach students basics of scanning and digitizing their artwork to create designs such as prints, mugs, shirts, greeting cards, and more.

If you’re a beginner, you can expect to cover the basic strokes of calligraphy and receive practice sheets and resources to practice on your own and develop your personal style. I will also recommend best supplies to use to begin your calligraphy journey. You will soon be able to create beautiful calligraphy handwriting and designs on your own!

If you already know the basics of calligraphy and would like to develop further, I can teach calligraphy flourishing and basic design layouts for your calligraphy designs. I can help you work through projects, such as creating wood board signs or chalboard signs. I also can teach you how to digitize your artwork to create prints, mugs, shirts, greeting cards, and more. I can teach you the basics of Copperplate calligraphy, a traditional calligraphy style that will take your calligraphy to the next level.

Some of the topics you can expect to cover with me are as follows:

-Supply starter kit for Beginners
-Faux Calligraphy
-Basic Strokes
-Bounce Calligraphy
-Finding your Calligraphy Style
-Digitizing your artwork using ProCreate to create other designs: mugs, shirts, greeting cards, and more.
-Watercolor Calligraphy
-Envelope Addressing
-Wedding Accessory Calligraphy
-Chalk Lettering
-Creating Calligraphy Wood Boards and Signs
-and more!

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About

Esther passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Esther delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 90

Teaching since:
2010

Hi there! I'm Esther, a professional pianist and violinist. I graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor's of Music, specializing in Piano Performance.

Piano and violin students can expect to improve week by week in their technique and musical ability as they attend lessons and practice regularly. Each student is unique in musical background and goals. I get to know each student personally and create a personalized lesson plan for each student, so that they can achieve their musical goals and have FUN while doing it!

I teach a well-rounded music curriculum, focusing on basic skills such as note-reading, instrument technique, sight-reading, ear training, and learning a variety of repertoire. My students can expect to grow in foundational music technique and performance, so that they can play in a variety of settings with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all ages and experience levels. I studied piano for 16 years and have been teaching piano professionally for 10 years. I can teach students to read music and play styles from classical to pop, as well as to play contemporary music using chord charts. I always take the goals and preferences of the student into consideration when choosing repertoire and making lesson plans.

I also teach violin students of all ages and experience levels. I studied violin for 10 years and have been teaching violin professionally for 5+ years. I can teach students to read music and play styles from classical to pop, as well as to improvise using chord charts. I always take the goals and preferences of the student into consideration when choosing repertoire and making lesson plans.

I also have many years of orchestral performance experience, ensemble performance experience (playing piano and violin), and have been a part of a church worship band for over 10 years. I love helping students learn not only how to be a great musician personally, but also to develop the skills to partner with other musicians to make meaningful music!

I look forward to meeting you and helping you have FUN as you become a better musician!

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Experience

Owner/Teacher
Sep 2015 - Present
Esther Nistor Music Studio

o Founded private music studio
o Teach violin & piano to students of all ages
o Develop & teach Early Childhood Music classes for children ages 3-5
o Prepare & update studio documents & policies

Violin & Piano Teacher
Sep 2015 - May 2017
Sheridan Hills Christian School, Hollywood, FL

o Prepared and updated music program documents
o Coordinated scheduling of lessons, recitals, and workshops; prepared calendar of events
o Created budget, managed bookkeeping, and maintained financial records
o Developed curriculum, including repertoire, theory, music history, aural skills, technique
o Taught students of various ages K-12: repertoire, music theory, music history, aural skills, technique

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Early Childhood Music Teacher
Sep 2014 - May 2015
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN

o Assisted group music classes of up to 20 preschool-age children, 3-5 years old
o Utilized songs, games, and group & individual play to teach important musical concepts, such as ear training, tonality, musical form, dynamics, tempo, and more.
o Prepared teaching material, set up crafts, and encouraged & maintained a safe and fun classroom environment

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Piano & Violin Instructor
Sep 2014 - May 2015
Academy of Music, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, St. Paul, MN

o Taught private piano and violin lessons to students of all ages and levels
o Organized & facilitated a studio recital each semester

Collaborative Pianist
Sep 2010 - May 2014
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, IL

o Collaborated with advanced-level vocalists and instrumentalists
o Prepared accompaniment music to play with vocalists and instrumentalists in weekly private lessons
o Prepared and practiced regularly with vocalists and instrumentalists, culminating in performances to audiences of 100+ attenders

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Aural Skills (Ear Training) & Music Theory Teacher's Assistant
Sep 2011 - May 2012
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, IL

o Graded assignments, quizzes, and tests for professor
o Tutored students in ear training & music theory on a weekly basis
o Taught university-level class sessions in aural skills & music theory


Education

Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Wheaton College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

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Esther performing Beethoven Sonata No. 26, Op. 81a "Les Adieux", mvt. 1
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Calligraphy Print

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Watercolor Floral Letters and Calligraphy Name
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4 Reviews

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Blanca Oct 16, 2019
Piano ·

Esther is the best piano instructor one can ever ask for. She is very patient and takes the time to make sure your child captures and understands everything. I would recommend Esther to anyone and everyone!

Diana Sep 30, 2019
Classical Piano · In studio

Ms. Esther is a great teacher! She was very patient and explained everything very clearly to me so that I could understand. I’ve had multiple piano teachers, but she was the first one that helped me really progress in playing piano and understand music theory. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a piano teacher.

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Julie Aug 25, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

Esther is passionate and knowledgeable about music and she does an incredible job of sharing that passion and knowledge with her students. She instructed my two young boys in a music class along with 6 other young students. She was always prepared and taught the class a variety of musical instruments and the history behind each of them. She instilled a love for music and instruments, into my boys. We were sad to have her move so far away but the knowledge she passed along to my boys, is priceless. We highly recommend Mrs. Esther!

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Ana Aug 23, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

We were so glad to have Mrs. Esther for our daughters first music class. We loved her and so did our daughter! She is patient, kind, sweet and very knowledgeable in her instruction and we definitely recommend her. We wish she was back in South Florida for we are still searching for a piano teacher for our daughter. 🎶

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