Gabrielle Armenier

Gabrielle A.

Spring Valley, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I began playing violin as a young child, and progressed to several hours a day during my teenage years. I taught throughout college, both as a violin instructor and as a private instructor.

My teaching programs vary according to the level of the student, and the goal he or she has set for him/herself, be it as a support to a school educational program or a personal love for music and/or the violin that seeks to develop itself into a practice.
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Gabrielle teaches



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

Teaching since:
September 2008

A violinist is a musical knight: the round shield which once protected the heart has become a sound-resonating violin, the linear sword a bow, yet the fundamental gestures are the same. The active right directs according to linear rules, the left spirals inwards.

Dear Student,

My name is Gabrielle A. I am French, in my mid-twenties, and hold a MA in education. Simple, to the point, confident, smiling and fun, I engage quickly and well with those around me.

While teaching a standard violin apprenticeship curriculum, I approach the instrument from the perspective of movement: what qualitative gesture is at play behind a particular stroke or fingering?

Imagine playing violin according to lines of force, directions and qualities of movement between the right and the left! Musical sound, and its higher sibling tone, are born from the qualitative interplay between right and left meeting in the human chest.
By inwardly experiencing the instrument as a threefold instrument (violin, bow and violinist) we can step away from the view that the violin is 'somewhere out there', a foreign object to be more or less painfully mastered.

I believe that as instrumentalists we ourselves are a part of the tone we produce.
I will therefore look with you at the kinesiology behind a correct posture and encourage you to experience the playing process as a circle between the violin, the bow and the violinist.

I hope to hear from you, meet you, and work with you!

Yours sincerely,

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French and German Language Instructor
Apr 2015 - Present
San Jose Learning Center, San Jose, Silicon Valley

Violin Instructor
Sep 2010 - Jan 2013
A# Melodies, New York


MA Eurythmy and Education
Sep 2013 - Aug 2014
Freie Hochschule Stuttagrt
BA Eurythmy and Education
Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
Oslo Eurythmie Hoyskole


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


May 2012
Eurythmy Sring Valley, NY

Photos & Videos

'The Musical Knight' Part Two - Downbows and Upbows
The subject of this presentation was 'What archetypal movements lie at the base of a string player's gestures?'

17 Reviews

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Robert C. Mar 7, 2018
French · Online

Great lesson as usual! Thanks Gabrielle!

Sunnie T. Oct 17, 2017
French · Online

Anthony W. Sep 6, 2017
French · Online

Zach Aug 17, 2017
French · Online

Gabrielle is great at teaching my 9 year old french. She makes his lessons fun and keeps him engaged so that he always looks forward to his lessons. She does a great job engaging with the interests of her students, instead of sticking to a rigid lesson plan and losing the student. For example, quietly inserting verb conjugation and tense training into the telling of a story her student is determined to share with her. She really works with the kid's interests and gets their buy-in and engagement.

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Fishy May 28, 2017
English · In home

she's amazing

Athbah May 25, 2017
Violin · Online

Gabrielle was Fantastic!

Sophia and Daniel B. May 5, 2017
French · Online

Amazing teacher, my kids were very reticent taking French lessons but Gabrielle won them over with her engagement and humor! Strongly recommend.

Ramin B. Apr 1, 2017
French · Online

Beny P. Feb 3, 2017
English · In home

best teacher on the global world

Terry Jan 30, 2017
French · Online

I've been taking lessons from Gabrielle for several months now, and I honestly think that she is an amazing teacher.

Cindy Dec 19, 2016
French · Online

Gabrielle focuses on the individualized needs of each student and creates lessons and conversations to help the learner succeed. Her unique style of synchronous visual and auditory prompts through the online medium is extremely effective in the retention and understanding of concepts. I highly recommend her as an instructor.

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Sally W. Jan 8, 2016
Violin · In home

Gabrielle was WONDERFUL!! She was truly the best teacher my son has ever had. She’s warm, lovely, encouraging. Everything you would want in a teacher. We’re very sorry to see her go, as she is moving. It will be very hard to replace her.

Amy H. Jan 5, 2016
Violin · In home

Gabrielle is very gentle and really good with high energy children. She is also very encouraging. Recommend!

Vishakha S. Nov 2, 2015
Violin · In home

This is our first experience with a violin teacher. My daughter has so far loved the classes. Gabrielle is playful with the child and very energetic. She is very careful and detailed in her approach which is very important when working with a child who is beginning to learn. She keeps the child engaged through out the class, with games, little dance steps, striking conversation with the child etc. She has interesting ideas and techniques to teach this difficult instrument to a five year old. So far we are very happy with Gabrielle.

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Cindy W. Oct 7, 2015
Violin · In home

Great violin teacher! My daughter like the class so much!

Hugo W. May 24, 2015
Violin · In home

Gabrielle is wonderful! She is an excellent teacher and our son is really enjoying his lessons with her. Thanks Gabrielle!

Arya M. May 11, 2015
Violin · In home

The class went very well.

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