Ilona Machado

Ilona M.

Pompano Beach, FL
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Student needs to have the instrument. I usually use Essential Elements and Suzuki books for beginner and intermediate students. Also String Tunes.
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About

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Ilona delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1990

For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.

I teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Master Theory.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include: technique: I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
music theory: I use Master Theory or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues

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Experience

ESL Teacher
Oct 2013 - Present
Private Language School

Teaching English as a second language

ESL Teacher
Jun 2012 - Present
Private School

Teaching English to speakers of other languaged

Academic private tutor
Aug 2010 - Present
Private Website

Tutoring most academic subjects K-12

Music teacher
May 2010 - Present
Takelessons

I start with the beginning skills on Essential Elements and then use fiddle methods

Music teacher
Aug 1996 - Present
Music Studio

Private music lessons

Music Teacher
Sep 2007 - Jan 2014
Elite Music Instruction

I usually use beginner methods and solo pieces

Music Teacher
Oct 2006 - Apr 2013
Bethel Church of God

piano and violin students elementary through college age

Education

Masters of Educaion in Curriculum and Instruction
Jul 2015 - Present
Florida Atlantic University
Master of Arts ESOL
Aug 2010 - May 2012
Florida Atlantic University
BA Music Education with violin performance
Aug 2005 - May 2010
Florida Atlantic Univerity
Music Performance in violin and piano
May 1984 - May 1988
Frederic Chopin Music Academy in Poland

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Professional Proficiency
Polish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Polish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Polish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Piano teacher
May 2014
National Piano Guild

My students participate in annual auditions

TESOL
May 2012
Floria Atlantic University

Music Education
May 2010
Broward County Schools

This certification came with my BA degree in Music Education

Awards

mentoring a new memeber
Aug 2014
Toastmasters International
Piano Teacher
Jun 2014
National Piano Guild

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Jan 2010

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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National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians, The
Jul 2000

Our primary function is to establish definite goals and awards--in noncompetitive auditions--for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy.

Photos & Videos

This is my private student Nigam, he goes to college tis year, probably Florida Atlantic University.

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Shreya is studying for her pre-med exams, and she needed some help with chemistry and biology. She also played some flute.

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I perform mostly on the violin and in different chamber ensembles.

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13 Reviews

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Radha Sep 29, 2017
Violin · In home

Experienced, knowledgable and persistent in teaching. I did not think I will be able to learn fast, but Ilona helps in every step. From holding the bow rightly, to using fingers, learning the language of music, she is patient and persistent. I recommend her without reservation..

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Denise L. Sep 15, 2016
Piano · In home

wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .

Michelle W. Apr 15, 2016
Violin · In home

Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.

Sebastian Oct 27, 2015
Fiddle · In home

She is very professional, helpful, thorough and efficient. Knows her stuff!

Philona M. Oct 21, 2015
Piano · In home

My daughter loves her, and she is learning so much!

Louis E. Aug 8, 2015
Piano · In home

She's Really Good. Takes You Through Step By Step. And Gives Memorization Practice. She's The Teacher You Want To Be With.

Hyunsook H. Jun 21, 2015
Violin · In home

I highly recommend Miss. Ilona!

My 10 year old boy/girl twins have had lessons with Miss. Ilona for several months. Miss. Ilona, who is classically trained, not only keeps a nice balance between theory and performance, but also accommodates my twins' interests in contemporary music by helping them with their Spring Choral Concert music.

Every teacher has a point of view, personal preferences, and methodological bias that may fit one child but may not fit another child as well. Miss. Ilona, however, constantly leaves her doors open to communicate and listen, and make an effort to understand how my twins feel about the lesson material. She constantly adapts the material and tries new approaches to make them better violinists.

What I like most about Miss. Ilona is that she is willing to provide her students with opportunities to participate in Fund Raising and charity events by donating their musical talents. This allows her students to give back to the community what they have learned. On April 17, 2015 my twins performed at Theosophical Society Fund Raising at Deerfield Beach. On May 30, 2015, they performed at Children’s Oasis International Fund Raising to "enable today youth be tomorrow's leaders” in Africa.

After those events, my son wrote in his essay, “What matters to me most is to make people happy by doing what I enjoy doing…… While we played, the audience was very happy and cheered us after each song. It really made us feel so good…… After the performance, many people came to us and thanked us to play music for them. It really made us feel appreciated and so special. When I hear people saying they raised a lot more money thanks to us, I feel so blessed. I am proud that I can make difference by doing what I enjoy doing……special thanks to my violin teacher, Miss. Ilona and my twin sister."

As Hillary Clinton said, "...it takes a village to raise a child (the traditional African proverb)" during her own presidential compaign during 2007, it seems to Miss. Ilona, raising a musical child is a collaborative business, a business that the teacher, the student and the parents have to run together in order to be successful. Collaborative decision making with a child requires a willingness to listen, negotiate and compromise. As Jessica Turner (music educator) argues music instructors know about teaching music, but when it comes to your child and how s/he learns, we parents are the expert. As an educator myself, I appreciate that Miss. Ilona lets me work together with her to ensure the fit and quality of my twins musical instruction. I feel fortunate that we have found such a great instructor for my twins!

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Marilda J. Jan 10, 2015
Piano · In home

Ilona is a funny and patient teacher. She makes learning piano fun while making sure to learn and improve on the technique and skills. I enjoyed taking lessons with her and would recommend her to anyone else.

Kari B. Nov 8, 2014
Piano · In home

Ilona has been teaching piano to my 12 year old daughter for a few weeks now but already I can see a dramatic improvement in my daughter's playing! Ilona is a wonderful teacher who is able to not just provide piano playing instruction but also provides instruction on music theory to students to really provide a comprehensive musical education for her students!

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Maureen A. Aug 6, 2013
Piano ·

Excellent teacher!

As I've worked with Ilona and gotten to know her as my teacher, I realize that she really truly cares that I learn well and learn the proper way. She can be tough and gives me a good amount of work to do, but it's all because she wants me to learn and learn well. If I'm unable to complete an assignment she just laughs and says "Life happens" - she's very understanding. She's very patient and encourages me all the time. I often will make a comment such as "I stink at this" and she'll tell me I'm too hard on myself and piano is a learning experience. Obviously teaching is her calling in life and she's excellent at it! I would recommend her to anyone who wants to learn the art of playing the piano.

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Katherine P. Jul 27, 2013
Cello ·

Ilona is one of the best teachers I had so far. I have fun with her learning cello.

I learned a lot with her and enjoy playing with her duets on the violin. Because of her I got into Gold Cost Youth Orchestra where I met one of her violin students Sharri. She encouraged me to stay focused on my playing and to perform chamber music with her. Very well organized teacher, I will recommend her for any age.

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Carol H. Jun 5, 2013
Piano ·

Ilona is an EXCELLENT piano teacher and we are so happy we found her!

My daughter, who is 13, once again loves playing piano thanks to Ilona. About 3 years ago, our first piano teacher moved away, and it was a major challenge replacing her. We tried 3 piano teachers over the past 3 years, before finding Ilona. Ilona is a breath of fresh air, a true professional and has an impeccable teaching style, second to none. My daughter is now practicing every day and can't wait for her weekly hour lesson. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have such an amazing individual teaching my daughter piano! We could not be happier. Ilona is definitely a class act!!

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Ilona M. Feb 15, 2013
Piano ·

This is a teacher that you will enjoy working with...

I had work with Ms. Machado for many months and I enjoy her approach and care for excellence. She always had good suggestions, but you need to practice.
She is very kind and reliable, as well as flexible. She knows how to make music fun and shows the right way to accomplish difficult problems.

I highly recommend her for both the piano and violin lessons.

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