Jake Pietroniro

Jake P.

West Hartford, CT
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Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have taken and completed numerous classes in Music Theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I can teach anything from the basic circle of fifths to advanced atonal analysis.

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

Teaching since:
June 2011


I am currently a freelance violist and strings teacher in the greater Hartford area. I completed a masters degree in viola performance at The Hartt School in December of 2018.

In the past year, I have collaborated with Teaching Artists International in traveling to Peru and Guatemala to observe and teach students immersed in the El Sistema philosophy. El Sistema began in Venezuela as a method of orchestral instruction that carries with it an essential component of social justice and inclusivity.

Teaching is a great opportunity to get to know a young artist. My primary goal as a teacher has always been to help my students develop technical and musical abilities through regular practice and problem solving approaches, while always encouraging a unique musical voice. In our lessons together, we will explore your personal musical interests, and I will also introduce you to an applied technical approach to the viola and violin, which I will cater to your individual technical and musical needs!

I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions you have about my pedagogical approach, and I look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,
-Jake Pietroniro-

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Instructor of Viola and Violin
Aug 2018 - Present
Summit Studios

Instructor of Viola and Violin
Aug 2017 - Present
Downright Music

Work Desk Assistant
Aug 2017 - Present
The Hartt School Performance Library

Instructor of Viola and Violin
Jul 2017 - Present
Sharps and Flats

Teaching Artist
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016
The Incredible Children's Art Network

iCAN is an el-sistema based after school program located in Santa Barbara, CA. Some of my responsibilities included individual instruction of violin, viola, and cello, group lessons, and the leading of student ensembles.

Strings Teacher
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016
Santa Barbara Symphony

I ran after school group violin lessons in the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas. For many of my students, this group lesson was their first experience with playing violin, so my responsibilities included setting each student up comfortably, and teaching the very basics of technique.

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Masters in Music, emphasis Viola Performance
Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
The Hartt School
Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis Viola Performance
Jul 2011 - Jun 2015
The University of California at Santa Barbara


Limited Proficiency


1st Prize
Mar 2017
The Hartt School Annual Chamber Music Competition

Photos & Videos

Performance of Brahms' String Quartet in C Minor, during a masterclass for Chiara String Quartet

Duet Performance in Illinois, 2017

Montecito, California: Wedding

Santa Barbara, California: Sophomore Recital

Recording a premiere of Dan Minogue's 'Music for Falling In and Out of Love' @TheHarttSchool

Presentation at the Hartt School, including a 45 minute improvisation with piano, tar, sitar, and viola.
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6 Reviews

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Matt S. Apr 7, 2019
Violin · In studio

Jake was great. Articulate, calm, encouraging. He understood my requests and was quick to asses what action to take. Thanks Jake.

JCT Feb 12, 2019
Violin · In studio

Jake has a keen sense of how to pace lessons, and has a sharp eye & ear for technique. If I had just taught myself through YouTube I might be okay at violin, but the quality would be nowhere near where it is today without Jake's help. These lessons have been a good investment and I look forward to improving even more.

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Megan Jan 4, 2019
Viola · In studio

Jake Pietroniro is an excellent teacher and colleague. I’ve work with him for the last couple years and he has a great ability to tailor lessons to each students individual needs. I highly recommend Jake to any student interested in improving their musical abilities.

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Brian Feb 6, 2017
Violin · In studio

My daughter began her first year of violin lessons with Jake at her school when she was in 4th grade . She enjoyed taking lessons with him and remembers discussions they had about the history of the violin. She said he was a good teacher - patient and explained things well. She received a good fundamental background in the violin and that has carried over to her continuing into her second year of lessons.

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Katie Feb 3, 2017
Viola · In studio

Fantastic teacher! I worked with Jake at the Incredible Children's Art Network (formerly of Santa Barbara, CA) and had watched Jake build positive healthy relationships with each of our students. He focused on establishing a safe learning environment and individualizing lessons for students with various needs.

His easy going temperament, open mind, and professional mindset made him easy to work with as a colleague.

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Gabrielle Feb 1, 2017
Violin · In studio

I worked with Jake at the Incredible Children's Art Network. Jake has a dedication to students' learning, great adaptability and flexibility with different learners, and a willingness to embrace feedback to better his teaching. He forms meaningful relationships with his students and uses his expertise to help their musical development.

Parents: He's responsible, respectful, and genuinely cares for your child's musical development. At the Incredible Children's Art Network, he worked extensively with first-year, beginning violin students (ages 7-9).

Private students: Jake is an accomplished performer, great communicator, and can help you grow musically, while making violin/viola fun.

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