Jake Pietroniro

Jake P.

West Hartford, CT
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have played the violin and the viola for 13 years, and have studied both extensively at a high level. You can expect a good mixture of technique and pieces in our lessons, along with many conversations about body awareness and tension release. The last two points are my passion projects, as I aim to help you develop pain free playing at all costs!
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Jake teaches



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 earning a masters degree in viola performance at The Hartt School, with separate emphases in music theory, conducting, and strings pedagogy.

In the past year, I was a teaching artist at the Incredible Children's Art Network in Santa Barbara, where I was exposed to many teaching methods and techniques, among them the El Sistema method of strings pedagogy. I was also a musical mentor at Santa Barbara Strings, where I led string sectionals, and coached chamber music groups.

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 discover their own musical voices. 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!

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Strings Faculty
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 - Present
The Hartt School
Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis Viola Performance
Jul 2011 - Jun 2015
The University of California at Santa Barbara


Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Montecito, California: Wedding

Santa Barbara, California: Sophomore Recital


3 Reviews

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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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