Kira Hall

Kira H.

Forest Hills, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I accept violinists of all levels, and have completed Suzuki teacher training through book 8. I also bring in other methods such as Shirley Givens Adventures in Violinland for younger students, and incorporate books from Paul Rolland's teaching methodology.

About Kira H.

I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Yi-Wen Jiang (Shanghai String Quartet), Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has led me to perform in concert with pop superstar Sarah Mclachlan and to solo performances with the Rockland Summer Institute orchestra. I am currently a scholarship student of Ann Setzer at New York University, where I am a candidate for my masters degree in violin performance.

My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian and am an alumna of the Meadowmount School of Music.

My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra. They have also received perfect scores at NYSSMA.

Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.

With students younger than 7 years of age, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes with this age group. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress, a better grasp of the material being taught, and less frustration.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.

I do own cats, so please let me know if this is a problem!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.

Following your first violin lesson, you to provide your instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to accept students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.

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Jennifer K.
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Kira has been teaching my daughter for more than 5 years now. She tailors her lesson to my daughter’s needs, whatever they may be. Kira has been helping my daughter grow in so many ways – not just with violin skills. I highly recommend Kira!

Posted Aug 14, 2017
Vladimir Y.
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Great teacher.
Experienced, very patient and helpful.

Posted Oct 16, 2015
Erin S.
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Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!

Posted Jul 1, 2015
Jessica N.

Very caring and talented instructor.

My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.

Posted Mar 12, 2014
SadiaM

Fantastic

Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.

Posted May 30, 2012
RichardL

A great teacher and learning enviorment

We are very happy with the care and expertice that goes into my daughter's violin lessons. She is progressing nicely and has pure love for the instrument thanks to the great teaching. Thank you. Kira

Posted Mar 27, 2012
LisaF1

Great Violin Teacher

Kira is a great teacher. She takes the time to explain everything & makes sure you understand it. She is very patient & tailors the lesson to your learning style. I would highly recommend her.

Posted Dec 29, 2011
DavidR3

Kira is an excellent teacher, very meticulose and patient.

Posted Jul 3, 2011

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Experience

Private violin instructor
Jan 2003 - Present

Self-Employed

Adjunct Professor of Violin
Sep 2018 - May 2019

New York University

I am currently on maternity leave.

Violin/Viola Teacher
Sep 2011 - Oct 2016

Montclair Music Studio

Suzuki Faculty
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Education

Master of Music - Violin Performance
Sep 2018 - Present

New York University

Performance Certificate - Violin Performance
Sep 2015 - Dec 2016

Montclair University

Bachelor of Science - Violin Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2009

Mannes College of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2
Aug 2012

Michiko Yurko

Suzuki Teacher Training Books 1 - 8
May 2012

Suzuki Association of American

Affiliations

New York State Music Teachers Association
Apr 2017
NYSMTA is dedicated to furthering the art of music and promoting the growth and professional development of its members. It seeks to enhance the educational and performance expertise in all areas of music teaching, including performance, pedagogy, theory, and composition. In addition to the Annual Conference, Local Associations throughout the state sponsor musical and educational events of specific interest to those in their communities.
New Jersey Music Educators Association
Apr 2017
The mission of the New Jersey Music Educators Association is the advancement of music instruction in New Jersey's educational institutions at all levels that provide in-service and enrichment opportunities for practicing and retired teachers and prospective music educators, as well as sponsoring various festivals and all-state performing groups for K-12 students.
Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Sep 2010
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

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