Lauren Cauley

Lauren C.

New York, NY
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Hello there! My name is Lauren, and I have over a decade of experience teaching violin. I earned my BM and MM degrees from Eastman School of Music in Violin Performance and perform regularly at venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

As a teacher, I adapt my teaching methods on-the-spot to introduce and reinforce concepts in a patient, enthusiastic, and creative manner tailored to each student. In addition to equipping my students with proper violin technique , students are empowered and develop their communication skills and confidence while fostering a lasting curiosity for learning and a genuine love for the imaginative and expressive capabilities of music.

Lessons generally focus on four major areas: scales, etudes, ensemble parts (orchestra and chamber music), and solo repertoire. Music theory and ear-training activities supplement work in these areas. A portion of lesson-time is also devoted to preparing students for entrance and seating auditions, when applicable. In addition to weekly lessons, my students perform solos in recitals and are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular ensembles.

As a guest artist and educator, I've has given performances and worked with students at universities around the world, including Bard College; Berklee College of Music; Chinese University of Hong Kong; Cornell University; Dartmouth College; Eastman School of Music; Harvard University; Shanghai Conservatory; Universidade Federal do Paraná; University of Alaska, Anchorage; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Diego; and Wesleyan University.

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Generally lessons are 60 minutes once a week. For younger students or adults on a budget, 45 minute lessons are available. 30 minute lessons are for students 8 and younger. If students have an upcoming concert/audition, or would simply like to progress faster, twice weekly lessons are available.


*** Specialties ***

All of my students learn how to read music from the beginning of their playing. For addressing technique with young kids, she uses fun pneumonic devices such as "pizza box hand," "flamingo arm," and "umbrella fingers," to help students remember, identify, and visualize proper hand, arm, and finger placement. They practice note names and rhythm through singing and memorization games. With these activities, students practice at home on their own and advance weekly between lessons while developing a love for playing the violin.

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  • Speaks English, German
  • BM Violin Performance from Eastman School of Music

Reviews (5)

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Amy M. Jul 9, 2019
Violin · In home

We are off to a great start!

Akiko May 11, 2019
Violin · In home

Lauren is an amazing violin instructor to our 11 year old son. She is always on time, has a great way with kids, and really brought out his confidence. I over heard him in the lesson saying “ohhh, that’s how you do it.” Lauren is a highly accomplished musician and outstanding teacher. We highly recommend her to anyone.

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Thomas Jan 29, 2019
Violin · In home

When I first started studying with Lauren in 2017, I was a freshman in high school and stuck in the fifth stand of my orchestra. Six months later, I moved up to being the concert master. Lauren is amazing. She brings out the best in my playing. She has a great ear for music, she is an amazing violinist, and the best teacher I have ever had. With Lauren I was able to progress from 3rd position to 7th position in a short time. She is very kind and patient, and never gets frustrated with me (unlike all my other teachers). She is the reason I have been able to excel at violin. Best. Teacher. Ever.

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Annabel Jan 29, 2019
Violin · In home

Lauren is a thorough and excellent violin teacher. She goes through technique, skills, and methods of playing and practicing that will last you through your entire musical life. She leaves you able to teach yourself and excited to learn more. Lauren has widespread of skills across chamber music, solo pieces, and classical music. She has coached me in CMC, and now as a private coach at home. I am so excited to continue our lessons, and continue to learn and master the violin.

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Mary N. Feb 20, 2014
Violin ·

Lauren is an excellent teacher for adult students!

At the age of 54 I decided to purchase a violin and learn to play. I found Lauren Cauley through Takelessons.com and could not be more pleased with her!! She has taught me so much in my first four weeks. She's patient with me and encourages me when I get discouraged with my play. She is quick to answer the numerous questions I have. She is an extremely talented musician with a talent for teaching. She pushes me in my weekly assignments and ensures I've mastered one level before we move to the next. Thanks Lauren!!

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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Hello there! My name is Lauren, and I have over a decade of experience teaching Violin. I earned my BM and MM degrees from Eastman School of Music in Violin Performance and perform regularly at venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

As a teacher, I adapt my teaching methods on-the-spot to introduce and reinforce concepts in a patient, enthusiastic, and creative manner tailored to each student. In addition to equipping my students with proper violin technique, students are empowered and develop their communication skills and confidence while fostering a lasting curiosity for learning and a genuine love for the imaginative and expressive capabilities of music.

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Experience

Chamber Music Faculty
Sep 2015 - Present

Chamber Music Center of New York

Artist-in-residence
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018

The Walden School

Violin Faculty
Aug 2015 - Jul 2016

Bloomingdale School of Musioc

Teaching Artist
Dec 2014 - May 2016

Midori and Friends

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Eastman School of Music

• Led course for undergraduate and graduate level violinists utilizing Otakar Ševčík’s School of Violin Techniques, Opus 1, Part IV • Provided essential weekly feedback for studio-class student performances, creating an empowering, encouraging atmosphere


Education

MM Violin Performance and Literature
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Eastman School of Music

Contemporary Performance
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014

Impuls Academy Graz, Austria

German
Jun 2012 - Sep 2012

Bauhaus Universität

BM Violin Performance
Sep 2008 - May 2012

Eastman School of Music


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency


Certifications

Academic Distinction (Graduation Honors)
May 2012

Eastman School of Music


Awards

Alumni Arts Award
Oct 2018

Burr & Burton Academy

Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst
Apr 2012

German Government


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