Lauren Thomas

Lauren T.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a classically trained musician, I have found myself playing a wide range of genres in my professional life, from musical theater to bluegrass. I work in NYC as an actor/musician, and have been seen touring the country in the tony-award winning musical, Once! Our lessons will include scale work (Schradieck, Flesch), ear-training, and a range of repertoire catered to your wants and needs!
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Lauren delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 18

Teaching since:
2013

I'm an actor/musician in NYC, and have taught kids all over the world! I'm available for in-home, online, and in-studio lessons, where I can teach violin, flute, singing, acting, and English (ESL). In addition to teaching, this summer you can see me play the title role in The Fiddler on the Roof off-Broadway at NYTF, directed by Tony and Oscar winner, Joel Grey!

I received my BFA in Acting from Boston University's school of theater, but I have been making music since I could walk. As a classically trained singer, violinist and flautist, I've been able to incorporate my musical talents with my career as an actress. I play a range of professional gigs, from churches to rock concerts to pit orchestras. I had the chance to travel around the US, performing in theaters around the country for the Broadway national tour of the tony-award winning actor/musician musical, Once! My range of experience helps me cater lessons to you and your specific needs.

While most of my life has been spent performing, I discovered a love for teaching after college. I have been teaching music and theater for 5 years, and two years ago I began teaching ESL to elementary students in Turkey. I fell in love with teaching English, and feel my training in theater and music helps me use different, exciting teaching techniques in our lessons. I am conversational in both Turkish and Spanish as well!

No matter if we're working on music, acting, or English, I'm incredibly committed to my students and want each lesson to be fun and motivational. I'm a patient, supportive teacher, and know that each student is unique and moves at his/her own pace! Please reach out to me, and I will be happy to answer your questions!

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Experience

Violin teacher
Sep 2015 - Present
Private lessons

Private violin lessons
I use the Suzuki method, but also listen to my students' interests and introduce different material that excites and motivates them.

English Teacher
Jul 2015 - Aug 2016
Bilfen Elementary School (Ankara, Turkey)

Taught English to 4th and 5th grade students at a private school in Ankara, Turkey

Violin teacher
Sep 2014 - May 2015
Tune Up Philly

Worked as a teacher for Tune Up Philly, an educational program that works with the Philadelphia Orchestra to bring Orchestral programs to underserved areas of Philly.

Theater Teacher
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
Breaking Barriers

Toured high schools with my educational theater company that I founded, Breaking Barriers.

Education

BFA Acting
Sep 2009 - May 2013
Boston University

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Turkish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

TEFL
May 2015
Bridge TEFL

Certificate to teach English as a foreign language.

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Aug 2017

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Clips from New York Theater Barn performance of The Goree All-Girl String Band
Photo from NYMF production of The Goree All-Girl String Band

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6 Reviews

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Lisa (Catherine’s mom) Mar 1, 2018
Violin · In home

We love Lauren. She is making violin a great experience for our daughter (11 yrs old). She is very thorough and encouraging, and introduces interesting music that is fun and challenging for a beginner student. Our daughter says she can truly feel her own improvement, and is really happy to have additional lessons with Lauren, beyond what she receives in school. Lauren is flexible with scheduling and very reliable, and we intend to stick with her - and with the violin- for the duration!

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Lauren Dec 23, 2017
Violin ·

Lauren is an awesome violinist. I worked with her in a show and watched her tackle many different styles of music, improvise with other musicians, and collaborate on new material. I would recommend her to anyone!

Ruby Dec 20, 2017
Violin · In studio

Lauren Thomas is an excellent musician with a tremendous amount of patience and a seemingly boundless supply of talents. As a fellow musician who has played professionally alongside Lauren, I have witnessed first hand her skilled mastery of both the flute and the violin -- as intuitive as she is technically proficient. Apart from her musical abilities, she's kind, fun and sensitive and would make for either a great beginner violin teacher or as an instructor for someone with intermediate skills looking to expand their abilities. Cannot recommend her highly enough! Whether you're seeking instruction in the flute or the violin, Lauren's the woman for the job.

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Ezgi Dec 20, 2017
ESL · In home

She’s a wonderful teacher and also very suportive, answering any one of my million questions :)

Cherry Dec 18, 2017
ESL · In home

Lauren is fantastic, always there when you have a question never will give up on you, she’s the best instructor ever!!

Arda Sancak Dec 18, 2017
ESL · In home

She was the best instructor we ever have for my kids to teach English as ESL. She taught English my kids with acting and playing. I was impressed with her dialogue delivery to my kids and her face expressions, Me and my wife personally found her approach to our kids truly remarkable and commendable. Additionally, the skill of using a computer as a teaching tool was very professional. As a teacher, she is very dedicated and devoted person. We find ourselves lucky to meet with Lauren and my children are still missing her.

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