Omer Ashano
New York, NY
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Omer Ashano

Omer A.

New York, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hey there explorer!

So you thought the violin is only meant to play Classical music? Think again!
With over 13 years of experience in improvisation in many different musical styles on the violin, I will show you the methods to explore and teach yourself any type of musical style you'd wish to play!

Although being mainly a Jazz violinist, I have performed and recorded in many different musical genres and improvisation styles including Blues, Trad Jazz, Rock, Indian Classical music, Bluegrass, Jewish Klezmer music and more. Since students spend most of their crucial development time individually in the practice room, as a teacher my biggest ambition is to teach my students 'how to be your own teacher' (I know it's kinda shooting myself in the foot :] ). Based on my 20 years experience playing the violin and other instruments, my training in Alexander technique, teaching artistry, psychology, philosophy and meditation, I've accumulated a set of methods and ideas about how to teach my students to be independent learners who can critically self-reflect and identify their strengths and weaknesses. By developing awareness to musical nuances I will work with the students to enable them to play in many different musical genres and styles of improvisation while offering them an alternative to the conservative approach of violin teaching.
I'd love to teach you whether you are a fresh beginner or a master!

About Omer A.

An award-winning Jazz violinist and a graduate of The Newschool of Jazz, I would love to offer you my unique approach to learning this incredible and versatile instrument. Through ear training and improvisation we will learn how to master the instrument whether you're interested in playing classical music, jazz, rock, folk or any other style which you may be curious about.
These days I'm recording and performing on stages around the world playing Jazz, Rock, Folk and more.
Would love to share with you some of my secrets! Teaching improvisation and basic violin for all levels. Also teaching audition prep and ear training!
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A few years ago a musician I really admire told me how he believes that every musician has to be teaching at some point in his career. He has seen it not only as a suggestion but as an obligation, a responsibility of an artist to pass on his knowledge for the next generations. My life circumstances only make this belief stronger within me year after year.

As a young Violinist in Israel that experienced a crisis with Classical music and the Classical school, I’ve been looking around for non-classical Violin teachers in vain. I’ve figured out that in order to play the music I want on the Violin I’m going to have to teach it to myself, thus becoming an independent learner which is most likely the greatest gift I’ve ever received as a musician and a teacher.
I had to read books, watch videos, ask people how they practice, use my ears because I had no scores to any of the music I wanted to play, explore. I had to criticize myself, I had to remain conscious about my playing and what I think is missing in my playing in comparison to other players, analyze what is it that excites me in one’s music or playing. Most of all, I had the privilege to remain attentive to any new idea being suggested to me, because no one ever taught me what the “truth” is.

Be your own teacher. That is perhaps the only “truth” I would force upon my students. As part of my teaching philosophy, I'm seeking to not only teach my students the skills they wish to acquire but to show them how to determine and teach themselves new skills they 'need' or desire to acquire.

With over 8 years of experience teaching private students of all levels and conducting Jazz violin workshops for small groups, I like to incorporate my knowledge in music teaching with other knowledge in learning techniques and education I've acquired through training in Psychology, leadership and education, Alexander technique, Teaching artistry, meditation and social work.

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Sara
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Omer has been an excellent teacher! I’ve over heard several lessons with him and my son and I’m always impressed by the breath of knowledge he has. In just a few weeks my son has been inspired to play the piano for hours at a time. Originally Omer was going to teach my son violin but they switched to piano so that they could explore their common interest in composing music for film. I am immensely pleased with him and recommend him wholeheartedly!

Posted Jun 28, 2019
Lucy D.
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First lesson ended with such a good feeling of well being. I believe I am in the right hands. Omer is patient; and he listens as well as talks.

Posted Jun 19, 2019
Lenna P.
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I have been playing in a string quartet with Omer for two years and I can easily say he's one of the most talented musicians I've ever worked with. He's also a kind, intelligent, and reliable person. Judging from the skills he displays in quartet work I have no hesitation in saying that he is a wonderful teacher.

Posted Jun 11, 2019
Gabe
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Omer is a great instructor - very quickly identified my areas for improvement and came up with creative and fun ways to practice exactly the skills i needed to focus on. He is very patient and also has been flexible to take our lessons in whatever direction makes most sense for my personal goals and preferred style.

Posted May 12, 2019
Ruth
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Omer is giving Violin lessons to my youngest son Eric for the last 6 months. Eric started playing the guitar a few years ago up until a movie he recently saw on a Japanese brilliant violinist , a week later he told us on his will to tryout the violin. Fortunately We heard Omer playing in a jazz club, and contacted him a few days after, Omer is a very talented musician but has unique capability and patient for his students. Omer is teaching with a very relaxed, positive attitude, his passion for music with small anecdotes and humour was what made Eric to get in love with the instrument and he is Impatiently waiting for his next lesson. we highly recommend Omer as a teacher and musician.

Posted May 26, 2018
Mike
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Omer helped me in preparing for my audition to the school of jazz in The Newschool, NY. Don't know my answer yet but Omer definitely helped me feel confident about my playing and be more coherent in my presentation in front of the judges. He showed me some techniques to be able to remain focused even under the stress of an audition of such significance for me and I feel like it really changed my performance for the better.
Highly recommended!! :]

Posted May 24, 2018
Idan
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I've been a classical violinist for many years and but never had the courage to improvise on my instrument. Omer showed me how fun improvisation could be and really made everything seem easier than what I thought it was.
Great guy and awesome teacher!!

Posted May 24, 2018
Suzy
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Omer loves music, the violin, and it shows. His youtube videos are smokin' and had me humming with joy. He puts a spin on the classical instrument in a way I had not known possible before...by playing jazz with it! It's just want a teenage boy needs to experience. My son has been playing since he was 5 years old and I felt that the traditional, classical instructors with their dated attitude just would not cut it at this juncture in his music career. With Omer teaching, I'm confident my latently, hesitant violinist will "produce" his own music with time. He goes away from some lessons whistling the piece. When Omer and my son jam, it's quite exciting. Omer is knowledgable, modern, in tune with the young student, I believe because he was a young boy once too. He's absolutely what we are looking for in a contemporary instructor. And his jazz concerts are quite inspiring to see too. I hope my raving reviews won't take him away from my student but he's one of the best violinist in New York City presently.

Posted May 11, 2018
Barry
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I had the delight of taking small group workshops with Omer at jazz weekends.
Aside from being an amazing performer, he is a fantastic teacher - explains and demonstrates in a very clear fashion, has lots of patience, and stimulates his students to work hard and to want to learn as much as they can from him.
Highly highly recommend him as a teacher!

Posted May 6, 2018
Deb
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Omer can find a means to teach you no matter what your level is. Omer, thanks for teaching me jazz violin. You are a great player!!!

Posted May 6, 2018
David
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Omer has taught swing, Gypsy swing and jazz violin at my Gypsy Jazz Weekend retreat since it's inception in 2013- he is by far the most sought after instructor, and his students consistently praise the unconventional approach that makes both Omer's music and his teaching exciting. He's a pleasure to work with as well.

Posted May 5, 2018

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Experience

Violin teacher
Sep 2017 - Present

Joe's Music and Dance Academy

Studio teacher at Joe's Music and Dance Academy working primarily with young beginner violinists

Jazz Violin workshops instructor
Jul 2011 - Jul 2014

Gypsy Swing Weekend

Conducted and instructed Jazz violin workshops for groups in the annual Gypsy Jazz seminar in Israel

Youth leader
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011

Bnei Hamoshavim Youth Movement

Worked with high schoolers in the social youth movement Beni Hamoshavim involving the youth in leadership and social engagement.

Education

B.A Mus
Sep 2016 - May 2018

The Newschool for Jazz

Diploma in Jazz performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015

The Center For Jazz Studies, The Israeli Conservatory of Music

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Hebrew

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Member Tau Sigma National Honor Society at The New School
Apr 2018

Tau-Sigma Honor Society

Scholarship from The Newschool of Jazz
Sep 2016

The Newschool of Jazz and Contemporary Music

Certificate of Excellence
May 2016

The Center For Jazz Studies, The Israeli Conservatory of Music

Jazz performance award 2014
Jun 2014

America Israel Cultural Foundation

Affiliations

Tau Beta Sigma
Apr 2018
Tau Beta Sigma is a highly respected pre-eminent music organization comprised of over 160 collegiate chapters and more than 3,800 collegiate members with a balanced representation of women and men. Strong leadership thrives throughout our organization and we have a solid financial foundation. We cultivate and sponsor a variety of music education programs for our diverse membership and work closely with collegiate band directors. Our alumni association is an integral part of Tau Beta Sigma, promoting diversity efforts, social networking and assisting members in enhancing their professional leadership and employment possibilities after graduation from college. We are actively engaged in the community through music.

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