Omer Ashano

Omer A.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
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!
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About

Omer passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Omer delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

An award-winning Jazz violinist and a graduate of The Newschool of Jazz, 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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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
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

Photos & Videos

May the force be with you!

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Gypsy Jazz (style of Django Reinhardt)
Solo Improvisation with a loop station
Rock N' Roll!
Fiddle Vs. Ukelele

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Recording an album with OSOG band in Wilmington, NC. You should check the band out!!
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7 Reviews

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Ruth May 26, 2018
Violin · In studio

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.

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Mike May 24, 2018
Audition Prep · Online

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!! :]

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Idan May 24, 2018
Violin · In studio

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!!

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Suzy May 11, 2018
Violin · In home

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.

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Barry May 6, 2018
Violin · In studio

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!

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Deb May 6, 2018
Violin · In studio

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!!!

David May 5, 2018
Violin · In studio

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.

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