Patti Kilroy

Patti K.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Violin lessons will focus on technique and fundamentals in the context of the repertoire you are learning! You can expect to receive clear practice goals and I encourage a communicative dynamic among teacher and student.
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Patti delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional violinist and violist based in New York City. I received my Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from New York University (with a minor in mathematics!) in 2010 and 2012, and am currently working on my Ph.D in Violin Performance at NYU.

As a teacher, I have taught students of all ages and levels of experience, ranging from beginner students to professional practitioners. I currently teach violin at Western Connecticut State University and New York University, and also maintain a private studio in the tristate area.

I believe that every student is different in how they progress and have a flexible approach to teaching, but do believe that awareness of technique and fundamentals is the key to progress. While working with me, students can expect clear guidelines regarding practice goals for a week, and a communicative relationship between student and teacher. In an ideal teacher-student relationship, the student should always feel free to express to me if an approach is not working for them, or if they do not understand a concept explained in lessons! I am also willing to work with students regarding repertoire, and have experience with working with differently abled students.

As a performer, I make a point of engaging with a variety of classical and non-classical genres, including rock, pop, and jazz music. I currently play with an indie rock band called OWEL, and have also performed with contemporary music groups Alarm Will Sound, Argento New Music Project, ensemble mise-en, ETHEL, Hotel Elefant, Newspeak, Signal, The Wordless Music Orchestra, with the avant-rock Burning City Orchestra led by Noam Faingold, metal string quartet seven)suns, and the disco band Escort. I have also played in the company of a variety of artists spanning many genres, including Icelandic singer Björk, avant-jazz-funk band Medeski, Martin and Wood, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead, the band Goldfrapp, Icelandic electronic artist Valgeir Sigurdsson, John Cale from the Velvet Underground, rock band Deep Purple, and Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón, in a variety of concert halls, bars, and living rooms, including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Center, Muziekgebouw a’ant Ij in Amsterdam, the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Galapagos, Symphony Space, and Death by Audio.

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Adjunct Faculty, Applied Violin and Chamber Music
Jan 2014 - Present
Western Connecticut State University

Teaching applied violin lessons and chamber music to intermediate and advanced level college-age students.

Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2010 - Present
New York University

Teaching violin lessons and chamber music to beginner, intermediate, and advanced level college-age students. I teach music majors and nonmajors.

Private Studio
Sep 2007 - Present

Currently accepting students of all ages and levels in the New York City area.

Adjunct Lecturer
Sep 2014 - Dec 2017
Hunter College

Taught violin and chamber music and lecture classes at Hunter College to college age students of all majors at the intermediate and advanced level.


Ph.D., Violin Performance
Sep 2012 - Present
New York University
Master of Music, Violin Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2012
New York University
Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance
Sep 2006 - May 2010
New York University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Federation of Musicians
May 2008

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

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A set with Hotel Elefant.

Playing rock music with OWEL!


2 Reviews

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Roberta Aug 19, 2018

I’ve worked with Patti as a violinist for many years, and she is a brilliant musician. She is reliable, fun, inspiring, and has very creative ideas! I would strongly recommend her as a teacher!

Eric Aug 19, 2018
Viola · In studio

Patti is one of the most fun and caring teachers I know—I would highly recommend her to any student out there, not the least because she is a master pedagogue, but also because she is a stellar violinist. Patti is the best!

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