I am comfortable teaching all types of students: young beginners, general music-lovers, and conservatory-bound students.
I'm assistant principal violist in Brooklyn's main orchestra: The Metro Chamber Orchestra. I also have a variety of freelance projects (like playing my homeland's tango with the Astoria Tango Orchestra).
I've been teaching and conducting at The Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts for the part 7 years. I also teach privately out of a studio near Union Square/Gramercy.
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I tend to be emphasize structured practice. I generally like to have students perform in some way (whether it's a real test, mock test, or a school recital) so that they have goals to practice for throughout the semester.
I also think it's crucial for musicians to be critical thinkers as well, so from time to time I will challenge kids with side assignments that may be relevant to opening their mind on the subject.
Most of the time, if at least one of the parents has an active involvement in supporting the lessons then the progress of students is very strong (like emphasizing key points in the week, or just having open dialogue with kids about the process). It is by no means necessary, but it can help a lot.
Often adult beginners are curious as to what the learning curve is. Generally, by the 3rd or 4th month of study all the basic elements start falling in. But although the beginning requires patience, I find a key to making it work is finding how to enjoy the small things in practice... which will later construct a beautiful sound.
I keep a sense of humor while teaching and performing (always when and if appropriate), but I am also very serious about getting students to their best potential. This means that for every student I adapt the approach to best suit their needs.
I keep organized lesson plans as a general rule, but some students work better without them, so I adjust in those cases.
· Violin · In studio
· Violin · In home
I'm an adult student, but you can feel a comfort and relaxed atmosphere in the immediate presence of Pedro. This is such an important factor in learning an instrument. This feeling would serve to greatly help and child right on through adult learning. Good Job!
I was apprehensive about starting violin lessons for the first time at 31, thinking that it would be impossible to pick up or that it would be years before I'd see real progress, but I've been taking lessons with Pedro for a little over a month now and I am already feeling confident playing a few songs, and am very eager to continue progressing further. Pedro has been great about adjusting my lesson plan to fit my personal goals and experience. He has been extremely encouraging which is important in learning such a difficult instrument, and he is able to apply his experience and critical eye to suggest simple adjustments and exercises to work on each week that I find to vastly improve the tone and quality of my violin playing. It is this real, measurable progress that makes me eager to pick up my violin each day and continue applying myself, and I am confident that with Pedro's instruction I will continue to improve each week.
I look forward to my weekly lessons. I have learned a lot in 2 months, and I am still eager to learn more. I see a great deal of improvement in my playing and understanding of music and my instrument. I am somewhat mechanical in my approach to learning and was afraid at first that it would be difficult to learn the violin, but my instructors encouragement and patience has made me more interested in my choice of instrument.