- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 3+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Teaching is my passion, and the reason I moved to New York. From a young age I have always been deeply invested in the subjects of Development and Nurturing. I consider it my calling in life to pursue these subjects through teaching. My goal is always first and foremost to form a true connection with each individual student, observing their learning patterns carefully and trying different approaches until the student is thriving. My approach is continually positive, reinforcing excellent habits and achievements, and striving to find tiny goals that make a student feel he or she is constantly succeeding. My students find that their trajectory is continually upwards. You or your child would receive regular performance opportunities, regular specific feedback, consistent attention and high-quality musical training.
I am professional violist, and a violin and viola instructor from the Philadelphia area. I graduated with my Master of Music in Performance with a Teaching Fellowship from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, a selective school which accepts only 125 students total on full scholarship including room and board. I also spent one year in the San Diego Symphony. I have performed in eight states as well as in Canada and Austria. I now teach lessons at the Brooklyn Music School and for such agencies as Thumbtack, Musika, and Music To Your Home. Last year I taught music at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. My primary background is in the Suzuki Method; I have taken the official introductory course this past year, and plan to become officially certified this year. I have taught all levels, learning styles, and ages, I have background working with students who need special consideration, such as those on the autism spectrum or with attention disorders.
Group and private lessons - currently promoted to only private lessons
All ages, all abilities - including students with special needs
Group classes and chamber music performances
Performances, demonstrations, classroom teaching, coaching, and masterclasses in Bellingham, Washington
Coaching youth chamber music ensembles
Preliminary course in Suzuki Instruction
Prior, mentored by Suzuki pedagogue Shelley Beard
Selective fellowship - total 15-20 students accepted.
-Paired with two private students
-Receive feedback on videos of lessons from Robert Duke, author of popular book Intelligent Music Teaching
-Take Duke's class on learning and teaching
-Create a final teaching project
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.+ Read More
Rachyl does a great job with very young children. We've loved having her teach our kids violin for the last year or so.
Rachyl is a fantastic teacher - patient, accessible, kind, and fun.
Rachyl is a wonderful teacher. My son has taken both group and solo violin lessons with her. She is very calm and makes lessons fun for the kids, but she is stern when need be to make sure the children follow the rules which is so necessary. She is an amazing teacher, and I highly recommend her to all!+ Read More
Rachyl does a great job adapting her teaching methods and goals to my learning style as a student. She is so professional, patient, and consistenly helps me build confidence as a player. You can also tell she’s very passionate about music and teaching!+ Read More
You won't be disappointed with Rachyl as your teacher. She personalizes lessons to your needs, is patient, creative, encouraging and super nice! Plus she is a fabulous musician.
I have had Ms. Rachyl as an instructor for roughly 2 years. She’s very encouraging and will help you get through tough repertoire with so much passion and patience. I’ve had many other instructors over the years and I would consider her to be one of the best I’ve encountered. She’s very patient, understanding, talented, and willing to take the extra step to make your music pathway fun and enjoyable.
My music capability was not very strong when I came to her, but with her motivation I was able to succeed in mastering specific skills and techniques I needed in the music world.
She is very understanding in whatever you bring to her. She’s willing to listen to your ideas and thoughts on music or on a specific style you wish to learn.
She’s a very down to earth person, she’s not there to intimidate you or force you to do anything you don’t want to. She really enjoys seeing you progress in your skill and abilities and will take into account your learning style so that it is easiest for you to succeed.
I really enjoyed my lessons with her and am eternally grateful for the knowledge and technique she passed down to me.
Rachyl has great patience and presence and is able to focus a group of small children to work as en ensemble and lead a single student through a demanding and rewarding class.
Miss Duffy is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and caring teacher who has a knack for motivating and inspiring her students. She is a highly talented and resourceful teaching artist who consistently goes above and beyond for her students. I can't recommend her highly enough!+ Read More
Rachyl and my daughter, who is 7, have just begun their adventure together over the last 6 months. We are lucky to have found Rachyl before she gets too booked up! My daughter is playing a lot better, and seems to really enjoy the lessons. I highly recommend Rachyl!+ Read More
Our son, 5 years old, learned so much from Rachyl! He looks forward to lessons. She’s helped us make practice a part of his routine and helped him perform in his first recital. He’s looking forward to another semester (and beyond) with her!
Rachyl is talented, patient and great with kids!