Ran Tao

Ran T.

Jersey City, NJ

About Ran T.

Ran teaches: Females 4 to 70
Males 4 to 65
Teaching since: September 2001
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hi there! I am Ran. I have been teaching individual violin lessons to children and adults of all musical levels since 2001. I am currently available to teach lessons at your home also at my studio. I have helped students to prepare and to pass the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music graded music exams and assessments level 1-8 including music theory, aural test, and the instrumental auditions from all three Baroque, Classical and 20th Century contemporary periods. I have also helped middle school and high school students to prepare and to enter the Regional Advanced Orchestral Programs in New Jersey. I hold both of my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. A trained Suzuki violin teacher, and a current member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, I have been serving as a part time Suzuki violin teacher in private and community music schools in New Jersey, as well as performing actively as an orchestral and chamber musician in NYC and NJ.

My goal of teaching is to improve the student's intellect, mental-physical collaboration, to develop the skills including aural ability, emotional connection to music, enjoy playing, and to develop strong self-discipline that the students can apply to other activities. I am passionate to keep this precious human art form alive, especially in these future generations!

I grew up in professional conservatories, and started playing the violin at age 4 instructed by my mother who is a full time professional violinist with the Shanghai Symphony. I was so lucky to have her as my first violin teacher that through her teaching, I understand how important it is to study with a patient, encouraging and dedicated teacher. Teaching is such a rewarding experience to me that I am able to use my skills and knowledge to help students developing their interest and potential talent as well as achieving their multiple learning purposes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument, music, music stand, a piano, or a keyboard is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Trained Suzuki Method violin teacher, SAA member. Classical genre/traditional violin repertoires

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Director and Founder

Jun 2015 - Present
Little Mozart School of Violin

Violin Faculty

Nov 2014 - Aug 2016
Tone Academy of Music

Teach individual and group violin lessons

Violin Faculty

Aug 2012 - May 2013
Hoboken School of Music

Taught violin, chamber music, and sight reading

Suburban Community Music Center, New Providence, NJ 2007-2009
Taught violin, chamber music, and sight reading
Organized meetings with the Parents Association and discussed subjects and semester curriculum

Monmouth Conservatory of Music, Red Bank, NJ 2007-2008
Taught violin group lessons utilizing Suzuki Teaching Method books and sight reading
Coached chamber music rehearsals

New Jersey Workshop for the Arts 2006-2007
Taught individual students aged 4 to 16 years of age, utilizing Suzuki Teaching Method books

Zen Music Institute, New Brunswick, NJ 2003-2006
Taught and prepared students for ABRSM instrumental graded exams (the world's leading authority on musical assessment)
Taught beginner students, utilizing Suzuki Teaching Method books

Preparatory Division of Manhattan School of Music 1998-2001
Teaching Assistant to Professor Stanley Bednar
Assisted Professor. Bednar in teaching violin and giving master classes
Prepared students with individual practice schedules, performance opportunities, and additional tasks, such as auditions, competitions, and solo recitals

Manchester Music Festival Out-Reach Program for Children 1994-1997
Taught violin group lessons for beginning students, ranging in age from 4 to 10 years old


Master of Music in Violin Performance

Sep 1998 - Jun 2000
Manhattan School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance

Sep 1993 - Jun 1997
Manhattan School of Music

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Method Violin Teacher

Jul 2012
Ithaca College School of Music


The Stamas Fund Scholarship Award

May 2007
New York Philharmonic
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7 Reviews on Ran T.

Ruby C. Aug 12, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Ran was such a wonderful instructor and overall person. My son loved her and so did I. My 10 year old learned so much Ran, because she has so much knowledge and passion for the violin. I just recently moved out of the area, so I am not within driving distance anymore to Ran. However, I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn the violin or sharpen an already existing skillset. I believe Ran has transferred her passion for the violin to my son and to myself as well. I wish I could give her 10 stars! She is awesome!!!!
Yiqian Jun 4, 2016
Violin · In home
Ran is a very experienced instructor with nice patience and consideration.
Samira S. Apr 21, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Organised way of teaching. She makes learning easy. I like it.
Samira S. Apr 21, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Organised way of teaching. She makes learning easy. I like it.
Angela Mar 9, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Super accommodating, relaxed, child friendly :)
Harry Feb 2, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Frankie L. Dec 2, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Ran was an absolute delight and my daughter is excited for her next lesson! I highly recommend this teacher because her fundamentals are perfect and she is a wonderful teacher.
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