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Blythe Q.

Lawrence Township, NJ

My beginning students use the Suzuki Violin Method books and later transition to a series of étude books and repertoire selected depending on the student's level. I teach beginning students a modified version of the Suzuki method but incorporate note-reading and theory skills from the very beginning. I focus on a relaxed and natural hold of the violin and bow to avoid tension and technical problems that can lead to injury. Students who learn to hold their instruments correctly progress more quickly and are better able to express themselves artistically. I work with my students on development of their aural skills, concentrating on pitch accuracy and a sensitive ear. I accept violin students ages three and older pending an evaluation by myself and the student's parent of the student's maturity.

About Blythe

I grew up in southeast Michigan and have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. My mom tells me that I walked into the kitchen one day when I was about 18 months old and started singing the theme song to her favorite soap opera--in the right key! I started violin lessons when I was three years old and at five I became the youngest student ever accepted into the studio of James Waring, now-retired violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Waring, I developed a solid virtuoso technique and worked on chamber music as well as solo and concerto repertoire for the v
iolin. While I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, I continued my violin study with Dr. Mia Wu.

After six years of violin study, I added piano lessons. I studied with Catherine Rollin, an internationally-known teacher and composer. Ms. Rollin's practical approach to technique and musicianship has been extremely influential in my own teaching, and I use her exercises and compositions with my students. I studied a wide range of repertoire with Ms. Rollin but my very favorite pieces were those by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy.

I sang in choirs throughout my childhood and began taking voice lessons in high school. I eventually decided to study voice performance at Westminster Choir College, where I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 2004. I then studied for a year at the New England Conservatory with soprano Luretta Bybee, but ultimately returned to Westminster to continue working with my teacher there, Margaret Cusack. I got my Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College in 2008. While a student at Westminster, I performed the soprano roles of Ifigenia in Handel's Oreste, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr. I have coached with Daniel Beckwith, J. J. Penna, and Dalton Baldwin, and was privileged to sing in the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. With the Westminster Choir, I recorded the album Heaven to Earth and performed in Lakmé and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina. I also performed Handel's Messiah with Sir Neville Marriner and Nicholas McGegan, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Sir Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, Berlioz's Requiem with Charles Dutoit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Lorin Maazel.

I have taught in the Princeton area since 2008, maintaining a studio of about twenty voice, piano, and violin students. In addition, I sing as cantor and soprano section leader at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church in Plainsboro and am a member of Princeton Pro Musica. I live with my husband, Jerome, in Lawrenceville and I love to knit when I'm not teaching or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer lessons in my studio. In my studio, I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.

Violin students MUST bring their own instruments to the first lesson. Piano students must have their own pianos when lessons begin. I strongly recommend an acoustic piano even for beginning students, but a full-size (88 keys) touch-sensitive electronic keyboard is also acceptable. Voice students are encouraged to practice with a piano or electronic keyboard but may use an online keyboard to check pitches if they do not own a piano. TakeLessons can put you in contact with me if you have questions about purchasing or renting instruments.

My goal in teaching is to foster a love of music and a passion for the arts. I focus on developing my students as musicians in general and on a relaxed technique that will allow for the best possible artistic expression.

I have found that my students who practice regularly find their lessons rewarding and enjoyable and tend to make significant progress. That said, not every student decides to take lessons because he or she wants to become a professional musician.

Violin and piano students should practice every day. Voice students should practice six days a week, taking one day to rest their voices both from solo practice and choirs or any other activities that involve significant vocal use.

I encourage parents of younger children to attend lessons and help their children practice. It doesn't matter if you aren't a musician yourself. Just encouraging your child to focus and to remember what he or she worked on at the last lesson will help enormously.

Practice time will vary depending on the student. All students should begin their practice with some stretching to loosen up their muscles, followed by the scales and exercises we worked on during their lessons. Students should try to practice fifteen minutes to one hour each day, depending on age. This time may be broken into two or three shorter sessions depending on the student's stamina. If you have just begun taking lessons, an uninterrupted hour of practice may be quite exhausting. You can still practice for an hour each day, but you may prefer to divide your time into three twenty-minute segments. Voice students especially are encouraged to divide their practice into shorter sessions, even if they have been singing for several years. The more you practice, the faster you will progress, and the sooner you will be able to begin working on more challenging and interesting music.

Even if you already know how to read music, we will probably spend some time talking about music theory. Beginning students especially will have a theory and/or notespeller book with assignments each week. If there is something in your theory assignment that you do not understand, you may skip that part and ask me about it at your next lesson. If you finish your assignment quickly, I encourage you to work ahead. Again, the more theory you learn, the easier it will be to learn new music, and the sooner you will be able to work on more advanced music.

Some students choose to take a break from their lessons during the summer months or the holiday season. While it is good to take a day off once in a while and I encourage students to take a week off after a big recital, you will lose a lot of ground if you spend two or three months without any practicing or lessons. If you are really interested in making a lot of progress during a vacation from school, I am happy to work with you twice a week so you can improve even more quickly. I had two violin lessons a week for a summer when I was younger and two voice lessons a week for a few months during college, and it made a huge difference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in my home studio. I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I teach violin, piano, and voice lessons. Please click "Read More" below for more information.

VOICE
I teach my students about the anatomy of breathing and tone production, focusing on breath energy and a released sound. I use fixed-Do solfège to teach note-reading and develop the ear. I am careful to assign repertoire that is at my students' level, challenging them musically but not going beyond what is appropriate for their vocal development. This avoids tension and injury and inspires confidence as students study music that they are able to sing well.

I teach classical/opera and Broadway singing styles. I do not teach pop singing. I accept voice students ages fourteen and older. I encourage younger students interested in voice lessons to consider joining a choir and/or taking lessons on another instrument instead. In my professional opinion, the voice is not sufficiently developed before age fourteen and there is a greater risk of injury in private voice lessons. In a choir, children are directed to sing in a healthy way for their age and learn valuable musicianship and aural skills.

I do not accept male voice students. I do not feel that my understanding of the male voice is adequate to provide the level of instruction that I expect from myself. There are many female voice teachers who are comfortable teaching male students, and vice versa. TakeLessons can help you find the teacher who is perfect for you!

PIANO
Beginning students work from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, later transitioning to the Pathways to Artistry series by my former teacher, Catherine Rollin. We work on developing a curved hand position with relaxed wrists and strong finger joints. I use technical exercises to teach artistic expression rather than teaching these two elements separately. Beginning students count and sing note-names out-loud to integrate theory and note-reading with their playing. I accept piano students ages five and older. I do not accept piano students younger than five because their hands are often too small to play comfortably.

VIOLIN
My beginning students use the Suzuki Violin Method books and later transition to a series of étude books and repertoire selected depending on the student's level. I teach beginning students a modified version of the Suzuki method but incorporate note-reading and theory skills from the very beginning. I focus on a relaxed and natural hold of the violin and bow to avoid tension and technical problems that can lead to injury. Students who learn to hold their instruments correctly progress more quickly and are better able to express themselves artistically. I work with my students on development of their aural skills, concentrating on pitch accuracy and a sensitive ear. I accept violin students ages three and older pending an evaluation by myself and the student's parent of the student's maturity.
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Reviews

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Wendy C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful

Blythe is a wonderful teacher,as well as person. She has made taking piano something my dauhter looks forward to every week. She is quite an asset and a great find!
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Dingding G. April 24, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Great teacher

It is out of sheer luck that TakeLessons.com introduced me
to Blythe. As an adult student, I started learning the violin
decades too late, and yet with Blythe's patience and her
effective techniques in helping me correct errors, I am
steadily progressing. One day my dream of playing the violin may
actually come true, and I will always be grateful that Blythe has made this possible.
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Blythe Q.

Blythe Q.

Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Amber R.

Blue Bell, PA

Since 2008 I have maintained an active music studio teaching both violin and viola! My lessons are designed around you and your goals for music. I use a combination of Suzuki method and traditional (meaning you'll learn how to read music right away if you can't already) My lessons are catered to your needs, but warm ups, scales, etudes and repertoire are the building blocks of my lessons. Technique is a huge part of the way I teach--so you'll definitely get a solid understanding of how to play beautifully and accurately! I'm a relaxed and gentle teacher, and I'm never going to have anything but a smile on my face, so there's no need to feel stressed or nervous.

About Amber

Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2013
Masters of Music in Viola Performance in progress at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2015

Ms. R. began her studies on violin at an early age. After studying violin for 10 years, she made the switch to viola and never looked back! She performs internationally--most recently traveling to the Isle of Man for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition as a finalist to compete in the 2013 competition (this is one of the two international competitions in the world for viola!). In July of 2014,
Ms. R. will be returning to perform at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. She has studied as well as performed in Shanghai, Beijing and many other cities across China. Ms. R. is currently a graduate student at Temple University in Viola Performance as well as a freelance musician and private teacher of the violin and viola. Her principle teachers include international viola soloist, Hong Mei Xiao and Kerri Ryan of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other interests in no particular order include ancient history, philosophy, astronomy, Earth science, veganism, quantum physics, traveling, spirituality, anything interesting and following her heart always.

When we first meet, I'll ask you to play me something so I can get a feel for where you are...whether its a scale or a piece you have been playing. If you don't know anything that's fine too! My lessons are designed around you so every lesson is a different depending on the student, however, below is an example of the materials generally covered.

Example Lesson
1. Warm up (scale, open strings, or finger exercises)
Address technical issues--tone production, posture and set up, various bow exercises, intonation, etc.
2. Positions
3. Etude
4. Repertoire
5. Recap

It might sound like a lot--but don't worry I'll have a smile on my face the whole time and be working with you and encouraging you to do your best!

After 3-6 months:
Read notes (if you can't when you first come)
Count rhythms
Have a correct set up
Full tone
Developed ear
Scales
Greater finger facility
Repertoire

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stand, Metronome, Tuner, Music (but eventually you will have your own) You will need to provide your own instrument.

My preferred teaching methods are Suzuki and Sassmannshaus, Mark O'Connor Fiddle Book (violin and viola)

Recital Opportunities
Studio recitals are held biannually in December and June! They are a great chance to perform for friends and family, as well as meet the rest of the studio. You do not have to perform, but are certainly encouraged to : )
(Location varies, but usually they are held at a local church or university)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Folk
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Reviews

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Bette Q. June 23, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amber was able to give me instruction so that I can learn the notes and guided me on what I need to have to improve my skills.
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Shannon T. November 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amber is a great instructor! She is patient and creative in her approach to teaching new techniques. Lessons are always fun yet challenging. I would recommend Amber to anyone considering taking violin or viola lessons!
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Kevin M. May 21, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amber is a great Violin/Viola teacher and has been very knowledgeable and helpful! Amber hones in on where a student needs improvement in their playing and explains in a way that's easy to understand how to improve. Lessons are always fun and you can tell Amber enjoys teaching!

I've played brass instruments throughout High School and decided to attempt to teach myself the Violin after I graduated College. After almost a year of struggling I started to take lessons with Amber and she quickly helped me improved my form and technique with my left and right hand, obtain proper equipment, and provide exercises on what to practice to continue improving. I have noticed a drastic improvement since I started taking lessons with Amber and I highly recommend her as your Violin or Viola teacher!
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Amber R.

Amber R.

Blue Bell, PA 19422
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nicholas U.

Allentown, PA

Students of all skill levels are welcome. I tailor the lesson type to the student rather than use a cookie-cutter approach.

About Nicholas

I am a second generation music teacher for piano and violin. I have been teaching for over 15 years as well as playing both instruments for about 30 years. I have an Associates in Music. Making lessons both fun and educational is what make my students successful in their instruments. My lessons are custom made to how the student learns, not cookie-cut. We also do bi-annual recitals in October and April to showcase the students' accomplishments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are both fun and educational at the same time. I compromise with my students by having us each pick a piece
to play on top of the usual learning pieces. My students play anything from Katy Perry to 80s music and rock ballads and in between. I use John Thompson and Fingerpower as well as a notespeller for piano and String Essentials for violin. Many of my students can play with both hands after six months. We do recitals each year to showcase the past year's achievements in their pieces.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For either instrument I pick up all books and supplies ahead of the lesson. I have my own violin and music stand that I use to assist in teaching.

*** Specialties ***
John Thompson, Suzuki, popular music, Gospel, New Age, and anything in between
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Reviews

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William Z. June 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
All of my children have begun to work with Nicholas. His relaxed but challenging style is a perfect combination for young boys. Great experience!
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Raquel M. July 26, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas has been patient and quite forgiving with the difficulty in teaching the range from 4 year old to adult in my household! He is great!
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Ann T. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Piano Teacher review

Teacher is very connected to student regarding what music student wants to learn. Teacher very encouraging and positive. Student looks forward to lessons. Teacher very flexible with schedule changes. Teacher checks on progress occassionally during the week.
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Nicholas U.

Nicholas U.

Allentown, PA 18101
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Stefanie E.

Newtown, PA

Learn classical violin, learn to read music notation, or get extra private instruction on material that you are learning in your school lessons and orchestra. Learn proper posture and hand positions, including holding the bow correctly, learn scales and sight reading.

About Stefanie

I have been teaching private music lessons since 2003 and specialize in Vocals and both beginner Guitar and Violin. My education in music began long ago in 1994 when I began playing violin and performed in different Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras throughout my years in school. I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study violin performance, have an associates degree in Music Performance, and have studied with many well know instructors over the years. My teaching style is based on a fun, creative, and informative knowledge to get you feeling confident right away with what we are w
orking on together! I love teaching Rock, Pop, and Blues styles for Vocals and Guitar and have a long history of classical training for Violin. You will get to learn what you want to learn and I will help you every step of the way to get you to reach your goals!

My professional music performance experience has recently allowed me to play venues such as The TLA, Radio 104.5 Live at 5, The Legendary Dobb's, Bethlehem Musikfest, Boot and Saddle, and other Philadelphia area venues with my Garage Rock band 'La Capitaña'!

I look forward to sharing my knowledge of music with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons always begin with warm-ups and technique exercises. We then begin working on the song of your choice. If you are doing Voice with me, I will accompany you with guitar so you can experience what it's like to sing with a live instrument. If you have specific areas of focus I will attend to any needs you have and we will achieve your goals! An audio recording of warm-ups or the song we are working on can be made and sent to you free of charge. Most importantly, lessons should always be fun and productive! I want to share my knowledge with you while encouraging you to do your best. Leaving with a smile on your face is extremely important to me!

A further breakdown of how the lesson can go:

For All Instruments:
Music theory, learning to read music notation, and understanding rhythms are areas of focus as well as reading guitar tablature if desired.

For Vocals:
Vocal warm-up and techniques will teach you the proper way to sing and protect your voice from strain. Belting the proper way is taught and finding a 'cutting', strong sound is achieved through many exercises. I will get you to sound the way you've always known you can sound!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Violin

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Violin

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Pop styles
Vocal Technique/Styling
Performance Technique
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Stefanie E.

Stefanie E.

Newtown, PA 18940
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Helen M.

Easton, PA

I offer a creative, structured approach, designed to build on the student’s aural experience, utilizing musicianship as a foundation for performance while securing a comprehensive knowledge of notation, thereby ensuring confidence when reading music.
Trained to teach in London, I draw on my European experience to offer viable class and ensemble opportunities. Since opening her my studio in 2000 my students have performed works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok and Shostakovich.

About Helen

Helen brings a creative, structured approach to her teaching. Designed to build on the student’s aural experience, it emphasizes musicianship as a foundation for performance. Awareness of the expressive, responsive aspects of music secures a comprehensive knowledge of notation, ensuring confidence when reading music.
Trained to teach in London, she draws on her European experience to offer viable class and ensemble opportunities. Since opening her Easton studio in 2000 her students have performed works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok and Shostakovich.
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Helen M.

Helen M.

Easton, PA 18042
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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