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Melissa L.

Wilmington, DE

I am capable of teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced students for the violin. As for the viola, cello, string bass, and piano, I offer lessons for beginner and intermediate students.

For beginner string students, I start with focusing on the Suzuki Method, along with material from the Essential Elements series. Beginner piano students will focus on repertoire from Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Further repertoire will vary for intermediate and advanced musicians.

For beginner students, I will provide a variety of suggestions when purchasing instruments. There will also be a list of repertoire provided for all levels.

I will provide lessons at my home, and am also willing to travel within 25 miles. Depending on the distance, fees will vary for traveling.

I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books. I also expect students to have a stand if the lesson is at their home, in the case that students travel to have lessons at my home, I will provide

About Melissa

My name is Melissa L. and I am currently employed by the Cecil County Public Schools as a strings teacher. While traveling from Northeast High School, Cherry Hill Middle School, Gilpin Manor Elementary, Holly Hall Elementary, and Thomson Estate Elementary School, I am also offering private lessons for strings and piano. I have acquired a degree in Music Education with a concentration in violin from the University of Delaware. I have been playing the violin for 21 years and also have been giving private violin lessons for the last 10 years. Although my main concentration is focused on the violi
n, I also provide private lessons for viola, cello, string bass, and piano.

As an educator, I strive to provide students with the knowledge to become highly skilled and competent musicians. Whether music becomes a hobby or profession, I want my students to appreciate and engage in their learning as aspiring musicians. Music has made such a positive impact on my life, and I hope to inspire my students to love the music that they play. The many years that I have played the violin along with my 9 years of private teaching has given me knowledge of effective techniques to incorporate in my teaching. I hope to be a positive and encouraging role model while engaging my students to their fullest potential as musicians!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am capable of teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced students for the violin. As for the viola, cello, string bass, and piano, I offer lessons for beginner and intermediate students.

For beginner string students, I start with focusing on the Suzuki Method, along with material from the Sound Innovation series. Beginner piano students will focus on repertoire from Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Further repertoire will vary for intermediate and advanced musicians.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Currently, I will not be taking lessons at my own home, but instead will be doing lessons where I travel to the student's home. I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books. I also expect students to have a music stand for their lessons and individual practice time as well.

For beginner students, I will provide a variety of suggestions when purchasing instruments. There will also be a list of repertoire provided for all levels.
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Morgan G. August 26, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher, knowledgable, kind, and patient. Uses positive reinforcement and has our 5 yr old excited about learning to play. Highly recommend!
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Mary L. June 11, 2015
Cello · In studio
As a beginner in learning to play the cello and read music.I have learned a great deal through my weekly lessons with Melissa. Every lesson includes presentation of a new skill and a review of previously taught concepts. Melissa effectively provides me feedback about my performance and methods to correct errors. She maintains a high level of rigor and expectation to every lesson. Melissa presents as a very professional instructor with a strong work ethic and dedication to her field.
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Melissa L.

Melissa L.

Wilmington, DE 19806
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA

I can help beginning students on viola learn the basics.

About Thomas

Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a c
appella groups.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Tricia S. November 14, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
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Thunder S. November 7, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Very good for an 8yr old beginner!
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Karen F. October 24, 2016
Euphonium · Online
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Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA 19335
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nicole F.

North East, MD

My primary instrument is violin but at the beginning level there are a lot of shared techniques between violin and viola. I also help out and play viola in the Colorado State University concert orchestra. I will work with students on building a strong foundation and once a student reaches the intermediate level I will transfer them to a full time viola teacher. This is because the repertoire is very different between the two instruments at the late intermediate level. If you or your child is a first time student looking for an affordable teacher that will give a strong foundation for the rest of your viola career, I'm the teacher for you!

About Nicole

Hello!

I am currently a second year masters student at The University of Delaware in violin performance and am teaching between Newark Delaware, Bender music school in Elkton MD, and North East Maryland- where my studio is located. Currently I have availability on Wednesdays at Bender music store and have openings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in my North East location. Driving to your location is on a need by need basis depending on your location, if I have students in other locations, and if you are unable to come to one of my studios.

I received my bachelor degree from Colorado Stat
e University with a concentration in violin performance and violin/viola pedagogy (the art of private teaching). What is unique to my training is my pedagogy degree, where professors analyzed my teaching to help me perfect it.

I am accepting students who are looking for a permanent teacher OR who are looking to advance during the summer for the next school year. I teach from age 7 to adult. I mainly teach classical violin, but if you express an interest in fiddling music we can certainly look at fiddle material though my main concentration is in classical music.

Looking forward to meeting you!

-Ms. Nikki
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Lauren July 15, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My granddaughter really enjoys taking lessons from Nicole. Nicole will walk Lauren through pieces with great patience to make sure she gets it right. Nicole is very good at explaining technique and rhythm. Nicole is also a very good motivator and encourages Lauren to do her best.
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Alan E. April 9, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson was very nice experience. Nicole seemed just as excited to teach as I was to learn. The lesson was paced well and was enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next one.
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Nicole F.

Nicole F.

Newark, DE 19711
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Joshua B.

Philadelphia, PA

"Joshua is a talented young musician and a gifted and patient educator. His approach to teaching is refreshing and open. Joshua's style is a unique blend of accessible and authoritative, facilitating students’ progress in a friendly and enjoyable way."
- Victoria Voronyansky, Concert Violist & Educator

About Joshua

Joshua Burgos Teaching Studio offers private instruction in viola and violin performance. Lessons are highly customized to accommodate the musical interests and needs of each student. Joshua teaches beginner to advanced level viola and violin performance and has worked with children, teenagers, adults and university students.

Lessons take place at Joshua's private studio in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, and with special arrangement at student's home or online via Skype or Google Hangout.

In addition to Joshua's work at the Teaching Studio, he is Associate Faculty at the Volider
a Musica Institute for Strings and Faculty at the Burgos International Music Festival.
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Susan January 7, 2016
Viola · In studio
I would highly recommend Joshua as a viola teacher. My 13 year old son has been taking viola lessons with him for 2 months and I can already hear an improvement in his playing as well as see a marked improvement in his bow hold and body alignment. My son had previously taken private lessons with another teacher for about a year, but Joshua is really helping him to focus on proper technique. Joshua is a very professional, affable and patient teacher.
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Barbara September 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
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Barbara September 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
I highly recommend Joshua for violin or viola study. Joshua maintains high standards for his students but is patient and professional at all times. His communication style is friendly and down to earth. I have learned a great deal from Joshua about how to approach violin exercises and, most importantly, the reasons behind the exercises!
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Philadelphia, PA 19134
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$35 / 30-min
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Emma H.

Philadelphia, PA

I am a classically trained violist and I love teaching all ages and exploring music together. I strive to create a fun and productive environment for my students, focusing on both both the technical and musical elements of playing. I have received a Master's and Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and Eastman School of Music in Viola Performance, respectively. I've taught privately and to groups throughout the years and I am excited to bring my expertise to your lessons!

About Emma

I am a violist passionate about music education, currently teaching in Philadelphia. I taught group viola lessons at the Moorhead Summer Orchestra Camp in Minnesota (2014 and 2015) and I have taught private viola and violin lessons over the years to a variety of ages. I love to encourage the individuality that each player brings to their instrument at every level of ability. I tailor each lesson to the skills and goals of the individual, and I'm always open to ideas and styles the student wants to pursue. The greatest joy of teaching to me is seeing how each student responds to different ideas
. I enjoy finding new ways to communicate clearly and directly to help my students improve quickly and express themselves effectively.

Violin and viola beginners can expect to learn a solid foundation of basic skills, including posture and music reading. In addition to traditional learning methods such as the Suzuki system, I encourage beginners to improvise to become better acquainted with the sounds of a new instrument and the feel of creating music. This allows us to build good basic technique and musical style with a sense of exploration and fun. l would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions about what you might learn taking lessons with me!

I look forward to helping you to achieve your musical goals!
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Elyse OGrady September 25, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Emma is a wonderful and encouraging instructor! My daughter enjoys the lesson and learns a lot. Emma is great a explaining techniques and tips.
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Emma H.

Emma H.

Philadelphia, PA 19103
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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