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About Chris H.

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I do a variety of styles in music for the violin. I use whatever method (book or teaching style) is needed to teach what the student needs to learn. I have been teaching violin for 25 years. Depending on age, we will start in either Essential Elements or Suzuki. All beginners will start the bow after they can read the first 8 notes. All intermediates will be able to play 2 octave scales from 3 sharps to 3 flats as well as well into Wolfhart book 1. They will also be able to shift into third position cleanly and will be starting on vibrato. For Advanced players, we will be working on Concertos, sonatas, and partitas if they wish to go classical. IF they wish other styles, we will have started that in intermediate. All students will have an opportunity to go through the music development program, if they are interested.

About Chris
I have been teaching private violin for over 20 years, and private viola/cello for about 10. I have taught in Charles and St. Mary's County Public schools. I am a member of American Strings Teacher's Association, National Association for Music Educators (Maryland Music Educators Association), and the Music Teachers National Association (Music Teachers Association of Charles County). As a teacher, I'm very student oriented. We move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. I do encourage learning to read music, but I use multiple ways of teaching to reach my students. Everyone learns in a different way. My primary job is to see you achieve your goals in relation to your instrument. I also encourage that you take every opportunity to perform. There are many groups in the area that allow for different ages and styles of music
. I can help you understand what is going on behind the music and hopefully see what the composer was hoping to convey, if that is something you want to know. When I was a student I always wanted to know "why?". As a teacher, you will know why if I do.

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I try to keep my lesson area as stress free as possible. It's OK to make mistakes in my studio. I would like you to bring a notebook to lessons as well as your music and instrument. I write as much as I can down because if you were like I was during lessons, I would forget everything I was supposed to be watching for after 3 days. Like I said above, we move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. Questions are a good thing. It shows interest. But sometimes you just have to stop asking questions and just take the leap of faith.
We start with note reading as well as proper form and the parts of the instrument. We also deal with general care. I will tune your instrument every time you come in for lessons until you learn how to tune it yourself. We will review the day before, I will check on what work you've done and then move onto the next song/ technique etc. After we learn how to pluck the first 8 notes, we start with scales and bowing.

After that we move through the "usual" routine. Scale, etude, song(s) or school test songs, audition requirements etc.

I try to keep the same routine because for some students it's easier for them to focus if they know the lesson is going to move in a familiar way. It's reassuring. After we become proficient in the basics, we move into whatever genre you would like to play, within reason. If you are in the school orchestra we will work towards you getting an A.

I would say I'm more laid back when you are not preparing for an audition. Auditions require a lot of work and I want you to do as close to perfect as possible. I become fairly demanding during that time.

In about 6 months, you can play almost any tune you can hear on the radio. Explaining where you could be gets fairly technical and I might as well be talking like Charlie Brown's teacher.

*** Studio Equipment ***
at the away studio: music, music stand, stool, piano, laptop, tuner, metronome.

at home: music, music stands, chairs, computer, laptop, keyboard, microphone, tuner, metronome.

pictures of the away studio are posted.

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I am familiar with Paul Rolland's work, Valerie Bobbett Gardner's Violin Virtuosity, as well as Guillespie's. I was brought up Suzuki but haven't been trained in Suzuki. I have taken classes on how to teach to a variety of students so I could hold a teaching license in the state. I do participate with (Canadian) The Royal Conservatory of Music Music Development. This is active in the US also.

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Brenda March 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She's very knowledgeable and patient even with an older learner.
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Tim January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
We both had a fun and pleasant first lesson with Chris. Set everything up and got the basics down.
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Callie January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great, fun first lesson. Chris taught me the rudiments of the instrument and set up (and more
Importantly gave me some guidance on setting up) the cello. We did some basic exercises and looked over some of the theory materials. Overall a very comprehensive first lesson for this beginner!
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Waldorf, MD 20603
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About Diane G.

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I teach from the earliest beginner through adult. My violin students are currently performing for different schools and ensembles. When students are performing with orchestras, much time is spent working on that music as well as their regular music.

About Diane
I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private school
s and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there. All students are required to have an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If students need to rent a violin, I will provide you with the name of a violin dealer that both rents and sells string instruments. Piano students must have a piano or keyboard.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras.
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cole S. August 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
Diane is an excellent instructor. My son feels comfortable with her style of teaching and always looks forward to his next lesson!
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Bridgit A. June 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ms.Diane is a really good teacher. My daughter has just started lessons with Ms.Diane, but she has really progressed very well from her prior level. Ms.Diane is very patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend Ms.Diane!
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Maria T. June 5, 2015
· Piano · In home
So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.
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Diane G.

Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Jonathan G.

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About Jonathan
I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I am currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student
and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.

In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.

Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
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Allen Z. September 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Teacher is very nice and patient.
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Melissa August 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
At the conclusion of 5 lessons I learned and grew more than expected from Jonathan. After not having picked up a violin in over 20 years, I am very pleased with his teaching style and attention to proper technique, especially breaking bad playing habits I picked up in adolescence. I will be purchasing more lessons from him soon to continue to grow. I highly recommend him.
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Melissa July 24, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jonathan has been great with attention to teaching proper technique front the beginning before forming bad playing habits. In week 3 I have already felt an extreme difference. The lessons have been very straight foreword and not overwhelming at all. I look forward to learning to play the instrument well with good form.
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Jonathan G.

Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD 21209
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About Annie P.

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Combining my classical training (Bachelor's degree) and teaching experience, I have become an effective violin teacher for learners of all ages. My students have been highly successful (state orchestras, competitions, etc), but most importantly, they love the violin and have a deep motivation to improve their skills.

About Annie
I graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Music and Communication in 2013. Then I earned M.S. in educational studies: ESOL at Johns Hopkins while working full time as a public school teacher in Baltimore. At Highlandtown Elementary Middle School, I was the Strings Program Director with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids. I recently graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Education Policy and Management.

At Boston College, I served as the concertmaster for the symphonic orchestra, tutored music theory and violin, and coached chamber ensemble groups. I also co-founded a music outreach organization where BC students provided music education for a local elementary school without a viable music curriculum.
I absolutely love working with children in every aspect, especially music. I've been teaching privately for about
7 years now and my students have become accomplished violinists! I focus on making violin fun and awarding to allow children to appreciate music and to challenge themselves to a higher rigor. I individualize and differentiate all of my lessons to ensure effectiveness.

*** Violin Lesson Details ***
Focus on;
- Violin Technique
- Music Theory
- Rhythm
- Sight Reading
- Listening & Repeating
- Music History & Appreciation

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand, Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instruments and a music stand. I have my own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin & Piano
Elementary literacy & math skills
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Lucy S. January 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
She was very nice and great with beginners
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Jinna L. January 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
She is a great violin teacher. My daughter said that time flied when she was having lesson with Ms. Annie P.
Thank you!
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Jinna L. January 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
She is a great violin teacher. My daughter said that time flied when she was having lesson with Ms. Annie P.
Thank you!
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Annie P.

Annie P.

Washington, DC 20015
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$50 / 45-min

About Joshua S.

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About Joshua
Hi! I am a recent master's grad teaching violin in the D.C. metropolitan area. I have played violin for approximately 16-17 years and was a member of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra from 8th-12th grade, eventually touring Vienna and Prague with the orchestra in Summer 2009. I have taught private lessons for the past several years and have previously worked with children as a camp counselor. I look forward to tutoring your child and helping them realize their full potential! Josh
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Aline M. January 30, 2015
· Violin · In home
My 6 year-old daughter is enjoying very much her violin lessons! Joshua is kind, very pacient and connects very well with children. I strongly recommend him.
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William F. October 29, 2014
· Violin · In home
My granddaughter is learning a lot from this fellow and is enthralled with him, She is progressing with her violin quickly and plays her instrument very much. He has her progressing beyond where I thought she would be, having only been playing for a few months and I believe she will keep at it with him as her instructor!
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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Silver Spring, MD 20902
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About Humberto G.

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Takoma Park, MD

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I teach violin lessons in English and/or Spanish for all levels. Vibrato Technic, Shifting Technic, Bow Technic, Note reading skills, Intonation, Recital Preparation, are just some of my specialties.

About Humberto
My name is Humberto and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1995 and I enjoy helping my students achieve their playing goals. I graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico city and earned a degree in violin performance. I was awarded full scholarship to continue my violin studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. I'm a organized and professional violin and viola coach and my coaching style is friendly but structured. I am passionate about helping my pupils achieve their violin or viola goals. I look forward to helping you reach your goals. I specialize in adult beginner training.
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Olivia May 23, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm 14 and Mr. Humberto treats me like an adult. Mr. Humberto is extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and patient. He slowly squeezes out all the bad habits that I had and puts good techniques in their place. He pushes me to be a better violinist. I am enjoying my time under Mr. Humberto's direction.
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Heather G. May 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Humberto is one of the best violin instructors I have ever had. On our first lesson he came in with a smile stretching to his ears, and upon hearing me play immediately knew all the things that was wrong with my posture, playing, tone, rhythm and other problems as well. Ever since the first lesson, I have been making rapid improvements. Humberto is a great teacher and a swell guy, I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for violin lessons. -13 year old boy
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Claudia April 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
I have enjoyed Humberto's lessons very much. He is a great teacher. He gave me specific exercises to improve the areas were I am weaker. I can see all the improvements I have made since I started. I totally recommend taking classes with him
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Takoma Park, MD 20912
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About Erica T.

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I have a lot of experience with the Suzuki method as a teacher and also a player having started with that myself. However unless the player or parent specifies that they want strict Suzuki, I go with my method which involves Suzuki but also other methods. I was not strict Suzuki and it definitely worked for me as well as students of mine!

About Erica
My name is Erica and I have been playing violin for 19 years and teaching for 8. I have a violin performance bachelor degree and Suzuki Teacher Certification for books 1-10 from The Cleveland Institute of Music. During my time teaching in the Suzuki program I worked with 15 students at different levels of playing and age groups. I also ran group classes on Saturdays. I completed 100 hours of lesson and group lesson observations. After those four years of undergrad I went on to receive a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School. I had a private teaching studio in New York with 10 students ages ranging from 5 to 60 years. I Recieved a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory. Currently I am pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Maryland. I absolutely love teaching and Starting at any age is fantastic!
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Kelly November 4, 2016
· Violin · In studio
very helpful in setting up posture and technique, which is what i was looking for.
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Angela July 31, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ms. Erica has more experiences with young kid. she is make the Violin lesson so much fanny & Interesting with the kid. I am happy than my daughter said : Mom , I have interested the Violin and I will learning more lesson with Ms. Erica. So, I want to said, Thank very much Ms. Erica.
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Erica T.

College Park, MD 20742
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My ultimate goal as a teacher is to educate and inspire my students, provoke and develop their interest and love to music and the violin. While not solely using a single method or school, I use a combination of all knowledge I earned as a pedagogue on the multiple continents. I guide each student into the discovery of the most natural, relaxed technique and develop a set of skills necessary to be able to understand, analyze and interpret music of various styles and genres.

About Dr. Tatiana
Praised in the media for her 'dark plush romantic violin sound' (New York Concert Review)and 'thrilling technique and bravura style" (San Francisco Classical Voice) violinist Tatiana Chulochnikova is pursuing an active career as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician with performances spanning throughout the United States with groups such as Washington Bach Consort, American Bach Soloists and the Four Nations Ensemble. An award winning violinist, Tatiana is also a founder of the Rubinstein Music Society - organization which strives to uncover the legacy of forgotten and unfairly unnoticed classical composers. For details and performance calendar, please, visit tatiana.com or musicsociety.us
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Riya O. August 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Dr. Tatiana is an excellent teacher. My daughter is lucky to learn violin under her.
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Travis June 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Dr. Tatiana is wonderful and engaging teacher for my daughter. She began taking lessons at age 4 and developed a strong connection with Dr. Tatiana. Dr. Tatiana has developed a strong foundation for violin as well as reading music and general music appreciation. My daughter looks forward to each lesson. The lesson time is focused and well structure for continued learning, fun, and growth.
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Amina June 10, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Tatiana has been teaching me to play the violin for a little over a couple of months. She is very patient, and adapts her teaching methods to suit her students, and to help them do the best they can, at their level, with their instrument. Which, I think, is the best any teacher can do. I am an adult beginner, so I bring some things from daily life to classes (such as tension) that don't belong with the violin... and I appreciate how she works me on each learning goal, while helping me tackle technical challenges. Classes are focused and structured, but flexible. If that sounds like work, it not... Highly recommend!
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Hi! My name is Topé and I a classically trained violinist of 16 years. I began taking lessons to learn how to play the violin at 4 years old and have played in area orchestra's and advanced symphonic groups. Having grown up in Northern VA and played in a variety of orchestral groups from elementary school to my senior year of high school in Fairfax County Public Schools; I have a great understanding and experience in how to practice for entrance into Regional and All-State Orchestra. I am currently a rising senior at the University of Southern California where I am a pre-medical student who plays in orchestral groups out of the Thorton School of Music - ranked 2nd under Julliard in the Top 25 Music Schools in the US.

I would love to learn more about you and your goals!

I look forward to speaking with you.

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Topé

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Hi! My name is Topé and I a classically trained violinist of 16 years. I began taking lessons to learn how to play the violin at 4 years old and have played in area orchestra's and advanced symphonic groups. Having grown up in Northern VA and played in a variety of orchestral groups from elementary school to my senior year of high school in Fairfax County Public Schools; I have a great understanding and experience in how to practice for entrance into Regional and All-State Orchestra. I am currently a rising senior at the University of Southern California where I am a pre-medical student who plays in orchestral groups out of the Thorton School of Music - ranked 2nd under Julliard in the Top 25 Music Schools in the US.

I would love to learn more about you and your goals!

I am a charismatic, loving and knowledgeable teacher. Look forw
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Tope O.

Reston, VA 20190
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I am a recent graduate of William & Mary, I have spent the majority of my life (since I was 5 years old) developing my passion for studying the violin. My sister (who plays the cello) and I kept our study of classic music active with the two piece string group we formed. We have played at weddings, holiday parties and nursing homes throughout the D.C. area. I'd love to have the opportunity to further pursue my love of the instrument through private lesson.

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I am a recent graduate of William & Mary majoring in Philosophy and History and I currently work for a consulting company in Northern VA. I have played the violin since I was five, participating in chamber groups throughout my life as well as my own family duet with my twin sister who plays the cello. I hope to continue to foster my passion for the violin through the experience of teaching new and beginning violin students.
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Miranda W.

Arlington, VA 22201
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Are you new to the violin world? There are dozens of online resources that you can read to stay up on the latest news, learn expert tips and tricks, and connect with other violinists. Immersing yourself in the violin culture will not only help improve your skills, but it will also make your learning experience much more enjoyable. Below, we’ve rounded up the top three online resources for violinists. The Strad You might have seen a copy of The Strad lying on your violin teacher’s coffee tabl
Top 5 Violin YouTube Tutorials for Beginners
Learning how to play the violin has never been easier, thanks to the wide variety of online resources available today. Whether you’re looking to teach yourself the violin or you simply want to supplement your current violin lessons, YouTube has a great selection of violin tutorials to choose from. Violin YouTube tutorials are a great alternative learning tool. Students can try out tutorials from many different violin instructors until they find the one that best fits their needs and skill

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