You will be guided by me through method books and also use supplemental materials I create to help you advance. You will learn the basic 5 positions of the instrument to increase your sounding range. You will learn orchestra skills including following a conductor and articulation and intonation, styles of expression, and rhythm. I have been teaching violin for 7 years. My students have won seats in school orchestras and spots in various music schools. I want to be your next instructor.
I NOW TEACH ONLINE LESSONS. I teach according to your individual needs. I only teach in my own studio. I do not travel anymore. I also have time to teach lessons every other week. You may inquire to me about my availability to teach every other week on Saturdays. I help you become successful on piano, violin, cello, viola, bass, guitar, or bass guitar. I help you learn the instrument and learn to read music with my own ideas using fun worksheets and songs you really like to learn how to play. I fill your voids with activities such as practice techniques, sub-lessons, and ear training. I guide you toward proper posture, tone development, and the ability to keep a steady beat. I help you develop your musical independence by tweaking lessons to help you succeed. I help you have fun learning to read music for your instrument using my materia
ls. I believe talent is not a factor in learning. Mastering an instrument is the result of effective instruction and step by step guidance toward foundations and skills. I love to teach private lessons because I believe in spreading the word to make the great gift of playing music available to many. It is an inherited right and gift to enjoy a lifetime of personal satisfaction from playing a musical instrument. I love to help students build confidence and make progress. I help them problem solve by going through problems with them. I teach "how to think" and how to become a life long learner of the instrument. I love the challenge of finding ways to help students become successful at every step of the way. I am excited and enthused to be apart of student progress. I am influenced by many 20th Century performers including Van Cliburn, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Yudi Menuhin, Issac Stern, Dave Brubeck, and Horowitz among others. I am passionate in my teaching about providing an effective solution to my student's needs. I am pleased to announce my teaching has awarded a cello student a spot at Del Sol music high school for the 2017-2018 school year. this student of mine passed an audition January of 2017 as a result of my teaching. The student worked very hard and followed my instruction very well. Congratulations!! I am also pleased to announce two of my cello students have both passed auditions to play in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra starting in September 2017, September 2018, and September 2019. They both auditioned during May 2017, May 2018, and May 2019. Congratulations to both of you!!! There is also a viola student of mine who has passed audition for LVYO in May 2019 for the September 2019 season; Congratulations!! I also had a violin student who passed auditions for LVA (Las Vegas Academy) a couple of years ago. I have no connection to these organizations. These students all worked hard and followed my instruction. I can help you learn as well. Recently with the development of "octave" strings, if you have been split between learning violin, viola, or cello; these strings installed on a violin or viola make the instrument sound like a cello. It is really something. They are tuned an octave below, so they sound very low. A lot of cello music will have to be transcribed for owners of these instruments installed with "octave" strings. Videos can be found on YOU TUBE of these instruments played. They are ordinary violins or violas strung up with thicker strings to sound an octave below.
I am a professional educator who works with both children and adults, and has the patience to help them. I am a performer who has over 30 years of public experience in solo playing as well as ensemble work. I have performed at Nordstrom for nine years, and performed at many private functions. I have performed classical as well as jazz music as part as my performance experience. I have taught private lessons for well over 20 years. I'm sorry, as of Summer 2016 I do not travel to student locations. I teach at my studio as well as online. If you are among the many parents who home-school your children, you should consider music lessons for them. There are many benefits of home-schooling, but unfortunately students miss out on specials. Practicing an instrument can make up for that and also teach critical learning habits and personal skills toward learning in general. Give me a try, in my studio or online; I can help you learn.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe in personalizing your approach to the strangeness of the instrument. You need to learn much about posture, and proper tone production within the first year. Method books are not "how to" books. You need a teacher to guide you toward becoming familiar with the instrument. You also need to learn how to listen to the sounds you make as you play. To develop "musical independence" you need to become musically literate, develop tone production skills, and internalize a steady beat. Rhythm and tone are basic concepts that must be mastered to maximize pleasure in playing your instrument. Learning how to problem solve is another skill I teach so you can help yourself toward progress. I believe in using the instrument in daily activities such as playing "Happy Birthday" at family get together. Christmas Songs or Hanukkah Songs can bring much joy during December family parties. A musician in the house brings much joy during holidays and celebrations; and the families are brought closer together. Memories are created and last forever. Playing an instrument is exciting and expresses what can not be said using words. I believe in teaching students based on their strengths, and building upon them. I am excited to help you learn!!
I only teach in my own studio and online. I do not travel anymore.
You can advance quickly if you are taught to listen to yourself and follow my instruction. I will guide you every step of the way to understand how music making works. Music lessons are fun and enjoyable. I am pleased to guide you through your learning every step of the way. My students in Las Vegas have had much success with my teaching and guidance. I will succeed where others fail. You will reap the benefits of my professional instruction. I bring a wealth of teaching experience, teacher training, and professional playing experience to every lesson. Most music store studio instructors have very little or no teacher training. Playing experience does not make one a helpful teacher. Failure to learn "how to" teach along with not earning any teaching credentials will not make anyone an effective music instructor. I have experience teaching children and adults with autism within a variety of functioning ranges. They learn in their own unique style which suits them best. *** Studio Equipment *** Grand Piano 5'1', Digital Piano 88 Keys, Violin, Viola, Bass Guitars ( 5 String Fretless), electric guitar (Fender), Upright Bass 3/4 Size French/German Bows.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki for string instruments. Thompson, Schaum for piano. Blues, Jazz and " Real Book " for jazz piano as well as Frank Mantooth books for chords. I also create materials to suit individual student needs. Classical Piano Volumes.
Mark is a great teacher, not only for his knowledge in music but for the instrument as well. He is a patient and kind but will also encourage you to break out of your comfort zone to guide you towards the goals you want to achieve on your instrument. I really enjoy my lessons because not only am I getting better on the upright bass, I feel the lessons have helped me become a better musician.
The violin showcases a player's talent more than any other instrument, some say. It's the hardest instrument of them all, others say. Whatever your goals, I am happy to play a role in your musical journey with this instrument. Follow a classical, traditional method of my own development that incorporates the most common repertoire sought after in festivals, auditions for orchestras, and auditions for colleges.
EDUCATION Began playing violin at the age of 11, in 5th grade with my school orchestra. Was quickly told to seek private instruction due to aptitude. Played at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 2 summers. Played at Interlochen Summer Camp for 2 summers, concertmaster in 2004. Played in the Symphony, Chamber, and Contemporary String Ensembles in High School. Concertmaster 2003-2004. Otherwise a section leader. Often featured as a soloist. Mentored the freshman Concert Orchestra in High School. Began studying Music Theory in high school. Also sang in choirs at church and school. Completed coursework for Music Education degree simultaneously with the Music Performance degree. Graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2008, double majored in Music Education. Graduated with my Master's Degree in Music Performance, ha
ving also studied viola, in 2010.
TEACHING Mainari Music Studio - Violin & Viola private lessons. 2002-Present Violin Coach & Assistant Conductor for the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) 2010-Present TakeLessons.com teacher. 2015-Present Musika teacher. 2010-2016 Assistant Orchestra Director to St. Margaret's Episcopal School. 2012-2013 school year McCourt's School of Music in Waterford, MI. 2006-2010 Eastern Michigan University - Orchestra Graduate Assistant. 2008-2010 Schaeffer's House of Music in Howell, MI. 2007-2009 Director of Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras for Oakland Homeschool Music, Inc. (OHMI) in Waterford, MI. 2005-2006 Orchestra mentor in high school.
PERFORMING Saddleback Master Chorale Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California Orchestra of St. Margaret's Eastern Michigan University's Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster 2007-2008. Eastern Michigan University's Collegium Musicum (chamber music) Various chamber groups for weddings and other gigs since high school All division 1 ratings for Solo & Ensemble performances as a soloist from middle through high school First student from my school district accepted to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) Studied violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabe Bolkosky Studied viola with Prof. Eva Stern Began playing violin in 5th grade, first generation of string players in my school district at that grade Have studied Violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabriel Bolkosky; Viola with Prof. Eva Stern; and Music Theory with Dr. Marilyn Saker and Dr. Anthony Iannaccone.
Lessons with me...
I'm passionate about music and its many benefits, both academically, emotionally, and physically. I love to share my joy with my students in a fun, collaborative way that is professional and enjoyable. The pace is determined by the goals of the student, and materials are tailor-made to suit your preferences. Classical instruction is essential for proper technique, but branching out to Celtic fiddle or movie soundtracks is a definite option!
I recommend weekly lessons, and a minimum daily practice plan is required. Younger students should do 30-minute lessons, but around 10-years old, I require 45-60 minute lessons. Serious students preferred.
Typical 45-minute lesson: 10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios 15 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music 20 minutes - Solo Repertoire
Typical 60-minute lesson: 10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios 20 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music 30 minutes - Solo Repertoire
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stand, tuner, metronome, pencil
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring my own instrument and accessories, as well as some extra music.
Students are expected to have their own music stand, tuner/metronome, instrument and accessories, and all lesson materials/music. Online students must be able to tune their own instrument, or have a parent present who can tune their instrument for them.
*** Specialties *** Solo performance preparation Chamber music performance preparation College auditions Orchestra auditions Chamber music coaching Recital performances Note reading tutoring Music theory tutoring
Experienced Violin teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music knowledge. I specialize in classical and Celtic, typically use Suzuki Method and Essential Elements books. I evolve with each student and create a fun a positive environment in which to learn and I strive to help you meet your goals! I plan and offer yearly professional student shows and concerts to give each student a practical application to their studies.
Hello, My name is Michael and Im excited to meet you! I've been teaching private & Professional lessons since 1997! I love helping students accomplish their goals like, getting into college, hit auditions, and more, but above all I love to inspire the love of Music and Performance Arts!
Throughout my professional career I have toured and played with bands such as Soul Fire, 3 Door Down, and others, and have performed for companies such as 4 County Players in Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Carolina Players in NC. I play multiple instruments from woodwinds, brass, to guitar, mandolin, violin and have training in singing and vocal training and more!
I use a number of established teaching methods to instruct my studies as well as my own methods that I have perfected through my 18+ years of teaching. My philosophy is that
it is important to stay fluid and adjust to each student's learning style to create successful students at any age from 3 to 100!
My only goal is to help you reach yours!
-==Some of My Studio Equipment=-- Marshall, Crate, & Fender Amps Williams and Yamaha Digital Pianos Woodwind instruments Violins of all sizes Brass Instruments Acoustic and Electric Guitars (Fender, Epiphone, Breedlove, etc..) Computer and Multimedia Supplemental material And others!
--=Materials Used=-- I teach Suzuki Method when appropriate, as well as popular scholastic methods when needed for a school band program however, I mostly teach to the student. Each student gets a unique and personalized experience tailored to their specific goals and needs using a variety of available materials, but above all I strive to teach fun when learning the arts!
I am an adult who has no experience with any type of instrument and was very nervous and intimidated at first. Then I met with Michael, and though there was a ton of information we had to go through, he really made me feel at ease. He has the knowledge, patience, and understanding I was really looking for in a teacher and I'm so happy I found him!
September 12, 2016
With his flexibility and willingness to accommodate us my daughter learned a lot from him. He was a wonderful teacher and a great person to do business with.
September 12, 2016
Michael is very energetic and passionate about music. My kids have really enjoyed their time with him and we would recommend him to anyone!
I have played the violin and the viola for 13 years, and have studied both extensively at a high level. You can expect a good mixture of technique and pieces in our lessons, along with many conversations about body awareness and tension release. The last two points are my passion projects, as I aim to help you develop pain free playing at all costs!
I am currently a freelance violist and strings teacher in the greater Hartford area. I completed a masters degree in viola performance at The Hartt School in December of 2018.
In the past year, I have collaborated with Teaching Artists International in traveling to Peru and Guatemala to observe and teach students immersed in the El Sistema philosophy. El Sistema began in Venezuela as a method of orchestral instruction that carries with it an essential component of social justice and inclusivity.
Teaching is a great opportunity to get to know a young artist. My primary goal as a teacher has always been to help my students develop technical and musical abilities through regular practice and problem solving approaches, while always encouraging a unique musical voice. In our lessons together, we will explore your personal mus
ical interests, and I will also introduce you to an applied technical approach to the viola and violin, which I will cater to your individual technical and musical needs!
I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions you have about my pedagogical approach, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Jake was great. Articulate, calm, encouraging. He understood my requests and was quick to asses what action to take. Thanks Jake.
February 12, 2019
Jake has a keen sense of how to pace lessons, and has a sharp eye & ear for technique. If I had just taught myself through YouTube I might be okay at violin, but the quality would be nowhere near where it is today without Jake's help. These lessons have been a good investment and I look forward to improving even more.
January 4, 2019
Jake Pietroniro is an excellent teacher and colleague. I’ve work with him for the last couple years and he has a great ability to tailor lessons to each students individual needs. I highly recommend Jake to any student interested in improving their musical abilities.
Brandon G. has been privately teaching/mentoring Violinists for 7 years. Within the first few lessons, you will be able to understand the basic instrumental/music fundamentals and as time progresses, you will be able to improve your Viola playing abilities at a much more developed level. I use the Essential Elements for Strings method materials, Suzuki method materials, and my personal music library. Feel free to ask any questions you may have - I look forward to working with you and help you achieve your instrumental/music goals.
Brandon G. is a diligent and success-driven educator with over 6 years of experience in the education field and is currently available to accept new students for weekly online lessons via TakeLessons Classroom, Zoom, and Skype. He offers 30, 45, and 60 minute online lessons. He has worked with many students to help improve their playing abilities to successfully become better musicians within their school orchestras, participate in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) School Orchestra Concert/Sight-Reading and Solo/Ensemble Competitions.
Brandon has built a reputation of a compassionate, hardworking, and an excellent role model within an incredible short span of time. He has a proven ability to enhance students' (children and adults) music abilities to shape a better world and empower them with instrumental skills and knowledge
. My teaching style remains encouraging, understanding, constructive, and focused on each individual student's needs. He will work at each individual student's pace to ensure that the student fully understands the material.
Brandon recommends weekly lessons to ensure positive progress with your instrumental skills and musical knowledge. You may view my availability, lesson rates, and sign up for lessons via my TakeLessons profile. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have via the "Ask a Question" feature or you may purchase lessons with me as your online instructor if you choose to do so. I look forward to helping you reach your goals and thank you for viewing my profile!
Easy to work with, straightforward lessons that get things done.
December 15, 2018
Brandon is a great teacher. He is very patient, always takes extra time to help in understanding techniques and provides tips for practice. He always provides constructive feedback which helps in learning and is encouraging. If anyone is looking for a violin teacher, I would highly recommend Brandon.
May 31, 2018
Brandon was a great viola teacher for my son. He was very thorough and helped to prepare and perfect a piece for a youth orchestra audition.
Hello, my schedule is now available to new students! I cater to the individual's needs while instilling the basics of violin. Every student learns in a different way, and I make sure to teach in the method that is most effective for that student. Because I perform so often, I know the necessary skills to teach violin practically and efficiently.
Grace Rodgers, originally from Detroit, is a Los Angeles based violinist who enjoys a varied musical career spanning from classical to pop. Grace often works with current artists, and has been a part many studio recordings and live productions (Kesha, Lea Michele, BØRNS, Megadeth, Gallant, Sabrina Carpenter, and others.)
Grace earned her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Violin Performance from Wayne State University under Dr. Laura Roelofs, where she was also an instructor for String Project @Wayne, a four year teaching internship with the youth of Detroit.
As an avid performer, Ms. Rodgers knows the necessary skills to make a great violinist. While she caters to the individual student's needs, Grace instills the basics in an engaging and useful manner. Ms. Rodgers specializes in finding out how a student best learns, an
d then utilizing the necessary tools to take that student to the next level in their performing skills.
I highly recommend Grace. When i was younger, I mastered a variety of musical instruments and played well into college. Learning the violin has always been elusive. I’ve had many teachers but now i’ve been progressing farther than before. I credit this to Grace. She has a well thought out lesson plan that challenges me while concentrating on the fundamentals and techniques. Some teachers are more forgiving on technique reasoning that it can be corrected at a later date. It’s best to learn it correctly at the beginning.
She is patient and communicates clearly. I enjoy her proper demonstrations. Her enthusiam is infectuous and her passion shines through.
She also teaches my 80 year old mother. It has always been somthing she’s always wanted to learn. It is not easy to teach anyone the violin, let alone an 80 year old. Her lesson plan and approach is quite different to mine but very effective. My mother is progressing well.
Among her teaching aids, she employs a traditional strings book, i find this comforting as it provides a familiar take and consistency. Before moving on, she checks and ensures proficiency and mastery of the previous lessons. Again, reinforcing the fundamentals and building on top of them.
Understandably, the price per lesson is a factor. I find Grace’s rates to be fair and of great value. If you really want to learn and have the violin be a part of your life, hire Grace because of her approach and skill and not based on pricing.
Without knowing much of what to look for in a teacher, i now know its; enthusiam, patience, undertanding, a well defined lesson plan, mastery of skills before moving forward, consistency, open communication and lastly, not taking excuses for sloppiness due to lack of practice. (She will encourage you to practice and you’ll get better which in-turn motivates you). She will not just let you get by but help you master the violin.
October 21, 2018
Grace was an extremely patient, attentive tutor who helped me build foundational bowing and sheet music skills. I highly recommend her for violin lessons!
I have taught professionally for 15 years. Evaluating the needs of each individual student, a course of study will be created that will both challenge the student, and build confidence as they develop playing and reading skills.
I have been playing violin for 9 years. All ages are welcome! I've had several teachers with different teaching styles. Not every student will learn the same. I will always work at your pace and ensure that if you feel discouraged I am there to keep pushing you to do your best.
Hello future student, My name is Kennede. I have been playing the violin for 9 years. I also taught myself piano and guitar. I have been in different choral groups since elementary. I believe it's important for students to involve themselves musically, especially since it's been proven that it helps in other aspects of your life. Music was always a way to express myself and challenge myself to learn something new. While I was still in high school, I was given a musical scholarship to attend a college to get free violin lessons from a professor. I learned more with my teacher than in class. A teacher will help you on an individual level while focusing on your specific learning style and speed. I am here to help other students in the same way my private teacher helped me!
"Leanna is patient and encouraging. I am returning to playing after many years, and it is very frustrating, but Leanna is knowledgeable, inspiring, and I
always leave encouraged and motivated."
"Emily is such a kind and thorough instructor. My 6 year old enjoys their time together. She looks forward to each lesson!!"
"My son has been learning violin lessons from Jonathan since the summer of 2014 when he was 10. We are so fortunate to find Jonathan at takelessons.com and
very happy and grateful to have him as a private tutor throughout the years. Jonathan is a brilliant musician and passionate violinist, very professional. He is really good at teaching, very patient and detailed. Whenever my son made a mistake, he would immediately point it out and show him the right way to do it and have him practice time and time again until he got it right. He would also write notes on my son’s music sheet to remind him things he needs to pay attention to during his practice at home. Jonathan also organizes recitals regularly for all his students to gather together and play in a concert like atmosphere and interact and learn from each other, which is really a wonderful experience. Jonathan can be reached easily by text message, email or phone and we have never run into any problem rescheduling a lesson or anything else. I highly recommend Jonathan for anyone who wants to learn violin or music in general."
"Nick is a wonderful teacher and concert musician. He has an outstanding technique and musical sensitivity. He is one of the best viola and violin players
and also a great conductor. I cooperated with him in the string quartet since 2016 (London). During our co-operation he has made a huge impact on my playing. I am very grateful I met Nick on my way - a genuine person with a huge passion for music. I would very highly recommend Nick to everyone!"
"Chenyu is an absolutely fantastic teacher! She instantly puts my daughter at ease, while keeping her on track with lessons. I couldn't be happier with her
"Christian loved it. He said he got really good tips that helped with the problems he has been having."
"Wonderful teacher! Jonathan has been a very patient instructor for my daughter and she is really enjoying learning the violin! I would recommend Jonatha
n to any parent of a kindergartner (or really of any age). Many thanks!!!"
"We have three kids taking lessons (two violin and one cello), one of which transferred from another teacher. The transition from the other teacher to Fer
enc was extremely smooth as she was able to pick up right where she left off. The other two started lessons with Ferenc and have progressed well. We are extremely pleased with his instruction."
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