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About Kathryn T.

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Brighton, MA

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Viola was my first instrument and I can help you with everything from traditional classical repertoire to modern world, folk and jazz. I like to focus on music theory and reading skills, in addition to developing musicality from the first lesson.

About Kathryn
Kathryn is an enthusiastic and patient contemporary string player specializing in teaching violin and viola. Growing up she played violin and viola in school and community orchestras, as well as bass in jazz bands and small ensembles. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied violin and viola. At Berklee, Kathryn majored in Film Scoring (writing music for film and TV), so she is accomplished in composition as well as performance. She has performed onstage with musicians from all over the world including: Brazilian singer Rosa Passos, Cuban bassist Cachao, alternative rock singer Paul Cole, and Christopher Guest from "This is Spinal Tap."

As a teacher, Kathryn utilizes her training in and experience playing a diverse range of styles in her lessons. She has been teaching private lessons for 10 years and has al
so taught music as a camp counselor, college tutor, and workshop leader. Whether you are looking to pick up a brand new instrument, learn a new style, or work on improving on what you already know, Kathryn can help you reach your goals.
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Kyle B. February 21, 2018
· Viola · In studio
I had Kathryn as a viola teacher for just under a year and half, coming from a music background in percussion but having no experience with string instruments. She was very good at introducing me to techniques as I developed, and I enjoyed her teaching style particularly where we'd mix things up by sight-reading duets to help with both sight-reading and my ear training. Unfortunately she had to move away!
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Ellen December 11, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
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Leslie H. November 19, 2017
· Viola · Online
Easy to understand online, sent PDF music in advance by email. Very friendly
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About Kathleen L.

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Kernersville, NC

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I teach beginning through college level viola, and have studied viola at Indiana University during my doctoral program.

About Kathleen
With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, Kathleen teaches everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos. Dr. Lavengood has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Indiana's Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and has served as concertmaster and soloist for the Chehalem Symphony Orchestra in Newberg, Oregon. She has lectured at Indiana University, Davis & Elkins College, Miami Dade College, and George Fox University, teaching World Music, Music History, and Music Appreciation courses, as well as string studio lessons and leading a string ensemble. Her festival performances include International Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas; and the Aspen Music Festival and School, Colora
do. She earned her Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Nevada, studying with Philip Ruder, and Bachelors of Music under Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon. Additionally, she studied viola with Yuval Gotlibovitch at Indiana University during her doctoral program in Ethnomusicology.
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Gabrielle H. August 4, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
The first lesson was great. She explained some of the fiddle's background, how to hold it, and how to play it all in an interactive way. The time flew by. My daughter is very enthusiastic about the lessons & even more excited about the fiddle than before the lesson. Kathleen is awesome.
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joseph April 28, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
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Jennifer B. April 5, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Absolutely love Kathleen. She is a wonderful teacher, Patience
and always encouraging. I highly recommend her.
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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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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 cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

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.

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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.

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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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Victoria March 27, 2018
· Bass Clarinet · Online
I really enjoyed by first lesson with Mr. West, he was very knowledgeable , it was a lot better than I expected.
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Gene K. February 28, 2018
· Piano · Online
After well over a year with Thomas, he is still the best instructor! Patient, insightful and generous in his knowledge and experience- looking for a great teacher? Thomas is the one.
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Terese R. January 3, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
iI just finished doing a lesson with Thomas, and he has helped me tremendously wiTh my scales and embrasure building
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About David K.

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Seattle, WA

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I love helping students who are new to an instrument gain the confidence and skills necessary to pursue it long-term. As a former orchestra teacher, I have a soft spot for strings. My students tend to develop a genuine love for their instrument and desire to continue studying.

About David
I love music. I love playing it, writing it, teaching it, listening to it, even analyzing the theory! I'm a bit (a huge bit) of a music nerd.

I've been playing piano since I was five years old, and guitar since eleven. I have a Bachelor's of Music Education, with classical guitar being my primary instrument. In the past, I have taught middle and high school orchestras, elementary general music, I have been the Executive Director of a non-profit youth orchestra, and I have maintained private students because of my passion for teaching one-on-one. I have a particular knack for getting middle school-aged through adult students excited about new aspects of music.

My passion truly is to share music with others, whether that is through teaching private lessons, teaching in public school settings, composing, or simply bringing a
friend to a concert.

Aside from music, I love being outside. Skiing, fly-fishing, and backpacking are some of my favorite things in the world.

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I teach guitar (beginning through advanced), and beginning violin, viola, and cello.

Although classical guitar is my primary strength, I am more than willing to teach any style that a student may want to learn. If you want to learn rock, blues, jazz, etc. I'd be thrilled to teach you that particular genre. To me, style is simply a vehicle to learn over-arching musical ideas and skills.

The most important skill that I can help students develop is reading music. If a student can read music, regardless of current technical ability, ambition, or musical preferences, they will be able to learn more music than I will ever be able to teach them. I make it my serious goal to teach myself out of a job, to give students the tools that they need to go out and learn as much as they possibly can (or want to), so that when our lessons eventually come to an end, they have a solid base from which to grow.

My personal style is fairly laid back. I am a very easy-going individual, but I do expect that my students practice. As long as a student is practicing and putting forth effort, I will bend over backwards to help them.

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I have my own instruments and books. I expect students to have their own instrument and be willing to buy books as well.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar
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Amy S. December 16, 2015
· Cello · In home
Very positive experience. My daughter really enjoys her lessons and looks forward to the next. She has learned a lot. Highly recommend!
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CHRISTINA N. September 11, 2015
· Cello · In studio
He was very easy going and yet professional. I felt that he was able to cover a lot of ground in an hour and felt it was well worth the money. I liked that he not only pointed out things that could be corrected but also things I was doing right.
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Yiqun S. November 11, 2013
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David is a great Guitar teacher.

David has been a great guitar teacher for my teenage kid! He was patient with her but he also challenged her to work harder. My kid learned a lot in just a few months, from no experience to being able to play somewhat difficult scales and chords! I believe that David’s experiences both as a high school teacher and as a musician help him to be a great guitar teacher.
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About Grace Y.

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Portland, OR
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Many teachers who teach viola are primarily violinists, and are not as aware of the extra attention to detail and slightly different techniques that this instrument requires. Since I am primarily a violist, I can teach tone production, posture, and other techniques from the perspective of a player who has spent time learning the idiosyncrasies that make the difference between an excellent violist and a competent one.

My teaching style is inspired by my initial training in the Suzuki method, and my studies with violist and pedagogue Karen Ritscher at Oberlin Conservatory. Please note, I have not yet received training as a Suzuki teacher and use the Suzuki method books and the teaching I received as a Suzuki student as a jumping off point for working on each student's individual needs.

About Grace
I studied viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved to Portland three years ago to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. Since then I have performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers and ARCO PDX and am a member of Macaulay Balkan.

My initial studies were on violin using the Suzuki method, which has greatly influenced my teaching approach. However, I am dedicated to customizing the lesson time and structure to the needs and priorities of my students.

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Very few "viola teachers" play viola as their primary instrument. As a full-time violist, I can help you learn how to play this idiosyncratic instrument from my own experience.
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Marie May 23, 2018
· Viola · Online
My daughter is enjoying learning from Grace. She is an amazing source of knowledge, techniques and tips. She is very patient with my daughter. My daughter learned how to tackle an advanced piece from Grace. We are very pleased.
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Jessica February 27, 2018
· Violin · In studio
She adapts to what he is interested in and moves at his speed.
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Jessica February 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Good overview of basics. She connected well with William and was very patient.
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About Jonathan G.

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I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Ian S. March 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Ian Really enjoyed his lesson. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and helped Ian with his basic skills and gave him great pointers. He also gave him an outline and daily practice requirements.
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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Seattle, WA 98105
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Learn to play folk music or classical. Explore this deep and beautiful instrument!

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Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Joseph March 27, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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About Daniel K.

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South Glens Falls, NY

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I have taught viola for over 1.5 years and my students have quickly gotten acquainted with the strings, performed basic instrument maintenance (tuning and rosining), and learned scales

Over time, you will perfect your bow handling, handle your instrument with perfect posture and prepare for NYSSMA and other auditions. I love working with students of all ages and levels, and I am looking forward to working with you!

About Daniel
Hello, my name is Daniel and I am looking forward to working with you on your musical endeavors! I have been giving private lessons since 2016, and I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Industry from SUNY Oneonta. I specialize in all of the orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello and upright bass), and piano, and I love working with my students in all musical genres, and to instruct students how to write their own music!

I am a very funny, kind and easygoing person, and I am looking forward to working with you on your musical goals!
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About Micah L.

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Tacoma, WA

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Viola teacher seeking students in the beginning/intermediate range! All ages welcome! I design my lessons to match both the expressive and technical goals of my students. I want you to love what you're playing, and see how it's helping you improve you craft. I'll help you develop your technique, theory, ear training, and more all while working on music you enjoy. Let's get started!

About Micah
I am a private music instructor with a background in chamber ensemble. I've been playing the viola for over a decade now, and it's brought me many joys.

My primary point of interest as a teacher is musicality. That is, I've found over the years that most students see the kind of improvement they want when they're learning technique through artistic sensitivity, instead of the other way around. Learning to marry technique and artistry is essential to strong musicianship, and you always learn best when you're working on something you enjoy! In many cases, that can mean learning to enjoy music you otherwise wouldn't through artistic technique.

Personally, I love Romantic and 20th Century era classical music. I am also a fan of Jazz, Blues, Film Composition, and Musical Theater. I'm particularly fond of composers like Britten, Dvorak,
and Schoenberg.

My passion is teaching, and helping people meet their learning goals. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a wonderful musician!
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Abbie January 8, 2018
· Viola · In home
I've learned a lot during our lessons. Micah is really enthusiastic, so it's hard to get bored, even while we're practicing scales. I like how she has me listen to recording of my playing every couple of weeks so I can hear where I'm improving and what I still need to work on.
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Tacoma, WA 98406
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