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Violin Lessons in Washington DC

By Layla Hashemi, Violin Teacher in Washington DC

Are you thinking about taking violin lessons in Washington DC? The DC metro area is one of the world’s most bustling metropolitan regions for the orchestral arts. Whether you’re looking to catch an inspiring event or gain some stage time as a performer, the area is home to a plethora of resources for violin players of all ages and styles.

Listening to good music makes a musician better just like reading good content makes a better writer. Take advantage of the fact that Washington DC has a rich history in the orchestral arts. Below are various venues where students can go to get inspired:

  1. National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center: If you’re looking for one of the finest orchestra experiences available, look no further than the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Founded in 1931 and an affiliate company of the Kennedy Center since 1986, the Orchestra has maintained its commitment to artistic excellence and music education. The NSO has 96 musicians and two librarians, presenting a year-long season of approximately 150 concerts.

  2. Alden Theater in McLean: Looking for something a bit more low-key? The intimate atmosphere of the Alden Theater, located just outside the Washington DC area, hosts regular events and performances. The venue even offers educational programs for audiences of all ages. The venue’s motto, “Small stage. Big talent,” says it all.

  3. Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic: Are you on a budget? All performances at the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic are $20 (children 18 and under get in for free). The Association also offers a free Summer Chamber Music Series with performances each Sunday in Old Town Alexandria at The Lyceum during the months of July and August. In addition to the Philharmonic, the center is also home to the Youth Orchestra (WMYO) and the Concert Orchestra (WMCO). Established in 1971, the WMYO gives local violinists and string players the opportunity to audition and become part of one of the region’s largest youth orchestras.

  4. United States Army Navy Band: All of their performances are free and open to the public, and they even host 1-3 day workshops throughout the season. Combining immaculate technique with what always proves to be a wonderful program of works, this orchestra is a must-see for anyone in the DC metro area.

  5. Friday Morning Music Club: The Friday Morning Music Club, Inc., has been promoting classical music in the Washington area for over 125 years. FMMC’s public concerts—now held throughout the week—provide members with a host of outlets for their talents as well as delighting audiences in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. All concerts are free and performed as a public service. The Club also fosters the development of local talent through competitions for local students and recitals by student members.

  6. Reston Community Orchestra: Like many local organizations, the Reston Community Orchestra holds seasonal concerts held at the community center in Reston, Virginia. Not near Reston? Check out your local listings for schools, churches, and community centers that might hold regular free events that will help keep you in tune with your intonation!

Don’t delay taking violin lessons in Washington DC any longer. The city has an array of resources that can help keep you inspired and motivated.

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Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD

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 perfor
m 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 schools 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.

*** 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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Bridgit A. June 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.
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Holly May 23, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Diane is wonderful with kids and very patient.
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Diane G.

Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Raycurt J.

Washington, DC

If there's music in your head or a song in your heart, but your voice isn't so great, or maybe it is. I teach your to sing with the Violin or Viola. (soprano or Alto). The tough part is learning hold to hold the violin properly.One month of training the muscles a new stance which my help your posture and breathing. After that it's smooth sailing in music and dance. Comprehensive program with ear training and reading the music.

About Raycurt

Raycurt J. aka "Fiddla", Violin-Viola-Voice-Piano-Rhythm-Dance and Event Productions.

Music is the universal communicator, educator, healer, and conflict mediator.
We naturally expose our children to music and ignite their awareness to stimulate learning practices within. As a hobby or passion we discover the connections to all the similar disciplines, such as, science and mathematics.

How to keep time, the ruler of motion in music.
Learn the basics of the music language and idioms of Jazz.
How to create melody, the syntax of song.
inspiration of effective practice.
Basics of
Improvisation or Composition.

It is well documented that exposing children to music and the creative arts is important for the fundamental elements toward logical thought processes and schematic reasoning.
Music is organic FUN for kids and ages, altogether!
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Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and training with the D.C. Youth Chorale.
Began instruction on the Viola in the D.C. Youth Orchestra program.
Attended the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in it's inaugural year.

Recordings with artists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Presentations of jazz and classical ensembles with rotating artists for hire. With a variety of genres of music a formidable Violinist and Singer/Entertainer.

He has performed with notables such as Stevie Wonder,
Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Carmen Mac Cray.
Akademisches Festival Orchestra, Leipzig, Kammerorchester de St. Laurentius, in Dessau, Germany.
National Gallery of Art Orchestra, and the
American University Symphony.
Howard University Community Orchestra
La Fete Musique.
MTA-Music Under New York

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Paul M. June 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Raycurt is encouraging and patient. He has made learning piano exciting for me!
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Dana R. April 7, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Johnson is a FABULOUS violin instructor. I haven't played in 20 years, and after a few lessons my technique is coming back. His teaching style is one where he pushes you beyond your expectations. He's an excellent teacher for beginners and experienced violinists. I also love that he is so talented in many genres of music...such a gifted violinist. Hope to play like him again soon. I highly recommend this teacher.
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Jesse C. November 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt has developed and implemented a constructive way for beginners to understand the violin, comprehend music theory, and figure out how to make this instrument sound good!

(It's not easy to do...)
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Raycurt J.

Raycurt J.

Washington, DC 20001
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD

I've been teaching String Instruments like Guitar and Violin for Beginners and Intermediate level for many years.
In Teaching Violin for my beginner students, we usually review the basics of how to play the violin including how to hold the violin, violin tuning, violin fingering , violin bowing and violin care. My students also do warm-up to strengthen and improve their violin playing with violin scales, violin etudes, and violin exercises.
For my Intermediate violin students, we refresh our memory of the fundamentals of music theory such as how to read violin music, rhythm and key signatures.

About Wilma Evangeline

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Yamaha Electric Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Flute & Drums

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard,

*** Specialties ***
Early Childhood Music, General Music Education, and Music Therapy.
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danielle July 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Very attentative. Up to date on the everything concerning violin. Very interested in student. Not rushing through lesson. Passionate about music.
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Wendy L. June 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son was always very excited for his lessons. She is extremely patient! Works great with hyper active children. Extremely impressed how she would calm him down even on days where he couldn't stay still. Very encouraging when he was frustrated. She is pleasant! 100% recommend!
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Alan F. June 18, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and keeps the kids interested.
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD 20716
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kaushik S.

Washington, DC

17 years of classical training on violin. Currently 2nd violinist at the Capital City Symphony and violinist for the District String Collective.

Have performed with various orchestras and has toured internationally. Most recent tour was with the South Shore Orchestra in China.

About Kaushik

I have taught music for several years; I taught through college and graduate school. Upon graduating, I started my full time job, but have managed to teach on the side with no problems. I've played violin for 16 years and piano for 19 years. I currently play in the violin section of the Capital City Symphony Orchestra, a local orchestra based in Washington, DC.

Though I do not have a college degree in music, I have managed to maintain a roster of 10+ students. I view teaching music as highly important, and am committed to training the next generation of talented musicians.

*** Lesson Deta
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Students can expect a relaxed but challenging environment. I am highly encouraging, as I would not want to disillusion anybody from learning an instrument.

For violin I use a combination of methods based on the needs of the student. Suzuki is one method, combined with exercise books for positions/double stops. I also will emphasize duets, and then move towards concertos and sonatas.

For piano, I use Alfred's Piano Library; I have found that this route is a good blend of theory and ear training.

After 6 months, a student can expect to have learned several pieces, and hopefully be able to perform these at a recital.
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Kaushik S.

Kaushik S.

Washington, DC 20002
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Lisa B.

Silver Spring, MD

Read and play music, improvise and appreciate violin music, including classical and jazz

About Lisa

Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some
Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces.
I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and appreciation. Students may also bring songs of their choice.
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ruth K. August 3, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lisa is a fabulous and generous teacher. I was very scared about embarking on this venture to try and learn to sing. She has been encouraging and gentle and very, very helpful. She instills hope as well as provides me with the encouragement to keep getting better and better. I highly recommend Lisa as an excellent teacher.
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AngelaT July 22, 2012
Awesome!!!!

Lisa has been very helpful in assisting my nephew with his singing lessons. My nephew expressed that Lisa's very encouraging and does a good job of addressing the genre of music he prefers. He feels that he's making progress with his singing.
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ReeveM July 11, 2012
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I really appreciate the positive feedback. It feels really nice hearing things I do well, especially when I am new to this and can't make awesome music yet. Thank you!
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Lisa B.

Lisa B.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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