I can help beginning students on violln learn the basics.
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 In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups.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.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.
I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.
For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.
My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
Thomas is honestly an amazing musician and teacher. He was really patient with me. Despite having to deal with major timezone differences (as I live in Myanmar), he took the time to figure it out. Also, he helped me figure out the stuff it took me months to figure out. He also really knows what he's doing. I learned so much in that hour of practice. 10/10 would recommend him.
May 26, 2019
April 28, 2019
Fabulous! What a great teacher! And SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about all kinds of music! THANKS! looking forward to all my lessons!
I have taught beginning-advanced violin lessons for over 20 years. I was an orchestra director for a school district for 7 years and specialize in theory, various genres including classical, jazz.
*** Travel Equipment *** Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.
*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 28 years, have taught private music lessons for over 30 years. I have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership currently at Gran
d Canyon University. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!
Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); SKYPE software; WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable.
I just recently started with Dee. She is doing a great job of helping me realistically assess my performance, and constructively set goals to improve the aspects that need work. It's been fun and very helpful.
April 8, 2019
Our 8 year old son had his first Guitar lesson with Dee this past weekend, and she was amazing. She wasted no time getting down to brass tacks with our son, showing him the various parts of the guitar, how to hold it and within minutes he knew two chords. She was able to keep our kiddo engaged, offered great praise and positive feedback/reinforcement and kept him on task for the entire 45 minute lesson. We could not be happier and cannot wait to see what he learns during his next lessons with her!
January 29, 2019
See is patient, knowledgeable, and makes lessons fun.
I teach my students to be their own teacher. I tailor every lesson to your individual needs and interests, so you are excited to go home and practice every day!
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, violinist Manoela has established herself in Los Angeles as an exceptionally versatile and eclectic artist. Classically trained, she has a strong passion for improvisation in jazz, blues, and rock genres and is an active composer and arranger for string ensembles and jazz bands.
Manoela’s chamber music experiences have been extremely prominent. Her own quartets and trios are in constant demand. She is also a solo guest violinist with several LA bands. In addition, Manoela has been featured in numerous films and TV shows.
Manoela is a multiple prizewinner of competitions in the United States and Europe and has been a guest at many prominent festivals throughout her career. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (NY) in Violin Performance and a Master
of Music degree with distinction under scholarship from DePaul University in Chicago.
Lessons will include: -exercises to develop a physical "map" of the fingerboard; developing tactile memory -coaching on how to develop a ringing sound and how to execute specific articulations -pieces carefully assigned to strike a balance between capitalizing on the student's strengths and providing practice in the student's weaknesses. -musical coaching appropriate to the student's current level of technical execution. -musicianship training as needed -guidance on not only how much and what to practice, but HOW to practice; encouraging development of critical listening.
Violinist Kaleigh Acord is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music. There, she is a student of Soh-Hyun Park Altino and a recipient of the Paul Collins Fellowship. She holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, as well as a Masters of Music and an Undergraduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. Her previous teachers include Violaine Melancon and Laura Bossert. An avid chamber musician, she has spent her summers attending Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Fellowship Program, Lyricafest, and Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program. In March 2014, she made her radio debut on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase playing Schoenfield’s Souvenirs fo
r Violin and Piano. She has appeared in chamber music performances with the Hausmann Quartet, Roger Tapping, and Tchaikovsky International Gold Medalist Sergey Antonov. As an instructor, Kaleigh has years of experience teaching students of diverse levels and ages, including beginners, adult amateurs, and serious collegiate pupils. Kaleigh served three years as Ms. Bossert's teaching assistant at Longy and Wellesley College.
In my lessons, my focus is helping students learn violin at their own pace, and developing their love and appreciation for music! Violin can be challenging, but anyone can learn with the right guidance! I have a conservatory training, and years of experience teaching people of all ages how to play. Students will learn technique, music reading, scales and arpeggios, and basic music theory in a comfortable and encouraging environment!
I am a multi-instrumentalist from Queens, NYC, and I was the cellist/guitarist for the first national tour of the hit broadway show "Waitress".
I trained as a classical cellist at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and I am a lifelong guitarist. Before starting my broadway career, I worked as a freelance cellist, playing with numerous orchestras around NYC, in addition to teaching many students in the Queens/Nassau County area.
I also performed in a 30 city national tour the with the Post-Rock band "You Bred Raptors?". As a guitarist, I was sitting in with a professional band by the time I was just 14, and would later to go to play many clubs around NYC, such as the Bitter End and Bowery Electric, with my own projects.
Since the 'Waitress' tour, I have been freelancing in NYC as a professional musician and teaching musi
Nick is calm, encouraging, and clear. I feel capable!
September 27, 2019
Great first lessons. I have 2 boys, each learning a different instrument (violin & guitar), and Nick was great with them. Looking forward to the future lessons.
August 28, 2019
Nick is really the best instructor ever! He is very knowledgeable about different styles and techniques, but he tailors each lesson so that the student is learning on their own terms - not pushing a methodology or using cookie cutter plans. He is very patient and kind and will work with you at your own pace, whether you are a beginner or want to learn on a more professional level. He plays a ton of different instruments and has experience touring with bands as well as classical training. He's really a one-stop-shop for all your musical needs! Hire him! He's made my life a lot better by teaching me his ways.
In the fourteen years of instrumental music experience, I have had many students perform at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Ford Amphitheatre. Having fun and enjoying to play is the key to growth and success.
I'm a fun, loving, and passionate teacher that has over fourteen years experience with children, ages four through twelve. I hold a bachelors in instrumental music education from California State University, Northridge, as well as a Masters in Education from CSUN. My expertise is in classical music, utilizing various methods such as Suzuki and Orff, as well as Mariachi music.
Students can expect a relaxed, fun, and encouraging atmosphere for learning. The violin can be an intimidating instrument- you will make a lot of unpleasant sounds before you start sounding great- and that's okay! I'll be there to guide you and help you reach your goals.
If you're already an experience player, you can expect me "workshopping" your technique. We will analyze your form, practice patterns, and playing style, to ensure that you are growing and improving from the moment we begin. I will push you to become the most expressive player that you can become, but at a pace that feels comfortable for you.
What young students can expect:
- Preparing for entry into school orchestra - Polishing up school orchestra repertoire - Learning new material and scales - Perfecting their technique - Preparing for NYSSMA - Preparing college audition tapes (I do have the ability to record these as well) - Learning to play with confidence - Learning vibrato
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My classical training began at age 10, when I started to play the viola. From there, I was able to translate my musical skills to violin, guitar, piano, voice, composition, and songwriting.
Originally a biology major at SUNY Purchase College, I quickly became restless knowing that I was unable to focus on music enough. So, I switched it up, followed my passion, and began studying music theory and production. Since then, my life has been focused on teaching, performing, writing, and recording music- and I wouldn't have it any other way! It's been quite a journey, and I can't wait to share all that I've learned along the way with you.
Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to further the knowledge you already have, I will meet you at where you are, and help you to achieve your personal goals.
Together we can work o
n technique, theory, improvisation, ear-training, songwriting, and more!
I have been teaching music lessons for 4 years. I love to teach all ages and all styles of violin. I am a classically trained violinist but I play all kinds of music- bluegrass, jazz, pop etc! I’d love to talk with you and figure out a lesson plan that fits everything you’re looking to learn.
Hi! I’m a violin performance and music composition major at UGA. I love to teach violin, viola and composition.
"Nicole was a Godsend for my adolescent daughter when she started taking lessons with her at age 12. She had had a bad experience with a prior teacher and
was losing her motivation to play and practice. Nicole was extremely kind, patient and encouraging yet held my daughter to very high standards. Due to her instruction, my daughter was able to play in some elite pre-professional chamber groups and recently was a prize winner at a Concerto competition. Nicole always had my daughter’s best interests at heart and went above and beyond to provide opportunities for her to excell at the instrument and feel confident about herself and her playing. I highly recommend Nicole for any level of player!"
"Jerry X. is so passionate on teaching, love to help students on problem-solving, and continuously progressing as a teacher on teaching methods. Many good
and gifted players are not necessarily the best teacher, but Mr. Xiong is really someone who can teach you HOW to practice and to love your music! Perfect for beginners or anyone wants to pursue better musicality! I love my violin now."
"Jessica is very attentive and cares about proper techique and building foundational skills. So far so good!"
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all 3 of my children. She is able to relate to them and meet each one of them at their unique level. I do recommend Emily!"
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