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.
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.
I have also started a toddler music appreciation program geared for the 1-4age range. The purpose of this program is to expose very young children to the fun of Music through instruments, songs and play.
*** 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. At this point in time I am only accepting beginner to intermediate level students.
Diane has a profound love for children, at least my 7 yr old son. She is so sweet makes learning very easy. She even teaches me along with my son at his lesson. We love Ms. Diane!
October 7, 2019
Ms Diane is a wonderful violin teacher for my 9 years old
daughter. It has been three years since we started and my daughter always enjoys her lesson. Ms Diane is very patient, positive and a great listener as well.
October 7, 2019
Diane works with my teenage daughter and she is absolutely wonderful. My daughter loves the way she teaches and enjoys each lesson.
I believe that every person is able to play the violin at some level. My goal as the teacher is to communicate knowledge in such a way that the student becomes more self-aware. Awareness is the key to advancement and overall success on the instrument. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you.
Dr. Dovgalyuk is a world-renowned violinist, having performed throughout the USA and Europe, including Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Latvia, and Russia. Having completed his Bachelor and Master degrees at George Mason University, Dr. Dovgalyuk holds his Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance degree from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Dovgalyuk has performed in many of the world’s finest concert venues. In March of 2017, he traveled with the National Symphony Orchestra on their Russia tour and performed in the Moscow Conservatory concert hall as well as the Great Hall in St. Petersburg. He has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Gidon Kremer, Winton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, The Getty’s, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Martina McBride and many others.
Dr. Dovgalyuk is a recipient
of many performance awards and has served as Concertmaster with various orchestras throughout his career. He is also actively involved with the Liya Camp in the USA and Ukraine where he serves as the Music Director, as well as the Liya Christian Ministry, in memory of his sister, Liya.
Featured in concert by WILLIE NELSON and with over 30 years of live performance and teaching experience, Jennifer's plethora of musical knowledge in various genres makes her a high in-demand instructor ranging from beginner to advanced. A background in Suzuki ear training and classical studies combined with fiddle, jazz and improvisational skills enables Jennifer to custom tailor music instruction towards each individual student's goals and needs.
Featured in concert by WILLIE NELSON and recipient of the LA Music Awards' 'INSTRUMENTAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR', Jennifer A. graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied violin performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland and performs throughout the world. With over 30 years of performance and teaching experience, Jennifer has returned from touring and is now available to teach both violin and piano in person as well as virtually. Her plethora of musical knowledge in various genres makes her a high in-demand instructor ranging from beginner students to advanced players. A background in Suzuki ear training and classical studies combined with fiddle, jazz and improvisational skills enables Jennifer to custom tailor music instruction towards each individual student's goals and needs. As an added plus for in-person violi
n pupils, Jennifer's ability to accompany violin students on piano during their lessons makes the learning experience that much more valuable.
Lessons are tailored to the students' level and goal. Caring and compassionate instructor. Your dream is my dream and I will diligently work with you to help you on your path. If you have the will to learn and practice, you will see improvements and achievements. I've been teaching music to children and adults for about 20 years both privately and at teaching studios. I have played as a substitute church pianist, ballet accompanist, and have spent the last four years playing for a variety of private and corporate events and weddings.
Students who are interested in getting ready for an audition will receive lessons and coachings tailored to meet their specific goals so that they can have a successful audition.
Zeynep has had professional experience teaching at the Juilliard School (Morse Teaching Artist, and Music Advancement Program mentor), The Aspen Music Festival (P.A.L.S. Program), The Nord Anglia International School NY (private violin teacher), New York Philharmonic (teaching artist), Lincoln Center and the New York City Department of Education (Violin Teacher for Audition Boot Camp at Lincoln Center).
Zeynep is a Teaching Artist at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, and has also privately taught at the Aspen Music festival and School (P.A.L.S program) and is currently a private violin teacher at the Nord Anglia International School NY. She has worked with the Education Programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. while being a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow.
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Hello! My name is Zeynep Alpan and I am a Turkish-American violinist living in New York City. I am a graduate of the Juilliard School (B.M. and M.M.) and am currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Stony Brook University.
I have worked with education programs at the Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, the Nord Anglia International School in New York, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the New York City Department of Education (Audition Boot Camp at Lincoln Center).
Currently, I am a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Apprentice, a private violin teacher at Nord Anglia International School in New York, and a mentor for the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School.
For the past two years, I have been a Teaching Artist at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower Sch
ool. I have also privately taught at the Aspen Music festival and School (P.A.L.S program). I have worked with the Education Programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. while being a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow.
I absolutely love teaching and helping students find their own unique musical voice and musicianship. Every student learns in their own way, has their own needs and their own goals. As a dedicated teacher, I make sure to tailor each lesson to meet all the student's specific needs in order to help and guide them in becoming the best musician that they can be!
Below is my Biography, so you can get to know me a little bit more!
-- Zeynep Alpan Biography --
Turkish-American violinist, Zeynep Alpan, started studying the violin at the age of 5 as part of her music therapy treatment for her diagnosis of speech delay and Auditory Processing Disorder. Immediately after being introduced to the violin, Zeynep began to speak and following a year and a half of violin studies, she had her first solo appearance with Vivaldi’s A minor Violin Concerto, after winning the Peabody Concerto Competition.
As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Zeynep has appeared in a myriad of venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Juilliard Orchestra. She has also performed as a soloist at the Turkish American Women Leadership Event on Capitol Hill as well as at the Focus Festival: On the Air! at Lincoln Center.
Zeynep co-founded the Turkish-American Cultural Laboratory (TACL), which brings together and integrates the Turkish and American cultures through the arts. As director of this organization, Zeynep produces a multitude of events including workshops in public schools in NYC and Istanbul, commissioning new works by American and Turkish composers, and inter-disciplinary performances in the US and Turkey. Future projects include partnering with Bilkent University for an Academy for young musicians and composers in August 2020. TACL is proud to be sponsored by Turkish Airlines.
With a passion for teaching, Zeynep is also a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist and a Morse Teaching Artist partnering with New York City Schools. She also leads the String Ensemble program at the Nord Anglia International School New York, is a teacher and mentor at the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, and is on faculty at the NY Department of Education and Lincoln Center’s Audition Boot Camp.
Community outreach and service is an integral part of Zeynep’s musical life. In 2013, Zeynep co-founded the group Sonatas Stopping Starvation where she organized and ran food drives, benefit concerts and has partnered with food banks all over New York. Zeynep was also awarded the Gluck Community Service Fellowship where she played in various health care facilities in New York.
Zeynep is the first prize winner in many competitions, some of which include the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Dorothy DeLay Competition and the National Philharmonic Competition. In 2015, Zeynep was awarded the Ataturk Youth Achievement Award by the Ataturk Society of America. Since 2017, Zeynep has been a violinist of The Montclair Orchestra. Zeynep is a graduate of the Juilliard School under the Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship (B.M. ‘17, M.M. ‘19) and will be pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University.
Aside from music, Zeynep enjoys taking business classes at Columbia University through the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program, drinking tea, biking, and being an avid dog lover.
My daughter had the pleasure of taking lessons with Zeynep this past summer in the PALS program in Aspen. She loved each week when it was lesson time. This is what Addison had to say, "She always would say the area I needed to work on nicely. I loved that she gave me knew things to learn at each lesson. If I didn't understand, she would keep encouraging me until I did." This was an excellent experience!
March 11, 2018
A unique and special experience! My daughter always looked forward to her sessions with Zeynep. She has been her mentor for the past two summers at the PALS program. Once after a lesson my daughter told me that she was surprised how much better she played the song after her session with Zeynep. I love the way Zeynep engages with my daughter and brings out the best in her.
March 7, 2018
Zeynep was my teacher for the PALS summer program in Aspen. Her positive attitude made my weekly lesson enjoyable. My playing improved greatly during my summer with her. She helped me become a stronger player. Watching her perform in the orchestra was inspiring.
Every student is unique, so I will tailor the lessons to you and make it fun! I'm passing on to you the training I received from the very best master teachers of the violin. Stringed instruments are challenging, but I believe in enjoying making music at every level, while establishing a strong foundation in good technique. For learning fundamentals of music theory and ear training, we will play various rhythm and improvisational games. I have extensive background in European classical music, and I've also done quite a bit of improvisation, some fiddling, and electric violin and viola. Whether you want to be the next Joshua Bell or the next Lindsey Stirling, I can help you improve your playing. I will help you sing, dance and tell a story through your violin or viola.
Born into a musical family in 1966, I have extensive performance experience as a classical violinist and violist, and I've been composing my own music since 2000. I am very grateful to have studied with some of the finest teachers of violin, viola and chamber music, and I graduated in 1990 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, one of the best conservatories in the world. I've played often with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, and I was the Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for 6 years.
I'd like to pass on the knowledge gained from my years of playing in orchestras, chamber groups and solo concerts. My teachers taught me the most refined techniques of tone production and continually showed me how to make the music come alive emotionally and tell a story.
I've also play
ed a lot of music by contemporary composers, in groups like Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, as well as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in the Bay area. Some special tours I went on were with the Philip Glass Ensemble and with Tan Dun, the composer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
My own compositional adventures started in the the late 1990's when I started improvising with a DJ mix in a small club. Since then I have experimented a lot with pickups and electric violin. I've created surround sound collages, improvised music for modern dance, and learned digital audio editing skills. I am knowledgable about Pro Tools and Ableton Live. If you are interested in electric violin, looping or using MIDI effects, I can share what I've learned about these things.
You can make music and be creative no matter what playing level you are on. I believe in having fun as you learn, and I stress learning by example and by ear. Reading music is good, too, but often that gets in the way of listening. We will build a foundation step by step and add on elements when you are ready. Also - I can help you be relaxed as you play. I have never had tendonitis or another occupational injury, thanks to good posture and technique. Body awareness is part of the process. Let's have fun- - you can do this!
NOTE: for students age 7 to 12, I require the parent to be present at the lesson and take an active interest in the student's progress. Also, the child must want to play this instrument.
Gloria has been a wonderful and inspiring teacher over a period of very formative years for me as a violinist. We first worked together for all 4 years of my undergraduate violin performance degree at Mills College from 2010-14, and Gloria helped me develop a lasting appreciation for listening deeply and developing focus for small details. We worked together on everything from solo Bach and Hindemith sonatas to concertos, chamber music, and orchestral excerpts. She has been a lasting influence in my life as a musician, and I will continue to return for musical and creative advice over the years even when I live far away.
Violin lessons give students self-confidence, independence and boost academic levels. They also have numerous other benefits in coordination of motor skills, reading and enhanced concentration. When you begin your lessons with me, you will learn proper left hand technique as well as bowing. Also included is violin music theory, sight reading, note reading and most importantly, the enjoyment of music! Since I have decades of experience teaching both Traditional and Suzuki methods, you will learn to play songs almost immediately. I teach at all levels-- beginning, intermediate and advanced violin students. I have many years of experience teaching in public schools as an orchestra director and small group instructor as well as private instructor of violin, viola, cello and string bass since 1973. I graduated from Ithaca College School of Music and the University of Bridgeport, CT, in Music Ed and Fine Arts and have brought scores of students to both solo and orchestral ...
Welcome to my Online Studio! I have taught for many years (since 1973) -- Violin, Viola, Cello and even String Bass. I have also directed String and Symphonic Orchestras, Strolling Strings, small group instruction, and have brought many students to all levels of district, regional, county , All State, All Eastern Orchestras. I have also adjudicated NY State Certified solo performances and competitions in Pennsylvania. When teaching at high school level, I was fortunate to be able to take my Strolling Strings students across the U.S. to Canada and even to Europe (1996) with my amazing Empire State State Strolling Strings group. I am looking forward to assisting new students in achieving their goals and kindling their love for music and their instrument. I have also maintained a private string studio for many years. I received my
training from Ithaca College, School of Music (1973) and the University of Bridgeport, Ct (1976) in Music and Fine Arts. I look forward to helping new students (and old students alike) in providing a solid music education background which is supportive and tailored to each student's needs. We learn basics such as note reading, proper bow and left hand technique, music theory, shifting, vibrato and much more. -- Hoping you will join me in providing your child (or yourself-adult) with a professional, pleasant and positive experience!
She was excellent. I learned so much from Chana in such a short time. Her years of experience really showed in her teaching. I highly recommend her.
August 26, 2018
I’ve been to a recital that Chana put on with 6 students and I had a very enjoyable time. The students were very entertaining and their parents were very proud. I recommend her very highly and I’ve seen very positive results of her work.
I enjoy teaching and sharing my passion for music with students of all ages. Currently, I teach students from ages 4 to 66 in the summer and have taught elementary school students during the school year through a music program I started in 2017 called Virtuoso. Music has shaped me into who I am today and has given me some of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I am a classically-trained musician, so if you are looking to excel in classical music, feel free to send me a message. My goal as a teacher is to make sure that all of my students succeed and reach their full potential. Let’s get started on your musical journey!
I started playing the violin when I was 3.5 and the viola when I was 14 years old. I have been teaching both violin and viola for four years now and am excited to have new students! Last summer, I was selected to join the world-renowned National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), performing for audiences in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon under the direction of the great Michael Tilson Thomas and piano soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. In high school, I was selected to join the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME's) All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra. I was also the principal violist for the Eastern Senior District Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Preparatory school’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017, I appeared on a Nike commercial featuring basketball star Kyrie I
rving’s new line of basketball shoes. In 2018, I performed in a small chamber group on the National Basketball Association’s “Players Only” show, a live national television broadcast. After growing up in the Suzuki program beginning at the age of three-and-a-half years old, I spent every Saturday at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School from first grade until I graduated high school. No matter what age, I am ready to help you excel in your musical journey!
We are so grateful that our 4-year-old son Jeremy got to learn violin with Wilson! Jeremy had never played instrument before, he’s seen Wilson performed during worship and has been aspired to be like Wilson. Wilson is such a champ at creating bonding with his little student in no time, motivating them to learn with passion and practice with perseverance. With just eight lessons, Jeremy went from nothing to being able to perform his first piece “twinkle twinkle little star”. Wilson hand made him “Jeremy’s rhythm book” to teach him notes and beats; and “Jeremy’s practice chart” which makes Jeremy motivated to practice every day and proudly put a sticker on for the day. Wilson is such a good role model to our little boy, great personality and a joy to be with, his lesson is what Jeremy most looks forward to every week! We are so sad that we can’t continue with Wilson as he will be in Atlanta for school. However, lucky violin learners in Atlanta - we highly recommend Wilson, you’ll be very lucky to learn from him!
June 16, 2019
Wilson gets me to work hard, but with creativity and a sense of humor.
"Jessi has been very patient and helpful with my young daughter (and me)! She makes learning violin accessible and fun!"
Travis had been teaching my 10 years old for 4 months now.
he's very patient and nice. my daughter is learning a lot from him."
"my grand daughters 1st lesson was great,,ashley took time to tune violin, explained the the whole instrument and how to properly take care of instrument c
an not wait for my grand daughters next lesson"
"Evan is a very gifted teacher. Since I started beginner lessons with him a few months ago, he has been able to teach me the complex techniques required fo
r proper playing quickly and effectively while advancing my knowledge of music theory with his calm and encouraging teaching methods. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in lessons!"
"Elias is great! My daughter is 7 and this was her first exposure to violin lessons. She loves Elias, says how patient and nice he is, and can’t wait for
her next lesson each week. I highly recommend him!"
"Enjoyable lessons from someone who has many years of teaching experience. I feel engaged with my instrument and confident in my ability. JoAnne has a gift
to teach and patience."
"we like this teacher. get to the point."
"Peter has exceeded my expectations, I look forward for my lesson every week. I honestly can say He is the best teacher I’ve ever had. I am a 44 yo violin
beginner student who has had 5 teachers in the last 6 years, I didn’t learn much with them, this been said, with Peter in just 3 months I feel I have learned more than my other teachers. Peter is so, so patient and extremely professional. I am very pleased to have found such a wonderful teacher."
"Our first lesson went great; Mimi helped me pick up where I left off, and I'm really looking forward to future lessons. The lesson was productive and Mimi
Are you thinking about having your child start violin lessons? There are several different musical teaching methods you can consider. Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some of the benefits of the Suzuki violin method...
Since it's inception over 50 years ago, thousands of people have learned to play the violin using the Suzuki method, many of whom have gone on to become renowned professional musicians.
Created by Japanese violinist Shin'ichi Suzuki, the method is based on the noti …