With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, I love teaching everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos.
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.
I have been teaching for 4 years and I use the Suzuki Method and other methods that I think would be beneficial for my students. No matter if you just want to learn for fun or you want to study music in college, we can talk about your goals for learning the violin.
Have you always wanted to learn the piano or violin? It’s never too late! I have been playing the piano and violin for 14 years and have been teaching for 2 years. I have a variety of experiences over the years, ranging from instructors who graduated from the Juilliard School of Music, Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and the Music Conservatory of Paris. I have also performed in piano competitions and have played solo piano with an orchestra. In addition, I was a member of the CSUN youth symphony and my college symphony. I can teach beginner to advanced students classical, broadway, pop and basic jazz on both the piano and violin. I also incorporate music theory, which I believe is an essential part of learning and appreciating music.
I tailor my lessons uniquely to each of my students because my students should love the learning
*** Lesson Details *** Currently, I am giving online lessons in increments of 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute lessons. You may email me for further information.
I am really enjoying Pearl's lessons. Pearl offers encouragement and guidance, and tells me of the necessary corrections to work on each week. I am always looking forward to the next lesson and feel more confident after we discussed the past week.
October 30, 2014
Pearl is a super awesome teacher! I'm so glad I got to be taught by her.
You're the best :)
October 28, 2014
Pearl is an extremely talented, sweet young woman. She was very flexible with our schedule and was really good working my daughter's unique personality. Thank you, Pearl.
College professor with over five years of private violin teaching experience. Passionate about music and engaging students of all ages to enjoy the beauty of violin and orchestral music. Able to teach a variety of different styles including Western classical, eastern traditional and folk music.
About Layla M.
Current Public Policy PhD candidate at George Mason's Schar School. MA in International Relations from NYU and nearly a decade worth of experience at the college and university levels. I am extremely passionate about education and am dedicated to helping my students succeed. I am excited to begin learning with you!
*** Lesson Details *** College professor available to tutor students in a variety of social science disciplines as well as basic math. Also available for music and dance lessons both online and in person.
I believe in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere between teacher and student that promotes the optimal mindset for the student to progress, and to believe in themself.
Technique-wise, there will be lots of work on intonation, tone production, and accuracy of rhythms!
Musically, I like to ask the student for their own ideas, and offer my input afterwards. Music is an expressive art, and the teacher's job is to help the student best express themselves.
I tend to let students play everything that they have practiced for me before making comments. Using my tablet, I notate all ideas and corrections on a pdf version of your music, and email the pdf to you after the lesson.
I am currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Oklahoma, where I am on fellowship as a violinist in the resident graduate string quartet, the Crouse Quartet. In addition, I serve as co-concertmaster of the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Regarding the teaching sphere, I am a studio Teaching Assistant for Dr. Gregory Lee at OU, and I also teach MUNM (Music For Non-Majors) courses at the university.
Previously, I earned a Performer's Certificate at the University of Wyoming, where I served as concertmaster of the UW Symphony Orchestra and the UW Chamber Orchestra.
I have advanced to the national finals in the MTNA Young Artist solo competition twice, and been guest soloist with the Northwest College Symphony Orchestra. During my time in Wyoming, I performed in the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as a fully contracted section violin, and in the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra as an alternate violin.
For four years, I taught for the University of Wyoming String Project, where I served as a private violin and viola teacher to elementary, middle, and high school students in the Laramie, Wyoming school system. Currently, I serve as both a beginning/intermediate orchestra conductor and a private teacher mentor for the Sooner String Project at OU. My students have won leadership positions in their school and string project orchestras, as well as the distinction of All-State Orchestra.
Hello! I am a trained Special Education teacher who has been playing the violin for 24 years. I have experience playing in community and competitive orchestras, and have received professional training. Currently I am playing in the Salem Community Orchestra. I use a blended style of teaching, and tailor instruction based on where the student is at.
Not only do I understand how to teach children, I have experience teaching adults the basics of music theory.
I am willing to drive to your home on Tuesday Mornings, before 8 AM, or after 7:30 PM.
I can't wait to get to know you!!
My name is Victoria Bartholomew and I am excited to start working with new students! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved watching my students grow at their individual pace.
I went to the University of Utah and earned a degree in Special Education in 2013. I am easy going and dedicated to my student's success. My teaching style is casual, fun, and moves at the pace of the student. I find that it's very important to match the student's time and comfort level before assigning skills to work on. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
I typically lean towards more traditional teaching methods but am quick to blend different methods based on student needs. Instead of forcing theory, I enjoy teaching theory in a practical way. Incorporating musical theory that is meaningful for a specific piece of music te
nds to lead to better memorization and increased understanding.
Online lessons are a great option, however I prefer in person lessons. I reserve online lessons for students who are 10 or older and have been playing for at least a year.
I am currently participating in the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra and taking my own advanced violin lessons to continually improve my teaching ability. However I also have experience playing for private weddings, in small groups, fiddle music, and traditional orchestras.
I also play the piano and trombone. This year I started accepting new piano students as well as violin students. I have taught piano this past year with a few beginner students. I have also taken my own private piano lessons from a professional, read several piano technic books, and prefer teaching from the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures Series.
My speciality in piano is teaching young learners who are 6 and under! Before students can read words, we focus on musical skills and experience the piano in different ways!
Much of my methods are derived from my doctoral dissertation studies in the field of Sports Psychology. I apply my teaching methods to develop and increase control of muscular and mental functions, accuracy, precision, discipline, mental awareness and overall coordination in violin performance. I am eager to share my knowledge and experience in sports psychology and to emphasize the general psychological benefits and contribution to human enrichment.
My students earn numerous accolades, such as Concertmaster and title positions in the: Colburn Chamber and Los Angeles Youth Orchestras, Santa Monica High School Chamber Orchestra, Idyllwild Music Festival Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Interlochen Music Festival, Honor Orchestra of America, and Santa Monica High School Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Palisades High School Symphony; Grand Prize in the Fifth International Colibri Music Competition, Westside Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Student Scholarships and ...
My teaching principles are based on outlining the advantageous mental and physical practice techniques revealed through research in Sports Psychology. These methods help my students strategically overcome the numerous psychological obstacles in order to develop a consistently high level of performance. I share with students my Sports Psychology research that focuses on common triggers for performance anxiety and stage fright. By assessing the students’ performances, I design an applicable daily practice plan which gears to establish better control over the physical and psychological symptoms known to negatively impact performance. Applying these principles also helps in the development of increased control of muscular and mental functions, accuracy, precision, discipline, mental awareness and overall coordination. By incorporating kn
owledge of Sports Psychology in my lessons, I hope to educate about the existing relationship between mental process and physical execution and the impact one has on the other. For professional athletes and musicians, performing under pressure is an inescapable element of their careers. Given the current levels of performance excellence and the consequent fierceness of competition, consistency in performance quality is indispensible in attaining the degree of professionalism. This implied link between musical and athletic disciplines is a logical one. Similarly to athletes, musicians must achieve high levels of technical skill, efficient movement patterns, acute focus, composure and extreme concentration, all while maintaining a consistently high level of performance. Musicians ‘play’ music as athletes ‘play’ sports. Therefore, like sports, a musical performance is a physical activity with extreme demands on technical facility, training ethics, discipline, deliberate practice, structure, dedication, determination, motivation and inspiration. Like sports, it is a form of self-expression, performed in front of an audience and demanding astounding mastery of the human mind and body. Both performance practices provide the performer with opportunities for excellence, though the journey may bring forth intense pressures, challenges, anxieties, fears and psychological phobias. Adapting the methods and principles developed by research in sports psychology, affords tremendous advantage in a musician’s constant desire to elevate, not only the quality, but also the consistency of quality in their performance.
I started learning violin from Dr. Dimitry 1 month ago because, unlike other teachers, I found Dr. Dimitry very honest in specifying the subtleties and nuances, especially the snaggy ones which make the violin one of the most challenging instruments to learn. Although his classes were very expensive, I chose him as he was a straightforward and experienced violinist and I never compromise on the quality of teaching. Also, being a doctoral student myself, I know what it means to earn a Ph.D. and that too in music.
Now, it has been one month, and I enjoy his classes. His analogies and examples are an apt way of understanding the techniques of playing the violin. Though Dr. Dimitry is an advanced violinist, he is very patient with absolute beginners. To sum up, I would highly recommend him to people who are very serious and determined to learn and practice the violin.
February 16, 2019
A true professional and a great teacher! I have been taking violin lessons now for 6 months with Dr. Dimitri Olevsky, having switched to Dimitri after having had a mediocre experience with my previous teacher. Wow…what a difference. Dimitri ably blends his extensive knowledge, talent, and seriousness about his craft with a witty sense of humor. He is able to simplify the complexities of violin technique so that it is truly feels accessible. Highly recommended.
February 11, 2019
Dr. Olevsky was immediately able to improve my playing with direct, practical advice. He is concerned with efficient practice and in making the maximum amount of progress in the time that one has. He is highly knowledgable about the audition process and the real day to day of being a professional performing violinist. I have been playing for 15+ years and find Dimitry's lessons very challenging and stimulating.
I have been teaching professionally for 17 years! One of my favorite parts of teaching is being able to customize the lessons to meet the needs/goals of each student. All ages are welcome! I believe that music should be an expression of you! I will provide you with a strong foundation that will allow you to continue your musical expression long after your lessons end. Because I teach all ages, I keep my clearances current.
As a professional musician, my greatest desire is and always has been to teach others to love music.
Music has always been an important part of my life. I have been playing violin since I was 6 years old and singing for as long as I can remember. I knew in elementary school that I wanted to “grow up” to be a violin teacher, and so everything I did was to pursue my dream of opening a music studio - from performing in Youth Symphonies, Musical pit orchestras, college orchestras & community orchestras to singing in choirs and touring Europe with the Madrigalians (an elite singing group where we sang in some of the most beloved cathedrals in Europe such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coure). I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN with a B.S. Degree in Music Performance on Violin & Voice.
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dio I cater to the musical needs of children as young as 3 and adults as old as 90. I am acutely aware of my students’ unique personalities and their individual needs, and will develop a finely tuned plan to enrich and educate so that each student can reach their highest potential! I enthusiastically welcome parental involvement as I believe it is vital to students’ musical growth. Music is my passion and it would be my honor to share that passion with you and your family.
Never took vocal training before and I learned so much .......... Angel is great !
December 4, 2018
Our daughter started taking violin lessons in first grade and vocal lessons in third grade with Angel and we are amazed at her musical growth and development! Angel is patient and encouraging which brings out the best in our child. She has learned the technical aspects of violin and voice and has developed her ability to perform her talent in front of others. Angel's love and appreciation of music is contagious! Mifflinburg is very fortunate to have a musician with her talent teach the children and adults in our area!
November 28, 2018
Angel is very good at what she does! She is so patient and keeps the lessons fun for my six year old all while teaching her necessary skills.
My passion for the violin is undeniable but changing lives with this beautiful instrument and bringing the best out of YOU is what I thrive for! I create a fun and exciting atmosphere along with my 16+ years of experience to turn anyone into a passionate violinist.
I have had major events happen in my life which inspired me to become a mental health advocate/musician. Someone who’s caring, diverse, determined and understanding. I make learning an instrument very exciting, enjoyable for all ages, whether you’re just getting started or already have experience, (Beginners/Intermediate) and also an unforgettable journey that you could always rely on to be exciting and efficient!
In 2003 I started playing the violin and became concert master (first chair) in my orchestra from Aug. 2003 - May 2012. During that time period, I performed in an honors orchestra from 2005 - 2007. After graduating high school in May 2012, I continued my passion with the violin by producing music with ...
Hello there! My name is Jaclyn, and I’m an exciting and passionate violinist with over 16+ years of experience owning my position as Concert Master/first chair. In 2012, I began providing private tutoring and before you knew it, my first student became concert master within the first few lessons (also being the youngest grade amongst them all!) Another previous student of mine, started as a beginner and within no time, with dedication and practice, she was accurately reading music notes! These are the moments I live and strive for. Patience and understanding is what my students deserves, as well as specialized work ethics that best suit each individual. I can not wait to start you on your path to success and to accomplish your dream come true!
I’ve created very successful techniques that are educational AND exciting, allowing my stud
ents to understand, step by step, in becoming a successful musician with encouragement, rewards and confidence along with small weekly goals to reach, ensuring that you are progressing everyday. I will gladly provide the structure and skills that will help you become the violinist you’ve always wanted to become. My goal is to see YOU succeed and to witness the growth in our exciting, new journey!
With a diverse and open mind, I can well match your personality and give you that reassurance of someone who listens and understands you and will teach accordingly- whichever direction is suitable and most successful for you. Going to my full extent to pursue your goal to master violin is the target I focus on.
Playing the violin since 2003 and holding my position as Concert Master, I’m confident to say that I’m highly experienced, diverse, knowledgeable, and suitable for all ages beginner - intermediate as well as all backgrounds.
Jaclyn is truely amazing, such a patient and wonderful musician and teacher. My 11 yr.old grandson has gained so much from Jaclyn's teachings. Thank you Jaclyn for you amazing talent and patience with my grandson. 🎻♥️
January 15, 2019
Hands Down the best violin teacher in the Sacramento area! From the flexibility she has with time to the amazing way she teaches. I am a beginner who couldn’t even read music. I told her that was what I was most concerned about. I was able to learn not only to read music but also the background to the music I was learning. To me that was key to learning. Will definitely recommend to anyone that wants to learn the violin!!
January 12, 2019
I highly recommend Jaclyn. My son was struggling with his practices, she worked with him and gave him the confidence to succeed.
"Kristztina is my second teacher through Takelessons and by far the best. She is extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and patient, and will help you lay a s
trong foundation in technique as well as develop your ear to play in tune. What I also enjoy is how she doesn't hesitate to help you learn the music you want to learn. Instead of using a set program of pieces you may not enjoy she really helps you play the things that will keep you practicing. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
"Jaclyn was amazing. She was really patient with my 7 yr old daughter and you can see the progression in her play at a rapid pace. I definitely recommend J
aclyn. A+ work and A+ person."
"Our granddaughter Sydney is taking violin lessons from Dan and is enjoying them. I have spoken with her mother and gotten really good reviews from her.
I am in touch with Dan and have been impressed with his professionalism. I would recommend him to others."
"Keiko is that rare combination--an accomplished violinist AND a great teacher. Hard to come by... Her passion for music is contagious and, for her stud
ents, inspiring. Keiko taught my husband and my daughter. Her approach was different for each and tailored to challenge but never pressure them. Her engaging style and good sense of humor made lessons fly by, and when it came time to practice, motivated them. As a person, she's wonderful too. As a teacher, she's a gift."
"Knows her stuff!!! Highly recommended."
"My son Christopher has been taking violin lessons with Alethia for 6 months. He has progressed dramatically in a very short time. I love her teaching
techniques. She is positive, super patient, and communicates very effectively with my son. She is also very thorough at teaching proper finger positioning as well as bow techniques. My son has lost almost all of his bad habits. He is finally starting to enjoy playing his violin and now thinks it is fun."
"I briefly studied with Gregor when I lived in the NYC Metro area. He is one of the best teachers I've had the privilege of studying with over the years. M
y lessons were tailored to my goals, and Gregor was committed to helping me learn as much as possible, while being incredibly down to earth. He is simply a world-class teacher, and someone I was very fortunate to meet. It was a pleasure and privilege taking lessons from him, and I cannot recommend him enough to aspiring violinists and violists."
"Amy is an excellent, fun instructor. My 5 year old has really taken to her & I wish I knew how to engage him the way she does."
"David is awesome! Excellent teacher and very knowledgeable."
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