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|Wednesday||1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
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Newton Violin Studio
About this pro
"I first met Stan while free-lancing in orchestras throughout New England where he usually served as a concertmaster or soloist. For more than 15 years, I’ve been continually inspired by his superb leadership skills and stylish, exquisitely elegant violin playing! From our long professional acquaintance, I know that Stan is passionate about teaching and has the same extremely high standards for his students as he does for his own performing. This is a very rare combination which makes him an ideal teacher for students who wish to achieve and progress at the very highest level. A few years ago I taught a young beginning viola student who was one of the most musically joyful and inspired students I’ve ever taught. She developed a beautiful tone very quickly, as well as the ability to play with flawless rhythm and intonation. When I discovered that she was simultaneously taking violin lessons from Stan, I immediately realized that Stan’s teaching was the reason for her great success! Stan's artistic integrity and intensity as a teacher and performer are rivalled only by his unique and irresistible sense of humor! I highly recommend him as a teacher for any student who has the desire and commitment to excel!" Scott Knopf, Violinist/Violist/Teacher The violin is part of me -- it can express anything I feel, and these emotions are transmitted to the audience through the music. With my violin, I can touch people's soul, making them happy or sad. I often see people cry at my performances after sad pieces such as Schindler's List. As an artist, I can paint pictures with my music, that people can see in their mind as they listen. For example, ocean waves in Sibelius' violin concerto, or mountain meadows in Bruch's violin concerto. The interpretation of music is a much more artistic endeavor than simply reproducing the notes, and I feel that the violin gives one more freedom of interpretation than other instruments. I started giving private violin lessons when was studying in the Masters' program in Violin Performance at the Longy School of Music. I was a recent immigrant and needed income. I found that I like teaching, and I was surprised to see how much I had learned from my own violin teacher -- not just how to play, but how to teach. A violin teacher is like a doctor, constantly diagnosing the student's playing and figuring out how best to improve it. Teaching and performing satisfy different aspects of my identity as violinist, and I need both of them for balance in my life. I really enjoy sharing my music with the audience when I perform, and I enjoy passing my knowledge to the next generation as a teacher.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Lesson rates: $45/30 mins; $60/45 mins; $80/hour. Discount of $10/week for prepaid twice-weekly lessons.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I always start with a 30-minute trial lesson. It gives me a chance to evaluate the student and put together an individual study plan for each one, that will allow them to make the most effective progress on the violin.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?The teacher makes all the difference for a violin student. It's extremely important for a beginning violinist to have a good violin teacher. I was lucky to have in Latvia a legendary violin teacher Oyars Kalnynsh, who started with me at age 3 and stayed with me through the conservatory. He worked with my parents to ensure that I practice regularly, and correctly. Once I started seeing the results of my hard work, my growing mastery of the instrument served as a great inspiration for me and motivated me to keep going. After all the hours of practice, it was such fun to be able to play virtuostic passages effortlessly! I always think of my teacher when I teach others, and I apply to my students a similar philosophy to what he applied to me. I aim to instill in my students a life-long passion for the instrument. Several of my students have chosen to dedicate their life to the violin and are now pursuing it full time. I am sure that some of my students will end up teaching it. I feel that I am part of a chain that transmits the knowledge of teaching violin from generation to generation.
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