Violin Viola Masterclass

Philadelphia, PA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I'm continually perfecting my craft, so I am always learning! Cultivating a love of learning and self-examination are qualities I strive to instill in my students, in addition to their love and study of music. The best way to lead is to simply show by example, and that will set anyone apart from the crowd!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love working with my students and seeing their progress!

Location

Philadelphia, PA 19121

Background check

Complete

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

31

Reviews

26 Reviews
  • Russell C. Sep 10, 2017
    Viola Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I just started playing the viola for the first time three months ago. Amber is a wonderful teacher and very passionate about her job. She is very patient and always encourages me to do my best. I have had an amazing time learning from her. I would highly recommend her to beginners and professionals alike.
  • Justin C. Sep 10, 2017
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • AJ S. May 2, 2017
    After switching teachers to Amber over a year ago, I have greatly changed as a musician. She has me thinking in new ways when it comes to intonation, tone quality and musicianship. With her guidance, I was able to successfully audition to programs such as Interlochen Center for the Arts and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
  • Scott G. Mar 27, 2017
    Upbuilding Instructor!
    Amber as been a very knowledgeable and upbuilding instructor. Even though I live many miles away, we have managed to have weekly lessons via video conference. Highly recommended!
  • Ron C. Mar 24, 2017
    Aspiring Violin Player, Current Beginner
    I recently started learning the violin as an adult beginner with Ms Reed. I was worried that it would be very difficult as an adult beginner, but have a great teacher is making big difference. She is able to identity my weak areas, and then forces me to concentrate on the excersises that benefit me the most. I feel very confident that I am learning to play the correct way, and this will be very beneficial as my skill progresses. If you're willing to put in lots of hard work, Ms Reed will guide you along the learning experience and it may surprise you how quickly your knowledge and ability can grow.
  • Andrea M. Sep 16, 2016
    A great teacher and an empowering experience
    Amber is a great teacher: very encouraging and a clear communicator. She gave insightful cues and tips that helped me with techniques I was struggling to grasp.
  • Bruce W. Aug 29, 2016
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    1 Year later and I feel Amber has taught me so much about the violin and music! Always positive, patient, and always kept the lessons fun. Hard to imagine a better violin teacher.
  • Brittany M. Aug 29, 2016
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I couldn't have asked for a better experience or a better teacher. I've recently had to stop music lessons for person reasons but, i'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Amber. She cares immensely about her students' growth and improvement and will be missed greatly!
  • Kumiko G. Aug 19, 2016
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    We had a nice introduction and discussion about my problems. Then during my first lesson she gave me a clear advise and I enjoyed very much.
  • Hari V. Aug 7, 2016
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    She is a really amazing teacher. Very patient and considerate to individual needs.
  • Bob B. Mar 25, 2016
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I had my first lesson with Amber. She has a great outgoing and positive personality. We covered setup, tuning, and bowing exercises. Looking forward to next week.
  • Erin M. Feb 5, 2016
    Amber is a warm, caring teacher with high expectations for her students that she knows they can accomplish. I highly recommend her as a violin and viola teacher.
  • TW C. Jan 19, 2016
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Excellent communication! Ms. Reed gave me the appropriate/specific, and substantive information/consultation which led me to my decision to take the next step. Onward...
  • Joan D. Dec 17, 2015
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    The instructor is personable and patient, and clearly knows her subject very well.
  • Beth C. Dec 7, 2015
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Amber has an amazing approach to teaching that is positive and challenging. She also organizes events to meet accomplished musicians and attend concerts. I love her approach in creating a community with her students as well as her one on one teaching style.
  • Beth R. Dec 1, 2015
    Amber is a very patient, encouraging teacher who helps my son look beyond the initial drudgery of learning how to hold a bow, place fingers, etc. He is already playing a few songs of his choice after only a couple of months of lessons. The passion she has for playing the viola and violin is always evident.
  • Deborah S. Nov 30, 2015
    Amber is a wonderful violist and an excellent teacher. She is patient and engages the students well. The best!
  • Rachel R. Nov 30, 2015
    As an adult beginner, with absolutely no prior musical experience, I was nervous about deciding to fulfill a lifelong dream to play violin. Amber instantly made me feel comfortable and has been patient with my learning every week. She is an amazing teacher and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to play the violin or viola!
  • Kevin M. Nov 30, 2015
    Amber is an excellent Violin and Viola teacher! She does a great job steering me in the right direction on what to practice and has very helpful pointers. Each lesson is a positive experience and I always look forward to the next lesson!
  • Ciara H. Nov 30, 2015
    My 10 year old daughter takes lessons via Google Hangouts because we are out of state. Amber Reed is a great teacher and continues to push and encourage my daughter at her level. She has been learning tremendously fast and is excited about her lessons because Amber makes it fun.
  • Jake R. Nov 29, 2015
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Amber is an extremely involved teacher. I find that my progress with the violin is not as fast as most other people who take up the instrument, and I am unable to hear many of the mistakes I make. Despite this, she has been very patient in helping me understand what mistakes I am making and why. In between scheduled lessons, Amber has been consistent in answering questions, and suggesting sheet music. At first I was hesitant about taking musical lessons online, but Im very happy with what I am learning.
  • Meredith H. Oct 29, 2015
    Violin Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Suzanne W. Sep 18, 2015
    Violin Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Akshay S. Jul 5, 2015
    Violin Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Sara G. Mar 29, 2015
    Violin Lessons
    Verified Review
    As an adult learner, knowing nothing about the violin, Amber's candidness and patience has led me over the past 6 months to find intrinsic and extrinsic reward in my playing. Her expertise is immediately demonstrated, and it is clear to the learner she authentically wants her student to experience success and feel pride. Flexible and understanding, I would recommend adult and younger enthusiasts alike to avail themselves of her professional and friendly instruction.
  • Sachi A. Mar 27, 2015
    Violin Lessons
    Verified Review
    Amber was such an amazing teacher!! She made it fun to learn the violin and she was extremely patient with me. She is encouraging, especially when it can be really frustrating in the beginning to learn a new instrument. I highly recommend hiring her :)

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Lesson payments are collected the first lesson of every month. Wiggle room is available on the rate if needed.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Lessons include ear training, technique building through scales, etudes and various exercises, along with repertoire. You'll learn to play by ear and read music. Because there is so much to do in each lesson, 90% of my students take an hour lesson. Half hour lessons are also available too.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music from Temple University in Viola Performance. I perform with The Arden Theater, and have performed all over the world including China, Italy, England, and the USA.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I followed what gives me the most joy.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with children, young adults, and adults. Some students are hobbyists, while others are headed on the professional path.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I offer masterclasses with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, studio recitals, and studio outings to concerts. I'm currently hosting monthly online masterclasses to so that the studio can interact more. As a music teacher, my heart is really open to all of my students. I care about each and every one of them and want them to do well in all that they do!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
See what else they offer additionally.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I would be interested to know how serious are they about playing. Is this something you're going to commit to every week? Are you going to rent an instrument or buy? (Ask the teacher to come with you to buy an instrument!!) What style are you interested in learning?