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After a great stint of piano and violin lessons, we just began with Johnny Walker, Aida's strings teacher, to start my son on cello. We are so impressed with him - he knows HOW to teach, asking questions, guiding my son to think and understand rather than a mere demonstrate-and-repeat style. My son immediately took to him and can hardly wait between lessons for the next. Thank you!
Don was fantastic. I'm so excited to continue my violin and piano lessons! I definitely recommend him...he obviously has a lot of knowledge to offer his clients.
Very professional, Andrew Pendergast is awesome. My daughter has had 3 voice lessons and now we are incorporating guitar with the lesson. I highly recommend Lessons In Your Home.
Our eldest daughter (8yo) has been with Dr. Oster for 3 years, and our younger (5yo) for 1 year. I personally found Dr. Oster a bit intimidating at first, but the kids took to her from the beginning and just love her. Dr. Oster is not for everybody. Here is a brief summary of Dr. Oster's teaching philosophy: 1. Start them early. In contrast to other teachers who don't want to take kids before age 7 or 8, Dr. Oster prefers to start them early, as early as 4 or even 3. 2. Don't baby them. Her driving philosophy is that kids can absorb much more than most of us think. Other teachers who will take young kids dumb down the lessons: no note reading, no expression, no regard for proper technique, etc. They will lavish praise on a child so long as she/he plays the right notes (and sometimes even if they don't). Not here. From the beginning, Dr. Oster's students are taught to read notes, key signatures, understand rhythmic notation, accidentals. They are taught proper form and technique. They are taught expression and dynamics. Apart from the piano instruction, they are required to take music theory classes once a week, which are taught at a college-level introductory theory course (circle of fifths, intervals and chords, etc.). They are required to take the Maryland state exams in music. And frankly, you will be amazed at what your child can pick up. 3. Heavy parental involvement is required. You do not drop off your kid, or let them practice by themselves. You will be sitting in the piano classes, to understand what your child is learning so you can guide them at home. You will be attending your child's music theory classes, helping her/him grasp concepts. You will be practicing with them at home, making sure they make progress. [So one positive byproduct is that parents end up learning a lot as well!] 4. It is hard work. There is no set amount of practice time; they will have to practice as much as necessary to make progress. That may be a little, or a lot. In our case, it is about 30 min to an hour every night for our 5-year old, and 1-2 hours a night for our 8-year old. Lessons continue throughout the year, with only a 2-week break. If you are taking a vacation, the clock does not stop; you will need to make up the missed classes and catch up to where you would have been without a break. 5. Dr. Oster sees herself as (and in actuality is) a co-parent of your child. These are more than piano lessons, these are life lessons. Your child will be learning: (i) how to focus; (ii) that she/he is capable of things beyond what most people expect; (iii) that hard work and discipline are essential for success; (iv) to be patient with themselves; (v) to have fun while working (otherwise they will quit); (vi) and to aim for excellence, not just to be "good enough." 6. Dr. Oster believes in immersion in the arts and culture. There are field trips to watch concerts and ballet performances at the Kennedy Center or Strathmore; and field trips to the Library of Congress, the Shakespeare Theater, and Hillwood Gardens. 7. Your child will be tested. To ensure progress, there are periodic tests where your child will be tested (via a recorded performance) on the piece she/he is currently learning: on notes and rhythm, on technique, on expression and dynamics, on tempo. Eventually she/he will join performances, which are not your typical recitals; these are concerts at serious venues (Constitution Hall, embassies, Kimmel Center, Ivy League universities, European concert venues, etc.) where concert-level performances are expected; these kids do not get a pass because they are kids. Bottom line: if you believe in your child's potential, and are willing to put in the time and energy to bring it out, Dr. Oster is an excellent teacher. If you want casual piano lessons, you're better off somewhere else.
Hannah taught my 2 daughters beginning violin. They first saw Hannah play violin at church when she was a teenager. Both were impressed with her ability to play and the beautiful sound. Hannah instructed my 7 and 8 year old girls in her home. She was always prompt; never kept us waiting and used her instruction time well. She used different techniques and showed her versatility in instructing when one of my daughters would struggle. My daughters have very different personalities and musical abilities and Hannah was able to pull the best out of both of them, encouraging them individually and their specific abilities. Hannah's love of music and her instrument is evident whenever you hear her play or instruct. She was patient, encouraging and desiring my girls to do well, which prompted them to practice and want to do well themselves.
It was my enormous privilege to study violin with William Herzog for two years at Northwestern University. His deep understanding of the technical, psychological, and emotional aspects of violin-playing--and his ability to communicate this knowledge clearly and empathetically--is unparalleled, even among the many excellent teachers I've had. Both my playing and my attitude toward playing evolved significantly under his instruction, and I saw him have the same impact on many others. Anyone would be incredibly lucky to have him as a teacher.
Carly has had an extremely positive effect on my ability of picking up new violin concepts. She also allows me to feel comfortable practicing without fearing that I am being judged or looked at poorly for my beginner level. She is extremely punctual and makes time for me with my busy schedule since I travel for work. I look forward to continuing my lessons with Carly. In addition, Carly provides personalized lessons and pieces based on your needs - extremely beneficial. I would recommend Carly to any violin student, at any age.
While I’ve only started my violin lessons Kirsten has been a wonderful teacher whom I know will be able to help me learn to play the violin.
I found Victor here on this website for a guitar teacher for my son and when it came down to needing to hire a teacher Victor had followed up with me. So I took advantage of the first free lesson and he's been my sons guitar teacher ever since. Victor is very patient and knowledgeable, the personal attention and care he gives to each individual child is wonderful. You can tell that he has a love for music and this is his passion. I've spoken to other families that he teaches(some for several years) and they all agree. He works well with my son on incorporating styles and songs he is interested in as well as teaching music theory and basics. My son was a beginner 6 months ago and now he is playing full songs confidently. He loves coming to guitar class and learning new techniques, and songs. I plan on continuing until my son can pay for lessons himself. I highly recommend Victor Crisen.
Janet was our son's violin teacher for 8 years. She was fantastic! She really catered to his interests. She is a patient and encouraging teacher. She kept him interested and challenged. She was very supportive of his concerts and Solo Ensemble - attending if she was available. He continues to play in college. She held intimate recitals in her home which were a great experience for the students. Thanks, Janet!
I've known Todd for many years now & count him as a friend & mentor. His violin lessons are a pleasure -- they are fun & challenging. He knows his students' abilities & caters to them; on top of that, he's familiar with quite a range of musical genres. I highly recommend him!
As an adult student with no music experience, I think that Christine does a good job breaking down the basics into something that can be easily followed. She is patient and will work to accommodate busy adult schedules. She recommended the Samuel Applebaum String Builder book; which I really like as it teaches the basic hand position along with the associated notes. Rather than learning to play by listening then learning the notes. Again she can tailor her lessons based on children or adults learning abilities.
Gosh, you simply can't do better. Where else are you going to find a classically trained bluegrass expert with a Masters degree, giving affordable private lessons? Chris is just amazing.
Ms. Linnea Marchie is an excellent instructor for my daughter. She is enthusiastic about teaching violin and brings positive energy to each lesson so that my daughter looks forward her session and actually practices almost everyday ( It is amazing). We like Linnea very much.
I hold a BM degree in violin performance from University of Maryland College Park. I love working with students and seeing them enjoy making music and learning.
I am a college educated musician who is classically trained in violin. I now teach violin and beginning piano. See photo for more info. Thank you for your interest. Contact me now to know more about my services.
A graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Samuel Thompson is a nationally recognized soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and interdisciplinary collaborator. Additionally, Mr. Thompson is an experienced educator, having taught for over twenty years in capacities ranging from group lessons, private instruction and chamber music coaching to students ranging from beginners to advanced high school students, university and conservatory undergraduates and adult amateurs. In May 2017, Mr. Thompson traveled to Havana, Cuba, where he gave master classes in conjunction with ISA-Universidad de las Artes and the Lyceum Mozartiana de la Habana, and also served as an adjudicator for the Northern Virginia District Ten Solo and Ensemble Festival. Student successes over the past three years have included: Successful audition for the Northern Virginia District Eleven Junior District Orchestra (2016) Superior and Excellent Ratings at the Virginia Music Educators Association District Solo and Ensemble Festival (2016) Superior Ratings at the Maryland Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival (2015-16) Superior and Excellent Ratings at the Maryland Music Educations Association District Solo and Ensemble Festival (2015-16) Acceptance into the Harford Youth Orchestra (2014-15) Acceptance into the Baltimore County All-County Orchestra (2013)
At Carman Violin Studio LLC, the violin instructor uses both the traditional method and the Suzuki method to ensure that the students can learn to sight-read materials at their level as well as build a solid foundation to excel as a violinist.
I have professional experience in teaching in the public schools and years of individual viola/violin performance experience at a very high level. I know how to train you or your son and daughter to become one of the better musicians of our time.
I am a violin teacher for students of all ages in Washington, D.C. I am an Italian violinist who graduated in performance violin from the Conservatory of Cesena and Milan (Italy), and I have recently moved to the D.C. area. I have 5 years of violin teaching experience, including Suzuki method and music projects in developing countries. I have negotiable prices.