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Amy B In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Violin, Viola, Electric Violin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova

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Amy B In Studio
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Electric Violin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
MM, University of Massachussetts, Violin Performance BM, Florida State University, Violin Performance
Awards:

2014-toured China with the Manhattan Symphonie

2013- concertamaster, Spectrum Symphony in NYC

2013-present- Principal 2nd violin with the Astoria Symphony

2010- Tours and recordings with “The Tim Janis Ensemble” for PBS performances and television specials at 30 PBS stations nationwide.  Four performances at Carnegie Hall and for former President George Bush and family

2009- Featured on recent Iron City album, Big Boss, which has been in the top 20 on jazz radio stations nationwide, reviewed in 4 countries, and reviewed by “Jazz Times,” “Jazz Inside,” and “Vintage Guitar” magazines.

Overview:
I have over 15 years of teaching experience with students of all ages, from 3 year-olds to adults.  I am an upbeat and engaging teacher who focuses on proper form and technique, while maintaining the student's interest and encouraging creativity.  I teach a combination of Suzuki and traditional methods, catered to the needs of the individual. Many of my students have had leadership positions youth orchestras and have won regional competitions.   I feel that is very important for the music teacher to be an active and professional musician as well as a great teacher in order to inspire and to be a good role model for the students.  In addition to teaching music, I continue to perform in many professional orchestras and ensembles in NYC, often performing in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as lead my own string quartet and perform and record with a jazz ensemble.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching music for over 15 years as a private teacher and also a class violin instructor and orchestra director.  I have also served for many years as an adjudicator for Massachussetts All State Orchestras. Currently, I have an active private studio and teach 4 days a week at a public school in Brooklyn, leading a string orchestra there and teaching group violin, viola, and cello classes.  There are about 300 students in my program.  I always enjoy watching my students grow and become better musicians each year.  
METHODS USED
I cater the lessons towards the individual needs of the students.  For beginning students 6 years old and under, I prefer to use Shirley Givens' books, "Adventures In Violinland", along with Suzuki materials through rote memorization.  When the student is 5 or 6 years old or older, I like to use Suzuki materials but supplement with note reading right away.  Also, I love it when a student brings a specific piece of music in that they would like to play, whether it is from the classical repertoire, or jazz, pop, etc.  I routinely prepare more advanced students for youth orchestra auditions, and regional orchestra and solo competitions.
LESSON STYLE
I love to help each student reach their own individual creative potential.  I give them a good foundation in technique, form, ear traning, and artistic expression, but encourage them to find a piece of music or a musical style that they enjoy to pursue and make sure to save time in each lesson to work on that material.  In terms of developing technique and musical skills, I am very detail-oriented and have clear lesson plans for each class, which I outline in each student's individual lesson notebook.
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Pearl Gold

5

Amy's gentle and sweet manner make lessons with her a pleasure. My daughter is excited to practice and the learning is a joy.

Review posted on Feb 27, 2018

Darya Cowan

5

Violin lessons with Amy have been great. My daughter was a complete beginner. She really enjoys the lessons and is making good progress.

Review posted on Jan 16, 2018
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