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Benjamin H In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, Showtunes

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Benjamin H In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, Showtunes

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
CERT, Manhattanville College, Music Education  MM, Manhattan School of Music, Violin Performance BM, Manhattan School of Music, Violin Performance
Awards:

2004 - Fellowship at Music Academy of the West

2003 - Full Scholarship at Las Vegas Music Festival

2003 - Finalist in NYASTA/NSOA Solo Competition

2000 - Hudson Valley Music Club's Francesca Church Award

2000 - Concerto Competition Winner with Yonkers Philharmonic

Overview:
I am a professional violinist and violist based in the Tri-State area with a passion for helping people discover and accomplish their musical goals. I have been playing the violin for over 25 years and I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I really love. I hold a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. I have had the great fortune of performing at world renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, as well as Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
EXPERIENCE
I first discovered my love of teaching in college, more than 10 years ago. Since then, I have made it my mission to make learning informative, engaging, and fun. It is important to encourage regular and consistent practice time during the week in between lessons so we can use our lesson time most productively and make your learning experience more enjoyable. My students are encouraged to participate in recitals and competitions to give them a goal to work towards, help keep them motivated, and give them a way to measure their progress and accomplishments. 
METHODS USED
For beginning students who are children, I typically begin by introducing them to the various parts of the instrument, along with the basics of technique and position. New notes and concepts would be introduced through learning familiar songs and pieces. All parents are encouraged to attend their child's violin lessons so that they can aid practice sessions. For adults, I try to find out what the student is most interested in learning, and devise a plan with the student accordingly in order to keep the lessons engaging and fun.
LESSON STYLE
It is extremely important to set realistic goals for each student. I accomplish this by isolating each issue and not trying to spend one lesson addressing everything. Instead of overwhelming the student, I try to set realistic and obtainable goals for each student while retaining the challenge. As the student improves, I gradually start setting more challenging goals according to each student's ability. When the student improves, (s)he becomes more motivated to learn more, which is crucial for continuous development. I also believe in individualizing instruction as much as possible in order to cater to each student's unique needs.
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Danasolazzo

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Ben is very professional. He provides many tips and techniques that are helpful. He is always courteous, pleasant, and patient.

Review posted on Sep 22, 2014
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