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Boston University 1981 Bachelor's degree in music performance Trained Suzuki teacher
Bachelor's degree in music performance from Boston University in 1981 Some of the orchestras i have played with: Springfield Symphony Vermont symphony New Bedford symphony Concertmaster for Chaminade Opera Concertmaster for Charles River Sinfonietta Concertmaster for several choral concerts and musicals Have performed as soloist doing Bach's Brandenburg concerto #6 twice Active chamber musician Hillyer festival orchestra Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra
I am a freelancing violinist here in MA. I got my bachelor's degree in music performance from Boston University. I have played with some excellent orchestras in New England and eastern USA. I'm a member of the AFM local 9~535, and still perform and get gigs with some excellent orchestras.i have a nonprofit organization the Charles River Sinfonietta, that gives mostly chamber music concerts. I've been trained to teach using he Suzuki method. I use other methods too. Students I've taught are now having excellent careers as professional musicians. I teach both private and group lessons. I greatly enjoy teaching and I teach violin, viola and cello..
Our Charles River Sinfonietta has just given several chamber music concerts this summer, and to start off the first day of fall we'll be playing for the Northborough Applefest again on 9/21/19 at 4 pm at the Trinity Church 23 Main Street in Northborough MA . We'll be doing two septets for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn by Adolphe Blanc and Franz Berwald. We just performed them 3 other times in MIllis, MA, Methuen, MA and Hamilton MA, Yes and in August we performed at the Plymouth library in Plymouth MA doing a different program. Our concerts were greatly received and we got standing ovations.. Chamber music is my favorite but I do play in many orchestras as well. For my teaching people have been amazed at how quickly and well my students learn and progress. I have young kids getting to high levels at very early ages.
I taught at the Boston Conservatory extension program when it existed.
I went to japan and saw Suzuki as part of my training for teaching the Suzuki method.
I belong to ASTA and SAA , SMS and AFM
I've had students playing in the suzuki festivals. Students I've taught are now having excellent careers as professional musicians.
I love to coach my students in chamber music.
Several of my students have played in some excellent youth orchestras
I have been giving lessons for almost 4 decades. Many past students still keep in touch with me . I teach violin, viola and cello. We have frequent student concerts, usually at senior centers and Assisted living places.
When i teach a student who is just starting on a string instrument and has never played before i usually start them with the Suzuki books and cds. I find having a cd or recording to listen to and play along with is a great help. Other books i use with beginners in addition to the Suzuki books that have recordings too are Solos For Young Violinists, solos for young violists, and Fiddle Sessions by Charlie Hall, and Bela Bartok's 44 violin duets. Many times students have videoed me playing pieces i teach so they have an example to watch/follow. I use Josephine Trott double stoo books 1 & 2. I use Yaakov Geringas's "Shifting~Thirty Studies For Young Violinists " .there are a couple scale books i use with my students. I have quite a collection of fiddle tunes, klezmeh tunes, Gypsy music and more i like to mix in with the classical music. I have all my students perform in my student concerts or at least in some of them each year. We frequently perform for assisted living centers. I encourage them to play together when they can like during vacations. If not regularly.
I teach every student slightly differently depending on their needs and age and more. There is nothing more fun than playing music so I love to help build their passion for playing the violin/vla/cello. I like the lessons to be fun experiences. I find that playing with others can be very encouraging. So whenever they can have group classes or share two lessons back to back with both of them there the entire time I love to do that. Also performing in concerts gives them goals to work for so I try to have my students to perform at some assisted living places and more several times a year and the more they perform usually the better they improve. It can be encouraging to see that others make mistakes too and that noone is perfect. I like students to learn how to read as soon as they can, but I honor the suzuki idea that it is good to learn to play the first few pieces by ear so listening does not get lost in learning to read. However by the time the students finish the suzuki book 1 I want them to know how to read music well . When I was a kid my teacher wouldn't start to teach me until I knew how to read. I give the students goals to accomplish each week in their practice and usually have assignment sheets. I use pieces & exercises.
Mr. Jacob is a very passionate teacher.
very good. very patient, and student centered.
Mr. Jacob is a very passionate teacher ,my son loves him a lot.
Jacob is great! He is not only a good teacher, he is a very nice person as well :) .
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