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I graduated with Bachelor of Music Degree With a major in Violin, Viola Performance and Music Education in 1992 My performance experience includes: Numerous performances in Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Canada and USA. Principal second and first viola section player in the University of Tirana symphony orchestra, second violin player of RT Symphony Orchestra-Tirana, Albania, Violin player and founding member of the 'Scanderbeg" Chamber Strings (Abania), Viola player for Wheaton Symphony Orchestra,IL (present).
I pride myself in not pushing the student too hard. From experience I know how it feels to be worn out from the violin and start to dislike playing and practicing. It is important to let the student develop a love for their instrument. While a little motivational push is necessary at times, I try to keep the student practicing with things they like to do. Whether that is learning a song they like or doing excercises they like into the practice routine, it is always best to make sure the student is learning and loving.
Lessons are mainly based on the Suzuki method but they are enhanced through extra skill building exercises specifically prescribed for each student. The student does not need to develop exceptional musicianship, but they are required enough interest in developing musical skills. Musical education is as important as developing math or language skills in developing the mental abilities in children. For adults not only that strengthens the brain but, playing an instrument can actually improve on how one experiences life.
My teaching experience first began with myself when I had to relearn how to play the violin. With years of bad technique and no discipline, I learned I had to find a new approach to violin playing. With the help of a great teacher, I was able to transform every poor habit into a great one. After going through the process myself I decided I want to give to students what my teacher gave to me: a refined and specific approach to violin playing. For the past three years I have been teaching privately and in schools. I encourage my students to practice regularly and to focus on details as well as the big picture. With the understanding that playing the violin can be quite difficult, I find simplyfying complex ideas can acheive great results with no stress. At the end of the day, playing music should be enjoyable and fun. My goal with all my students is to show them the fun side of playing!
I have been playing music of some kind since I was 5 when I first learned to read notes on the piano. Since then I was always involved in music and music groups such as choir, orchestra, handbell choir, solo performances, and rock bands. I love music and love sharing my love of music with others, and teaching is yet another way I can share this love. With teaching I get to inspire others, introduce them to new things, and instill that love in them.
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I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
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She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
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Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
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