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Originally from the beautiful island of Bermuda. Attended the University of Virginia, double majoring in Psychology and Music. Relocated to DC in 2011 for graduate school. Recently completed PhD in Clinical Psychology.
I love to teach music and how to play an instrument to any student at any stage in their educational development. I hold two degrees in Instrumental Music Education from both Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. I have been an active performer throughout my career, participating in several ensembles in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Florida in a wide variety of music genres including classical, jazz, bluegrass, American folk, and latin. I am continuing my education currently at the University of Miami with a focus on string instrument pedagogy and community music making.
I have been playing violin for 15 years and have enjoyed playing many different styles of music. In high school, I participated in several Fiddle Ensembles, playing bluegrass, jazz, rock and fold music standards. I participated in several musicals, including Cotton Patch Gospel, in local Community Acting Companies. I participated in Akron Youth Symphon as a principle second violin player and first violinist, as well as a member of the Akron Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble in 2006-2007. In college I developed a love for musical thearter and orchestral pit music, playing in the orchestras of many famous operas, including La Boheme. I joined the first String Jazz Quartet, and learned the basic styles of jazz, jazz improvisation, and composition. I received my master's at Florida Atlantic University on a full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, where I was concermaster for 2 years. I have performed many famous orchestral solos, included Symphony Espognol, Pinata, and Orpheus in the Underworld. At FAU I developed a unique teaching curriculum for my private students to create a personalized experience that allows each student to learn at their own pace. My goals as a musician and as a teacher are to help my students grow their appreciation for music and enjoy the experiences of learning music, which is such an integral part of the human experience. Music can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life, and whether a student is just curious, wants to impress friends and family, or to become a professional musician, I am ready to teach my passion for this art form!
I am a private instructor, as well as sectional coach. I received my Bachelors degree in violin performance from the University of Miami in May of 2015, and I am now pursuing my Masters in music education wtih teaching certification from the University of Miami, which I expect to complete in May of 2017. I am a dedicated instructor, and I work hard to ensure that my students learn proper techinques and musical concepts. I am able to teach privately, as well as group lessons, if preferred.
I'm a well-educated and motivated instructor who loves working with students and facilitating the growth of music across America. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Psychology, additionally I was accepted by the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity- a fraternity dedicated to the advancement of music everywhere. Playing the piano since I was 4 years old and then picking up Violin and Trumpet along the way, I have had a short lifetime of experience in the field. Having grown up in a family that completely supports music, I understand the importance of music in students' lives.
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Music shops that sell violins can usually also work out violin rentals. This is best for smaller, short-scale violins that are designed for small children. For adults, either used or new violins will work just fine. The only factor to keep in mind is that used violins are sometimes sold as-is, meaning it may not be in the best condition. The instructors in our network are familiar with good violin maintenance techniques and can be of assistance.
Children can start violin as early as age 4. Though there is a standard size for violins, they also come in smaller sizes that best fit their frame. As the students grow, they can move up in size and rental can facilitate the frequent change in instrument size. Being one of the smallest members of the string family, the violin lends itself well to younger students. Any teacher or music store professional can help you choose the correct size. During violin lessons, children will begin to learn how to handle the instrument correctly, read music, and develop their overall skills as a musician.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
All students are different, and that means all learning methodology will be different and fit to your learning style. Each teacher works to tailor their lesson plans around students specific needs and goals. Students will learn how to read music, develop musicianship, and learn proper technique. No two lessons will be the same as all students have different progression levels from week to week. If the student has a particular style or method they are looking to learn, Musika will match you with a teacher that will be able to accommodate those needs.
Musika works with all ages and skill levels to help students reach their highest potential! Whether you are an adult beginner or an advanced player, our teachers will work with you to further your skills and reach any goals you may have. With customized lesson plans, and our convenient in-home lessons option, adult students find lessons with Musika to be both successful and rewarding.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
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