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Featured Violin Teachers Near Washington, DC

Here are just a few of the many teachers offering Violin lessons in Washington . Whether you are looking for beginner guitar lessons for your kids, or are an adult wanting to improve your skills, the instructors in our network are ready to help you now!

Ryan D offers Violin lessons in   Washington, DC

Ryan D

Instruments: Piano Guitar Violin Cello Clarinet Drums Bass Guitar Synthesizer Ukulele Mandolin Recorder Lute Double Bass Mallet Percussion Conga Latin Percussion

I started out at the age of nine playing the trumpet, and continued this for two years before switching to piano. Ultimately, I found my love in playing the guitar, and took lessons for two years. As time went on, I advanced as a guitarist and actually expanded into new musical instruments. I began playing in local rock and r&b bands at the age of 15. These were some of my most influential experiences, as they expanded my musical tastes into jazz fusion, swing, standards and Latin Jazz. After graduating high school, I attended community college and then went to New York to study jazz theory, where I played a few sets with Sweetback in 2000 that led up to being asked to play with the band. Read More

Natasha M offers Violin lessons in   Washington, DC

Natasha M

Instruments: Piano Violin Cello Viola

My teaching style is enthusiastic and caring. I believe that the best way to encourage students to practice is to teach music that they want to play, to have them perform, to challenge them with beautiful music and to use technology to support practicing. "Natasha is really a superb teacher. She has wonderful rapport with my children and is very patient. My daughter and son have progressed tremendously in a short period, and more importantly enjoy their lessons. Read More

Nikita B offers Violin lessons in   Washington, DC

Nikita B

Instruments: Piano Violin Viola

I have been sharing my love of music and teaching students for more than 10 years. I strongly believe in encouraging my students to practice and set up goals that would help them grow. These goals include learning a new challenging piece, getting prepared for a recital, audition or competition. I believe in helping my students with learning how to practice on their own and being able to work independently from our lessons. Read More

Robert B offers Violin lessons in   Washington, DC

Robert B

Instruments: Violin Fiddle

Born in Washington D.C., I trained on violin in the Arlington area, starting with Suzuki and moving to more traditional classical studies, eventually composing and playing my own compositions starting in my early teens. I attended H.B. Woodlawn Secondary Program where I played in orchestras and numerous string ensembles, including [three?] years with the D.C. Youth Orchestra. At age 5 I took up fiddle, working with expert players from Vermont and North Carolina in jam sessions in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read More

Wang L offers Violin lessons in   Washington, DC

Wang L

Instruments: Violin

The best reward is seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! So, it's pretty essential that each student has their own pace to make progress. According to this, I prefer to set realistic goals and task for practicing for my student at each lesson. Acheve the goal they set will give my student a sense of accomplishments, it helps students to make progress and make them eager to learn more. Read More

Jackie K offers Violin lessons in   Washington, DC

Jackie K

Instruments: Piano Violin Viola

I have been teaching music lessons since 1989 as soon as I graduate high school. My deep love and understanding of music helps inspire and empower students to expand their musical voice. My teaching methods depend on the age and ability of the student. From younger students and beginners to older or more advanced students. For violin, I use my own tailored curriculum. I teaches basic scales, essential techniques to all levels, and various pieces of music depending on the studentxe2x80x99s needs. Read More

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Wayman M

Instruments: Violin

How do I know if my child is ready to start lessons?
I have found that children younger than 6 years old are generally not yet ready to start lessons although there are exceptions. I believe that all children are intrigued by musical sounds and will demonstrate their desire to learn an instrument by imitating musicians they see on television or hear on the radio, or Internet - namely, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc. Furthermore, kids with a strong propensity for taking lessons will frequently talk about it in every day conversation with family and friends. A colleague of mine said that she attended concerts at the Kennedy Center when she was a child always focusing her attention on the instrumental soloist. She told her parents who were both church musicians that she wanted to wear a long dress and play on stage in front of an audience too. She is now a world class violinist and associate violin professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is often called upon by regional symphony orchestras to perform as soloist.

What does a normal practice session look like for you?
I generally organize my practice sessions in three parts: Scales, Etudes, and solo/orchestral music. I find that scales and Sevcik finger exercises are an excellent warmup to more intense study. It's a lot like stretching and aerobic activity before beginning physical exercise. I work on specific etudes that will sharpen specific techniques. For example, octaves, thirds, sixths, tenths; double stops. Finally, I spend the remaining tine focusing on problem passage work in solo/orchestral music. I practice slowly measure-by-measure and note-by-note identifying issues with intonation, phrasing, articulation.

Have any of your students won awards or been selected for special honors? How have they succeeded?
One of my students was awarded an academic scholarship at York College of Pennsylvania. I assisted her prepare for her audition at the school. We drilled scales and arpeggios; and selected a solo piece that demonstrated her exemplary musical skills. She is minoring in music and continues to thrive playing in various musical ensembles wile pursuing a rigorous program leading to a BS in Criminology. I was recently told that she is teaching a few local students as well. I don't know how she is able to fit everything into her tight schedule but always found a way as my student.

Did you have a teacher that inspired you to go into music? How did they inspire you?
Yes, my first private instructor was my first major inspiration for pursuing music as a a career possibility. He played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for over 40 years. He combined traditional repertoire for the violin but also incorporated popular music as part of my lessons. This approach demonstrated to me that the violin is relevant to a variety of musical genre. My teacher would allow me backstage at concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall and introduce me to artists like Itzhak Perlman, Aaron Copeland and others. I felt at home in this environment.

When will I start to see results?
Results vary with each student and depend upon both talent and disciplined application. If the student is consistently engaged in lessons, and practices at least 3-4 days weekly for 30 - 45 minutes each session, results can be seen in 3-6 months. Music study like any academic endeavor requires persistent study and application. The learning experience is cumulative much like mastering mathematics multiplication tables, fractions, or Algebraic equations. Each musical concept and technique builds upon those previously learned. Patient repitition of these skills is a requirement for sustained success.

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