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Karen D.

36 Reviews
Somerville, MA
Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
  • Teaches Beginner
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Karen D.

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Fiddle:
Fiddle is another name for the bowed string musical instrument more often called a violin, and is the term for the instrument used by players in all genres, including classical music. Fiddle playing, or fiddling, refers to various styles of music. Fiddle is also a common term among musicians who play folk music on the violin. Lessons would start with the basics: Tuning, hand/bow technique, placement, ear training, notes, reading, songs, scales, theory and learning how to take a solo.

About Karen

Hi! My name is Karen D. I’ve had the pleasure of performing, singing, writing, and recording since I was seven years old. Besides being an Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music, I have been a lifelong student of the international world-renowned instructors Dante Pavone and Charlie Banacos.

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Stacie J.
Karen obviously loves the piano & guitar. She’s probably an excellent teacher for those instruments. Why do I say that? That’s what she talked about! She spent half my lesson trying to convince me to learn one of those instruments. Could work on listening skills! Not even sure if she owns a set of bongos herself. Didn’t start teaching me anything until last 10 min & then I had to leave early anyway. So 50 min out of 60 and about 5 I actually learned a few things I could have been practicing for at least 30 min of class. Use her if you want to learn something else other than bongos.
John J Conlon
Ms. Karen did a pretty good job, she had ideas for the lesson and provided ideas for the next lesson. She went out of her way to help me with this new idea---------"music" and "reading music." If there was any short fall in the lesson it was on my side and my preparation failings. I have no problem recommending Ms. Karen to others. Regards, JC
Troy W.
Extremely knowledgeable! Karen is a superb guitar instructor. Honestly, I was struggling. Discouraged! She helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, and moved me from beginner to intermediate in a matter of months. If you’re getting tired of learning from YouTube and smart phone apps, let Karen kick start your guitar playing. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks Karen!!
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Lara Maria M.

Jamaica Plain, MA
Starting at $30
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded Emerging Young Artist Award from Indiana University
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Lara Maria M.

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With a curious mind and ever-expanding Fiddle repertoire Lara looks forward to helping students explore this delightful genre of music.

About Lara Maria

Lara Madden has been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at her home studio in Boston, MA. Lara received her training at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where she received a bachelor's degree in violin performance. She graduated Cum Laude f

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Cindy H.

13 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks French
  • Awarded 2017 International Autoharp Champion from Walnut Valley Festival Association
  • Choral Music from Melodious Accord Fellowship (Alice Parker)
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Cindy H.

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I work with students exclusively by ear, concentrating on development of rhythm and the syncopation of melody against rhythm.

About Cindy

Cindy has been making music for as long as she can remember. She was the assistant director of a synagogue children's choir by age 14 and has directed and sung with many community choirs and pickup groups since then. But it wasn't until 1996 that she discovered the autoharp and began teaching and p

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Emily
Cindy is an absolutely amazing music instructor. She's a true musician but she's also masterful at sharing what she knows. I'm learning old time fiddle in the West Virginia tradition, and I don't take this for granted. Cindy's knowledge of and relationship to this music goes deep. While I become a much stronger player under her guidance, I am also learning about the lineage this music comes from, and finding that her words of wisdom apply to other instruments I play, and even my growth beyond music. Seriously - Cindy is fantastic.
Eugenie
Cindy is an amazing fiddle teacher. I came to her for help in learning old-time fiddle technique. I wanted something more than just learning the tune. Cindy is helping me improve my bowing style, be a better listener, and achieve a sound I always dreamed of but didn't know how to do.

When it comes to teachers, Cindy is the best of the best. She'll lay out exercises to build your skill step by step. If you love old-time music and want to excel at playing the fiddle, Cindy's your gal.
Marybeth M.
Cindy is teaching me how to play Old Time fiddle tunes and technique in the cross tune of GDGD. I find her to be an instructor that is both process-oriented (providing information about the music background"what,when,who,why") and product-oriented (how to play/technique). She always begins lessons with a review from the past lesson and the homework provided that she records and sends to me. Her demonstrations are very clear and are at a rate and pace comfortable to me. She provides clear verbal cues throughout the lessons. Cindy is very strong in task analysis, breaking down each tune part, beginning with bowing. Her feedback throughout lessons is both positive-specific and corrective-specific. Every lesson is highly enjoyable and filled with encouragement. I am a retired college professor in teacher education, and I know about the constructs of what makes a high quality teacher - Cindy, demonstrates this to me. I feel fortunate to have Cindy as my fiddle instructor.
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Donna W.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $34
  • Speaks German, Spanish, English
  • Teaching Credential in Music from University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Awarded 2nd Place, Oregon State Fiddle Contest from Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association
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Donna W.

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I have been teaching and performing for over 20 years, and I really love sharing the music with students. Fiddle and folk music is fun music for dancing and singing. I play and teach Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass and other styles to students of all ages. Learn by ear and by note. Whether you are an absolute beginner, returning to music after a break, or you know some tunes and want to learn more, I can help you find your "voice" on the fiddle. We call it "PLAYING" , so come and Fiddle For the FUN of it!

About Donna

I love teaching and sharing my love for music. I have taught violin/fiddle to students as young as 3, and as old as 92, and had fun with all of my students. I love seeing the enthusiasm grow in absolute beginners, adults as well as children, and encouraging them to find their own joy in music. I h

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Joanne
Donna is very personable, encouraging and helpful.
Anastasia M.
Donna is a very caring attentive teacher. She is very inspiring and full of knowledge. We see progress right away. I highly recommend Donna for violin lessons. She provides a fun learning experience!
Meg
She knows how to identify what style of learning is appropriate. She knows how to listen, and how to determine what the goals are. She doesn't impose an agenda, but is committed to helping the learner acquire technical skills while making lessons fun and productive. Top marks!
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Elias S.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Speaks Portugese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oberlin College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Elias S.

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The violin sings, but the fiddle dances. Or so the old saying goes! In teaching fiddle, I love to bring essential violin technique together with the various styles of diverse music. In the first few lessons we'll explore the style of fiddle you'd like to play and create a path towards that sound. As time goes on, you'll be ready to jump into a bluegrass jam circle, start a ceili or shred like Lindsey Stirling! The direction you take is up to you, and I'm excited to help you meet your goals!

About Elias

At 5 years old I was struck by the incredible beauty of Vivaldi's music, and ever since I've been playing violin. I hold a BA from Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, won a scholarship to the Baroque Performance Institute in 2005 and attended the BPI again in 2006. Apart from teaching, as a profes

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Ryan
I've been taking lessons with Elias for over 6 months now and it has been a great experience. I started taking lessons as an adult who previously studied a little violin and wanted to learn Fiddle. He is knowledgeable, patient and has come up with lessons that were perfect for my background. I'm thrilled about the progress I've made so far and taking lessons from someone who loves music as much as Elias has added a real highlight to my week.
Sara
Elias is the best! Such a knowledge and passion of music. He has been my sons guitar instructor going on 5 months. My son has learned so much and always enjoys and looks forward to his lessons. My son is is not only learning guitar but violin as well from him. Fantastic instructor A+
Joni
I am very impressed with Elias! He listened well, offered helpful suggestions, laughed and was very congenial to work with. We discussed how to hold a bow and, since I have some arthritis in my hands, he was very open to other possible options that might work better for me. Taking lessons from him will be a bright spot in my week. I would recommend him in a heart beat!
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Speedy B.

19 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaching since 1964
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelors degree in Business Management from University of Redlands
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Speedy B.

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I have been teaching Fiddle for over fifty years. I've played in fiddle bands and fiddle for theater productions. I teach Old Time fiddle, Blue grass, Irish and all other styles of fiddle. Beginners, Intermediate and advanced are welcome. You will learn to play traditional fiddle tunes and fiddle improvisation, where you make up your own fiddle licks. This is great fun. You will love this study.

About Speedy

I have been teaching music for over fifty years. I have taught many professional teachers and students over the years. I have played professionally in Many Classical and Jazz groups. My quick start method gets beginners playing music right away. I studied classical violin from Don Samuleson, Profe

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Steven C.
I felt that Speedy was patient and understood how to teach to encourage continued enjoyment.
Preston S.
Wonderful with beginners! Very patient. Had a great experience. Thank you!
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"My 13 year old daughter is a classical violinist and wanted to learn how to fiddle. We found Alani and after 4 lessons my daughter is fiddling! Alani has a patient way of teaching teenagers how to fiddle by making it fun. She sends us recordings of the song so my daughter can work on the piece during the week and we appreciate it! I highly recommend this artist! We are having so much fun!"
Molly
Took Fiddle lessons from Alani S.
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"Julie is literally amazing! Best teacher in music I have seen. She is so versatile and works with each child according to who they are to their strength and weakness. Always encouraging to my kids. She makes it fun for my kids and gives them the desire to play to the best of their abilities."
Anna
Took Fiddle lessons from Julianna Z.
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"I am very impressed with Elias! He listened well, offered helpful suggestions, laughed and was very congenial to work with. We discussed how to hold a bow and, since I have some arthritis in my hands, he was very open to other possible options that might work better for me. Taking lessons from him will be a bright spot in my week. I would recommend him in a heart beat!"
Joni
Took Fiddle lessons from Elias S.
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"I highly recommend Mel for fiddle. He had a lot of really good tips and was very willing to find songs that fit the kind of music I wanted to play. Highly recommend!"
Hannah
Took Fiddle lessons from Mel P.
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"Hallie was great. Very easy to take a lesson online and fun!!!!"
karen
Took Fiddle lessons from Hallie C.
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"Mel is incredible and a very thoughtful instructor. He takes the time to make sure you understand the concepts and works with you to make sure you progress in an efficient logical way. He really spends the time with you and you feel like he is as committed to your learning experience as you are. I would recommend him for anyone looking for lessons and I am excited to keep studying the fiddle and violin with him.

-Patrick from Canada"
Patrick
Took Fiddle lessons from Mel P.
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"Best instructor ever. Very patient. Knows how to handle an old guy like me. My playing doesn't really deserve someone as good, but I'm thankful to have her."
Peter
Took Fiddle lessons from Rachel C.
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"Nisha has been the absolute best teacher we have found! She has taught 5 of our kids fiddle and they all love it!"
Hannah
Took Fiddle lessons from Nisha H.
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"This was my fist class, Elizabeth was very professional and her lesson was very informative. I look forward to my violin journey with her guidance."
Mark
Took Fiddle lessons from Elizabeth B.
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"Rachel is amazing! I’ve been playing violin my whole life and have still learned a ton just from the first few lessons. Also love that it’s online so I can take lessons without driving anywhere, very convenient."
Jessica
Took Fiddle lessons from Rachel C.
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