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Luther W.

8 Reviews
Jamaica Plain, MA
Starting at $60
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory of Music
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Luther W.

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I am a professional violinist and violist in the Boston area. I am a graduate of the New England Conservatory where I have studied with Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, and Martha Katz. I have performed extensively throughout my life as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on both the violin and viola in a variety of professional ensembles including substitute viola work with the Borromeo String Quartet. I draw from this performing background to teach my students of all ages and abilities.

I currently act as Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola at Merrimack College, where I serve as a primary instrumental teacher to enrolled students. I have also acted as the primary violin teacher for Main Street Music, LLC, in Waltham. Additionally, I run a private studio of approximately 20 students as young as 6 and as old as 60. Of these, some never touched an instrument before our first lesson, and some are serious conservatory-bound musicians intending to make a career as a ...

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I am a professional violinist and violist in the Boston area. I hold a bachelor's and a master's degree in violin performance from the New England Conservatory of Music where I have studied with Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, and Martha Katz. I have performed extensively throughout my life as a s

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Thao R.
My daughter has had very good lessons with Luther. He is enthusiastic knowledgeable, and has great techniques. He understands kids and works with my daughter very well. She improves a whole lot and enjoys playing.
Robert O.
Extremely nice and very patient.
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Karen D.

36 Reviews
Somerville, MA
Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Awarded Grand Prize Winner from Meridian Records
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
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Karen D.

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Viola:
A stringed instrument that is bowed or played with varying techniques. It is slightly larger than a violin and has a lower and deeper sound. Since the 18th century it has been the middle or alto voice of the violin family, between the violin (which is tuned a perfect fifth above) and the cello (which is tuned an octave below. The strings from low to high are generally tuned to C3, G3, D4, and A4. My lessons always start out with the basics! We start out by learning notes by plucking the strings and then the bow is soon incorporated. The goal is to eventually learn all the notes on the fretboard and also learning how to read and play chords. As the student progresses advanced techniques are introduced, music theory and learning how to 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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Kiara S.

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Starting at $34
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2020
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Kiara S.

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I love teaching beginner violin/viola lessons!

About Kiara

Hi there! My name is Kai! I studied at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro from 2014-2018 where I majored in music. My primary instrument is viola, but I also love playing violin and piano. I have been teaching for a couple of years, and it brings me great joy to help students set and ach

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Lydia G.

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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Lydia G.

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I teach students to discover and utilize tools they already have in order to take their playing to the next level. As a Juilliard-trained musician, I know how important it is to never lose sight of why we love music in the first place. This looks different for everyone, and I believe that music lessons are about finding what students can apply from other areas of their life that will enrich their musical experience. As a kid and an adult, I've found that feeling inspired is the best way to motivate oneself!

About Lydia

I am a professional violist and student living in New York City. I am currently finishing my undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School as a student of Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Amory, and am continuing as a graduate student next year as a student of Misha Amory and Cynthia Phelps. I have been tea

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Gloria J.

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Teaches Online
Starting at $67
  • Speaks German, English
  • Awarded 1st place winner from Irving Klein International String Competition
  • Teaching since 2001
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Gloria J.

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Every student is unique, so I will tailor the lessons to you and make it fun! I'm passing on to you the training I received from the very best master teachers of the violin. Stringed instruments are challenging, but I believe in enjoying making music at every level, while establishing a strong foundation in good technique. For learning fundamentals of music theory and ear training, we will play various rhythm and improvisational games. I have extensive background in European classical music, and I've also done quite a bit of improvisation, some fiddling, and electric violin and viola. Whether you want to be the next Joshua Bell or the next Lindsey Stirling, I can help you improve your playing. I will help you sing, dance and tell a story through your violin or viola.

About Gloria

Born into a musical family in 1966, I have extensive performance experience as a classical violinist and violist, and I've been composing my own music since 2000. I am very grateful to have studied with some of the finest teachers of violin, viola and chamber music, and I graduated in 1990 from the

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Mia Bella
Gloria has been a wonderful and inspiring teacher over a period of very formative years for me as a violinist. We first worked together for all 4 years of my undergraduate violin performance degree at Mills College from 2010-14, and Gloria helped me develop a lasting appreciation for listening deeply and developing focus for small details. We worked together on everything from solo Bach and Hindemith sonatas to concertos, chamber music, and orchestral excerpts. She has been a lasting influence in my life as a musician, and I will continue to return for musical and creative advice over the years even when I live far away.
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Claudia F.

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  • Awarded Certificated Employee of the year Berryessa School District. 2018 from Berryessa Union School District North San Jose California
  • Teaching since 1975
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Claudia F.

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The viola is a beautiful instrument and many violin students opt to switch to viola. I enjoy helping a new viola player learn the clef, start exercises, scales and pieces for the viola. It is a very important instrument in the orchestra and in small ensembles like a string quartet. Most school programs welcome violists with open arms. You will enjoy the lovely sound of a viola while learning the beautiful music written for it.

About Claudia

I've recently relocated to Reno from the Bay Area where I taught private students from age 7 through adults of any age. I also taught elementary strings for 27 years in North San Jose. I play professionally and work with Symphony San Jose, , Monterey Symphony and The Reno Phil. I have coached Youth

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"Nice personality and gives thoughtful instructions. Looking forward to more lessons."
Andre
Took Viola lessons from Amanda M.
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"Julia has a genuine interest in her student’s progress. She is dedicated to teaching as much as she is to play the piano and viola"
Max
Took Viola lessons from Julia L.
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"Kendra is amazing! She's perfect at finding problems and helping the student to resolve them while challenging to be better and better."
Bellatrix
Took Viola lessons from Kendra R.
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"Helena was a pleasure to work with. It was my first viola lesson in decades. I was not sure how the online lesson would go but it worked well for me. She was so patient and helpful and very encouraging. Look forward to the next lesson!"
Barbara
Took Viola lessons from Helena G.
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"Julia is the best violist I have worked so far. She is easy to work with and has good musical taste. Highly recommended!"
Tiana
Took Viola lessons from Julia L.
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"Thank you for the lesson and have a great weekend."
Michael
Took Viola lessons from Elizabeth B.
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"Donna is very personable, encouraging and helpful."
Joanne
Took Viola lessons from Donna W.
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"Tigran has done a very good job in improving our son's Viola skills in such a short period of time. My son is a member of Orchestra in school and he is now one of the better players in the group. My son also enjoys taking his class with Tigran."
Macsilvan
Took Viola lessons from Tigran N.
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"He has a great personality, perfect for kids!"
Gisella
Took Viola lessons from Michael R.
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"Kendra was so helpful and encouraging to our son during his first lesson, while also remaining firm in the techniques she was asking him to practice! She asked throughout the lesson if he had questions or if she needed to clarify anything, which we appreciate because he doesn't always admit if he doesn't understand."
Aidan
Took Viola lessons from Kendra R.
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