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Kirsten M.

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Nashville, TN
Starting at $34
  • Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance from DePaul University
  • Teaching since 1999
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kirsten M.

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Whether you're a beginner or an advanced violinist preparing for an audition, whether your lesson takes place online or in my Nashville studio, I seek to help meet the goals of each student on their journey learning the violin. With 24 years experience as a member of a professional symphony orchestra, I know firsthand how important it is to learn how to play in a way that feels comfortable, without muscle tension. Developing good habits while having fun learning the essentials describes a typical lesson. If you have a favorite song you'd like to learn, feel free to bring it to the lesson!

About Kirsten

I'm a professional violinist in Nashville, TN. I graduated from DePaul university in Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. I was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where I received training from the world's top conductors to become a professional orchestral musician.

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Tami
Me and my daughter had a great experience with Kirsten! She is very warm, flexible, and has a friendly, professional teaching style. An overall lovely person who is very talented at her craft. Would definitely recommend!
Lou
Kirsten Mitchell and I first met in a classroom at Austin Peay University where she was teaching a beginners violin class with individual instruction. Nearly all of her students turned out to be teenagers. Retired, I had already turned 65.
Over time, and with patient, coaching, and encouragement from Kirsten, I have learned to play several
Bach pieces, among others. Each new work requires that yet another skill or technique be learned. We have made our way from great simplicity to greater complexity, each step requiring more control and capacity.
How did we do that? Examples! When my attempts at discovery came short, Kirsten could always provide examples so matter-of-fact that they seldom intimidated. Just try it; just do it! It’s like learning from a big sister or parent who only desires your success and would do what it takes to accomplish that.
There have been times when my vote would have been for her to leave violin study to someone who had a brighter future. But, Kirsten seemed to sense that, and found understanding words and suggestions that turned my outlook towards optimism, and had me reaching deeper into myself to get through that dry spell.
Play squeaky? “Listen to this, and play along with me; listen to my tone and see if you can match it. Your F’s are a little high; need to be flatter. Move your finger a little on the string. Let’s play it together. See the spacing between second and third fingers here? Hold your bow this way and keep your fingers flexible. Watch how my hand works, then you try it. “ And it goes on, and on. Kirsten never seems to tire of coaching and mentoring.
What a contrast. An old guy with modest capabilities being taught by a thorough professional that makes her living with the NSO. A professional musician who can shrink the gulf between what she can do so well and what I struggle to learn, but always a friendly adult who can teach as though it is all that really mattered.
We revere and recognize those who enrich our lives, especially our teachers. They help us reach our goals. Kirsten Mitchell is one of the most memorable people I’ve met.
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Zachary H.

11 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Dutch, German, English
  • Master of Music Performance in Viola from Royal Conservatoire of The Hague
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Zachary H.

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A versatile musician with over ten years' teaching experience. I focus on building a strong technique so we can find students' unique artistic voice together!

Students of mine study standard concertos, Bach, Suzuki materials, and scales. They also work on fiddle and jazz tunes, improvisation, and pop songs. The most important thing is to find what lights a spark in each student!

About Zachary

I am a violinist and violist with experience performing and studying all over the world. I am a trained classical musician, but I also have a passion for improvisation, hip hop, pop, jazz, and fiddle music! My strengths lie in building students' technical foundation while helping them find their art

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Jay
Zachary is astute, professional, clear in communication, and a compassionate and effective teacher. I have had violin, cello, and viola instructors for my children for 15 years, and Zachary is among the best. There are a few things you look for in an instructor:
1. That they make an honest assessment.
2. That they make a plan, communicate it to the student, and stick to it.
3. That they work with what the student brings to the lesson in terms of skill.

Zachary took my daughter in quickly, was able to assess where she was and put together an effective plan for her. I noticed the improvement immediately and my daughter was inspired to practice.

Highly recommended.
Greg
I decided that I wanted to learn how to play an instrument much later in life than most. On top of the late start, I knew little to nothing about music. All of these factors discouraged me for a long time and some teachers I've tried added to that anxiety. One day I came across Zachary's profile and decided to give it one more chance , little did I know it would be one of the single greatest decisions I've ever made for myself. Coming to the table with as little knowledge as I had, including not being a young kid, was not a problem at all for Zachary. He has an ease about him when he teaches and is always patient and kind. Never once did he talk down to me or make me feel like something was impossible.
If you have a chance to have him as your teacher, you will not regret it. Let him help you learn, improve, and bring out the very best in you like he did with me.
Maria J.
I love Zachary's teaching method. He is very friendly and easy to understand. He is very passionate about teaching and it shows. I have progressed a lot after only a few lessons, and I will continue to take lessons from him. I highly recommend him :)
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Katie S.

12 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Music Education from The Hartt School / University of Hartford
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Katie S.

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I offer Beginner and Intermediate violin lessons for all ages.

About Katie

Master of Music Education The Hartt School - University of Hartford West Hartford, CT Bachelor of Music The Hartt School - University of Hartford West Hartford, CT Current Public School Teacher Over 18 years experience teaching private violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano lessons!

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Tommy
Not just by the book. Is very musical in approach, ear training, theory etc... highly recommended
Franklyn
The first lesson was exactly as expected. Very professional. My son will continue with Katie. He is very excited to work with her.
Cheryl
Katie is the best! A talented musician and a very patient teacher -- she makes learning to play a real joy.
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Helena G.

23 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Speaks English, Russian
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Violin Performance from Mussorgsky College of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Helena G.

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A classical approach to any music style, whether classical, folk, tango....let's make beautiful music together.

About Helena

Classically trained at Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several t

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Helena is very helpful and encouraging.
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Danielle F.

22 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Bachelor of Music - Concentrations in Music Performance and Music Education from James Madison University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2011
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Danielle F.

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I am a professional violinist who also holds a valid VA teaching license. I focus on student-centered learning to make sure everyone gets the instruction they need. Whether you're looking to start on the right foot, get ahead in school, or take your playing to the next level, I'm here to help!

About Danielle

Hello! My name is Danielle and I'm a strings teacher (don't worry - I teach the fun stuff too!). I've been playing violin since age 5, viola since age 13, and 'cello since age 18. I have Bachelors Degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education from James Madison University, and I play both Violin

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Elena L.
Great with my daughter and very friendly
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Matthew A.
Danielle was a very intuitive teacher- she listened to my goals, and helped provide me with a clear path toward them, conquering some of the basics, scales, pentatonic, and such... but also some of the more advanced nuances like harmonics and vibrato. If you are trying to learn violin or fiddle, I'd recommend Danielle.
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Ana N.

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Starting at $42
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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Ana N.

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Hello and welcome to my studio! I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger known for my multi-genre diversity in both classical and jazz styles. I have over 7 years of teaching all ages and levels of students in piano, violin, voice, clarinet, saxophone, and music theory.

Each lesson is catered to your specific goals and needs, whether you're a beginner or a serious student seeking a career path in music. Let's make music together!

About Ana

I am a professional musician and educator fluent in classical, jazz, Latin jazz, R&B, and pop styles. Currently residing in the Bloomington IN area, I have performed with a variety of groups across the Midwest including Michael Spiro's Descarga 5, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Buselli W

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James
I really enjoy taking saxophone lessons with Ana. She is extremely knowledgeable in topics related to saxophone, jazz, and improvisation. Her lessons are very organized, intellectually stimulating, and she provides just the right amount of structure while allowing me the space to develop my own creative ideas. I highly recommend taking a lesson with her. You’ll thank me later!
Christine
I have played clarinet for 5 years now and am working on music for solo pieces and band class. Ana gives me lots of material to work on and I am feeling more confident about my playing!
Amanda D.
I'm a classically-trained flutist and have been taking Jazz improv and theory lessons with Ana for four months. I have learned so much from her - she has opened my eyes to jazz and made it fun and approachable. The lessons have given me a deeper appreciation when listening to jazz, improved my listening skills, and made me a better player. I never thought I would be able to do improv, and after a few weeks of lessons it came very easily to me. I highly recommend Ana to anyone who wants to learn jazz improv, regardless of what instrument they play!

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"I retired 2 years ago and decided to renew my interest in the violin. I selected Elisa B. to be my instructor and I am still enjoying taking lessons from Elisa. She is an exceptional violinist and teacher. She is patient and encouraging. No matter what your age, I highly recommend Elisa. She is a wonderful person and gifted musician.
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"Mr. Johnson is a FABULOUS violin instructor. I haven't played in 20 years, and after a few lessons my technique is coming back. His teaching style is one where he pushes you beyond your expectations. He's an excellent teacher for beginners and experienced violinists. I also love that he is so talented in many genres of music...such a gifted violinist. Hope to play like him again soon. I highly recommend this teacher."
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"He took the time to start at my daughter’s level but also to push her to improve as well! He gave good constructive criticism and homework for her to improve faster!"
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Took Violin lessons from Jonathan B.
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"Susanna is a great teacher . She is so patience. .explains everything so that even I as a beginner understand..Can't wait for my next class.."
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Took Violin lessons from Susanna S.
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"He is a very good teacher, he is very focused of the lesson, try to understand my individual problematic or desire and managed them.
The best violin teacher I have ever seen, very thankful."
Ju
Took Violin lessons from Chin K.
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"Wonderful teacher very helpful sweet lady"
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Took Violin lessons from Hallie C.
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"Excellent teacher

Kristen is always on time and prepared for my daughters lessons. She knows how to engage my 7 year old and keep her learning while still making lessons fun. My daughter enjoys her lessons and has been progressing nicely. Kristen is very accomplished and skilled at teaching violin."
Nicole
Took Violin lessons from Kristen K.
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"It has been an honor to know Susanna since her days as a student teacher. She was an extraordinary student teacher and now, with many years of teaching experience behind her, continues to set realistic goals for her students, and for herself."
Donna
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