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I offer lessons in:

  • Fiddle
  • Vielle
  • Viola da gamba
  • Classical Violin

    I also have these skills:

    • Baroque Dance
    • Renaissance Dance
    • Renaissance Violin
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    Shulamit KleinermanOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
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    Current Openings in Autumn 2015

    I'm planning to take two or three new students this fall.
    Please visit my website for even more information about my background and studio:

    About My Studio for Kids (...Adults, please scroll down!)

    I maintain a mid-sized group of young students -- usually between fourteen and twenty kids -- in the Lake City/Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle. Most students are in the elementary and middle school grades; the most common age to start as a beginner in my studio is 6-8, but beginning younger or older is not unusual. Families in my studio support their younger students with involvement in lessons and home practice, so there's a lot of happy, successful progress in the studio and not a lot of turnover among the students. This means the kids often work together over a period of many years, which is a great resource for learning from peer modeling and also develops a real sense of community in the studio. In addition to near-weekly private lessons, the kids have group class together once a month, and we have four annual group performance events.

    I teach solid classical violin technique with an emphasis on healthy posture, beautiful sound, and comfortable mastery through step-by-step learning. Rather than sticking with the classical canon, I combine repertoire streams from the Suzuki Method (Books 1-4) and from fiddler Mark O'Connor's books of student repertoire -- pieces drawn from a diverse array of American cultures. I'm excited to open the door for my students to a truly pluralistic musical world. In addition to the violin, I also co-teach some students of the Renaissance viola da gamba, so the violin students are exposed to historical performance through working with those students.

    My violin students have enjoyed positive learning and leadership experiences in the excellent orchestra programs at Hamilton, Washington, and Eckstein Middle Schools. They've had fun playing at Vivace Chamber Players, Marrowstone, Cascadia Youth Symphony summer programs, my own Early Music Youth Academy camps, and various traditional-music courses.

    About My Background

    I'm delighted to have violin teaching as the core of my working life. My training in music education is from the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Music Together. I'm a former preschool teacher and am the founder and director of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids. I have a BA in music from UC Berkeley and perform music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.

    Lessons for Adults

    I enjoy teaching adults too! Some of my adult students are starting as new beginners, some are picking up the violin again for the first time since high school, and some are happily-established amateur players seeking to improve their technique or explore a new musical genre. With adults, the focus on healthy technique can be quite inspiring (if this element was missing from earlier studies). Our choice of what style of music to play is up to you and can focus on classical, early music, or fiddle repertoire, or a mixture among those. (For students who are deeply interested in fiddle, you'll want to work with a specialist fiddle teacher as well or plan to "graduate" to one after a year or two if you're just looking for a technique grounding with me first.)

    Nuts and Bolts

    My regular teaching week is Tuesday through Saturday, at my studio in the Sand Point/Lake City neighborhood.

    For the sake of continuity, kid fees are by monthly tuition that holds a recurring near-weekly spot in the studio and also includes group class:

    Monthly tuition for 30-minute lessons (young beginners): $120*
    Monthly tuition for 45-minute lessons (late beginner through early intermediate): $165*
    Monthly tuition for 60-minute lessons (intermediate -- Book 3 and 4): $210*

    *I believe strongly in the benefits of private music instruction for all kids regardless of the family's ability to pay, and I am sometimes able to offer financial aid reductions to these fees. Please don't hesitate to ask.

    Adults pay single-lesson rates of $50 for 45 minutes or $65 for 60 minutes. Sixty-minute lessons are recommended after the first few months of study if scheduling fewer than three lessons per month.

    For children's lessons, interested parents and their kids are invited to come observe some lessons -- that's the best way to find out if my approach is a good fit for your family.

    More Information

    Please visit my website to learn more!
    9 postings total

    June 27, 2009
    Music as citizenship
    March 27, 2009
    The kid-friendly Middle Ages
    May 3, 2008
    About buying a first violin
    April 17, 2008
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