My name is Thomas. I'm a local professional violinist, violin/viola teacher, and purveyor violins in the Boston area and I am looking to take on a few more students in my studio for private instruction in classical-style violin and viola. A description of me and my experiences, teaching philosophy, and lesson details can be found below. Please reach out to me if interested or if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you start/continue your journey with violin or viola!
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In addition to my own studio of students in the Boston area, I also run the violin studio at the North Andover Music Academy. I perform as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist and am a regularly a few local orchestras and ensembles including the DuBois Orchestra. I am also admittedly a huge nerd when in comes to the instruments themselves, so I also recently started a side business collecting, restoring, and selling affordable quality instruments ideal for advanced students and professional players, generally ranging from 18th - 20th c.
My past and present teachers include Markus Placci (Faculty, Boston Conservatory), Joseph Lin (former First Violinst, Juilliard String Quartet), Marc Rovetti (Assistant Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra), and Ariana Kim (Violinist, Aizuri Quartet). I have given solo concerto performances with several orchestras and have served as Concertmaster of numerous orchestras such as the Cornell [University] Chamber Orchestra, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in The Valley (Aspen), International Mayfest Festival Orchestra, and the Boston Bruckner Festival Orchestra.
My teaching philosophy is centered around two main prerogatives: 1) to teach efficient, reliable, and healthy body mechanics (technique), which will ultimately maximize longevity, technical facility, and of course, musical expression (and enable students to progress more rapidly to more exciting and interesting repertoire!!!), and 2) to teach students how to coach themselves the other six days of the week when I'm not around to reinforce and help them to retain new and recurring concepts. One can't really truly learn something as nuanced and intricate as good violin technique without developing the skills to practice effectively and autonomously take charge of their own progress. Transferable to anything we do (not just violin), these skills take a long time to develop, and are most quickly done so with guidance.
My studio is located on Channel Center Street (off of A Street) in the Fort Point area of South Boston, an equidistant walk from the Broadway and South Station stops on the red line. I generally recommend 45-minute lessons but do sometimes offer 30-minute lessons for much younger students and 60-minute lessons for older and/or more intermediate/advanced students. I will also consider in-home lessons (limited number of students) depending scheduling and where you would like to host the lessons and for an additional fee (transportation/time).
Ages and Levels:
-All ages (my students currently range in ages from 6 to 56)
-Violin - all levels of violin, from beginner to advance
-Viola - beginner to intermediate