Emily Edelstein Music Lessons

Emily Edelstein Music Lessons

5.0 (2)
1 hire on Lessons.com
6 years in business

About this pro

Hello there! I'm excited to get to work with you.

Here's a little bit about me:

I'm a violist originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, now living in Providence, RI. In May 2018 I received my Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory under the tutelage of Kirsten Docter and Michael Strauss. I spent two years as a performing artist for Lincoln Center Stage performing as part of a piano quintet aboard Holland America Line cruises. Currently I am Resident Violist for Newport String Project, a non-profit organization in Rhode Island, teaching lessons to kids ages 6-13 and performing in the Newport String Quartet.

I have taught private students on violin and viola for the last 5 years with a wide range of musical backgrounds. In addition to teaching children and teens, my students have included adult beginners as well as conservatory-level violinists transitioning to viola. I have also coached chamber music as a guest practitioner and as part of my ensemble, Quartet Davis, at a number of chamber music programs, including Chamber Music Connection Columbus, Artaria School of Chamber Music in St. Paul, and Kings Academy Amman. In addition to teaching viola, I helped design and co-taught a community music program that teaches basic musical and collaborative skills to a class of students aged 5-13 through the medium of Javanese gamelan.

In addition to classical music, I love playing and singing other musical styles such as folk, jazz, and klezmer. My ensemble, Quartet Davis, is dedicated to playing innovative original works for string quartet, with a focus on improvisation across multiple genres, and has collaborated with artists such as Billy Childs and Fabian Almazan. Quartet Davis has been mentored by Chris Thile, Alex Hargreaves, Jamey Haddad, and Christian Howes. In past summers, I have trained at the String Quartet Fellowships at Madeline Island, as well as at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, PROJECT Trio Collaborative Composition workshop, and SilkRoad Global Musician Workshop where I played in ensembles with members of the Silk Road Ensemble.

I am also a self-taught ukulele player and have been playing for 10 years, in various ensembles and solo. 

When not making music, I am passionate about baking bread, finding new hiking trails, and watching dog videos.  

I love helping students discover their own love for music and playing instruments. Playing music provides skills that expand far beyond the music itself: learning to perservere through setbacks, gain self-confidence, patience, appreciation for their own abilities, satisfaction, and a lifelong skills that will allow them to meet and play with other people and be part of musical communities. Plus its fun! Whether the student is a beginner who just wants to learn some basics, or someone more advanced that wants guidance, I am happy to help. I'm always happy to work on whatever repertoire excites you. 

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Lexington, MA 02420
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2 Reviews


  • Alexander Helmar

    She was great at teaching around my needs and was always positive about the lesson and the perfect balance of reinforcement and pushing you to be better!

  • Delaney Meyers

    Emily is a fantastic teacher! She will always meet your individual needs as a student while also offering new and challenging ideas. She is very creative and insightful, and these qualities come through in her teaching. Emily will always encourage you to be the best musician you can be!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First I assess how much backgorund experience and knowlege the student has. After that, I believe the most important thing is that the teacher and the student are on the same page regarding the student's goals. I figure out the student's goals and intentions behind learning the instrument. From there we can make a plan combining technique and repertoire that will help the student progress. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelors degree from one of the top conservatories in the world, Oberlin Conservatory. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

30 minutes lesson: 30$

1 hour lesson: $50

How did you get started teaching?

I attended Oberlin Conservatory, where I taught through their student teaching program for 2 years after completing a string pedagogy course. 

I have also been coaching students in chamber music for the past few years as a guest practicioner, and co-taught a class about music skills through Javanese gamelan for a group of children ages 8-10. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with conservatory-level violinists transitioning to viola, middle and elementary age children, and adult learners. I have taught as a masterclass guest teacher at Kings Academy Amman, El Sistema program in the Berkshires, and as a chamber music guest coach for middle and high school students at chamber msic training programs around the country. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my favorite teaching moments was teaching a string quartet in Minneapolis. The four students were playing a Mozart quartet, and each was completely stuck in their own part, not paying attention to the rest of the group at all. By the end of our time together, the group was playing as one unit, smiling at eachother, and creating something beautiful.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure the teacher knows your goals and commitment, so that you can be on the same page going forward! Not every teacher and student are a good fit, and that' okay. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How much time are you willing to put into practice per week?

What would your goal in learning an instrument be? This can be anything from: 

Wanting to learn a new skill

Wanting to perform

Wanting to play a specific piece

Learn general music skills

Be able to accompany / play with friends