I am a professional, free-lance violinist and teacher. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Temple University, studying with Helen Kwalwasser and graduating Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, I continued my studies with William DePasquale, associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Subsequently, I spent seven years as a member of the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, where I performed with the symphony and chamber orchestras, and was featured as soloist. Presently, I perform as a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Riverside Symphonia, where I serve as principal second violinist, as well as other orchestras. I have been teaching violin lessons for over thirty years at various locations, including George School, the Temple University Community Music Program, and my home.
I took lessons from Carmina for about 10 years; she is wonderful! She is so knowledgeable about teaching violin that I don't think there was one instance where I had an issue she couldn't fix. If you are prepared to put in the work, you will definitely succeed with Carmina!
Carmina taught my daughter for 11 years. She's a wonderful teacher and a good and caring person as well. She insists on attention to intonation, correct fingering and holding the bow properly. She corrected within a month some of the problems my daughter had in thumb position as well as technique. She was patient, understanding and encouraging - praising a piece well done after weeks of practicing and hard work. I would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone - beginner or advanced, child or adult.
My son has been studying with her almost 4 years. She is a great teacher. My son improved his skill so much. She knows what to teach. Love her.
First, I try to put them at ease. Then I look at how they hold the instrument and their posture. We will start out simply and progress from there. I will also use solfeggio to train their musical ear.
I have a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Temple University, as well as years of private violin lessons with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Yes. $30 for 1/2 hour
$45 for 45 minutes
$60 for one hour
After I graduated from college, I was asked to teach in Temple University's Community Music Program on Saturdays.
I have worked with students from 5 - 80 yrs. old. Also, beginners to advanced. I have had several students go on to college for violin.
I recently performed the score for a silent movie "Joan of Arc," with the Princeton Symphony. It was a very cool experience.
Look for someone who makes you do scales and ear-training. It's the only way to play a stringed instrument. Beware of anyone who tells you everything is "good" and doesn't require you to work to improve.
How much time will I need to devote to violin?
How long before I am able to play a piece of music?