Carmina's Violin Lessons

Carmina's Violin Lessons

5.0 (4)
2 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
29 years in business

About this pro

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.

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Morrisville, PA 19067
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Lois Rich

  • Kelsey Busch

    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!

  • Sue Busch

    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.

  • Jena Han

    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.



FAQs


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

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.


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

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.


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

Yes.  $30 for 1/2 hour

        $45 for 45 minutes

        $60 for one hour


How did you get started teaching?

After I graduated from college, I was asked to teach in Temple University's Community Music Program on Saturdays.


What types of students have you worked with?

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.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently performed the score for a silent movie "Joan of Arc," with the Princeton Symphony.  It was a very cool experience.


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

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.


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

How much time will I need to devote to violin?

How long before I am able to play a piece of music?