Concetta Abbate is a violinist, violist, vocalist and composer in New York City. Concetta began studying classical violin and ear training at age 4, with Irene Lawton as her primary teacher. She later continued her classical studies with Jody Gatwood (Catholic University), Tanya Kalmanovitch (New England Conservatory) and Emily Ondracek (Columbia University). After a childhood dedicated to classical training, Concetta became interested in delving further into her interest in folk music, pop, and jazz. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry in Spanish, and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. Described as a "badass violinist" by Garret Bryant (HINGED), she has performed in diverse venues such as The East Indian Music Academy, the Rubin Art Museum, The Eastman School of Music, The Tilles Center, Cornelia Street Cafe, Columbia University, the Jazz Gallery and The Stone. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016. Concetta is most known for her work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), guitarist Charlie Rauh (Brain Plan Records) and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records). Other collaborators include Daniel Carter, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Roger Street Friedman, Skip Laplante and Flor de Toloache. Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds a masters degree in Music and Music education at Columbia University and has received grants from the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.
We just had our first call she seems very knowledgeable and is great working online with my young and very beginner daughter. Looking forward to more lessons!
Concetta is a wonderful and very patient instructor. She engages the kids and her enthusiasm is contagious.
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
"Concetta was such a treat to have in our home! She came out all the way from NY to NJ for my mothers birthday, and though she is a beginner, emerged from the 1 hour lesson so inspired to keep practicing, able to fully complete her first song! She even did a little performance at the end on the lesson! She is a great people person, fun to talk to, and she really knows her stuff. Excellent choice!"
I like to learn about that student's previous background with music. I usually have them play their favorite piece for me, or if they are a very beginner, I ask them about their favorite music to listen to.
MA Teacher's College at Columbia University in Music Education
Founder of Teacup Music School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Over 10 years teaching experience
I generally charge $75 for one hour, $40 for half an hour and an additional $20 if the lesson involves traveling to a student's home.
My mother was a music teacher as a child. I grew up around music and music lessons. I love opening up my students a new way to access the world through music and art because that was such a magical experience for me.
I have had students ranging in age from pre-school to retired adults. I have worked with students with disabilities. Some of my students are experienced but many are beginners.
Seeing Itzhak Pearlman perform at the Staller Center. I was able to sit very close to the stage.
Think about how you learn best and see if a teacher can accomodate that learning style. Some people need very little direction while others need to feel supported. Some students enjoy talking in lessons others just want to play etc.
Think about your schedule, be realistic with how much time you have to practice. Be up front about your goals. What do you hope to get out of lessons? Through this conversation teachers may even introduce you to benefits from lessons that you hadn't thought of!
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