My aim is to teach the "whole person", to communicate clearly, to inspire and to key into each person's path to learning. My students should enjoy the learning process and reap the benefits of their hard work - and I believe they do!
I love sharing my passion for the violin and music, and enjoy watching my students learn, gain confidence and become inspired themselves!
My daughter has studied violin with Helene for 7 years and had a great experience. Helene is an extremely patient and nurturing teacher with a gift for making lessons fun but challenging when necessary. It was wonderful to see our daughter go from strength to strength with her instrument, starting off with Twinkle Twinkle and most recently tackling a Vivaldi concerto! My husband and I are amazed at what she has achieved and are truly thankful to Helene! I completely recommend her to any family looking for a gifted and inspirational teacher for their child!
I like to take a little time for us to get to know one another and for me to learn what my student's goals are. Everyone is treated as an individual, as our learning styles are not all the same. I break down the learning into steps that can be mastered, keeping it both fun and challenging.
Along with a Certification in the Suzuki Method for Violin, I have a Masters in Performance (Manhattan School of Music) and a B.S. in Music Education.
How much are lessons?
1 hour / $75.00 45 minutes / $60.00 30 minutes / $45.00 15 minutes / $30.00
Group classes TBA
There is a one-time yearly registration fee of $175 for all students.
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. With two older sisters, a younger brother and a younger sister that all played, there were times when one could hear practicing from every almost every corner of the house! My father always had some kind of music playing, whether it be Mozart, Ella or a Bulgarian women’s chorus and it became a joyful backdrop to my growing up. Not surprisingly, pursuing a career in music through playing and teaching the violin was a natural choice for me.
My younger sister Bethany, now a violinist with the Canadian Opera Company, was one of my first students!
All kinds....from pre-schoolers through high school and adult beginners/amateurs as well. It's all fun!
The NY Philharmonic had an awesome concert in Prospect Park this summer! They featured works by Dvorak, Gershwin and Bernstein.
Find a teacher with whom you are comfortable and has a clear understanding and knowledge of your needs and goals. Lessons should be enjoyable and challenge you to discover what you can do. A teacher should have both good listening and communication skills - and be able to inspire you!
~ What are my goals?
~ Do I have any issues (physical, learning or otherwise) that would be beneficial for the teacher to know about?
~ Am I willing to making the time to practice?
~ Will I be able to keep my lessons up on a (somewhat) regular basis?