Barbara Weber Violin Instruction

Barbara Weber Violin Instruction

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Winning the Diamond Award for Best Score at the NYC Film Awards in 2015 is the latest accolade for film composer Barbara J Weber. Who, after years of being an accomplished violinist and performing with numerous top tier orchestras under the batons of world renowned conductors: James Colon, Jose Serebrier, Isaiah Jackson, Seymour Lipkin among many others; began her foray into composing for film. The very first film she scored, a full feature, "Let Me Out" by David Feldman, won for "Best Psychological Drama", at The New York International Film and Video Festival, 2009.Barbara has since scored the music to more than 28 films ranging from four full features, nineteen short films, two web series and several commercials. Some of the film festivals her movies have appeared in have been: the Cannes Film Festival 2012, New York International Film & Video Festival, 2009, the Athena Film Festival at Bernard College, NY in February of 2013, the Bare Bones Film Festival, the Macabre Faire Film Festival, winter 2014 where her score for "Baggage" was nominated for "Best Soundtrack" and the FANtastic Film Festival where her score for "Once, When I Was Dead" was also nominated for best original score.Barbara J Weber is a film composer, sound designer and violinist. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and was introduced to the violin while in the New York City public school system. Quickly excelling in the instrument, she attended the High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. She was a student of the esteemed violin pedagogues Christine Dethier, Lewis Kaplan and Ivan Galamian. Mr. Galamian was best known for teaching violin superstars such as Itzhak Perlman and Pincus Zukerman. Studying with Galamian meant that you were a part of an internationally distinguished group of violin talent. As a classical violinist, Barbara performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles and gave many solo recitals.Barbara also has an MFA in Theatre Management from Brooklyn College. She completed a course in film scoring at Berklee College of Music in 2010. She participated at the ASCAP NYU Film Scoring workshop in 2010. Last spring of 2015 Barbara was invited to be a part of ASCAP composers spotlight at the Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop.Barbara is a member of ASCAP and the National Association of Women in Music. Most recently she has been asked to join a distinguished group of artists on the board of the MediaEd Project, which is based in London and has been created to develop documentaries on historical topics.

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

Every student is different. After evaluating the level, I assign various method books (etudes), scales and pieces that are both challanging and enjoyable to work on so that there is constant development.

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

I am a graduate of the Juilliard School (BM). The violin was my major. I also attended the High School of Performing Arts and the pre -college division at The Juilliard School. I've played and performed in many top tier orchestras. Please review my website for all the current details

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

Yes, I charge $45. per the 1/2 hour and $60. for the hour online only.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching over 30 years ago when I was in college. One of my own teachers asked me if I was interested in violin students and I said yes. I've always enjoyed teaching the violin as well as playing. Thankfully, I have had many wonderful students whom have gone on in the music field and have accomplishments of their own musically.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students of all ages and all levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Two weeks ago I visited Peru and hiked up to the south gate of Machu Picchu. It was an awesome experience! Just getting there was an adventure. I flew into Cusco from Lima,Peru then a beautiful train ride through the Inca trails to Machu Picchu village and lastly a swerving bus drive on a slim road up to where the site begins. Something I won't forget.

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

If you can get recommendations from school string teachers in your area, that would be best. Usually string music teachers in the classroom have a list of private teachers that they know and trust. Most of my students are all recommeded from string teachers at various neighboring schools.

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

Students should feel comfortable with private teachers and all questions are welcome.