Kristi Monte, Violin Teacher

Kristi Monte, Violin Teacher

5.0 (2)
1 employee
4 years in business

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Hermitage, TN 37076
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  • Weatherly Hulsey

    Kristi is a gem and we could not be happier! She started working with my daughter, Blakely, when she was five years old and now at eight years old, my daughter has made amazing progress in playing violin and looks forward to her lessons each week. Blakley loves Kristi and I appreciate how much Kristi pours into her, by nurturing not only Blakely’s violin skills, but her confidence and self-esteem. Kristi makes violin fun for my daughter as Blakely is apt to quickly lose interest in things. Kristi is upbeat and a pleasure to have in our home and lives and I 1000% percent recommend her!!!

  • Lamia

    Kristi is wonderful! She is an excellent violinist, always on schedule. She has helped our daughter improve dramatically.

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

When I begin working with a new student, their first 30 minute lesson is free so the student and I can learn about each other's learning and teaching styles. I understand that due to personality differences, I may not be the best teacher for every student nor may every student be the best fit for my studio. Assuming the first lesson went well, however, I will then speak with the student and his or her parent's about my expectations of the student and we will set up a weekly lesson time. I have a contract for the parents of the student to sign if they agree to everything we have discussed. Then, I will evaluate which method books and supplies the student will need to work with me. I typically work from Essential Elements 2000 Violin Book 1 with beginners and supplemental repertoire and theory books as necessary. Each student's needs are vastly different and I take pride in being able to cater my teaching to best serve them!

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

I have a Bachelors of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from James Madison University.

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

My rates when I have traveled within 20 miles of my home are:

30 minute lesson: $35

45 minute lesson: $45

60 minute lesson: $55

How did you get started teaching?

I am fortunate enough to have a lot of teaching experience. My first teaching job was when I was hired in 7th grade as a "teacher's helper," to teach violin at St. Dominic School in Brick, NJ. Then, at just 15, I was hired as a private violin instructor at Garden State Music Center in Toms River, NJ. For 5 years at Garden State, I had well over 50 students who I have helped prepare for auditions, build their repertoire, and instill the technique and fundamentals they need to succeed. Finally, I was hired for the 2015-2016 school year at North Fork Middle School in VA as the private violin teacher there, and I student taught at three different middle schools and one high school during my studies at JMU.

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

I would tell the student searching for a teacher to have a sample lesson first and not be afraid to speak up about how they learn, what they need, and if they do not understand something. Communication is the key to success in a professional relationship like this.

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