Kristi Monte, Violin Teacher

Kristi Monte, Violin Teacher

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Hi there! My name is Kristi Monte and I am a 22 year old violinist brand new to Nashville! In May of 2018 graduated from James Madison University with my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I have been playing violin since the age of 6, have performed with multiple symphonies and orchestras, and play for many weddings and special events. Starting in June, 2018 I will be teaching private violin lessons in the comfort of your home in Nashville!

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.

A typical 30, 45, or 60 minute lesson with me includes 3 main areas: technique, theory/listening, and repertoire. Each student of mine will always be working through a book that advances their technique (which one they work with will be evaluated by me based on their level/experience). In addition, they will be assigned 10-30 minutes of listening material every week that will teach them something related to music theory, and will keep them well-versed on classical music early in their development. Finally, students of mine must always be up for a little challenge as they tackle a piece of repertoire to expand their level of playing ability and musicality. I am self-described as strict, but apparently I am not an accurate judge of my own character, because my past students, however... they mostly think I'm fun. It took me many years to learn how to push my students to their full potential, but then to give them a break when I can tell they are having a bad day. I expect my students to practice every day, but I am not ignorant to the simple fact that "life happens." I understand that parents work, vacations are necessary, and that no one can be expected to practice while they have the flu. I get it, I was a student too! But I do believe that progress does not come without a strong work ethic and a diligent mindset. I am the kind of person that does not believe in the words "I can't" without the word "yet" immediately following it. I love my students and my favorite part of this job is seeing them succeed.

I welcome students of all ages and levels, and if you have any questions about my rates or to find out if I can travel to your home, please give me a call! Your first lesson is free of charge while your student and I learn about one another's learning and teaching styles to determine whether or not we are a good fit. Please note that due to limited availablity, I have a maximum of 10 lesson spots the summer, 4 of which are currently filled (I will continue to update this!). I so look forward to hearing from you!

I absolutely love teaching! From showing a six year old how to hold the instrument during their first lesson to working through difficult passages with someone preparing for college auditions, getting to know students of all ages is my favorite part of the job. I love to hear about what music they enjoy the most and incorporate that into their lessons as well, because I believe music-making should be enjoyable from the very beginning of a student's studies. Music education truly is my passion and I can't imagine doing anything that wasn't music-related!

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Nashville, TN 37206
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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: $30

45 minute lesson: $40

60 minute lesson: $50


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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