Mintz Music Studio
Please see my website for more information, mintzmusic.org.
I am currently only accepting elementary-aged students for lessons, and middle school students for short-term coaching (MYSO or school auditions, WSMA events).
Do you own a violin?
Able to read music
Instrument interested in
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First we meet so that parents can ask questions, I can hear the student play, and to get to know each other (me, student, parent(s)). We discuss whatever will be needed - instruments, music, particular goals, schedule, etc.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been a violinist since the age of three, and my life and formal education have revolved around playing and teaching music. I have two music degrees, and I am a parent of three musical children.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $48/hr, with lessons being 30 or 45 minute lessons.
Group lessons are $10 per student and held twice a month.
Beginner group lessons can be taken for 6 week sessions. The cost is split between 2-4 students, making it affordable for anyone who thinks their young child might want to try violin with a low level of commitment.
How did you get started teaching?
I had wonderful mentors myself who were highly respected in the violin world. They modeled enthusiasm, technical skills, and practical tips to make practicing as useful and efficient as possible. I do the same for my students.
What types of students have you worked with?
Every type of student - all ages, from tiny toddlers (including my own), elementary, middle and high schoolers, college students wanting to become teachers themselves, retired folks wanting to learn something new. I've taught many students with various physical challenges, and some of my students have now become professional musicians themselves.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
The farewell concert given by my students at my last school in London was very emotional, and I received a standing ovation from parents, students, and teaching colleagues that I'll never forget.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Most of us are very good at what we do in order to have become professional musicians and teachers, it's an intensely competitive field. Choose someone who you can imagine spending time with every week, who makes you feel good - not bad - about your work each week.
Take travel into consideration. You will be tempted to cancel more lessons if a teacher is too far (ie in bad weather, bad traffic). Having a teacher come to your house may seem like a good idea, but you will be more motivated and perform better in lessons if you work in another location with your teacher each week.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Talk about what kinds of music you like and want to play eventually.
Find out if the teacher has group lessons or recitals regularly.
Be honest about how much time you can spend each day practicing and think about how you will balance violin with sports, homework, and other parts of your life.