Archive | July, 2015

New teachers! Violin Lessons with Eunice China

violin teachers in phillyOne thing about having Temple alumni on our staff is that we have great connections with talented students, graduates, and teachers. Meet our latest adoption from Temple, Eunice China. Eunice is currently at studying at the Boyer College of Music pursuing a degree in classical violin performance. Having been a long time student of music herself (beginning at age 4), Eunice is a great teacher, intimately familiar with how to navigate the challenges of learning music and those of teaching. She has the versatility to work with very young children as well as adults. Her violin lessons are both stimulating and fun, and Eunice can prepare intermediate to advanced students for college and performance, or introduce new music students to violin.

Here is a bit about Eunice in her own words (from our Teachers Page), along with her interview & a video:

I teach violin lessons. I began my musical studies by the age of four. Since then, I have been consistently following my passion. I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music violin performance at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I study with international award winning violinist, Dr. Vladimir Dyo. In my early career, I was a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, one of the premiere youth orchestras in the tri-state area. I also served as assistant concertmaster in Cheltenham High School Symphony Orchestra and won honorary placements in various competitions and festivals. Currently, I am a member of Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Recently, I have performed within orchestras such as the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, one of America’s premier chamber orchestras.  By encouraging the development of foundational techniques, I hope to inspire my students as much as possible.  After about three years of teaching violin lessons, I have become more happy and appreciative for the opportunity to serve and benefit the community.

View More Samples on Eunice’s Page or Schedule a Lesson with Eunice!

Eunice’s Interview

When did you begin playing violin, and why?:
I began my violin studies at the age of four years old, with the generous help of my mother.  After a few years of acquaintance with the instrument, I did not plan on ever letting it go.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:
I hope to constantly learn and become a better musician.  Despite however many achievements I may earn, I hope to always learn and develop ideas that will lead to improvement. I also hope to inspire both myself and those around me.  Whether it is through teaching students, playing in a charity/hospital, or playing in a professional orchestra, I hope to motivate people to happily become their best selves.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
Although I have been playing the violin for over seventeen years, there are always new things I learn every day.  Within the past 3 years during my experience of Boyer College of Music, I have really learned the quality of “singing” music.  After becoming aware of this artistic standpoint, my musical views have broadened greatly.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) violin teachers?:
As a building is built by one brick at a time, a musician will become successful through careful and thorough practice of each musical idea.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
Understanding that a person must focus on only a certain amount of work at a time. If a man puts each leg and arm in a separate boat on sea, he will become stretched out, not moving forward.  Even to this day, I am still learning to narrow my ideas, but to carry out them out to their fulfillments.

What is your biggest musical achievement?:
I have had many admirable achievements throughout my career, and it is hard to choose.  But in general, I feel that my greatest achievements are visible after I have put hard work and developed skill into any piece I am working on.  Whether I am playing this piece for a wedding, jury, or concert, I feel that having dedicated myself in the music, these moments have been my greatest achievements.

Favorite thing about teaching?:
My favorite thing about teaching violin lessons is the feeling of the student finally understanding.  As training wheels are taken off at a certain age, it makes me happy as I slowly let go to see my student being able to perform the technique on their own.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Learning music is a slow process; it requires patience, time, and love.  If you endure, you will see that it has been worth it.

July Schedule, Fishtown Baby Music Classes

Tuesday & Wednesdays

Morning Baby & Toddler Classes & Select Saturday Music at 10AM

TUESDAYS 10 AM
Just a reminder that Tuesday morning East Kensington / Fishtown baby and kids music classes are back in action starting tomorrow! This month, we will have one of our cello teachers (Sarah Whitehead) visiting, so kids will be able to explore some strings.Sign Up or Drop-In. Though babies and toddlers will surely enjoy this musical class, Tuesdays would be great for 3 and 4 year olds (or seasoned veterans) who are curious about music and would like to experiment with ukuleles, tiny violins, and our cello. Our usual sing-alongs, props, and boxes of instruments will be present, but we’ll be moving towards some other musical experiments. This is a valid makeup day for students in any class.

WEDNESDAYS 10 AM, 11:30 AM
Wednesday  East Kensington / Fishtown baby music classes
 will take place as usual! These are great for babies and tots, as we have plenty of classic kid tunes, active movement, and room for free play and socializing. Many kids attend as regulars, getting to know other kids in Fishtown Sign up or Drop-In.

THIS SATURDAY! July 18th & SELECT SATURDAYS, 10 AM
View our Calendar for current and future dates. This coming weekend (July 18th), join us for a class at 10 AM! We welcome siblings and family members of all ages to tag along! Please email if you plan to attend.

RATES

  • $10 with sign up (for our regulars, monthly sign ups with flexible makeups, applicable to weekdays or Saturdays)
  • $15 drop-in
  • First time FREE

Our classes are held in Fishtown/Kensington at the corner of Martha and Susquehanna Ave (1 block past Trenton off Frankford Ave):

Philly Music Lessons
2111 East Susquehanna Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
*Entrance on Martha
(Stroller Accessible)

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Thanks!

Claire, “Coco”

Philly Music Babies
Philly Music Lessons

July Baby Music with Cello

Kids Cello and Guitar Teachers Host Song and Movement!
Music Classes for Babies and Tots $10 with a month’s sign-up
Fishtown, East Kensington, Port Richmond
Cello & School Instrument Rentals
Affordable Kids Group Cello Classes for Fall

Fishtown Summer Music

July is here! I hope everyone has a great 4th. Though this is the month of vacations, we’ll still be singing away our weekday mornings (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 AM and Wednesdays at 11:30 AM – Baby and Toddler Music in Fishtown, Kensington). We couldn’t help ourselves – its too often that people want to come by to see whats happening, or visit their old classroom for some familiar songs on their old day and time. So, if any classes are too small this month, we’ll still hold them as open music/open house (mixed with some story-time). That said, in case the summer schedule does change due to all the summer fun, please keep in touch with our calendar, or join our newsletter to receive email updates (NO CLASS 7th & 8th of JULY). You can also check out our Saturday dates for the summer.

Fishtown Cellos for rentAlso, Joe and I are looking forward to having a special guest this month! Sarah Whitehead will make some visits to our baby music classes throughout July to accompany me with her cello. Sarah plays a variety of instruments (piano, guitar, violin, and cello), and we’ve been finding exciting ways to use music to express stories, feelings, and ideas. Sarah has also worked with some older kids in museums and art camps, and she’ll be teaching kids private lessons for cello in addition to our more family-style sing-along classes. Sarah is also constructing a group beginner cello class for the Fall for kids. The concept is based around classic beginner-cello pieces, which Sarah is adapting for a variety of age levels (5 and up). Group classes are really great for beginners, as kids can observe others at varying skill levels and learn from them. Kids can also get a feel for playing together, which puts a simple and wonky beginner melody into context with other parts. That can really liven up the music learning process. Also, group classes cut the price of lessons in half! So its a super affordable way for families to explore music lessons (we also have affordable kids cello rentals, so you don’t have to make a huge instrument investment). Classes still provide ample attention for each student, as we try not to go above 5 kids per class.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be having endless fun inventing creative ways to engage kids with music in the coming months! Feel free to contact us to come visit and see what we’re about. Join a Baby Music Class First time FREE or Schedule a Lesson with Sarah for the Fall (please note your interest in our cello teacher, Sarah Whitehead, in the box at the end of the form).