Esther Howard

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Violin, Classical Piano, Keyboard, Piano, Viola, Fiddle, Pop Piano, English, Rock Piano
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My passion is music!  I started to play the piano and violin when I was five years old.  Through the years, I learned many instruments, but finally focused on violin. I have performed professionally  throughout the years with many different musical groups, including The New Music Festival Orchestra, the New Wilmington Opera Guild, the Greenville Orchestra, the Ashtabula Area Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and the Howard Report, with whom I am a regular performing member.  I have been teaching music privately for over 25 years and have taught students from the age two to ninety.  I love music and I love teaching.  As Lessonface's 2023 Teacher of the Year for Violin, one of  my goals is to bring a love of music to life for my students. Whether your desire is to bring the classics to life or rock on your electric violin, I am here to guide you.  I look forward to helping you on your musical adventure!

My second passion is language. I am not only a student of language, but I have been teaching English for more than two decades now.  I have experience teaching ESL to both very young beginners and older beginners. I also have experience in test preparation including Toefl, IELTS, GED, ACT, and SAT.  I hold BA in English along with TEFL certification.  I have found success teaching in the classroom and virtually.  Let me help you to build a strong foundation in English!

I believe that the basics are important!  No matter what level I am teaching, scales and etudes are a must.  But I keep it fun as well!  Students always have a solo that they are learning that is appropriate for their level.  For the older student, is there a style of music that is appealing to you? We can always make room for anything, from classical to jazz, from pop to fiddling!

I have a long history of performing professionally. I received my degree from Youngstown State University, where I studied violin with John Wilcox, former concertmaster of the National Symphony. I also worked closely, both as a student and professionally, with Doctor Robert Rollin, internationally recognized composer.

For violin, each lesson begins with a scale and then etude or method book, depending on the student's level.  I lean toward Essential Elements as a great method book.  The Wohlfahrt Etudes are a good place to start for etudes.  Solos are selected from standard repertoire, what may be found in the Suzuki method books, or other similar selections.  Of course, the student's personal tastes are always taken in to consideration!

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