Serious about learning to play a musical instrument?

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...or Chat with Mr. S first. (508) 535-5249.

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 Experienced, patient teacher.    
Teaching students of all ages    

I teach...   

Violin students of all levels from beginner to professionals. However, I prefer teaching students who are serious about music, who are truly motivated to excel and are interested in learning advanced performance techniques and attaining a high level of artistry.    
Traditional & Creative, modern techniques; improvisation and composition.   

You will...  

  • increase coordination  
  • learn best posture for producing great sound  
  • get relaxed technique, beautiful sound  
  • increase self-confidence and self-image  
  • improve your state of mind  
  • increase your proficiency, fluency  
  • learn advanced performance techniques for more difficult pieces  
  • improve note reading skills and knowledge of music theory    
  • learn different styles of music.   
  • win auditions & competitions   

background...   

Advanced degrees from both New England Conservatory of Music & Yale University in violin   

Taught privately for many years   
Former faculty New England Conservatory Preparatory School, coach for BYSO chamber music, and NEC Summer Camp   
Formerly adjunct professor in College of Charleston, currently adjunct professor at Bunkerhill Community College.   
Taught in private schools and colleges including Atlantic Union College   
Many years of experience in professional orchestras and other performance organizations.   

Music Studies Consultation    
There is no charge for your consultation or "Get to know you" meeting. We'll meet an talk for 25 minutes.    
When you sign up for your introductory consultation, I listen and we talk and figure out what the next step in your music-playing education will get you where you want to go with the instrument. We'll determine together what music, books, or other materials we'll use, to reach the goals that you identified.   

Other benefits: free consultation about instruments and care and maintenance.   

I include instruction in music theory as needed as part of the lesson.   

Violinists & pianists:    
Bring your violin (or shop for one here). Bring any sheet music you have worked on before, if any. Beginners will be assigned a new instruction book.   

Sign up your free consultation. questions? email me.  violin@shilakowskyarts.com

more subjects I teach...

Viola, Cello & Piano beginner to intermediate.   
Recording & Production. Modern musicianship technologies such as recording and production, working with midi, synthesizers, setting up your effects foot pedal and performing with your electric violin, working with effects, electronics and more.  
 

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Free Online Violin Class 

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Topic: Free Group Violin Class BEGINNERS 
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What song or pieces should I perform? 

Wedding Music is good any time!

Seems sad that you only get to hear the violin play your favorite music at weddings. I’m going to perform a live online concert of wedding music Oct 20 2019 7 pm at stageit.com. 

But I’ve played so many different pieces of music these many years, that I need help choosing which to perform for you! 

I’ll be playing 3 Prelude songs or pieces like the three listed here, but... The first sponsor who contributes 1,000 notes will get to choose one of the 3 Preludes.

Bach Unaccompanied Sonatas
Salut D’Amor (Elgar), Largo from Xerxes by Handel 
A Thousand Years by David Hodges & Christina Perri

One song for the Wedding Party Processional. I’ll pick one of my own favorites, like JS Bach’s Air on the G String or the Arioso from Cantata #156 unless I get a sponsor who pays 2,500 notes or more. That sponsor will get to choose from my list of processional pieces, or may pick a new song or piece of your own preference for me to perform. 

I’ll perform 1 piece from the Bridal Processional music library … G by Johann Pachelbel, arranged by Shilakowsky. 

I’ll perform 1 upbeat piece or song for the Recessional; Rondeau by Mouret or La Rejouissance by Handel 

Of the 3 songs I’m performing at our Reception, I think I might create a new jazzed up version of Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag. One of our sponsors who donates 1,000 notes or more can choose one of those from either my popular song list or the classics list. 

Sponsors (pay 1,000 notes) will get to Choose from one of my lists of songs or musical compositions...or pick a new song! If you book me or one of my groups (link) to play at your wedding, I’ll discount the cost of booking musicians by 50% of the value of your sponsorship! That in addition to all sponsors over 500 notes get a free download of the Rosin Dust Wedding Album when its released, and a signed poster.

Since there are SO many songs and pieces that I've played for brides & grooms and their families and friends over the years, this will be just the first of a series of concerts...my new series of Rosin Dust Concerts.

MARCH FOR THE TRUTH  

  • Scientists need to be heard. They must march and we must march with them. 
  • People concerned for people who are trying to escape the horrors of war, poverty and ignorance must be heard. We must march with them. 
  • Women and people of all ethnicities and gender identities and races are human beings with feelings and needs and we must march with them. 

We must seek and reveal THE TRUTH. Then we can begin to heal. March!
I wrote and produced this in a funky rapping march style. But it might be good to exercise to also! Oh yah, I quoted the Declaration of Independence AND the Constitution of the United States! (educators beware...this is educational, but...maybe for students at least in 6th grade) Peace.

LISTEN to it here.https://shilakowskyarts.com/original-songs-compositions

Students & Teachers Sheet Music & Supplies 

Looking for that book or piece of music you & your teacher decided to learn? I'm able to access a huge assortment of music and some really good equipment at good prices now. 

Go directly to the new MusicStoreUSA for the complete catalog or...

Pull down the SHEET MUSIC STORE menu

and/or the SUPPLIES & MUSIC menu.

Assortment of music series including lots of play-along music.That's just a sample! Here's are some of the music series.

Violin Students 

You started playing an instrument and you need some help getting to the next stage? For Violin Lessons at all levels, including professional coaching

  • Easton
  • Brockton
  • Foxborough
  • Attleborough
  • Taunton
  • Raynham
  • Stoughton
  • Sharon
  • Middleboro
  • Bridgewaters
  • Abington

New Beatles Arrangements 

This week I've set myself a goal of arranging at least one new Beatles song for String Trio every day! So far, I finished a new version of With A Little Help From My Friends, which is already published to Sheetmusicplus.com

Cheerful song by the Beatles arranged for string trio...violin, viola and cello. Slightly challenging for amateurs, but great for gigs. Two measure intro, then into the song. And of course, comes with the Score & full Set of Parts.

Today I finished Something. The song, "Something", that is...

It will be up on Sheetmusicplus.com as soon as the staff there checks it out.

Score & Parts for Something, by the Beatles. Arrangement for violin, viola & cello. Great for parties, weddings, and just listening or gigs. Easy to read. Viola trades melody back and forth with violin. Page turns eliminated by keeping the song to two pages. Measure numbers at the beginning of each line. Dynamics and articulations suggested to make it sound more like the original. Some double stops, though not too hard.

lesson pricing breakdown

Prices are discounted with you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 month term, length of lesson & number of family members enrolling.

Please email for details or take a look at the pricing using the image link above.