convenient string lessons
Experienced, patient teacher.
Teaching students of all ages
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.
Viola, Cello & Piano beginner to intermediate.
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
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.
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 30 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 all lessons.
Sign up your free consultation. questions? email me.
enrolling for lessons
If you would like to learn more about enrolling for lessons with Harris Shilakowsky, click on the link to info for the location you are interested in, or hit the appointment button below.
violin, viola, cello, bass, piano
Not convenient to travel to lessons? Sign up for online music lessons (all instruments listed above). New, improved video lessons use Zoom technology. We'll note your choice (in person or online) after you have booked.
EXPERIENCE & INTERPRETATION OF MUSIC
As a student of music, I learned to perform and how to read and write music. (read about my background) During & after my college years, I performed professionally in orchestras, bands, solos, chamber groups and as a back-up and studio musician on stage and in recording studios. I bring to my performances the influences of many generations of both oral and written traditions from great teachers going back to great European violinist-teachers like Louis Persinger, who in turn, taught many generations of famous musicians and teachers.
My instructional sessions are a highly Personal Experience. You learn about melody, harmony & chords & all the different elements of what music is all about and how it functions.
On top of this knowledge, we layer the years of experience working with students of all ages and abilities and learning styles. I have learned to adapt my teaching style to the abilities of my students. Sometimes I’ll create a new approach if I have a student who has a difficulty learning one way. Some people don’t easily develop musically using notated music, but have a preference for ‘playing by the numbers’, or by reading the letter-name of a note. Others learn play more easily by ear, rather than by notation. The goal is to give all of my students a rounded musical education, creating a flexible musician who can both read and play ‘by ear’, who can play from music, or ‘by heart’…who can play fast or slow, loud or soft, and understand when to use which.
I began my professional musical life learning the skill of performance and how to read and communicate musical ideas to and from others. People put the simplistic name of ‘music theory’ on this and then set it aside as something they don’t think they need to know. But to perform what we call ‘informed interpretations’…performances that the listener will feel deeply and intuitively, the performer is well-advised to understand as much as they can about how notes work. Being able to learn new, fresh pieces and songs is vastly easier when one can visualize the music in the form of notes before playing them. The more we understand how music is structured, the more depth we can bring to our performances.
Like anything in life, you ‘get what you pay for’.
Finally, and most importantly, I bring a love of music…of the way it moves me and how it will move you, too. Some music will bring you to tears. Other music will calm your nerves. Many people use energetic music to pump up their work out and increase their strength and endurance. Music helps us get through difficult days. We laugh together and struggle together and discover together, and then you take this away with you in your mind and in your heart.
SCHEDULING & DURATION FLEXIBILITY=CONVENIENCE:
Take a look at the times that fit your schedule. Maybe we can schedule this time this week, but next week you need a different time. Lets be flexible with each other! If you need more times or a different schedule, I’ll do whatever I can to change my schedule to fit yours, if yours is more ‘rigid’. Oh, and as we grow, I’ll be interviewing other musicians who are equally experienced and accredited. Once I get more teachers signed on, we’ll have situations where I’m not available, but one of my other teachers is! You’ll be able to look at their bio and their video interview and decide who you’d like to grab that 45 minute…or 2 hour lesson with! And you’ll be able to continue with them if you like them, or switch to another teacher! Variety and flexibility! Make sure you verify lesson times with your teacher. scheduling
MORE CONVENIENCE & SAVINGS:
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