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Violin or Viola Lessons for all ages and abilities

Greetings!

I am currently studying viola performance and education at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. I also completed a Diploma in Music Education and Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music before coming to The Netherlands. I have had lots of experience teaching in schools and privately, and I get so much joy teaching people and helping them learn an instrument.

My main goal as a teacher is to help students find their passion and love for music and for playing an instrument. I am also very practical in my approach to teaching, always trying to make things as clear as possible for each and every student to understand. I have plenty of experience teaching people of all ages. I also have a good knowledge of individual personalities and temperament which helps me to tailor the lesson to suit you individually.

When teaching young children, I find that using various different games with and without the instrument helps a lot with their understanding and development. This resonates well with their impressive abilities to play for many hours every day - something which I think is very important for young children to make the most of while they have it.

My understanding of the lessons is that every student should come out with the best feeling of wanting to improve their playing, and I always try to motivate every student in whichever way works best for them. I am also very open to using different approaches when it is not working for the student, and I am known to listen very well to feedback like this.

I am flexible with the styles of music I teach and have experience in many different genres. If you need some ideas, together we can find the music that suits you best.

The majority of students who start out do so on the violin, and some change to viola some time later. Some students who begin their musical journey on the violin go on to play not only viola but other stringed instruments such as cello and double bass if they grow away from the violin at any stage - so choosing violin in the beginning will certainly give you the most options.

Extra information

Lessons usually take place at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and depending on the location can also take place at the student's home. If you prefer, I am also glad to teach over video call and my internet connection/setup/microphone are of a very high quality.

Location

At student's location: Around Amsterdam, Netherlands
Online via webcam
At teacher's location: Oosterdokskade, Amsterdam, Netherlands
At teacher's location: Amstelveen, Netherlands

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General info

Skills:
Age:
Preschool children (4-6 years old)
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Irish

About Me

Fiachra combines his teaching schedule with his viola studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and regularly gives chamber music concerts and recitals.
Alongside his many solo performances he also finds the time to play chamber music, and performs regularly with the main professional orchestras in Ireland. If he's not busy with music you'll probably find him out on his bike or enjoying a swim.

Education

Conservatory of Amsterdam (Bachelor Music Performance)
Royal Irish Academy of Music
Young European Strings School of Music
The High School Rathgar (Dublin) Class of 2018

Experience / Qualifications

Royal Irish Academy of Music, Diploma in Music Education and Performance (2019)
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Grade 8 in both Violin and Viola

3rd Prize, Netherlands National Viola Competition (2019)
Honourable Mention, Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition (2020)

TU Dublin Conservatory of Music, Grade 7 Piano

Reviews (2)

Fun lessons and great teacher! He pays a lot of attention to detail from the very beginning. After 2 lessons I can already see a big improvement.
I feel very fortunate to have found Fiachra to assist my daughter (almost 14) to progress on her violin. She was lacking some confidence having moved countries and needing to change to anew teacher. Fiachra is patient and encouraging but also holds her accountable with setting her homework and checking in with her on her progress.
Hello! I am pleased to be offering piano lessons to beginner and intermediate level students! Alongside the technicalities of playing the instrument, I have a broad knowledge of different genres of music. If you are interested in writing your own music that is wonderful! I will be delighted to give you all the skills you need. We can begin with any genre of music from the first lesson. Knowledge of how to read sheet music is not necessary for beginners. I trained in piano at the TUD Conservatory of Music in Dublin, and have had many performance opportunities there and in Amsterdam. I have also been taking regular piano lessons and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam since I arrived here. I have taught piano in various different music schools and programmes in Ireland, but my main experience is from private teaching.

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  • Instructor since September 2020
  • 3 repeat students
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