Concert pianist, piano teacher, and piano historian Robert Estrin, brings to you his enthusiasm and expertise in this exciting series of videos for pianists of all levels: from beginning to advanced students. His passion shines through in these entertaining, informative videos, where he takes you on journeys into the world of the piano that are sure to inspire your own study of this beautiful instrument. No matter what your repertoire, Robert's tips and suggestions are sure to elevate your playing and enjoyment to the next level.
From Founder and First Violinist of the New York String Quartet, to Director of Chamber Music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, William Fitzpatrick has taught many of today's leading violinists and chamber musicians. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Ms. Dorothy Delay and was an assistant to both Robert Mann and Claus Adam of the Juilliard String Quartet. William is today Professor of Violin at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Orange, California, and he is the Founder and CEO of MusiShare Inc. and Director of the MusiShare Young Artist Program in Irvine, California. Besides being frequently Invited to give Master Classes in the US and abroad, he has also published several books through MS Publications
, the iBookstore and the Amazon Bookstore.
Equally at home on stage and in the teaching studio, Mary-Elizabeth Brown has enjoyed parallel careers as concert violinist and pedagogue for more than 15 years. In addition to being the Founder and Director of Strings Around The World Inc.
and maintaining a busy private studio, she has facilitated workshops worldwide, consulted on string music curriculums and taught at number of Suzuki Institutes. In concert, she has delighted audiences around the world and earned accolades for her "ability to unfold bittersweet magic" (Rhein Main Presse) and "perfect command of her instrument" (Florsheim Zeitung). She has been concertmaster of the critically-acclaimed chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto since 2007. Passionate about building strong foundations, this series of videos presents helpful tips and exercises for beginning students, Suzuki violinists and established players alike.
Whether you're a child or a child-at-heart, violin teacher, Lora Staples, comes to you in this exciting series of videos made especially for beginning violin and fiddle students. With her expertise in teaching beginning students the basics of violin and fiddle playing, Lora is sure to provide you or your child with the foundation for advancing to the next level of playing and beyond. With so many similarities in the techniques of playing violin and fiddle, your tutorials from Lora will give you the tools you need to play well on either instrument. Even advanced students will find Lora's approach to teaching the basics fresh and exciting; the perfect refresher for anyone looking to brush up on techniques learned long ago!
Joseph Mendoes first discovered his love for the cello while participating in his local public school's music program, and he hasn't stopped since. Over the years, Joseph has studied at some of the most prestigious music schools, such as the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, and USC's Thornton School of Music, where he received a scholarship and the USC Chamber Music award in 2004. He has studied under the expertise of such teachers as Doris Savery, Richard Naill, and Ronald Leonard; and has received guidance from such giants in the cello and chamber music worlds as Heinrich Schiff, Orlando Cole, and the Emerson and Ysaye String Quartets. Today, Joseph is a member of the Riverside Philharmonic, is the co-founder of J Concert Artists
, and teaches where it all began - at the Colburn School.
Florence Estrin embodies the perfect combination of world-class performer and excellent teacher. Florence's flute journeys have taken her from New York City, where she studied at Music and Art High School, to teaching at University of Evansville in Indiana, to sunny Orange County California, where she is currently an active performer. Florence has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; and at age 19, performed the virtuoso Ibert Flute Concerto to great acclaim with the 92nd Street Y Orchestra in New York City. Whether teaching fellow professional woodwind players or beginning flute students, Florence believes strongly in the value of building a strong flute-playing foundation; and in the importance of students learning and appreciating the entire flute family, not just the standard flute.