Introduction to Jazz Violin and Improvisation

First Name
Benjamin
Last Name
Sutin
Course Summary

Want to make strings cool again? Well this course is for you. You will learn all the necessary tools to begin improvising and grooving on your favorite music from jazz to pop and beyond. It's a myth that stringed instruments only belong in classical music. You can take the skills you already have and apply them to whatever genre you like. This class will be fun and challenging; exciting and rewarding. Open to viola and cello students, too. 

Lives In

Ridgewood, NY
United States

Course Duration
15 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Intermediate
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$120.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Benjamin
Last Name
Sutin
Number of years of relevant experience
8 Years Experience
From: United States
Teacher Skill Keywords
jazz
improvisation
Violin
Study Details
BM Jazz Violin Performance
Manhattan School of Music
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Freelance
Organization / Institute Name
Greenwich House Music School
Organization / Institute Name
Bronx Arts Ensemble
Organization / Institute Name
Bronx House School for Performing Arts

Course Details

This course is open-ended and set-up as private lessons so as to fully optimize the learning environment, level and pacing of each individual student according to their goals, desires, and needs. Regardless of age or level, the course will cover several subjects throughout our time learning together, always catered accordingly. These subjects might include a brief history of jazz/improvising violinists, music theory and harmony in practice (and as it relates to improvising), basic ear training skills, learning how to groove with the bow, feeling more comfortable around the fingerboard, exercises to improve finger dexterity and freedom with the bow, effective practicing strategies, building a jazz repertoire (or whatever non-classical genre you choose to pursue), insight into thinking like a composer and how to develop ideas and tell your story, amplification advice and techniques (if necessary), and much more. Each of these topics will be taught with fun and exciting games/exercises to practice. Each student is expected to practice the material taught throughout the week between classes. An ideal practice schedule will be discussed for each individual's schedule and level of commitment at the beginning of the course.

About Benjamin Sutin: He has been teaching private and group violin, viola and piano students of all levels and ages for over eight years. He has experience teaching students on the autism spectrum and specializes in his own unique individualized variant several methods, including Suzuki, with a focus on tone production, intonation, music theory, creative problem solving regarding technical advancement in intermediate classical students as well as beginning to intermediate instruction in jazz and improvisation on stringed instruments and beginning to intermediate piano. Jazz instruction includes philosophical approaches to groove-based bowing, mastering the fingerboard, crafting creative and melodic improvisations and an intensive on music theory and harmony.

While he doesn't currently have any composition students, composing and arranging techniques are taught to all advanced students and is available for acquiring private composition students. Every lesson, regardless of style, level or instrument, is catered to the specific needs and personality of each individual student, creating a challenging yet positive and encouraging learning environment for all students. Student success includes entrance into LaGuardia High School, Special Music School, NYSSMA, High School Jazz Academy, ISO, Young Arts Merit Award and more. 

​Benjamin has a private violin and piano students through his traveling private studio throughout New York City. In collaboration with other fellow string teachers, he is in the process of initiating a brand new cutting edge after-school music program for string students in the greater NYC area that would focus on providing students with unique and progressive skill sets that are often left out of such programs. These skills include chamber music, improvisation, creativity, composition, music theory, and more. The program is set to begin in January 2020. Benjamin is also on the faculty at Greenwich House Music School as a substitute violin and piano instructor, a resident assistant faculty member for Elisabeth Morrow School’s Annual Summer String Festival under the direction of Amelia Gold and a Teaching Artist for Bronx Arts Ensemble. 

Value Additions

To be discussed directly with instructor...

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about the Violin. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of Violin, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

The skills learned through improvisation go far beyond just music. Some of these include but are not limited to (1) Learning to enjoy what you do, even with a challenge, (2) Learning how to express one's feelings and emotions, (3) Channeling your creativity and telling your story, (4) Learning to think on your feet, (5) Learning to commit oneself to a new task and create results, (6) Learning to focus on a deeper level and (7) Learning to be aware of everything and be able to draw from your life experiences as inspiration.

Prerequites

In order to take this course, students must be at least 10 years old, have at least 3-4 year of experience on your instrument, know how to play at least 4-5 major scales and arpeggios (at least 2 octaves for both), be able to read music fluently (even if at a beginning level), understand basics of rhythm (i.e. note values), understand basics of music theory (i.e. key signatures, time signatures, etc) and be able to explain why they want to learn how to improvise or play jazz, pop, etc. If the student is under 10 or has less than 3 years experience but knows most of the other requirements then special considerations will be made, contingent on level of dedication and maturity. 

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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SECTION DAY & TIME Available
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Section A
Mon 10:00am - 11:00am America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section B
Mon 11:15am - 12:15pm America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section C
Sat 10:00am - 11:00am America/New_York
2 Seats
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
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Section D
Sat 11:15am - 12:15pm America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section E
Sat 12:30pm - 1:30pm America/New_York
2 Seats
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FAQs

Question
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
Students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day. If they can devote more time to practice, they will learn better and faster.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
The teacher will try to revert back to queries raised after class hours within a 24 hour period.
Question
Can this course be customized?
Answer
Yes, this course can be customized.
Question
Can students of all age enroll to learn this course?
Answer
Students aged 10 or above can join this course.

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