Malina Music – Cleveland Heights – Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Piano

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I have been teaching private lessons in my home on violin, viola, cello, flute and piano since 1994. Currently I have a private studio in Cleveland Heights after 11 years of teaching privately in NYC and 5 years focusing more on heading the string program, grades four through twelve, at The Packer Collegiate Institute. There I had the opportunity to lead and conduct the orchestras through two Carnegie Hall performances, prepare the groups for yearly United Nations performances, and coach and perform with the Chamber Strings group throughout Italy in 2010. Additionally, I did extensive curricular development for the string program at all levels covering note-reading, orchestral and chamber playing, theory, history, and diversity work, pulling music primarily from Irish, South African, Chinese and Arabic traditions. I regularly compose and arrange my own teaching material in order to fit the teaching point specifically to the current students and interests at hand. My string students have competed in NYSSMA through Level 6 and attended All-State Festivals. My flute students have competed in NYSSMA Level 4, and piano Level 2. Previously I have taught at Berkeley Carroll School, Hunter College Elementary School, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, and at inner city New York public schools through the Juilliard teaching outreach program. I hold an MM from The Juilliard School in Cello Performance and a BM from The Eastman School of Music in Cello and Composition.


Teaching philosophy:
The traditional classical music approach, Suzuki method, and folk music traditions from around the world influence my teaching. I am a strong proponent of note-reading if the student is already reading words. I am very open to modifying content to fit the interests of the student. 


Lessons in Cleveland Heights:
I currently have openings for students of all ages. I have experience teaching students from age 3 through adult. If students are younger than 7, parents are strongly encouraged to attend the lessons so that they feel informed and able to help their children to practice productively. Parents are always welcome. I am qualified to teach cello from beginner to conservatory level. I teach violin and viola through NYSSMA Level 5. I love figuring out individual students’ learning styles so that the lesson is tailored to a particular individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Contact me!
If you are looking for lessons in Cleveland, please contact me. I like to set up an introductory interview at my studio (free) to discuss what you are looking for, and what I expect of my students. From there we can set up a regularly scheduled lesson.