Jennifer Girone-Virgilio

Cello Teacher

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Photograph by Desiree Walters

 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Having experience with the Feldenkrais Method, Dalcroze, and Music Mind Games, my versatile training allows me to approach my teaching from a visual, aural, or kinesthetic standpoint, depending on the student’s needs. One teaching method or explanation does not work for all students. This is why I approach lessons with each unique individual or group of students in a way that connects to them and the way that they learn best.

My approach to teaching music is full of vivid analogies, hands-on activities to reinforce ideas, and questions to get my students to think for themselves not only to analyze what they are looking at on the page, but also how to approach getting an optimal sound out of their instruments.  I am always looking for creative and out of the box ways to get a student to understand something, whether it is getting them up out of their seat, or doing an experiment to see what happens when we push boundaries, With these things in mind, my goal is for every lesson to be fun, educational, and productive.  

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Photograph by Desiree Walters

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Training

  • School for Strings Suzuki Teacher Training Program

    • Certified in Books 1-8​ with Pamela Devenport

  • Music Mind Games​

    • Units 1-2 with Michiko Yurko​

  • Dalcroze/Eurythmics​

    • with Jeremy Dittus, Eric Barnhill, and Michael Joviala​

  • Feldenkrais Method​​

    • with Aliza Stewart​

Student Accomplishments

  • Acceptance into the following prestigious performing arts programs in New York City middle and high schools

    • LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts​

    • Special Music School

    • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

    • Mark Twain Middle School

  • Acceptance into the following summer programs:​

    • Manhattan School of Music Summer

    • Ithaca College Summer Music Academy

    • Ithaca College Suzuki Institute

    • NYU SummerStrings.  

Teaching Highlights

  • Currently on faculty at:

    • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music- Suzuki Cello/Bass Department Head​

    • New England Suzuki Institute- Suzuki Cello Teacher

  • Previous responsibilities have included:

    • Riverdale Country School- 4th and 5th Grade Cello/Bass Teacher

    • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Summer Strings and Piano Workshop- Cello Faculty and Music Appreciation Teacher

    • Chamber Music Coordinator at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

    • Early Childhood Teacher at The School for Strings​

    • Cello, Theory, and Musical Aurora Teacher at the Belle Arti Center for the Arts

 

TEACHING IMAGES

photographs by Desiree Walters//

Private lesson
Teaching a group class
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Suzuki Festival
Teaching a group class
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Suzuki Festival
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Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Suzuki Festival
Teaching a Private Lesson
 

LINKS

 

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music//

www.bkcm.org

 

New England Suzuki Institute//

www.newenglandsuzukiinstitute.org

 

CONTACT

 

Jennifer Girone-Virgilio

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