Our Story

NYC Violin Studio offers group classes and private lessons to adults and children looking for a teacher with heart, compassion and tangible. Having a thriving music education business in the heart of Manhattan, and some might argue, the center of the world, never came easy to those who tried. NYC Violin Studio boasts success after success in the melting pot of the world. Here is the story behind the studio.

The founder, Antoinette Ady, grew up in Suffolk County on Long Island, surrounded by music at every turn. Taking music classes as early as 6 years old (in 1988), she quickly found a passion which would not soon fade. Beginning with choral activities and running the gamut of classroom instruments, she was soon teaching herself piano at home, when she wasn’t jamming with her brother on the drums of a locally gigging rock band (with permission, of course.) She soon took up violin and unbeknownst to her at the time, she had discovered a life-long passion. Always the creative, she continually sought to increase her own skill any way she could. Her family unable to afford private lessons, she made up in ardor what she lacked in private teachers. Practicing religiously, attending every weekly small group class with her conductor, one-on-one sessions with her orchestra conductors, joining chamber orchestra and pit orchestra, she kept her hands full learning repertoire and finding any chance to perform. Before finishing high school she had already recorded on a published album, Paul Biondi’s Hurricane Jar, as well as joined a local rock bandAfter graduating, she supported her local school’s orchestra by volunteering to play in the concert, obliging in bolstering the most recent students much to the relief of the conductor.

Antoinette attended SUNY New Paltz but did not realize teaching violin was her passion until several years later. She continued what she thought was her hobby all the meanwhile, continuing to play with cover bands and indie rock bands.

Later, in 2001, she discovered Applied Scholastics (TM) teacher training and did rigorous, full-time condensed training of over 3,000 hours, over the course of two years as well as continuing education since that time. She continues to educate herself in music and music education every year to keep up with modern  effective teaching trends. Antoinette’s studies in the humanities as well as her comprehensive progressive education training has enabled her to help hundreds of students begin their violin journey on solid footing, both in Atlanta (starting in 2009) and in NYC. Having cleared away any blocks to learning and teaching, Antoinette spent the next several years making up for lost time, filling in gaps in her music theory knowledge so woefully left out of the most common schools of undergrad violin training. This only served to fan the flame of her growing desire to start the new generation of violinists off on the right foot. It soon became a passion to find the most effective, most efficient, and importantly, the most rewarding path to learning violin. Streamlined pedagogy became a new passion. In 2011 she founded the NYC Violin Studio and has enjoyed watching her students grow and perform with each other.

“You can have an excellent violinist, who isn’t a very good teacher. It’s hard to break things down to square one coming from a very advanced level, and many professional violinists don’t have the patience to watch an adult slowly but surely get his or her grounding in violin.

“My life’s passion is bringing the joy of violin to somebody’s life. I love my job because I love helping people, I love listening and I love pointing out someone’s strengths and accomplishments. Down the line, they start noticing it too.”

– Antoinette Ady

Increasing one’s skill is only possible if you know where to start, where you’re headed and how to handle bumps along the road. This is Antoinette’s specialty and no student has crossed Antoinette who hasn’t improved. Her goal is to train her students to be able to play anything they want, on their own, whether it is written, heard or imagined.

Beginners must learn the basics well, and correctly the first time. Even more importantly, in our opinion, students must be having fun. It is our goal to keep lessons and learning fun while also strengthening core skills and increasing repertoire. We borrow the best pieces of pedagogy from various sources as well as create our own material for beginners. We are not locked down into one dogmatic school of training. Everyone is different, physically and mentally. Thus, learning violin cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach.

In 2018, the special prescription used in private lessons for ultimate efficiency was re-formatted and is now being delivered to absolute beginners in group classes, starting them off on the right foot from the very beginning. NYC Violin Studio draws in many adult learners who have no time to waste learning bad technique from great players who aren’t great teachers, or one-track-minded violinists who only know the system their teacher used with them.

Goal

Our goal is to empower students to be able to play anything they want, whether from sheet music, heard, or imagined. We do this every day and are proud of all those we have helped so far. We look forward to starting new violinists out on the right foot with a real understanding of music so they can play anything they set out to learn and perform.

Here are some YouTube videos of performances from Antoinette Ady:

Classical
Canon in D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPOyT2-wKn8
Trumpet Tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5-mkPsijK4

Contemporary
Theme Song, Game of Thrones (live, explicit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=852Gk7UxES4
“Rains of Castamere”, Game of Thrones (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6MAhki1UBY
From This Moment On, Celine Dion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXbax7bDLSU
Made, Dara MacLean (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmt7c-Fjivc

Rock
Demo My Song studio recording (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RidAVYYPcg
Katia, Dalia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOUYcW8CwJI
Scorned, Quimera Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sq7BY7Zdiw

The Arcane Insignia (original acoustic prog rock band)
Cardinal & Subliminal (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0jN5idimc4
Subway performance (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdLEZM315Mw
Chapter 9 (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz2HwI3f_JU
Obelisk (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO_Ri-Uz7DU
Live at Sullivan Hall (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLYAz2XVqGo
Kingdom of Wolves (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-v8mKUMxwA

Fiddle
Irish Washerwoman, https://youtu.be/GesxvCkrqV0

Religious
A Sus Pies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sOD6WuxjTo

R&B
Video Shoot, Moments in Love, Mikey Jay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0sj5W2nBcuo

Online Violin Lessons
Can Can: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asZPazgHIzo
Folk Tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXlHMjQbB3s
Ode To Joy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkm7OWqJBO0
Largo from Winter: https://youtu.be/ffII78OT_K4
More at Free sheet music & video tutorials page.