from our members-only Facebook Page:
“Once I finished residency I went from working over 80 hours a week to 40. It made me realize how grueling my life had been, but it also gave me a great appreciation for my time. I decided I wanted to do something for my soul. I’ve always wanted to play the violin since I was a kid. For no particular reason other than I found it beautiful. I started lessons having never touched a violin and with no clue how to read music. I love that now I can actually make sounds other than just noise! It challenges a different part of my brain and I really enjoy it. My friends joke that I finished training for a difficult career only to use my free time to learn the most difficult instrument! I played happy birthday for my mom last year and she loved every second. That was an awesome feeling!” F.H., Emergency Room M.D., Jan 2018
“I think for me it’s a positive reinforcement that it’s never too late to do anything!! When I told friends and coworkers that I was taking Violin lessons they actually couldn’t believe it…they would say “I’ve always wanted to do that, or, I should do something like that…”…..and then tell me they just didn’t have the time or some other excuse…
It’s so satisfying to look back 15 months ago when I made the first scratchy noise come out of that wooden box, and to know now that I can play some tunes on that thing!! I see those same people everyday and they still haven’t taken on any new challenges…so it goes. I guess it just makes me feel a lot more alive….“ J.S. Aviation Engineer, Jan 2018
“I think is fun and addictive….. I love math and what I do as my career and I work on it outside of work as well…. But I needed another thing in my life to work on that was different and not numbers and computer related….so for me I think it’s a nice escape from my work/passion…I use to go to work and code and build models and then go home and work on side projects or go to some machine learning clubs… And it got to the point where I was starting to not enjoy math and programming much any more…. But having Violin in the mix gave me a good balance…. It’s sorta like the saying distance makes the heart grow fonder … I don’t know if any of that made sense lol. But on a side note , I played the Violin for almost 3 hours last night! Up until midnight!” J.L., advanced software engineer, Jan 2018
“Struggling to learn to play is not only generally wonderfully hard work (and humbling), it reminds me what my students go through, how for some of them, reading and writing are profoundly challenging, as mentally difficult as it is for me physically to place my fingers on the strings correctly, or to bow properly–never mind to read the music. I resist practicing, because it’s hard, the way they resist doing their homework, because it’s hard. I share with them all the time my struggles–but also the gratification of getting something right, even if only for a moment. It’s great, too, to be reminded on occasion (as when you showed me that video you’d taken of my bowing from some time ago) of the progress I’ve made: progress I can’t feel in the moment but that is nevertheless there–and I remind them that they’ll have that experience with their writing, if they do the other part, the hard part, the part we resist.” -T.L.P, college English professor, Jan 2018
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Violin, In home
Antoinette is, by far, the best music instructor that I have ever hired. Music has always been a part of my life. As a child, I took piano lessons for years and continued on and off through college. As a complete novice to the violin, I was nervous to begin such a challenging instrument as an adult hobby. Antoinette is encouraging, intelligent and incredibly skilled. Her calm demeanor and patience is vital to one’s success. She focuses on the building blocks to a successful technique with ease. I am incredibly grateful to Antoinette for reminding me of how enjoyable music can be. I look forward to our weekly sessions around my busy work schedule. Her location is conveniently located within walking distance from the subway in NYC.
Fiddle, In studio
I took violin lessons for a year with an instructor I found through a different organization–and I learned more in one hour with Antoinette than I learned in 30 lessons with that other teacher. In just one lesson, I can see that Antoinette is friendly, smart, encouraging, knows her stuff–and knows how to teach (which not every good player can do). I’m an adult, but I bet she’d be just as great with a student of any age.
Violin, In studio
Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!
Antoinette is great! She’s helping me undo years of bad technique and I’ve already heard an improvement in this short period of time.
She is a great teacher. Very patient
Great teacher and very passionate! She’s patient, positive, responds promptly when I message her with any questions or rescheduling conflict. Great at explaining techniques. I could not have asked for a better Violin teacher.
When searching for a violin teacher, I researched and reached out to a place down the street from me, and it took them over a week to just give me a quote on how much lessons are and when I could schedule them. I decided to do more research and compare. I contacted a few others and then I contacted Antoinette and she responded within a day. Even though she is much farther from my home, I decided to go with her because I knew that she would be a teacher who cared. And I was right 🙂
Very happy with my lessons. I have taken a little hiatus and now back and buying the packaged deals for more lessons with Ms. Ady
Excellent teacher. I have a little musical background since I play acoustic guitar, but this is the first time playing the violin. Antoinette is great at communicating and prioritizing what is and is not important from the mass of new information presented to a new student. Definitely a fun learning experience, highly recommended!!
We began with two lessons for our 7 year old daughter, and Antoinette has been a great sync in terms of understanding her ability while pushing her limits. She is patient with, relating with her as a peer, while being her teacher and guide. We just signed up for more lessons!
Antoinette is awesome! I look forward to my lessons each week.
Antoinette is a great teacher who has helped me to grow out of a complete beginner. She is very attentive to her students and has assisted me in finding my weaknesses to improve with each lesson. I am pleased with the time spent with her as a student and would not hesitate to recommend her.
Miss Antoinette is wonderful. She worked with my 3 year old for beginner lessons (resting position, listening and following directions). My daughter adores her. We live in NJ, so the commute to manhattan became too much for my daughter. But the experience was worth it, she learned a great deal from Miss Antoinette who was patient, accommodating, and fun.
Antoinette is a really friendly, approachable teacher. I was brand new to the violin and she’s been extremely helpful so far! She rented me a violin and I was playing by the end of our first lesson. I’d definitely recommend her to both new and experienced musicians.
Violin, In home
Antoinette is a gifted teacher. I learned so much in my first lesson with her! She explains everything so clearly. It’ll be easy to remember her words and imagery as I practice during the week.
Violin, In home
Really great first lesson with my (somewhat experienced) son last night and looking forward to more.
Violin, In studio
Very happy with my first lesson. Antionette was very patient and encouraging. I actually left wishing I had started lessons years earlier.
Teaching skills are superb and scheduling is flexible to what you need. Easy to work with and assists you with any errors and/or questions you may have.
Violin, In studio
My son enjoyed the class. He felt inspired by the talented teacher and is looking forward to the next class.
Fiddle, In studio
Never having touched a violin before, Antoinette is a great, and patient, teacher!
Fiddle, In home
Antoinette is professional and pleasant to learn from. She gives clear instruction and is patient.