polish my skills for my Juilliard Audition

February 3, 2015 at 03:10 PM · I'm looking for an online violin teacher that can help me polish my skills for my Juilliard Audition. online because I am in a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy(extremely homebound, I'm always on someone else's schedule). Please Help! (I saw some complaints with TakeLessons BEFORE I gave them my money, thank goodness).

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February 3, 2015 at 03:45 PM · Sorry to be "master of the obvious" here, but don't you have a regular teacher? If not, how on earth did you get to the point where you've been invited for a Juilliard audition?

February 3, 2015 at 09:47 PM · I was just wondering the same thing...have you already submitted a prescreen audition tape and been invited? Or are you younger and looking ahead to your senior year?

I mean no disrespect, but I can't imagine anyone achieving the level necessary to be invited to audition at Juilliard without already having a good private teacher.

Edited to add that it is astronomically unlikely that a teacher capable of preparing you to audition for Juilliard would be affiliated with any online lesson service such as TakeLessons...such a teacher is likely already well-known and in demand, and would not have any reason to take students through a service.

February 3, 2015 at 10:07 PM · Greetings,

you might consider contacting Joey Corpus directly although I don't know if he teaches on line.

Otherwise why not post something here and prepare to wade through the good, the bad and the ugly advice of excellent pros and arm chair critics alike.....

Best of luck,


February 3, 2015 at 11:25 PM · I think Buri means post a video of yourself playing, which is the kind of thing I wouldn't be at all surprised if you were after when you started this discussion (I hope you understand what I am trying to say - Whilst English is my first language, my communication skills were criticized several times at my workplaces). Go for it, Catherine, there's a lot of good will on this site!

February 4, 2015 at 01:29 AM · I'm suspicious of this post and will be until I see a video or something. It makes no sense.

February 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM · Well, Scott, if OP is trying to CON a free online lesson or two out of forum members, she's engaging in overkill. My observation over the months that I have been on violinist.com is that anyone who posts themself playing will attract helpful comment, CP or not.

February 4, 2015 at 02:45 PM · If one is going for a Juilliard audition, it is better not to post one's playing in public unless it is really good.

February 4, 2015 at 11:40 PM · On the other hand, if one's playing isn't really good, refraining from posting one's playing in public isn't going to get one into Juilliard.

Indeed, if I were a Juilliard teacher and had seen a not really good performance on here, and then when it came to the audition the person's playing had become really good as a result of advice received on here, I'd jump at the person: What teachability!!!

February 4, 2015 at 11:52 PM · I would jump at the those who offered advice that led to the improvements. :)

February 4, 2015 at 11:54 PM · I don't think Julliard teachers give two hoots about whether you post here or not.


February 5, 2015 at 04:20 AM · If you are house-bound...I would still suggest asking your regular teacher for an On -line suggestion since s/he'll know you strengths and weaknesses.

An alternative is to find someone willing to come tutor you in your home.

February 5, 2015 at 08:05 AM · I'm not quite sure where this whole paranoia comes from with people not believing any posts asking for help around here. Maybe there were some problems in the past? Best to just give a benefit of a doubt and go from there before making wild assumptions and the likes. I wouldn't blame the OP for not responding after some of these comments.

That being said, realistically if one doesn't have a teacher when pursuing an audition such as Julliard, then the likelihood of getting in is fairly slim. It does seem like an unusual request but as others have asked, no reasons not to post a video or recording of your playing, OP.

Who knows, somebody may see something in the video and offer to help online, or a better end result would be posting a video of your playing and all these great players here can give frank and honest feedback.

February 5, 2015 at 07:18 PM · We can tell from a scale.

February 5, 2015 at 08:34 PM · Or even just portato on the A string.

February 5, 2015 at 10:32 PM · do all prospective Julliard candiates put potatoes on their a strings?



February 6, 2015 at 01:40 AM · If their playing is still a little tatty, perhaps. Interesting, fish with scales and chips made from the potatoes on the A string.

February 6, 2015 at 06:23 PM · It is wise to evaluate posts for genuine help and those for advertisement purposes.

An advertisement type might be:

"I'm losing hairs on my $1500 bow. Will this change my playing?"

"What ever will I do with my series of old Suzuki method books?"


But always polite.

"Where never is heard a discouraging word".

February 6, 2015 at 09:03 PM · Darlene, how about this:

"I can't decide whether to use my third or fourth finger for that one note that is off the end of the fingerboard in the Schoenberg Concerto. Sorry this is so abrupt but my connecting flight to Brussels leaves any minute ..."

February 6, 2015 at 09:52 PM · paul,

Use that extra 5th finger that you had grafted on to your left hand to make it possible to play the Schoenberg Concerto.

February 7, 2015 at 12:20 AM · now I gottit. it's an add for that new company 5thfingersRus


February 12, 2015 at 12:09 AM · No, JC, they're just showing how unselfish they are by leaving "I" out of it.

February 12, 2015 at 01:51 AM · "I can't decide whether to use my third or fourth finger for that one note that is off the end of the fingerboard in the Schoenberg Concerto. Sorry this is so abrupt but my connecting flight to Brussels leaves any minute ..."


I had the same problem once but I won't spoil your fun by telling.

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