Who are the top 10 Violin teachers in the world?
I was asked always by the parents who are the top 10 Violin teachers in the world. What are their teaching style. Any Ideas?
Kind of an odd question. Rather, it's the wrong question. Some teachers are great for one student but terrible for another. For example, galamian had a lot of good students associated with his name, but some really hated his teaching. Others loved it.
Yes, very tricky question, you can top music school ranking, but not teacher ranking, first come to my mind is Dorothy delay, Galamian, they produced a lot of famous solo violist with very dedicated teaching method. But they has gone.
Donald Weilerstein's studio at New England Conservatory seems to keep putting out some wonderful musicians.
In my opinion the world's top teachers are those teachers that are able to instill a lifetime of enjoyment of violin playing in players of limited ability.
Depends on what you measure. If you measure who is the best at making famous violinists, probably Delay or Galamian; you measure who is the best at making rock/pop students love classical music, you get other people; you measure who is the best at making students enjoy the violin all their lifes (when at the beginning they didn't care about it), probably other results. On and on...
In the present tense? Don't think so.
I'm not in the business of bad mouthing teachers but rest assured:
Asking for a list of the top ten violin teachers in the world is meaningless. What possible reason could presumably random parents have for asking such a question?
To get into those elite schools and be accepted by those famous teachers you already need to have advanced level technique. The real heroes of the profession are those less-known teachers at the K--12 age levels that take students from grade 0 to grade 8 (on a 10-point scale). From an earlier generation, I would nominate one of my teachers, Vera Barstow, at USC.
Personally among all teachers I met I think there are three greatest, the first one is Franco Gulli (deceased), the second is Boris Kuschnir, and the third Pavel Vernikov. I think Ricci is also fine, though I have not attended his class, nearly all his pupils speaking highly of him.
I agree with Joel. I have known violin (and cello) teachers who may not have produced anyone famous and might not have even prepared more than a few students (if any) for conservatory, but they are absolutely magical with small children -- nurturing motivation, developing proper technique from the very beginning, and instilling concepts of musicality and collaboration. That should count for something too.
My childhood teacher. She was awesome!
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Thank you very much Laurie, very useful information and good ideas to watch their masterclass on the YouTube to find out their teaching style and characters etc. I believe they are very good teachers in some way to suit some children. It is very wise way to know their teaching style and character first before go ahead with them.
Although Laurie did manage to miss me off the list ...
I am with Mary Ellen on this. There are famous teachers, but the question has some resemblance to the question of which are the best strings. IMHO, these things are all very individual and lack answers that are valid for everyone.
I'm also with those who say that such a list is not useful. Lists that rank colleges as "top 10" in this way tend to be similar. They are used by adults to limit possibilities and put pressure on students. I think when parents ask you this question it's a great teaching moment--for the parents! You can help them understand that there are better ways to approach looking for a teacher.
Whether we like it or not, there are rankings for practically everything. Education in particular.
I have no idea. But from high school students I know that they talk about whose the best for violin or viola when they're looking at college. It's not a meaningless or obtuse question for them.
The question is interesting, anyway. Although not well formulated. It is impossible to rank "goodness".
Something I see a lot of from people passing through my shop is the search for the teacher who will provide what is needed at the moment. For instance, I see in one of the lists above someone who I think is terrible, but has proven superb at teaching students to be confident and professional, and has a very high employment hit rate. There are teachers for bow, for left hand, for musicality, for particular aspects of musicality, and I rarely see those combined in one. I know someone who was being recommended one particular person because of a quirk that they had been unable to leave behind that was holding them up, and that teacher wouldn't put up with that particular problem. And then there are the coaches for preparing for auditions, which is another group entirely. There's probably someone for the specific skill of winning contests, too, but after the contest, you still have to win the audition if you want a job.
What about Ana Chumachenko, Philippe Hirschhorn and Aida Stucki ? They certainly have many students who are now the most in demand soloists and orchestral members in the world :)
Well Philippe Hirschhorn is dead lol
I'm stating the obvious but, in order to teach the very elite students, these elite teachers would first have to work really hard to establish their name and move through the ranks.
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