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If you are looking for a violin instructor who is kind, caring, passionate, knowledgeable, and patient, we highly recommend Sonja Eiesland.  She is fabulous with students of all ages and ability levels.  Her patience, feedback, and technique for getting students to the next level amazes me.


Our son has taken private violin lessons from Sonja for the last six years.  When our son, Carter, was four years old he begged for a violin for his fifth birthday.  He had the opportunity to listen to a string quartet at his preschool and he fell in love with the violin.  Because nobody in our family has ever played a string instrument, we knew if we got him a violin, he would definitely need private lessons to learn how to play and take care of his instrument.  Sonja’s name came highly recommended by a couple of my coworkers, and we were so grateful she decided to welcome us into her studio the summer prior to Carter starting kindergarten. 


When Carter started violin lessons with Sonja, he had just turned five and had loads of energy and a very short attention span.  Sonja welcomed him in with open arms, took him from where he was, which was very much a novice, and was kind, gentle and patient.  She always took into account his age and attention span.  Over the years, we have watched Carter grow as a musician and we are simply amazed how far he has come in the last six years, from learning how to hold the violin and bow to playing the works of Handel, Weber, Brahms, and Bach.  Carter loves the violin, and he always enjoys learning something new from Sonja.  Sonja has not only instilled in Carter a passion for music, but she has also taught him perseverance, that attention to detail is important, discipline through regular practice, and listening skills just to name a few.  We are grateful for all Sonja has done for Carter and we all value the relationship we have developed over the years in Sonja’s studio.

Abby D., parent

My daughter was a wiggly 5-year-old when she started taking lessons with Sonja. What I appreciated most about Sonja was she recognized when my daughter needed to move and had her use her whole body to practice by playing games or singing songs to get the music in her ear. Conversely, Sonja acknowledged when my daughter was tired and needed a slower lesson. Sonja always matched my daughter’s energy and tailored the lesson’s pace accordingly. In addition, Sonja knew how to help my daughter stretch her skills without overwhelming her. I really appreciated how Sonja helped us see the bigger picture of playing violin through group lessons, recitals and invitations to the symphony to watch her play. That helped my daughter stay excited about playing the violin because she can envision what the future holds for her! 

Angie B., parent

Sonja has been an integral part of our family for nearly eight years. She is an exceptional instructor that draws on a vast set of teaching techniques to meet the unique needs of each of her students. Sonja's patience and persistence has cultivated a true love of learning and playing violin in my daughter.

Fenecia H., parent

Senior Instructor, The Teaching Center, New York

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