Hello! My name is Kate LaRiviere. I have been teaching young violinists for over 15 years. It's hard for me to fathom, but some students from my early teaching days have graduated from college and have careers of their own! I (usually) teach at my home studio located near Brookline Village. During the pandemic, I am teaching out-doors while the weather holds!
I have bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance, and long term Suzuki violin training for books 1-8. I teach children and teenagers ages 4-18 as well as interested adults. I also offer practice coaching and audition prep for advanced violinists. I have many years of performance experience; freelancing with local symphonies, soloing with orchestras, giving recitals, and performing in chamber groups and string quartets.
Students enrolled in the Brookline Suzuki Violin Studio program attend weekly private lessons with a note-taking parent and are required to practice at least six days per week with a supervising adult. Group classes and semester recitals have been put on hold during the pandemic.
Students commit to a semester of lessons at a time. This is a studio for families ready for a substantial commitment. My goal is to help my students learn how to work hard, love music and develop skills that will help them be confident people. I hope to help each of my students build a foundation of beautiful violin technique that will allow them to pursue music through high school and beyond. I have guided students from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star through Mozart, Haydn, Bruch, Lalo and many other violin concertos.
I am teaching currently, though with some modifications. For students in book 2 and above, video lessons are available. For beginners and anyone else who is comfortable with in-person lessons, I am teaching from a covered outdoor location for the time being, and will transition to indoor lessons when it gets too chilly. I will be using a HEPA air filter, disinfecting between students, and will be wearing a mask. All student lessons will be spaced so that there is no contact between students, and I won't be allowing extra family members besides the supervising parent into the lesson space. All students and their parents will be required to wear a mask and we'll all sanitize hands before and after each lesson. I plan to relax my attendance policy this year so that anyone feeling under the weather is free to stay home. We'll do a video lesson if that makes sense, and schedule a make-up session for later in the year if it doesn't.
If you have any questions or are interested becoming part of the studio, please contact me. (I respond fastest to email, but am happy to chat on the phone as well.) I offer a free trial lesson to give us a chance to get to know each other. I am also happy get you in touch with former students so you can get a feel for my teaching style.
To find out more about the Suzuki method, or to find a Suzuki teacher in your area, visit www.suzukiassociation.org.
“Music ability is not an inborn talent, but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak in their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”