I have always believed arts education is not simply about playing your instrument better. Of course my approach focuses on maximizing your musical abilities on the violin, but you will also learn peak-performance practice habits and regimens that will ultimately be useful in whatever endeavor you undertake. My goal is to help people to become better musicians as well as broaden their horizons as an individual, artistically and otherwise. ~ Frank Almond
My beginning lessons were with Dr. Ted Brunson in one of the first Suzuki programs ever established in the US. My studies continued with Michael Tseitlin in California, and later on at Juilliard with Dorothy DeLay. Other important mentors for me were Joseph Silverstein and Felix Galimir.
I got my first academic position at San Diego State University while still finishing my studies at Juilliard. Since then I’ve held positions at Texas Christian University, the Nara Academy (Japan), the Colorado College Summer Conservatory, and from 2010-2014 taught at Northwestern University. I’ve given recent master classes and seminars at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New World Symphony, Northwestern, DePaul, Roosevelt University, the , the Karol Lipiński Academy (Poland), St. Ambrose University, UW Madison, Bein and Fushi Chicago, and countless other esteemed institutions over the years. In August 2014 I left Northwestern to join the faculty at CCPA (Roosevelt). In addition to private lessons, my work there includes extensive involvement with chamber music coaching and working with the orchestra. I am also starting my third year as Artist-in-Residence at MYSO, one of the largest youth programs in the country, and an exemplary organization changing the lives of thousand of kids each year.
My broad experience in the classical music world has included continuous solo, chamber, and concertmaster work with some of the best musicians in the world. I’ve been on both sides of the audition screen many times and have a unique perspective on audition preparation and execution. As an entrepreneur, I started a chamber music series thirteen years ago that continues as one of the most unique and successful in the country, combining a user-friendly format with world-class musicians. I’ve recorded extensively for several labels, most recently two volumes of A Violin’s Life, which continues its phenomenal success both through the recordings and extensive website. I’m still writing the blog nondivisi, covering a wide range of topics.
Finally, I’ve worked extensively with noted peak performance psychologists Dr. Don Greene and Dr. Noa Kageyama and have developed a methodology of teaching that incorporates some of their most valuable concepts.
So whether it’s preparing for an audition, learning to practice more efficiently and mindfully, learning proven techniques to refine intonation, getting straight answers about orchestral life, or just getting solid direction on technical fundamentals, I believe I have a unique and comprehensive perspective to offer.
At this time I have a very small private class outside of CCPA. If you are interested in a lesson either in person or via Skype, please use the contact form here.