Teaching approach

Mrs. Abramoff's ability to teach in a fun, engaging and organized way is based upon her many years of teaching kids and adults in private and group settings and her professional experience as a violinist and violist.  Rachael has had the privilege of learning basic and advanced teaching  methods from: April Gibson, Suzanne Gibson-Coulthard and George Corneanu in Chilliwack.B.C, Edmond Agopian and Dean O'Brien at the University of Calgary, Erika Eckert and Geraldine Walther at the University of Colorado in Boulder and William Starr in Aurora, Colorado.

  • 10 years Teaching Experience - Private Studio​
  • 2013-Current Violin Instructor at Forest Hill Music Academy
  • 2013-2015 Violin Instructor at Bloor West Music Studio
  • 2011-2013 Group Strings Teacher at Sistema Saint John Centre in Saint John, N.B
    Taught group classes at an everyday, afterschool music program for grades 1-5.
  • 2009-2011 Teaching Assistantship at The University of Colorado in Boulder: 
    Weekly coached undergraduate violists and organizing group repertoire classes.

teaching experience

violin lessons

The violin has a rich history in classical music since the 16th century. It also has a deep heritage in Celtic Folk music, Bluegrass and Country music ( fiddling), Indian Classical music, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz music and most recently, Rock and Pop music. 

The violin's vibrant and projecting tone allows for much of it's music to be either extremely virtuostic or sonorously sweet. To learn the violin, it is important to know that it takes an enormous amount of steady and patient practice outside of lesson time to be able to play it well in any style. However, even though learning the violin can seem like a big challenge early on, it can also be incredibly rewarding and fun along the way!

Read more about Rachael's teaching approaches below along with the basis musical training you can expect to receive while learning the violin. 

  • ​Creating a  safe, goal-orientated, FUN environment for each student to learn
  • Focus is on inspiring intrinsic motivation in the student
  • 'Showing by example' and a patient teaching approach
  • While teaching children, Rachael always uses fun and easy to remember games and names for technique

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  1. FIRST Establish a great instrument Set-Up 
  • If the student is younger than 8 years of age, they will start on a paper-mache instrument to teach them principals of respect and care for their instrument and a great set-up first.
  • Learn the proper Bow Hold
  • Learn the three holding positions of the instrument (Rest, Ready and Playing)

    2.   SECONDLY Gradually teach Learning by Ear, Music Reading and Rhythm and Note Solfege

  • Clapping Rhythms
  • Singing Melodies and Ear Training 
  • Memory games
  • Theory Worksheets
  • Creative Technique Games


3.  THIRDLY Progress in learning Technique and Musicality

  • Establish a regular practice schedule and structure to each lesson
  • Making time for each student's individual input and creativity
  • Review previously learned songs

4.  Providing Opportunities to Showcase Learning 

  • Two recitals a year (Christmas and Early  Summer) 
  • Opportunities for Group Lessons (i.e Fiddle Group, Chamber Players etc...)