Finding the perfect teacher for violin or viola lessons in South Jersey is easy at the NJ School of Music in Medford. Our degreed, professional and friendly instructors teach beginning music lessons to advanced music study. Styles of study can include classical, jazz, rock and pop. Please see below to read a bit about each of our teachers and as always if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 609-654-0060.
Originally from Iowa, Ruth Kiang received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master of Music in Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia. Recent performances include concerts with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Contemplum Contemporary Composers Ensemble, Temple University Symphony and Opera Orchestras, Temple University Student Chamber Ensembles, the Temple University Singers' Gjeilo Project, and as a violinist for the American premiere of Love Story, The Musical at The Walnut Theatre in Philadelphia.
Having played in master classes with the Shanghai Quartet, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Maia Quartet, Faure Quartett, Verdehr Trio, and Michiko Otaki, Ruth also served as a guest clinician at the New Jersey Washington Township School District's 28th Annual American String Teachers' Association (ASTA) Solo and Ensemble Festival for high school and middle school students.
Besides performing as a chamber and freelance musician, Ruth fulfills her love for teaching and pedagogy as a proponent of both the Suzuki Method and traditional violin instruction. A former teaching intern at the Philadelphia String Project of Temple University, Ruth is on the violin faculty at Temple University Music Prep, the New Jersey School of Music, and the Sudanese Cultural Society of Greater Philadelphia. Ruth has received Suzuki Method teacher training from Joanne Melvin at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, Marilyn O'Boyle at the Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute, and Joan Krzywicki at Temple University.
Ruth teaches violin students of all ages and levels and tailors individual lessons to help students reach their highest potential. There is a focus on beautiful tone, posture and technique from the very beginning as well as musicality and overall musicianship. Note reading, music theory, and music history are also an integral part of lessons. Attentive parental involvement is also important for a child's progress as a violinist and is highly encouraged with younger students both in the private lessons and practicing at home. Playing the violin or any musical instrument helps a student develop as a person beyond just the learning of new skills. Students not only develop aural sensitivity, small-muscle coordination, critical thinking, and non-verbal communication skills with other musicians and an audience, but also expression, creativity, and a greater appreciation for music and the arts.
Violin or viola lessons with Ruth are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the NJ School of Music in Medford.
Having over twenty years of experience, Bonnie began her career in violin at the New Jersey School of music. She was later accepted into Juilliard Pre-college, and received tutelage from legendary violinists such as Itzhak Perlman, Sally Thomas, Dorothy Delay, and Stephen Clapp, the late dean of the Juilliard School.
After graduating with honors from Juilliard Pre-college, in which time she had solo performances in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall (The Lincoln Center), Peter Jay Sharpe Theater, and Madison Square Garden, Bonnie went on to earn degrees from Johns Hopkins University in violin performance, music education and economics.
Besides her far-reaching performance career, Bonnie also has extensive experience with teaching. Other than her personal studio and studio at the NJ School of Music, she also co-directs the Gloria Youth Orchestra for the Korean United Methodist Church of Cherry Hill. During her years at Johns Hopkins, Bonnie was site coordinator for the Baltimore OrchKids Program and worked closely with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Bonnie stresses the importance of having a working knowledge of music theory, rhythm, scales and right-hand bow technique in all her students, regardless of overall skill. She also believes in teaching her students the most effective ways to practice so lessons are spent perfecting performance resulted in quality practice and not quantity. Bonnie alters her lessons to all types of learning styles and trusts in the efficacy of regulated practice, and knowledge of the basics to create a beautiful sound.
Violin lessons with Bonnie are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at the NJ School of Music in Medford.
Benjamin Sutin, Jazz and World Music Violinist at the New Jersey School of Music, began his career in Philadelphia where he studied with legendary jazz violinist, John Blake Jr for over six years at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz. Other teachers have included Sara Caswell, Christian Howes, Jim McNeely, David Krakauer, Bobby Sanabria, and Pandit Samir Chatterjee, to name a few. Now a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor Degree in Jazz Violin Performance, Sutin resides in New York City and is a sought after educator across New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City. He is on faculty at Brooklyn Musical Arts, the Harlem School of the Arts, and New Jersey School of Music, as well as running a successful private teaching studio in NYC, garnering student successes such as acceptance into the Middle School Jazz Academy and entrance into the Carnegie Hill Inner School Orchestra System, performing at Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall.
Ben has been teaching private and group violin, viola and piano students of all levels and ages for five years. He has experience teaching students in the autism spectrum and specializes in creative problem solving regarding technical advancement in intermediate classical students as well as beginning to intermediate instruction in jazz and improvisation on violin, viola and cello. Jazz instruction includes philosophical approaches to groove based bowing, mastering the fingerboard, crafting creative and melodic improvisations and an intensive on music theory. Every lesson, regardless of style, level or instrument, is catered to the specific needs and personality of each individual student.
Sutin has had the privilege of performing in venues such as NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Nassau Coliseum, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and more. He’s performed with the likes of the Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Larry Harlow, Bobby Sanabria, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Ronnie Burrage, Benito Gonzalez, George Burton, Diane Monroe, and Tommy Byrnes. Finally, Sutin has received much praise within the jazz violin community from Jean Luc Ponty, Regina Carter, Christian Howes and Sara Caswell, who, upon hearing him as a Freshman at Manhattan School of Music said the following, “His adventurous musical lines and underlying creative energy left me feeling I’d witnessed a unique voice destined for something great.”
Jazz violin lessons with Ben at the NJ School of Music in Medford are available by appointment only.