Violin Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons
- Qualifications: I have more than 35 years violin teaching experience. I successfully taught students aged between 3 and 65, both beginners with no background in music as well as experienced musicians. I have profound orchestral and ensemble experience. I worked with ensembles like string quartets on musical interaction and musical interpretation and I optimized their performance quality. I have the proven ability to successfully teach and motivate students at all ages and levels and to make violin playing enjoyable for everybody. I am the conductor of a four-part choir in Auckland. We perform Gospels, Spirituals and Classical Music, partly accompanied by piano.
- Pricing: $50 per hour
- Styles: Classical, Suzuki
- Suitability: Any age, Children to Adults, Beginners to Advanced Levels
I started playing the violin at the age of 5. I learned the violin in individual private lessons and joined orchestras and music groups at an early stage. At the age of 15 I started studying the violin at the Lübeck Academy of Music (Germany) with Professor Klaus-Dieter Dassow (violinist at the Symphony Orchestra of the Northern Germany Radio Station). Instructed by him I started giving violin lessons at the age of 16. During the time of my study I played with various orchestras, e.g. ProMusica, a Chamber Orchestra in Northern Germany. In 1990 I joined the Cologne Orchestra Society.
I have been living in NZ for 8 years together with my wife, who is a jewellery maker and designer. I work as a self-employed, full-time violin teacher. In my free-time I do a lot of sports like swimming and jogging. Other fields of interest are psychology and playing chess. I love cooking and of course I am interested in all styles of music!
After the first few lessons I develop an individual teaching plan and discuss it with the student resp. with their parents. This plan is based on the specific skills and strengths of the student and it covers the most important areas of the further training and the corresponding sheet music.
Before each lesson I explain to the student what we will work on. Afterwards I review the lesson and write down, what and how the student shall practice. All pieces and exercises will be previously played and explained during the lesson.
I teach the practical technique of violin playing and the accompanying music theory. I tailor the choice of music and the way of teaching to the needs and interests of my students.
I introduce my students to musical interaction at an early stage and let them play musical pieces together.
I think that apart from professional teaching and learning, playing an instrument must be fun and my students definitely enjoy playing the violin. My youngest student is 3,5 years old, the oldest one is 61 years old.
I would be happy to meet you for a free and non-binding lesson or if you are a beginner for your 1st try to play the violin!
I teach my students at my house in Torbay, but I am also happy to teach them at their home.
My son Edmund, 15 years old, started playing the violin with Thomas 1 year ago. He did not have a background in music at all. Over this time, Thomas enabled him to build up exemplary skills of violin playing, a general understanding of music and having fun to play the instrument. From the 1st lesson Thomas was able built up a personal relationship to our son, who enjoys visiting the lessons and who is motivated to practice. Thomas practically demonstrated the difficult movements of playing the violin and taught our son, to put them into practice. He also trained his hearing abilities to improve his intonation and our son has learned to tune the violin by himself. Apart from working with violin school books Thomas provides copies, written by himself to intensify specific techniques or chosen from other books to make the playing more interesting (e.g. Christmas songs). He also works on pieces, that our son chooses. I can highly recommend Thomas as a violin and music teacher to both children and adults.
Alvin Lu, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 12/2017
My daughter has been learning the violin with Thomas for a year now. Prior to that, she has learnt with another tutor for 6 months. I can't speak highly enough of Thomas' teaching skills and methods. Thomas Is very thorough in term of techniques, reading music and listening. My daughter had to literally unlearn pretty much everything she learnt previously because the techinques were taught wrongly or at least not corrected. Where with Thomas, this never happens. Thomas chooses pieces from wide range of books and music resources, all researched and tailored to my daughter's level in a very structured manner. Because of that, I can see the big improvement she has made since. Thomas is both professional and friendly. I would recommend Thomas to anyone who wants to learn violin, adult or child.
Berthe Aoud, Birkenhead, Aucklan 02/2018
Hello Thomas,Thank your for the enquiry. We are very pleased to provide the teaching testimonials and share our experience with others. Thomas Grube is an excellent violin teacher, and a best friend as well! We feel lucky to have him to be our son's violin teacher. There is no doubt that Thomas is very professional in violin teaching and practicing, especially in teaching the young people. Our son is only 4 years old. Obviously, it requires patience and methods to teach or communicate with little child. We strongly believe that Thomas is very good at this. Even better than us. Thomas told us violin is all about happy and having fun. It is true. Because our son enjoys the violin playing. We appreciate that Thomas makes the violin lessons interesting!
Xianrui Zeng, Remuera, Auckland 12/2017
Thomas is a professional, patient and talented teacher. I went from not being able to play one note to playing the exact music that I love in a couple of years. I drive all the way from the other side of Auckland to my lessons and will not look for a teacher closer as Thomas has always been worth it. He maintains a balance of necessary hard exercises and fun pieces to always keep you interested and learning. His style of teaching has him demonstrating a technique and then helping me implement it practically into my playing with ease. I highly recommended Thomas to everyone of all ages!
Ben Gower, Mt. Wellington, Auckland, 04/2018
Thomas was introduced to us through a friends of ours when we were looking for a good violin teacher. We have been with Thomas for a year and found that he was serious to his violin but kind to our two little children. He could accurately point out the strength of each our children and would not hesitate to tell us their weaknesses. He emphasized on both proper skills and appreciation of music. He expected high from his students but had patience on their own pace of progress. After each lesson Thomas would summarize the lesson and gave us some home practice to deepen the learning. In general, Thomas is a violin teacher we would like our kids to learn from.
Terence Wong, Birkenhead, Auckland 01/2018
I started playing the violin as an adult and came to Thomas just over a year ago. Thomas was able to take notice of aspects of my technique that needed attention. By pin pointing aspects of my bow hold, bow strokes, and placement on the string, and correcting these, I was able to produce a better sound. He was able to explain this in way and demonstrate it, that made the change logical. I have also appreciated Thomas' exceptional musical abilities in helping to correct my timings, finger placements and encouragement to help me play more musically. Many thanks. Denny
Denny Wrottesley, Browns Bay, Auckland 05/2018
I have been learning the violin for 17 months and I have made excellent progress under the tuition of Thomas Grube. Besides his being very knowledgeable musically, he has a great ability to impart his knowledge. As a pupil, I have found him to be clear in his instructions, patient and good humoured. Thomas as a teacher is very conscientious and each lesson is well prepared and tailored to my needs. He is also open to suggestions and allows me to have an input into the choice of music I wish to learn. I would highly recommend Thomas to anyone who wants to learn the violin.
Andrea Tomanek, Onehunga, Auckland 06/2018
I am writing to offer the following reference for Mr Thomas Grube. I have known Thomas now for over five years and have always found him to be an honest, conscientious, out-going and hard working person. We share a common love of music, in particular singing, and he conducts the choir at our church of which I am a member. His musical knowledge is exemplary and he is a precise, accurate and skilled practitioner of that knowledge, being a thoroughly accomplished musician. He has the ability to take our best and through his experience, humour, example and dedication make it even better. I have no hesitation in recommending him for any musical teaching position.