The Connecticut Violin and Viola Studio of Judi McDermott-Eggert

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"Passionate music teacher"

We often ask ourselves whether Judi is more passionate about her music or the children she teaches to. What we are certain about is her patience, energetic and engaging teaching techniques and ultimately her commitment to excellence that has created a higher sense of music interest in our son.

Judi is a renowned teacher among local parents, as many of her students have embarked on successful careers in music. Judi’s lessons are clear, motivating, intelligent and full of creative life lessons.

Sincerely,

Kimberly and Rafi Taherian

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Kate with Leon Fleischer and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher at the Aspen Music Festival and School

"Sharpened our child's skills beyond our expectations"

Raising two instrument playing daughters to college and high school age, we have encountered numerous music teachers. No one has ever impressed us as much as Judi as a teacher of young people.

I often sit in her lessons with our children and have greatly enjoyed, and frequently been awed by watching Judi at work. Week in and week out, throughout the year, she is always positive, cheerful, helpful, understanding and inspiring. She seems to know instinctively how to reach a young mind and to understand where our child’s mind is and what she needs to hear. Judi is able to connect with children in a way that is just too rare.

Very truly yours,

Ted Killiam

 

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Kate with Emanuel Ax at the Young Artist Piano Program at Tangelwood

"Wonderfully passionate about teaching"

Judi is a wonderfully passionate about music which shows in her teaching methods and her approach to training kids. Judi loves kids and teaches them effectively through her patience and compassion.

Our daughter is blessed to have such a dedicated teacher who has taught her amazing things throughout the last four years. Judi has put forth a great sum of her time in helping our daughter accomplish what she has. She has been selected for many advanced orchestras in school as well as in regional competitions, all with the tremendous efforts of Judi. Without Judi’s extra push and encouragement, our daughter would not have been able to achieve the competitive level she is currently at.

Best Regards,

Ashwini and Satish Ghatpande

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Peggy Chen with Kurt Nikkanen at Judi's Master Class

"Judi is in the top 5% of music teachers"

I have known Judi both as a friend and as a fellow music teacher for approximately 35 years.  I have observed her teaching and performance skills, which are excellent.  In addition I have noted her growth over these years.  She has played in orchestras that I have conducted many times.  In all of the many roles, I have found her to be totally professional as a performing musician, and as a teacher.  I would rate her in the top 5% of the many teachers with whom I have worked.  She has produced outstanding results, and is responsible for the codification of string teaching techniques which she has single handedly produced over the years.

I am the former Supervisor of Music in the Guilford Connecticut Public Schools, a position that I held for approximately 10 years.

 

Van Carter Hale

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Judi at the New Haven Symphony Orchestra

"Judi's students are the top performers in their classes."

Not only does Judy possess the knowledge and skills to be an excellent private teacher, but it is her love for the children, how she fosters their belief in themselves, and her willingness to selflessly spend extra time with her students that uniquely qualify her for such a position.

Over this time period, my daughter and I have recommended Judy to other orchestra members and their parents, all of whom have become her students. They are among the top performers in their classes.

Sincerely,

Renee Brown

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Judi's Violin and Viola Studio Annual Concert 2014

"Judi's greatest gift is her passionate, personable, consummately clever and nurturing teaching style. "

Judi is immeasurably gifted as a musician, yes, but her greater gift is her passionate, personable, consummately clever and nurturing teaching style. With the sort of patience and persistence that should be bottled, she manages to make fun, memorable work of learning the tedious details that make a string instrument sing.

Judi is always fresh, vibrant, invigorating, inspiring, warm, funny, and yet thoroughly exacting in her expectation. She nimbly tweaks my son’s skills with a glance, a nod, a look, a flourish of her own bow, quickly bringing him back to musicality when he slips. She easily extracts more from him than he realized he had, and lavishes him with praise that he knows he has earned. Judi is a teacher first, a spectacularly skilled musician second, not to mention a master of making the most of every second she has with a student.

Sincerely,

Pam Medvecky

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Judi at the Shubert Theater

"Judi is skillful, inventive, inspiring, funny, nurturing, and organized."

In my position I hire may professional string players for masterworks and always prefer to contract Judi because reliably procures terrific players, is organized, and we all love working with her. She is skillful, inventive, inspiring, funny, and nurturing..  She has developed a highly effective program of study for her string students over the years.  She lavishes her skill and love of music on every lesson.

Judi McDermott-Eggert’s studio produces musicians, not just players. I highly recommend Judi with my highest regard for her as a teacher for your students and a colleague for your staff.  She is a real team player!

Sincerely,

June Hale

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Judi's students at the Elm City Chamber Music Festival, Yale University

"Judi is extremely enthusiastic, devoted and passionate about teaching strings."

I have known Judi as a caring mother, professional musician and experienced private and public school teacher for over twenty years. She is a very skilled violinist who has had a successful career with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Also, among her accomplishments, includes maintaining a successful private string studio and inspiring a wide range of students from beginners to accomplished musicians.

Judy has always been extremely enthusiastic, devoted, and passionate about teaching strings. This is her calling in life. She is a wonderful teacher who arrives on the job with a terrific smile, ready to work, and eager to help students succeed. I especially applaud her for coming in many times and helping out in anyway she can to support Jane Postovoit and her students before our string concerts.

Very truly yours,

Carol M. Fonicello, Baldwin Band Director

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Judi's students at the Select Orchestra concert Baldwin Middle School

Going Above and Beyond!

We just want to thank you for going above and beyond as a teacher! You are kind, so patient and obviously very knowledgeable. Thanks again for all you do.

 

We just want to thank you for going above and beyond as a teacher! You are kind, so patient and obviously very knowledgeable. Thanks again for all you do.

Sincerely,

Kelly and Katie Hooker

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Judi with Director Brian Lewis at the Starling Delay Violin Symposium at Juilliard

Nurtures a Love of Music

I have known Judi for many years, having taught her children, worked along-side her at Guilford High School, and observed many of her private students over the  years as they excelled here in the music program. Judi is a first rate musician and educator, and is a tremendous asset to the Guilford string program.

I have known Judi for many years, having taught her children, worked along-side her at Guilford High School, and observed many of her private students over the  years as they excelled here in the music program. Judi is a first rate musician and educator, and is a tremendous asset to the Guilford string program.

In the years she was at Guilford High School, I had the opportunity to observe first hand Judi’s gifts as a teacher. She cares deeply about every student as an individual, and nurtures a love of music in each of them. Judi not only teaches the craft of playing an instrument, but also the art of musicianship. She exposes her students to a variety of musical styles and endows them with a depth of musical understanding that is far greater  than their years of experience. I hope my own children will someday have the opportunity to work with a musician of her caliber, and a teacher of her skill.

Judi has been a vital member of our local musical community for many years and she has deep roots here   in Guilford. She gives her heart and should to the job, and the students of Guilford benefit from her passion, musicianship, and caring touch.

Best Regards,

Mark Gahm

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Judi with a violin petting zoo customer after an NHSO Hard Rock Quartet concert