I welcome viola and violin students of all ages and levels to my studio. From a beginner’s first private lesson, to preparing for a college entrance audition, I accommodate my teaching to meet the needs and goals of every student I work with. Scroll below to learn more about my teaching philosophy.
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My journey to becoming a professional musician would not have been possible without the inspirational teachers who guided me along the way. From the public school teacher who first placed a viola in my hands when I was 8 years old, to the world-renowned professor I studied with for my Master’s degree, each has had a profound influence in shaping the violist I have become today. My hope is to be same kind of mentor for all my students.
As a teacher, I believe it is my job to inspire a thirst for excellence within each student I work with. Whether a young beginner or advanced high school student, the technical demands of playing a stringed instrument require a level of dedication and problem solving skills that can translate to any life discipline. Achieving excellence in playing in is not unlike training for a sport or preparing for the SAT; all require a level of commitment, consistency, and dedication to yield success. In my studio, students cultivate a skill set I like to refer to as the Three E’s: Ease, Efficiency, & Enthusiasm.
To play with ease means to play freely. This sense of freedom applies to both the physical and mental aspects of performance. Physically, we strive to play free of tension, making every note that’s played effortless. This is facilitated by a strong emphasis on foundational skills and technique (scales, arpeggios, etudes, etc.) that lay the groundwork for true command over the instrument. A strong technical foundation enables the student to be free musically, allowing them to explore the expressive side of their musicianship. In the end, we want playing the instrument to feel easy and inherently natural. As I say to every student: “Don’t bring yourself to the viola… let it become a part of you.”
In a world where a student’s extracurricular activities are rarely limited to just private lessons, efficiency is a key component of successful musical development. Many students tend to go through the motions when practicing, mindlessly going over what their teacher told them to within a prescribed amount of time. Lather, rinse, and repeat, the student is now at their lesson a week later and not much has improved since the last time. This puzzled me until I realized that in order for a student to grow consistently, the focus must shift from merely WHAT they are practicing to HOW and WHY they choose to approach it. This degree of critical thinking not only improves the quality of their work, but also positively affects the student’s time management. Truly efficient practice allows one to achieve twice the amount of work in half the time.
The final “E”, enthusiasm, is in many ways the most important element of my teaching philosophy. In my studio, I aim to not only develop smart musicians, but students who also love what they do. By teaching them to celebrate the small victories in their playing and to embrace the musical process, we can find the real joy in making music. Whether a student further pursues it as a profession or just keeps music as a hobby, I want them to look back at their time with me as a positive and rewarding experience.
We are very grateful for the improvement in our daughter’s playing after taking private lessons with Louis. Even more important, her enjoyment and appreciation of music increased, which has resulted in self-motivation and self-study beyond anything we could have expected.
-Michele & Jeff, parents
Thank you, Louis. Thank you for your dedication to not just my son, Elliott, but to all of your students. I have watched Elliott transform into a more skillful, better disciplined, dedicated and motivated musician because you take the time to not only teach music, but to guide your students into the network of the music community, qualm performance fears – even qualm life fears. You have been a strong and positive life influence for Elliott and he truly values your mentorship – and most importantly – your friendship both now and future to share. So, thank you for being part of our family, Louis!
Louis is the sort of inspirational teacher whose impact continues to be a part of one’s life long after formal studies with him conclude. I remember first falling in love with the viola and still treating it as a “hobby,” until Louis demanded more. His inspirational exposure to all aspects of the music world combined with his unwavering demand for his students to be able to express everything they wish through performance make Louis a uniquely supportive and successful educator that students in the valley are lucky to have as a resource. He transformed my perception of viola from a kind of side project to the center of my life. Thanks to Louis I am happily pursuing viola performance at Peabody Conservatory where I find myself implementing both Louis’s passionate approach to music and his respectful approach to colleague relationships on a daily basis.
-Melina, former student
I have had the pleasure of seeing Louis work with students for several years now, both in his private studio work and as a section coach for our orchestras. I always appreciate the professionalism and mastery he brings in his teaching and in working with others. He has a great ability to relate well with his students while challenging them to be the best they can be, and I highly recommend him as a string instructor.
-Amber Dudley, Director of Orchestras – Mesquite High School
Private lessons with Mr. Privitera made an enormous difference in my progress with both the viola and piano. Mr. P is a patient and fun teacher and can take a student’s ability to a much higher level.
After graduating with his Master’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory, my former student Louis Privitera embarked on a career as a quartet musician and studio teacher. In three years, Louis has proven himself an extremely capable instructor, having already sent me a student to study with me for her undergraduate degree. His teaching instilled her with the necessary skills to thrive in a competitive conservatory environment.
-Victoria Chiang, Artist-Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music