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Levant Music Studio
violin fiddle and music composition
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I am Moira Levant. I have been playing the violin for 45 years and Irish fiddle for 21 years.I have studied violin with Bonnie Lockrem, Goldie Kopmar, Paul Katz and Stacey Woolley. I have studied Irish Traditional music with Martin Hays, Brendan McGlinchey, and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. I have 3 degrees all in music; Music History from Wright State University, Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon, and Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. I was a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, played in both the community orchestra and chamber orchestra at Wright State, and later with the MVSO and Middletown Orchesras. I play old country dancing tunes for the Liberty Dancers and am a long time participant of the Fair at New Boston. I teach violin, viola and Irish fiddle in and around Dayton, Ohio. While I have an idea of where we are going, you the student have some control over what you learn. If you come to me with questions and pieces you have found that you want to learn I will help you as best I can. If you don't, I will find pieces for you to play. I use the Suzuki method and there is a wonderfully laid out book by Pamela Kather for beginning Irish fiddle. I teach to the student because everyone learns at different rates, everyone has their own path. While we may be scaling the same mountain, the path is often different for each student. This is my philosphy, my way of being a teacher in this world. For more information about lessons & costs push the button.
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Students of Moira Levant
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I started Suzuki violin with Moira in fourth grade in 1997. My siblings have also taken lessons from her; one sister is still currently a student. Although I stopped my own lessons years ago, Moira has become a great friend from whom I can still learn while playing along beside her. Moira makes sure students learn more than just what is in a book, no matter the age - for she teaches children and adults. All students have the chance to learn from a visiting musician from the local area at each group lesson. For the older students, she invites them to participate in various community events in the area (for example, the Fair at New Boston reenactment in Springfield and the weekly open celtic sessions at the Dublin Pub in Dayton). Students are encouraged to try multiple genres - both in classical violin and in fiddle - as well as to try multiple ways of learning a song (for instance: written music, by ear one-on-one, by ear in a group). Her approach to go beyond the book ensures that instead of just focusing on the next major performance, her students really learn to bring violin and music into their lives. Kathryn was a student of Moira's.
Moira was hired by my wife and I to provide violin lessons to our then 8yr old son. She has been a relevant presence in his development as a musician ever since. Our son is now a professional vocalist and he was honored to perform with the Dayton Philharmonic an original composition written by Moira Levant. Moira is a clever teacher and a fine musician in her own right. I recommend her without reservation.
Moira is a wonderful teacher. She’s great with all ages and encourages and supports students in pursuing everything from classical music to Irish fiddle. Lessons with Moira are fun and enjoyable. My son studied violin and loved his time with her.
Kathryn Mullen Upton
Moira helped me so much as an adult learner!
Chris Lynch Wiley
Moira is an amazing and VERY patient teacher with my 9 year old ADHD child. We love Moira and highly recommend her!!
The passion and care that goes into teaching and helping students to understand both the music and the instrument shows that Moria is truly a teacher who seeks to share her craft rather than simply teach.
I want to share with you a little bit about my son’s violin teacher, Moira Levant. First, my son has severe ADHD, struggles with reading music, but has nearly perfect pitch with his ears. He has been taking violin in the Irish fiddle style from Moira for 2 1/2 years. She believes in a Montessori approach and has found ways to use my son’s strengths to help him excel in music. He would never have fit into a traditional style lesson. He would have struggled and would not have enjoyed it. She is patient, kind, and truly knows how to use a child’s strengths to foster a love of music.