We Fit Music Into Your Life

How Does It Work?

  • Give us a call, email or fill out our form, and we'll match you with a teacher that works for you. You can start or stop at any time, and you can schedule a trial lesson.

Who Will Be My Teacher?

  • We work with you to find a teacher that meets your needs, level and learning style. Our teachers are committed to crafting a unique learning plan for each of their students.

What Ages and Levels Do You Teach?

  • We have teachers who work with students as young as 3 years old through adults. Contact us and we will find the teacher who is right for you.

Do You Offer Suzuki Lessons?

  • Yes, in most cases we can offer a qualified Suzuki teacher to come to your home.

My 5 year old daughter couldn’t wait to start violin lessons. It was only after finding City Strings and Piano that we were able to find a teacher that was not only a masterful instructor, but also knowledgable about various teaching approaches, and flexible and responsive to my daughter’s specific learning style. She got to participate in a wonderful recital experience. I highly recommend City Strings!
— C.M., Manhattan, via Google
Aside from being convenient, the teachers I have met are warm and welcoming.
— S.C., Brooklyn, via Yelp

NYC Violin Lessons

Welcome to City Strings & Piano! I'm Dominic, and I lead our amazing team of teachers in New York City. They are all active musicians in New York and have degrees from the city's renowned music institutions. Teaching is an important part of their work, and they love sharing their talents with students of all ages.

Lessons in your home are ideal for the busy New York family, and we love making lessons convenient for you so that you can fit music into your life! Our friendly and fun teachers use Suzuki and traditional methods for lessons with beginners, kids or adults. Our teachers can come to you throughout Manhattan and to many parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Send us a message and we'll connect you with a great teacher who works for your schedule.

We also offer the option of bringing all the materials you need right to your home, including violin rentals. We will discuss your needs when you contact us and you can decide what is right for you.

Our New York City studio hosts semi-annual recitals with professional piano accompaniment in a convenient Midtown location. Recitals are a great time for students to share their progress with friends, family and each other!

When you sign up for lessons with City Strings & Piano, we find a time that consistently works for you and your teacher. Having a dependable lesson time greatly increases your child's success in their music lessons. We suggest the same for practice time. Our fastest progressing students tend to practice for smaller amounts of time, but nearly every day, and often at about the same time each day.

We pride ourselves on offering the personal touch that all the best music lessons have. You can contact your teacher directly at any time, and we encourage you to do so, especially if there is a questions about practice! Dominic is also always available to discuss your progress and loves to hear about how all our students are doing.

Scroll down to read about news from our New York studio, meet our amazing team of teachers, contact us or sign up!

Our teacher is patient, gentle and very encouraging! A nice bonus is that we are able to rent a violin from them, instead of having to invest in one that she may outgrow in the future
— M. I., Manhattan, via Yelp

Contact Us

If you'd like more information about lessons, contact Dominic at (646) 580-9099, nyc@citystrings.com, or by using the Contact Us form on this page. He will find out more about you or your child's musical goals and connect you with a teacher that works for you and your schedule for violin, viola, cello or piano lessons in your home.

When you're ready to sign up, click here to be taken to the new student registration form. Tuition for weekly lessons is $170, $246 or $323 per month for 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons. Additional time for longer lessons or lessons for siblings or parents is discounted 10%, reflected in the tuition amounts above.

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Violin & Viola Teachers

Meet our amazing group of violin and viola teachers, below. They are all experienced, friendly and fun teachers and performers available for great violin lessons in your home! Many are experienced Suzuki teachers as well, so be sure to ask about that when you contact us if you are interested in Suzuki lessons.


Alice Buchanan is a certified Suzuki Violin and Orff Music Instructor. She focuses on teaching classical violin technique, combined with an emphasis on musicality, theory, and teaching varied repertoire. Alice is especially passionate about teaching toward student self-direction, supporting students in their own agency as musicians, and educating students about artists typically left out of the canon. Her philosophy is that with disciplined practice, all children and adults can play music at a high level. If expectations are high, yet encouraged with patience and positivity, the results will be beautiful music! Read more about Alice here.


Stephen Goist is currently pursuing his second graduate degree at The Juilliard School. He has been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four seasons and recently joined the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, with which he still performs as a regular member. He served on the faculty of the Preparatory Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he taught private lessons and assisted with the New Horizons Orchestra, a beginning string program for retirement-aged adults. He also served as a teacher and volunteer for MYCincinnati, an after school youth orchestra program inspired by El Sistema. Stephen began studying Suzuki violin at age three with his mother and switched to viola in fourth grade. Read more about Stephen here.

Piano Teachers

Our experienced piano teachers love teaching lessons in the home so that they can get familiar with you or your child's practice environment and with the piano you have at home. Students can start as young as 3 years old in Suzuki or traditional methods. Read more about our incredible team of piano teachers below.

Piano Teacher NYC

Yulin Liu began performing at a very young age, displaying talent both as a violinist and pianist. As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer, she has made appearances in Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Saint Thomas Church and the National Concert Hall in Taipei among others, and has performed throughout Taiwan, China, Japan, Europe, and North America. 

As a passionate and sought after teacher, Ms. Liu has been teaching the violin and piano since 2008, and is experienced in working with students from all ages and levels. After relocating to New York in 2012, she began teaching at schools such as the New York Conservatory, Long Island Conservatory, Fort Lee School of Music, and the CUNY outreach initiative, Harmony Program. Read more about Yulin here.

Cello Teachers

Cello lessons in your home in New York City makes perfect sense for any busy family. That way you or your child don't have to carry the cello on the street or the train! Our teachers are happy to come to you and share their talents. Suzuki cello is available for students as young as 3 years old. Read more about our cello teachers below.

NYC Cello Teacher

Adrian Zemor is a versatile and expressive cellist who performs and teaches in his hometown New York City. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014.  As a performer, he has played with The Anna Myer Dance Company, The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, and World Strings, both in which he worked his way to Assistant Principal cello. He has also performed on numerous recording sessions ranging from student projects to professional releases. As a teacher, he has taught cello in a group setting at the Enriching Lives through Music program in San Rafael California, and at the Sistema Somerville program in Massachusetts, along with private lessons. He is a firm believer in patience, versatility, and in the development of self expression. He believes the tangible and intangible benefits of learning the cello translate into benefits in other areas of life. Read more about Adrian here.

Featured Students in New York City

We love to share news about our students and tips from them to inspire them and others. It's always good to know what other students who take lessons in their home are doing. Enjoy news and practice tips from our students below.

Violin Lessons Manhattan

Congratulations to Ella in Manhattan for discovering a new schedule that led to a huge improvement to her practice! Ella just started playing the violin in the winter and has been doing a wonderful job in her lessons. Finding the time to practice can be hard, though, when you are adding a whole new activity to your schedule. After trying several different approaches and strategies, we discovered that practicing in the morning before school was the best time for Ella and her family. If you can work it into your morning routine, it can be ideal for establishing a regular practice habit. Not only does it ensure that practice doesn't get pushed aside by other things that come up during the day, but it also allows your child to approach the violin with a fresh mind and spirit! Give it a try--we think it can lead to great results! Once Ella started practicing in the mornings, she began to learn all of her songs so much more quickly and is almost done with Twinkle. Her violin lessons have been even better and she is learning so much more. Congratulations to Ella! Keep waking up to practice every morning!

(646) 580-9099 | 101 West End Ave | New York, NY 10023