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
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

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!

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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 $174, $252 or $330 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 two of our amazing violin and viola teachers, below. Our team is full of 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. A complete list of our teachers is available here.

Manhattan Violin Lessons

Rita Wang began playing the violin at age 6. After making her North American solo debut at age 11 in Alice Tully Hall, New York, she has since appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Czech Republic, Vienna, Italy, China, Canada, and throughout the United States of America. Rita is a prizewinner of both international and national competitions, such as the XXI Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, the Fischoff Competition, and the Coeur d’Alene Young Artist Competition. Rita enjoys performing repertoire of different periods and in diverse styles, ranging from historical performance to contemporary music. 

Rita received her Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Michigan, studying with Aaron Berofsky, after receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at New England Conservatory where she studied with Miriam Fried and Kim Kashkashian. At the University of Michigan, Rita served as a teaching assistant of Aaron Berofsky, Stephen Shipps, and Michael Hopkins. Since 2007, Rita has also been dedicated to her private studios in Boston, Ann Arbor and New York where she enjoys teaching students of all levels.


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. He completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with Catharine Carroll Lees and Masao Kawasaki. During his time at CCM, Stephen served as the viola studio's teaching assistant for three years and spent four summers as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. An enthusiastic member of the early music community, Stephen recently earned a graduate degree in Baroque Viola through Juilliard’s Historical Performance program and is an active performer and teacher throughout New York City.

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 two of the teachers from our incredible team below, and click here to see our complete list of teachers.

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.

Aside from teaching, Ms. Liu is an active performing artist throughout the New York, New Jersey and Boston area. She is a reoccurring artist-in-residence at the MostArts Festival in Alfred, NY and is currently the recipient of a piece commissioned by the renowned composer David Loeb for her new and upcoming project for violin and marimba. 

Ms. Liu earned her bachelor degree form Soochow University in Taiwan. She received her Artist Diploma from the Cincinnati Conservatory under the tutelage of Piotr Milewski and her Masters of Music degree at the Mannes School of Music under the guidance of Professor Chin Kim.

Piano Lessons NYC

Caitlyn Koester is a masters student in Juilliard’s Historical Performance program studying harpsichord with Peter Sykes, Richard Egarr and Beatrice Martin. She received a BM in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied piano and harpsichord with Christopher Harding, Edward Parmentier and Joseph Gascho. In her native Pacific Northwest, she was a recipient of numerous Oregon and Washington MTNA awards, the Trula Whelan Concerto Competition, and raised money for music education through performances with Ten Grands Portland and Seattle. She has participated in the Columbia Symphony Orchestra Summer Program, Banff Centre Masterclass Series, Indiana University Piano Academy, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, American Bach Soloists Academy, and the Leipzig Bach Competition. As a member of Juilliard415, she has performed under the direction of Monica Huggett, Jonathan Cohen, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy and William Christie. Caitlyn teaches keyboard students through City Strings and Piano, and has held internships with Portland Piano International, Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society, San Francisco Performances, SF Conservatory Pre-College, and San Francisco Opera.

Cello & Guitar 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, and find the complete list here.

Cello Lesson

Based in New York City, Vivian Chang is a cellist forging a eclectic career with diverse audiences and musical genres. Just last season, she performed at Spoleto Festival USA as a part of the opera orchestra, New York Fashion Week, the Metropolitan Opera for Dolce & Gabbana's exclusive event Alta Moda, and toured with Concerts of Hope, an organization dedicated to performing for underserved communities. In past years she has collaborated with RIOULT Dance NY, TACTUS ensemble, Composers Collective of New York and has performed on several concert series including "What Makes it Great?" With Rob Kapilow, Concerts on the Slope, and Old Wood New Sounds.

Ms. Chang is a core member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra, and the Uptown Philharmonic and has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of New York. These engagements have allowed her to perform in venues spanning Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall and Perelmann Stage, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Joyce Theater. As a chamber musician, Vivian was a Resident Artist with Nassau Chamber Music Society, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra's chamber music series, and is a past Fellow of the Takacs Quartet's String Quartet Seminar.
Vivian also has a passion for pedagogy. She served previously as a faculty member of the Distance Learning program championed by the Manhattan School of Music which brings lessons to students in rural and musically remote areas and has participated in outreach initiatives created by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Nesin Cultural Arts.

Guitar Teacher NYC

Joshua Stauffer, Guitar, is a restless creative who performs music from over four centuries on a variety of plucked instruments. He began his career as an electric guitarist performing jazz and improvised music, before transitioning to the classical guitar via contemporary works and chamber music. His diverse musical interests converged when he encountered the theorbo, a large lute which performs primarily basso continuo, or improvised accompaniment, in chamber and orchestral works from the 17th and early 18th centuries.

A keen interest in musical collaboration has taken Joshua across the United States and around the globe, including concerts in Thailand, Switzerland, and Canada. He is a founding member and the executive director of Time Canvas, an ensemble dedicated to performing new music, early music, and free improvisation. Recent orchestral appearances include Shattered Glass, CityMusic Cleveland, and the Columbus Symphony, and he has performed as a guest artist at the University of Michigan, Notre Dame University, and Utah State University.

Joshua is currently pursuing a Master of Music in historical plucked instruments at The Juilliard School in New York City. Previous studies include a Master of Music in classical guitar in the studio of Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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!

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