Yoni Battat has been teaching viola and violin for over ten years and has worked extensively with students of all levels. His general approach is fun, yet disciplined and exploratory, and he loves working with students to find creative solutions that satisfy their individual needs. At the younger ages, he is especially committed to setting up players for a lifetime of tension-free playing, making sure their posture is comfortable, easy and supportive.
Alongside teaching classical music, Yoni loves exposing his students to music they aren’t familiar with, often from different cultures and genres, with the goal of fostering globally aware musicians (and human beings)! Showing off the versatility of the violin and viola always proves to be an inspiring and eye-opening process. Yoni likes to get to know his students on a personal level to find the way their violin studies can relate to and support their other interests.
Yoni has taught at a number of music schools, (Wellesley IVEP, BYSO ICP) university programs, (Brandeis BIMA, UCONN String Clinic) and summer festivals (Bendada Music Festival, Elm City ChamberFest), as well as in his own private studio. Besides his work as a teacher, he is an active performer in the Boston music scene, as well as nationally and internationally in Canada, Israel, Portugal and Italy. He is especially passionate about chamber music and improvises in several different genres and musical traditions. Yoni leads his own band, Two Shekel Swing, which tours and records, performing his own original music in the styles of Yiddish Jazz and modern Klezmer. Playing in all of these musical contexts informs his work as a classical musician and as a teacher. Yoni holds a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor’s in Music from Brandeis University.
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